Are your 301 Redirects Really Permanent 301's?

{ Posted on 1:00 PM by Noah Wieder }
In working with several developers over the past decade I've learned that many really don't understand SEO. And while I now enough about web development and programming to break something when I'm curious or impatient I had to find tools to help me double check the work being performed.

One of the biggest issues I've run into is when I move a web site or convert a site from blogger to Wordpress or from a .Net or Web 2.0 property to a Wordpress platform.  The issue is how not to lose the Google Link Juice and your subscribers or followers. All that work done on SEO could be lost if your developers don't follow some SEO principles and concepts.

Most importantly redirecting old URL's to new URL's with a proper 301 redirect. The way you redirect your own web pages is usually dependent on your web Server for a server side redirect. Most Linux servers running web sites use Apache so redirection is done using the Apache Mod Rewrite, simple 301 redirects or both.  Either of which are administered by an HTACCESS file. Mod Rewrite requires you install the Mod Rewrite Engine on your Apache Server. I'm not going to write about how to best implement your 301 redirects as there are already many great write ups on that topic. This site does a nice job of providing 301 redirect examples if that's what you're looking for.

According to Google's help pages:
If you need to change the URL of a page as it is shown in search engine results, we recommended that you use a server-side 301 redirect. This is the best way to ensure that users and search engines are directed to the correct page. The 301 status code means that a page has permanently moved to a new location.
Some developers may find it easier to use client side redirects which can hinder your SEO friendliness.  A perfect server side 301 redirect will ell the search engine the old page has permanently moved.  For example: the URL now takes users to which is exactly what the web developer wants.

Once you have added your 301 redirect, make sure the search engines see that your process is seeing the header as "HTTP/1.1·301·Moved·Permanently".  

An easy way to accomplish this is to use an HTTP Viewer.  Simply enter your URL in the viewer and click submit. Let it work it's magic and then under "Receiving Header" information make sure it shows "HTTP/1.1·301·Moved·Permanently" and not something else like "HTTP/1.1·200·OK". 

Once you confirm your link is a 301 redirect, you are all set.

QR Code for your Wifi Network

{ Posted on 10:06 PM by Noah Wieder }
Here's not only a time saver but a great way to give people that visit your home or office a way to connect to your wifi network without giving out your SSID or Password or having them ask one of your employees.

I don't know about you but some folks have crazy passwords and it takes forever for them to even find it. Remembering it is out of the question. So they dig up that 10 year old post-it (or take it off the cork board and it's got a 1,000 holes in it) with the SSID and password scribbled on it with the faded pen (or pencil).  Now you have to open your phone or other mobile devices network connection and set it all up.

Well, how about a shortcut for those of you with a bar code scanner on your mobile device. Now this is cool quick tip.

Use a QR Code Generator to let folks connect to your network. Here's how.
  1. Visit the generator site. 
  2. Use the drop down box.. and go to wifi network.
  3. Enter your SSID and Password
  4. Select Network Type WEP or WPA/WPA2 or no encryption
  5. Click Generate button
  6. It will create a QR code image and a link.
  7. Right click on the image to "save image as".
  8. Print out the image.
Leave the print out in an easily accessible area in your office such as the lobby, conference room, or public areas where your customers or visitors may need WiFi access.

This is perfect for restaurants too. Simply print your WiFi QR code on your menu or table placard.

At home you can leave it in the kitchen, maybe print it on a card and put in on your fridge.  Now your guests can connect to your network without any trouble. I actually created a separate guest login (a guest SSDI) on my router so guests don't have access to my network drives or confidential information.

Now, when anyone comes to your home or business and needs to connect to your network, they just scan the QR code it and it connects them.

eHow Discontinues WCP

{ Posted on 11:56 AM by Noah Wieder }
I'm officially done writing for eHow.  After a very short career being an eHow author and managing through all their changes and subsequent sale to Demand Media they have decided to discontinue their Writers Compensation Program "WCP". They say it's to:

Continued Focus on Improving Consumer Experience Drives Editorial Changes and Removal of User-Generated Articles

It's not like my articles were setting the world on fire but I had written a dozen or so ehow articles from the end of 2009 thru 2010. I did not write any in 2011 due to all the changes and difficulties getting articles approved. Some of my articles had received over 5000 views with earnings of over $150.  While my average article compensation was about $5.00 per month and will only get me a gallon of gas per article per month, it's still better than a hot stick in the eye.

I'm actually sorry to see they closed the WCP as it was one of the things I used to suggest college kids try to do in order to earn extra money and gain writing experience. Just two articles a month and maybe one or two extra a year during the four years they were in college, they would  have at least 100 articles when they graduated.

Based on my average earnings per article (some months over $5) I think it would have been a safe assumption that someone dedicated to writing 100 articles in 4 years would have graduated receiving a decent enough check to afford a nice car payment upon graduation. Plus gain the experience of having been published online for a few years.

Too bad Demand Media couldn't figure out how to continue their WCP and improve the customer experience   at the same time.  In all fairness, some articles I've read were a little light, but their new editorial guidelines were getting tougher and tougher and complaints among the writing community were mounting.

They did offer to pay me a flat fee equal to about 6 months of my previous average compensation for ownership of the articles. So I accepted the offer and I'll move on. Farewell, eHow.

PPC and Organic Keyword Overlap Tool

{ Posted on 2:15 PM by Noah Wieder }
One look and you'll quickly see just how cool this tool is. Enter your domain and a competitors domain and you can see what Organic and PPC phrases you both compete for and how many your competitors have in SERPs vs paid ads as well as how many you have in common.

This is a great tool to get a quick snap shot of how your site compares to some of your toughest competitors. It gives you clear picture of how much work you have ahead of you if you want to achieve better rankings.

Great Thoughts to Live By

{ Posted on 10:21 AM by Noah Wieder }
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Thoughts to Live By:

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2010 .
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes’ walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't overdo. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

40. Share this with others.