Developer notes some of the metadata coded into NYT pages and how to pass it into an URL. Queries abound.
Some thoughts on Yelp and how many niches it can serve, how it goes about its business.
Spectacular SEO resource with solid advice on what to spend your time on and what to let slide.
Google News now links to wire stories from the original source (AP, AFP, etc.), hosted by Google, in addition to the 5,137 versions of each wire story posted at individual news sites.
Three reasons why this is good for newspapers:
- Newspaper.coms no longer have to spend time, money, and resources on trying to build the best semantic, SEO-friendly code for their wire stories that are the least unique content on their sites. They should work on doing that for local news and information anyway, but stop worrying about how you host AP stories and what that does to your placement on Google News.
- The rewards that newspapers with higher PageRank and more incoming links get on Google News might slowly diminish as the Google-hosted wire stories draw more attention. Again, worry less about SEO and more about creating local content for local readers.
- The page view spikes from getting a wire story or an editorial on a national issue to show up on Google News are nearly worthless, anyway. A reader from Poughkeepsie who clicked on the AP story hosted by your newspaper.com in Jackson Hole isn’t coming back to find out how the rodeo turns out.
Google’s Universal Search makes properly marking up your images all the more worthy.
This is really useful for finding a mug in a hurry.
The other Ryan Sholin graduates from high school. The story’s behind a newspaper registration wall (cue sad trombones and bugmenot). The mention immediately threw his name onto the second page of Google search results for our name. Glad to see him there.