Adding your Google Reader 'shared items' to your site

In order to display the Google Reader ‘shared items’ on your site - using straight (X)HTML and not just the javascript widget supplied by Google - you need a tool that can read RSS feeds and display them (the shared items are an Atom feed, but that is similar enough). Using straight links instead of javascript you will be able to pass “link-value” to the items that you are linking to - your links will be seen as recommendations (as in my opinion they should be, if you tagged those items to be shared).

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Adding "rel=nofollow" markup to your site

The “rel=nofollow” HTML microformat (archive.org) is a way to mark links which might be problematic, whether they’re clearly spammy, just not checked or even just sites that I don’t really want to link to (but still want to provide a link for others to use - you know, “don’t look, but that guy’s got a giant nose (archive.org)!"). I understand that it is important for search engines to recognize these kinds of links and to treat them differently.

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Adding text resizing with cookie

In the top right corner of this blog I have placed a small set of links that let you resize the text as it is displayed. It’s easy to use this script on your blog and it lets your visitors resize the text on the blog however they want it. The resizing setting is stored in a cookie, valid for one year, so when the visitor returns, they will see the site as they resized it last.

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Hello world

How do you start a new blog? This blog will certainly not win any prizes for beauty, but it does what I want and that’s all I need. I bet most people will be using their feed readers to read along anyway (at least I do) :-). In case you don’t know me, I’m a software engineer based in Switzerland, after having lived some time in the USA. I work at and own a small software company (yes, you can do both) that makes software for medical practices in Switzerland.

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Clone wars: Any unique value here? or just duplicates?

1000 monkeys at typewriters might come up with Shakespeare - but it’s much easier to just copy + paste. Duplicate content is a fact of the web - it’s almost impossible to avoid it within your own website and even worse when someone else decides to play “monkey at a typewriter” and copies your work. Google handles duplicate content (including only duplicated parts) with a smart algorithm: It picks the “best” (in it’s opinion) and ignores the rest (mostly).

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Ten Things Google has found to be true (but not forever)

The “Ten things Google has found to be true (archive.org)” list is an interesting view into some of the ideas that drive Google. It was first put online in 2001 and starts with a great title: “Never settle for the best” and goes on with a list of ten things that Google seems to find important. (Silly me, I thought those “10 things” lists started when Digg came up :-) )

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MSN/Live and Yahoo! join Google for Sitemaps XML support

Now it’s official: The top three search engines now support the sitemaps format Great going, Vanessa and the sitemaps team!! You’ve done great work since Summer 2005, it’s come a long way. A new standard after a bit more than a year, congratulations! Google: Search engines united (archive.org) MSN/Live: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! Unite to Support Sitemaps (archive.org) Yahoo!: Yahoo, Google and Microsoft join forces (really !!) behind Sitemaps (archive.org) So, .

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Measuring the long tail of search

While playing with the AOL search data I came to look at the specific queries that were used to access any particular URL. This information is similar to what you have when you look at your referrer statistics: which queries were used to gain access to your site? Some background to the AOL search data (archive.org): The AOL database simplifies the queries a bit and in general contains only the words used in the query, none of the formatting, the operators (eg, “+”, “-”, etc.

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Yahoo! following Google Sitemaps / Google Webmaster tools

Yahoo now also offers some more information in their SiteExplorer software about owned websites as Google already does. Playing a bit with the Yahoo! SiteExplorer showed a new nice button: MySites (archive.org) Hmmm… sounds interesting, doesn’t it? So I just added one of my websites and what happened now? Verification file (ever heard that from Google, eh?!) - ok, installed. Now the verification process is pending, I’m waiting for the next steps and the information that might be available.

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