Jul 11 2010

At this very moment, I am up to my neck in Internet gremlins

Published by at 10:19 pm under Mea Culpa

I’m changing a lot of content around tonight and many links may be broken until, say, Sunday.  I’m doing my best to update the links, but if you find any that don’t work, please post a comment somewhere.  Thanks!

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3 Responses to “At this very moment, I am up to my neck in Internet gremlins”

  1. Loysquaredon 15 Jul 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Say it: “I’m up to my neck in Internet sh*t!” 😛

  2. B. Macon 15 Jul 2010 at 7:26 pm

    If I am still buried in Internet gremlins after the weekend is through, THEN I will break out the profanity. And not the asterisked kind. More like the heretofore-known-only-to-Marines kind.

    Here’s what I’d like to accomplish by Sunday night:
    –Redo the sidebar so that popular pages are more prominent.

    –Rewrite the article summaries so that they’re more Google-friendly. I have a few hundred 2-3 sentence summaries to write. (My goal is to have one for each post in the Writing Articles category with more than ~100 words, so I have probably somewhere in the range of 400-600 to do).

    –Rewrite old-and-popular pages, particularly those with unusually high bounce rates.

    –Use phrases like “graphic novel” far more often than I do currently. (I find the term a bit pretentious, but Analytics indicates that the people looking for writing advice are significantly more likely to use “graphic novel” in their Google searches than “comic book”). This will entail a minor rewrite of 25-50 key articles and titles. This is pretty fast.

    –Change the permalinks for fairly unpopular pages to woo Google. The top 30 articles won’t be touched because it would break too many inbound links.

    –When an article has an unusually high exit rate (many people leave the site after reading it), I’ll try inserting links to similar articles to encourage readers to keep circulating. Also, I’ll try to make sure that the quality is high.

    –I’m going to try to increase the amount of pages with StumbleUpon links at the bottom from ~15 to ~50.

    –I’m going to try to cut down the number of categories and use them more broadly. Also, I’m renaming the titles of the categories for Google-friendliness.

    –Try to catch as many of the changed links as I can. Updating the indexes should be fairly simple, but catching every link on other pages will be nightmarish.

    –Be more consistent about providing metadata on videos and pictures, like captions for pictures embedded in the picture itself. Google can’t “read” videos or pictures as well as text, but captions help tell Google what the file is about.

  3. Loysquaredon 16 Jul 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Keep up the good work! So far, so good 😉

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