As many of you know, DaniWeb was hit by a Google algorithm update back in November 2012 and we lost about 50% of our search traffic. In investigating the issue, I discovered that DaniWeb, in addition to most other programming forums out there, all lost their google traffic to [StackOverflow](http://www.stackoverflow.com). For those who don't know, StackOverflow is a Q&A-based wiki-forum hybrid that was born a few years ago and subsequently received a lot of venture capital. Hands down, it deserves really high listings in Google results: it is fast-loading, lots of people link to it, it has almost exclusively high …

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After a week of Jewish holidays bookending Advertising Week, SMX East, IAB Mixx, and OMMA, I took a break this past weekend to attend Comic Con NY at the Javits Center. A couple of first impressions: while the website announces it had the largest attendance to date, it seemed eerily empty as compared to previous years. That isn't to say it wasn't absolutely packed, because of course it was. But people were free to roam around and weren't packed in like sardines, unable to push through the crowds, which tended to be the norm on previous Comic Con Saturday afternoons. …

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Until not very long ago, the More dropdown menu on the Google search results pages offered the ability to filter the results by type: News, Discussions, Blogs, etc. There were quite a handful of choices and they've all existed for years and years. It used to work great for me, but for the better part of 2013, I actually found it quite frustrating because whenever I was filtering `site:daniweb.com` results by Discussions, *only* news stories and code snippets would come up, and meanwhile all of the forum threads would show up when filtering by Blogs. In fact, I posted something …

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At first I thought it was just me. I restarted my DNS server after noticing intermittent connection issues. But nope! It looks like Facebook, Twitter and a handful of other sites are currently down in parts of the United States. At least here with Time Warner in NYC, and according to [DownWhere.com](http://www.downwhere.com/facebook) and [DownForEveryoneOrJustMe](http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/facebook.com). How on earth are we expected to tweet our frustrations with Twitter being down?! It's been quite an extended period of time so far, too. At least a half hour ago since I first came onto the computer and noticed, so we're not talking about a …

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Following in nerd tradition, I went to Comic-Con at the Javits Center in NYC this past Saturday. I consider myself a Trekkie (TNG and Voyager) and, while I'm not a comic buff, I do love all of the TV-based Superman shows (The Adventures of Superman, Lois and Clark, Smallville, etc.) I'm also a fan of sci-fi series' such as Heroes, etc. ![IMG_0735](/attachments/small/0/IMG_0735.jpg "IMG_0735") I had not registered early enough and was one of the unfortunate bunch who didn't receive their pass mailed to them in advance. The entire cab ride there, and especially as I pulled up to the Javits …

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A Google official has announced this morning that the search giant is back in action in China. Google, the second most popular search engine in China, behind Baidu, announced in January of this year that it would no longer censor its search results on the Chinese version of its website, against the wishes of the Chinese government. As a result, Google's stock price plummeted while Baidu's stock price saw all time highs, surpassing Google on the stock market. A couple months later, Google began redirecting users accessing the google.cn version of Google to the uncensored Hong Kong version. Unfortunately, Chinese …

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As many of you are probably aware, DaniWeb was hit hard by Google's Panda algorithm update back in February. A news story written by Davey entitled [url=http://www.daniweb.com/internet-marketing/search-engine-optimization/news/350575]Google Farmer Update: what went wrong?[/url] explained that the February 24th Panda algorithm targeted at content farms literally cut DaniWeb's US traffic by half. The global rollout that followed a month later did the same to all of our English-speaking traffic. On March 3rd, I started a forum thread in Google's [url=http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters/thread?tid=6546710fb55bd11b&hl=en]Webmaster Central forum[/url] as a plea of desperation. A couple hundred responses explained in detail all of the different things that I've done …

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Pigs still don't fly, but they might as well, because Google finally decided to open up about their AdSense revenue share (read: the percentage of money they take in that they split with AdSense publishers). The [url="http://adsense.blogspot.com/2010/05/adsense-revenue-share.html"]official blog article[/url] discloses that AdSense for content publishers earn a 68% revenue share worldwide, which is far above what most other networks offer (typically they hover around 50-55%). They also mentioned in the article that within the next few months, they will begin displaying revenue shares right within the AdSense interface. This actually marks a really big step for Google because it means …

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What appears to be a brand new feature of our beloved Google is the ability to "Note" any URL which turns up in the search results. Noting a URL adds it to your personal notebook, which works like a scrapbook ala bookmarks. Pretty interesting ... although I'm still a fan of IE favorites, browser history, and the back button.

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Google has finally implemented something that I've been requesting for quite awhile ... The ability to group statistics by day, week, or month. This is an immensely useful tool when trying to chart trends and patterns. For example, instead of just being able to group statistics by day, we now have the ability to compare month to month - something you would think would be an integral part of any analytics software and yet sorely lacking from Google Analytics since its inception, up until now, that is. Unusual when you consider that it was present in Urchin, the analytics software …

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I just logged into my Google AdWords campaign management to find a new feature: [url=https://adwords.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=80588&hl=en_US]demographic bidding[/url]. This new feature allows you to bid on, or exclude, certain demographic groups, such as users of a certain age or gender. A new reporting tool in the campaign management settings shows you a traffic report by gender and traffic report by age for the past seven days. Age is broken down into the age groups of under 17, 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-65, and 65+. It then allows you to make adjustments to each bracket by increasing or decreasing your bid by a …

