Authorship 1

We’ve been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results, in particular creating a better mobile experience and a more consistent design across devices. As a part of this, we’re simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count. (Our experiments indicate that click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design is similar to the previous one.

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Authorship vanity urls

Authorship works fine with Google+ custom/vanity URLs. I’ve seen this come up more since custom/vanity URLs for Google+ profiles have become more popular. Authorship works fine with vanity profile URLs, it works fine with the numeric URLs, and it doesn’t matter if you link to your “about” or “posts” page, or even just to the base profile URL. The type of redirect (302 vs 301) also doesn’t matter here. If you want to have a bit of fun, you can even use one of the other Google ccTLDs and link to that.

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Dear webmasters, if something goes drastically wrong with your hoster, and you can’t host your website anymore, please return a “503 Service unavailable” HTTP result code. Doing so helps search engines to understand what’s up – they’re generally more than happy to give your site some time to catch up again. Returning an error page with “200 OK” will result in us indexing the change of content like that (and if all of your pages return the same error page, then we may assume that these URLs are duplicates).

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Basic 3.3v power supply / regulator

Not all Arduinos can supply the 3.3v that the NRF24L01+ needs directly. For example, the Nano only supplies 3.3v if powered via USB. To get 3.3v from a power source (such as what you would use to power the Arduino, or the 5v output of the Arduino), all you need is a regulator and a capacitor. For this, I used a LD1117v33 ( (the LM1117v33 ( is pretty much equivalent) together with a 10uF capacitor.

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Using the Nordic nRF24L01+ with a Seeeduino Mega 1280

The nRF24L01+ module (sources ( is a really cheap & easy way to achieve wireless communications. With the internal antenna, the reach is about 100m (open area), with an extra antenna it’s apparently 1100m+. One popular Arduino library for it is the Mirf library ( Connections Required pins with fix locations / can’t be moved: Arduino Uno / Nano ( MISO -> 12 MOSI -> 11 SCK -> 13  Seeeduino Mega 1280 (archive.

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Painful crawl errors?

HELP! MY SITE HAS 939 CRAWL ERRORS!!1 I see this kind of question several times a week; you’re not alone - many websites have crawl errors. 404 errors on invalid URLs do not harm your site’s indexing or ranking in any way. It doesn’t matter if there are 100 or 10 million, they won’t harm your site’s ranking. ( In some cases, crawl errors may come from a legitimate structural issue within your website or CMS.

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Ultrasonic-triggered MP3 player with Arduino

This small MP3 player is triggered when the ultrasound sensor notices someone nearby for a longer period of time (must be closer than 70cm for >0.9s). The hardware uses: Arduino Uno R3 ( Seeed Studio Music Shield v1 ( and micro-SD card with a MP3 file (shop ( HC-SR04 ultrasonic distance sensor (eg shop (, they’re cheap) Breadboard, speakers, jumper wires Optional: LED, 330 Ohm resistor (to show that it’s still running) I hacked the Music Shield to include risers for some of the pins.

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Spaces in URLs

Q: Does Google allow spaces in URLs? A: Yes! But because other sites sometimes have problems with linking to URLs with spaces, we generally recommend using dashes (-) or underscores (_).

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Sample page with lorem ipsum

This is just a sample page There’s really nothing hidden in the content here. No need to check the first letters of anything here and check for rot16. Images from ( Here’s a section Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Zeno autem, quod suam, quod propriam speciem habeat, cur appetendum sit, id solum bonum appellat, beatam autem vitam eam solam, quae cum virtute degatur. Theophrastum tamen adhibeamus ad pleraque, dum modo plus in virtute teneamus, quam ille tenuit, firmitatis et roboris.

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Hackers stealing your PageRank

The last time I wrote about a hacked site, it was using a redirect that sent some users to a different site. This kind of hack is pretty common (even though it’s usually not as complex as mentioned in that post), it leverages the sad fact ( that users are often easy to trick and not browsing with protection (or a current browser ( A different angle of attack is to redirect only search engine crawlers to a different site.

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