CDATAcomments. I found that blog post so useful that I am writing this and sharing it before they have replied or I have had a chance to test the code. I have every reason to think it will work but again, I have not tested it. If you’re using Google AdWords call conversion tracking on your website and using Google Tag Manager (or considering implementing it) I think you’ll find it useful.
Kandinsky is Awesome!Working in search, I’m adept at ignoring clickbait; I couldn’t ignore this. He is one of my favorite artists. There is no reason to question his being honored with a Google Doodle, he is one of the most talented and notable artists I know of.
The Independent’s Clickbait TitleUpon reading the article, it seems they are not questioning his Google Doodle. The article itself (which I am not linking to due to not wanting to support such tactics) never even mentions anything which seems to indicate it should be questioned and is a tepid and impotent summary. The article is so weak, I wonder if it is programmatically generated.
What’s So Great About Kandinsky?I’m glad you asked. Allow me to share some of my favorites: (the first painting is the work featured in the Google Doodle) Yeah, that’s what so great about Wassily Kandinsky.
I am sometimes easily, albeit fleetingly, entertained.
Especially, when I have spent 20 of the last 24 hours trying to hack together enough Python and XPath to get a Scrapy web crawler to be more co-operative than I was as a surly 13 year-old.
In my teenage-like angst I came across a blog post about XML parsing libraries and trying to use them with HTML.
When it comes to web I tend to read for information so I take special delight in authors who can convey useful (to me at least) technical information clearly with just enough flair to make it fun.
Simon Timms succeeded when he coined this line:
…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.
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?