How Lifetime Products Uses Data Feeds on the Web

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@markmathson made a simple comment on Twitter. He said “I agree […], RSS is not dead. […]” I replied that Lifetime Products (my employer) is using data feeds today more than ever. He wanted to know more… What are Feeds? (RSS, ATOM, RDF) “Feeds” (for the purpose of this article) are an alternately formatted view…

SEO Tip: An introduction to Search Engine Optimization, Placement, and Marketing; SEO

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Many of you may already know, I’m involved with SEM (including SEO & SEP) with my employer. First off, let me give you some background and define terms: Search Engine Optimization (SEO) What is SEO? This term is almost universally used incorrectly. Most SEO Strategists or “purists” call this “on-page” SEO; in other words, SEO…

Google gets hopped up on Caffeine

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As we’ve discussed before, Google (and other search engines) are continually tweaking their search algorithms in an attempt to make search results more relvant to what the user is actually searching for. How they do this is closely guarded and always moving, but we suspect there is some component of Sangria and Voodoo involved. Most…

What is a Browser?

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I’ve been a “web guy” officially since 1993, and was surfing the BBSs long before that. I went to college for years learning about computers, networks, communications, and the Internet. I read book after book about web development, html, css, web design, usability, user interface, and user experience. I attended web conferences (in person and…

Four Design techniques to quickly add a callout to your web pages

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There are times when you may want to call attention to something on your website. It could be a special event, an new product or service, an upcoming redesign, or any other number of things. If we haven’t previously answered this question from a design perspective (such as including a special “breaking news” element in…

Exposing Microsoft MSIE8 Lies

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Via Mike Dopp, Microsoft recently posted a page about why MSIE8 is the cat’s meow, why it’s better than its competition, and basically why you’re stupid if you surf with anything else. But are all their claims true? In a word: no. WebMoney (article no longer exists) and Geek Technica take Microsoft to task and rip…