Google Webmaster Groups statistics for July 2007

Just for fun, here are some lists and numbers for the month of July 2007. Some numbers … Number of new threads = 1262 Number of new posts = 7754 Average number posts/new thread = 5.74 Number of posts by new users = 816 (10.5%) Number of threads by new users = 717 (56.8%) Average number of posts in threads by new users = 5.0 Number of new threads started by Googlers = 3 Number of new posts by Googlers = 85 Top posters webado (archive.

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An interview with Christina / webado

Hi Christina, it’s great to have you here for a virtual interview! For those who don’t know, Christina is one of the top contributors to the Google Webmaster Help forums (archive.org). Just this month she managed to post over 1'000 replies (as a comparison, slightly over 7'400 postings were made this month in total, giving her more than 13% of all postings for the month). She is also a moderator in several other forums, runs her own hosting and web design company and has a family.

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Adding user-friendly rel=nofollow markup (for IE too!)

The next step after adding CSS to highlight links with rel=nofollow is to give the user some information about what the symbol and the dashed line mean. Since CSS will not allow you to add tooltips and links, we have to resort to some javascript trickery. The up-side to this is that it will also display the markup on older browsers like IE 6. Adding this kind of markup to your site is pretty easy to do.

Adding user-friendly rel=nofollow markup (for IE too!) »

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).

Adding your Google Reader 'shared items' to your site »

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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