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This is rather belated news, but I figured it was worth posting anyways. Apple has recently unveiled larger capacity versions of the iTouch and iPhone. The iTouch, originally only available in 8 gig and 16 gig versions, now boasts a whopping 32 gig version with a $500 pricetag. The iPhone began with 4 gig and 8 gig versions. Then they ditched the 4 gig model quicker than you could blink, lowered the pricetag, and released the 8 gig and 16 gig iTouch. Now they're following suit with a 16 gig iPhone with the same pricetag of the new 32 gig …

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According to a [url=http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN1325839520080313]story on Reuters[/url], it appears that Google is planning on using their newfound acquisition of the DoubleClick ad server to launch a new (and free) Ad Manager service ... essentially providing a free ad server to publishers (mind you a service that mid to large size online publishers pay tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more, a month for). I'm curious to see how this pans out, and exactly how it could translate into ad revenue for Google. I would imagine that Google-powered ads would perhaps run in the ad spots a percentage of …

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I logged into my Google Analytics account tonight only to be presented with a new option: Benchmarking Beta. Apparently you can opt into a program that lets Google anonymously datamine all of your statistics. (At first you're always thinking why on earth you would want to opt into this.) However, if you do so, data from other sites that have also enabled benchmarking all get combined and Google shows how your site compares to industry standards. I can't really comment much on the new feature because it says that my first report will appear within a few weeks, but I'm …

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Well, it looks like the latest installment of Microsoft's browser, IE8, is now [url=http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/ie8/readiness/Install.htm]available for download[/url] in beta status. While I'm not daring enough to give it a go myself, word on the street is that, while Microsoft boasts it passes the ACID2 test, it renders most sites rather awkwardly, to the point of being unusable for regular web browsing. (It leaves a sour taste when you consider that their main push is adhering to standards and compliancy.) To add insult to injury, while MS is off boasting that IE8 is CSS2 compliant, they seem to ignore the fact that …

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In an effort to compete with the Blackberry, and gain momentum in the business world, the iPhone now has full support for Microsoft Exchange, one of the major factors holding the professional back from splurging on an iPhone. While Apple is now going full force trying to make the iPhone attractive to nearly every demographic, if you ask me, they should have chosen a different name for the phone if they had plans on doing that. Apple has been known to use the iName nomenclature to reference their home and low budget products ... the iBook, the iMac, the iLife …

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Google, in my opinion, made a couple of mistakes in Q1 with the way they've handled changes in Google AdSense. For example, they made the change of making only AdSense titles and urls clickable instead of the entire ad unit, saying that it will lead to fewer people clicking accidentally, raising the conversion rates for advertisers, encouraging them to spend more. While a noble cause, it certainly wasn't the wisest move to do during Q1, when ad spend is always at its lowest, especially when it will take a couple of months to catch on in advertisers' eyes. The result? …

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A recent visit into Google's [URL="http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/"]Webmaster Tools [/URL]has brought a new section to my attention which I would imagine would be of much interest to SEOs: Internal and External links. The table of Internal links seems interesting - a listing of pages on your domain that have links pointing to them from other internal pages. But where I think this section shines is with the external links - Essentially it is a listing of pages within your domain that have links pointing TO THEM from other sites. Not only that, but it is a detailed listing of these external pages …

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This morning I logged into Google Analytics and noticed a message mentioning a brand new interface, and yet, everything looked the same. Now, a couple of hours later, I just logged back in and, indeed, noticed a massive revamp for Google Analytics. The first thing I notice is the much larger font and colorful design which looks almost kiddy-like. Something else to note is it's nearly all Flash-based now. However, I do have to admit, the default information provided on the front page is much more useful. Overall, I think the information is presented more concisely, albeit with larger font …

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It's been a couple of years now that Google has been in the contextual advertising game, serving up ads not just in the search results, but also across the network of AdSense publishers. AdSense has since become a dream come true for many small publishers realizing they can make some cash from their blogs and hobby websites. But when it comes to the largest of the large sites on the web - nearly all of them rely on the DoubleClick ad server to serve up their media-based ads - everything from Macromedia Flash ads to interstatials (the between-page ads CNET …

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Well, I just got myself through a major disaster. A couple of days ago, vBulletin, the forum system which powers the core of DaniWeb, released a shiny new version, vB 3.6. Every day since, they've been announcing new features - many of which look just awesome! This afternoon, they finally released public beta. My first instinct was to naturally wait until stable. However, when 7pm rolled around, my anxiousness got the better of me. I dutifully backed up the database and the filesystem, and away I went. Only to find that the upgrade wasn't trivial by any means, but rather …

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I've heard rumors of this coming for awhile, but I finally saw it while browsing DaniWeb just a couple of minutes ago. A box ad that I run with a white background, which usually displays four ads, now displays three. The extra room is reserved for some text links with a bunch of keywords, similar to the link units. However, instead of opening a new window, clicking on one of the keywords dynamically refreshes the IFRAME to present the user with new ads, in addition to making room for a search field built into part of the ad box (Many …

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While working on the new DaniWeb Event Calendar feature, I did a Google search regarding the vBulletin built-in calendar feature. Built right into the search engine results pages was the statement: In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may [URL="http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=898"]read the DMCA complaint[/URL] that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org. I've never seen this before. The ChillingEffects website doesn't seem to be affiliated with Google but a browse around the site shows that the organization is, indeed, affiliated with a couple universities …

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For those of you webmasters out there who are running Google Analytics ([URL]http://www.google.com/analytics[/URL]) then you can welcome a new feature ... site overlay. It's a feature that so far I have only seen in paid analytics software, so it's definitely a more than welcome addition. Google Analytics logs pageviews to keep track of user click paths and defines sessions. This takes it to a whole new level by visually representing data for each link on a page. Check it out! :) I've been using it for just a couple of minutes now and am finding it very helpful and useful …

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The End.