…You don’t want to get involved in XML anyway—it is a gateway drug to proprietary file formats.Whether you find it funny or not, it earned him an organic inbound link. And I’ll go out of my way to read his stuff in the future, it’s just the right mix of and technically sophisticated commentary and information and irreverence.
If you have ever worked with images, especially in bulk as is often needed for SEO, you know that cameras name images with meaningless hashes.
Granted they are generally sequential, so that makes sense within the context of the camera but file names like
IMG_63826151.JPEG are meaningless to anyone else in any other context.
I mean, imagine your parents are standing next to you as you search for a certain photograph that you know is on your computer. That’s no time to discover that meaningless hashes force you to review the file to gauge its contents.
No Siree, I’d rather have that photo named
naughty-picture-of-my-girlfriend.jpg then I can be sure not to preview that one when Mom’s in the room.
Photo Naming Conventions
I like image file names to be all lower case, with words separated by dashes, descriptively named and with a 3 letter extension (i.e.
The Name Changer App by MRR Software makes changes like that easy and quick across any number of files.
Need your photos appended with a number?
No problem, it handles RegEx and more with ease and yet still has a pleasant intuitive GUI.
I suppose there might be better utilities for this out there but this one is good enough that I quit looking when I found it.
Plus it’s free (one of these days I’ll donate).
I use WordPress for my website (this website); I’m aware of it’s shortcomings but all in all quite happy with it.
On most sites I work on I install JetPack, but I only really use a few features.
I recently decided to try disabling the “wp.me shortlink” and I’m quite happy with the results.
Here’s the details:
Using wp.me shortlinks causes Publicize, which auto-posts to my social media channels, to post links that are non-branded gibberish in the URLs, as shown below.
By disabling that feature, my links get posted with my actual domain.
As a web professional, I know more about security exploits than the average bear. Auto-posting a wp.me link to Twitter means that the link that shows up is a redirect to a redirect to my site.
A URL shortened redirect to a URL shortened redirect…Sounds legit, right?
Analytics Traffic Attribution
Let me note, I haven’t looked into this but if I see t.co in my traffic reports than I know that people clicked a link on Twitter.
If t.com redirects to wp.me how is that traffic attributed?
My guess is that any traffic I get from auto posting to social media would be attributed to wp.me and that isn’t useful.
Sure, there’s an argument to be made that
wp.me links would be auto-posted and
t.co traffic would be that which was shared personally. That argument will be valid when and if I ever have time to share links to my own site without auto-posting them.
Non “Pretty Permalinks”
All sites I work on use “pretty permalinks” as they are much more human and SEO friendly, and while I wish they’d post that way, the simple fact is that auto-posting non-pretty permalinks saves me a lot characters so I’m OK with it.
What do you think?
Do you prefer the wp.me shortlinks or the defualt WordPress query string permalinks?
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