I recently began using DeepCrawl after putting it off for awhile. I quickly saw the advantage of not only being able to crawl much larger sites (since desktop applications begin to use up a lot of memory once your crawl exceeds a certain number of URLs). I was happy with my decision to begin using DeepCrawl and I quickly found some opportunities for on-site improvements I had previously missed. I quickly became a believer. Aside from the fact that Deep Crawl can crawl a larger number of URLs, it also integrates with Google Analytics and Google Search Console. This allows the tool to give you far deeper insights than a typical site crawler. … Read more
Why you’re getting visits from suspicious or even non-existent websites
By now you’ve probably noticed in your Google Analytics (or other web analytics package or even your log files) that you’re receiving an unusually high rate of foreign traffic from odd websites which may or may not load when you try vising them (they may have even redirected you to a NSFW website). … Read more
A common question I get when I show someone how easy it is to use my Samsung Phone (I currently have the Note Edge) as a universal remote is “can my iPhone do that?,” to which I awkwardly have to explain that certain Android phones are able to do this because of the infrared blaster, which iPhones lack. However, with the purchase of an additional device (in this example, a small device known as Pronto) you can get similar functionality with an iPhone (or iPad).
In this case, your iPhone connects to Pronto via Bluetooth, which in turn connects to your TV, top box, media player, and or other devices via infrared. It’s an extra cost, but it’s not unreasonable when compared to a really good universal remote.
I recently purchased a Pronto from Amazon so my wife and sister-in-law (both stubborn Apple/iPhone users!) could have the sort of functionality I have with my Edge. The setup was less complicated than I expected. One quick note: The Peel app is also available on Android and I’ve found it more useful and intuitive than the other TV/Universal remote apps I’ve used. … Read more
Google Analytics’ “Average Time on Page” can be a bit confusing and I’ve had people ask me why they’re seeing sessions with an average time of zero, wondering if they’d perhaps installed their analytics correctly. If you’re in a similar situation, there is good and bad news.
- The Good News: There is probably nothing wrong with your GA integration.
- The Bad News: GA’s method of tracking time on page can be misleading and leaves much to be desired.
How Google Analytics calculates Time on Page.
Google Analytics triggers upon page loads or other … Read more
Auditing your website’s canonical link elements
The ability to cite canonical URLs can be a great asset for an SEO. Unfortunately it can also have negative impacts if used inappropriately. Between site migrations, the creation of new pages, switching to https, misuse or bugs in an SaaS, domain name switches and just the everyday grind of making changes that are due yesterday, it’s not that uncommon for an SEO or webmaster to use the canonical link element in a counterproductive fashion. Since it’s not visible and its effects are behind the scenes, incorrectly used canonicals can go unnoticed for years. Fortunately, finding bad canonicals can be rather simple. … Read more
I recently received a Thule EnRoute Escort 2 Daypack as a gift. It was a perfect gift for me since I’ve decided to start hiking again and have been in need of a better daypack. What’s more is I don’t leave home without my laptop these days and have been long overdue for a daypack with a laptop compartment.
15 or 17 inch laptop?
The description on Thule.com is a bit confusing as it’s not clear from the copy that the compartment will house a 17″ Windows laptop. It turns out that my 17″ Toshiba Satellite fits just fine, though it does stick out at the top a bit. But the point is that … Read more
In an attempt to create a BuzzFeed account, a friend of mine ran into some unexpected trouble. Following every possible manner of creating an account (connecting via Google+, Facebook and “the old fashion way” of creating a username and password) only to receive error messages like “an error has occurred” and “trouble creating account.” … Read more
I recently came across an odd situation whereby I had difficulty adding owners in Google Search Console (Webmaster Tools). The problem was that the Google Search Console account receiving the delegated ownership wasn’t seeing the sites I was delegating beyond the first one.
Adding an owner via delegation on my side was rather simple. … Read more
This post is split into two sections. The first is for tracking your own internal redirects using Google Analytics. The second portion is for tracing URL redirect paths.
Tracking Redirects with Google Analytics
One of the problems people run into is their inability to track redirects in Google Analytics. For example, let’s say you purchase radio or print ads in order to advertise a product. Rather than simply advertising your domain name (ie (www.yourdomain.com), you may add an easy to remember folder name (ie. www.yourdomain.com/adpage), which redirects to the appropriate product page (which is probably too long and complicated to display on a radio, TV, or print ad).
If you’re handling multiple email addresses, you’ll probably want to be able to send from multiple email addresses from the same email address account, as opposed to having to individually log in to a different email address account every time you need to check or send an email from/to that email address. Having to constantly log in to other web mail accounts is enough to drive any quasi-busy person insane. Fortunately, large email service providers like Gmail, Yahoo! and Outlook/Hotmail allow us to easily send emails from other domain names.
However, there does seem to be some hiccup with getting Gmail to properly do this, at least when it comes to Godaddy-based email addresses. Part of the issue is that some of Gmail’s default options won’t work with Godaddy, and so you have to know what to change them to. Having run into this in the past, I have jotted down the changes I used to allow me to use Gmail to send email from my Godaddy-hosted email address.
One quick note: In order to get this to work, your Godaddy-based … Read more