Help: How do I announce a new website?

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 | Business, Tutorials | 3 Comments

We launch websites every month or two for clients, and make many website updates.  What are the best ways to tell the “internet” that your site is up, and ready to be checked out?  I’m going to focus on the free options, as I find anything that costs money sketchy (especially with regard to listing a site).

We can divide this into a few categories:

  • Search Engines
  • Social Networking
  • Peer Sites
  • News Aggregators

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-17

Monday, February 16th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-02-08

Sunday, February 8th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments
  • Woke up to snow, again. Haven’t seen my lawn since mid December. Makes it easier to code during the day than having sun shining at least. #
  • #ajax #jQuery posted an extensive review about the enhancements made in jQuery 1.3 #
  • Anyone know if there’s an easy way to setup a test account in #wordpress that uses a different theme? I’m trying to play with a new theme #
  • Playing scrabble on facebook — a slow sick day. #
  • I find it annoying playing against people who know what they are doing in scrabble, I mean, “Qi” — come on #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-02-01

Sunday, February 1st, 2009 | Personal | No Comments
  • Check this out, some good ajax examples — jQuery tutorials for Designers — #
  • Some little hints I didn’t know about sitemaps – – I wasn’t even signed up for! #
  • RT @TheDigitalLife: Starbucks lays off 1000, Home Depot -7000, Sprint -8000, and bailout Citicorp just bought a new $50m jet. Yup its Mo … #
  • #ajax Check out my Basic Ajax Tutorial – jQuery toggle and slide #
  • RT @designmeme: 10 Must-Read Articles for Photoshop Beginners #
  • RT @whybanksfail: New blog post: Job cuts across the board, 72,500 people in the cold #
  • #obama Has anyone seen the new Much more informative — and of course the official weekly Youtube address #
  • RT @designmeme 15+ Tips to Speed Up Your Website, and Optimize Your Code #
  • Highlights posted by Wired on last weeks chat with IE8 developers, — still waiting for CSS3 #
  • #iphone That dark spot in the middle of my 3G iphone is really bothering me — but I don’t want to risk a worse replacement #
  • #mysql #wordpress Saw a nice post at Shawn’s Place, Optimizing your MySQL database with PhpMyAdmin & WP-Plugin – #
  • The dog is now getting groomed in our driveway, thanks Fur Kidz, How great is that? #
  • RT @pchere: 10 Steps To Protect The Admin Area In WordPress #
  • Today I’m going to do some experiments with #flash #flex and #papervision3d — hopefully culminating in something I can use on a project! #
  • #design Some amazing modern lamp designs (no, not linux/apache/mysql/php) you have to see these – #
  • #flash #as3 Long day — got lots of progress with #papervision, figured out how to make animations smoother and look better — night! #
  • Went skiing with my dad at Butternut today, great day! Came home and did some more papervision experimentation — even better. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-01-25

Sunday, January 25th, 2009 | Personal | No Comments
  • It’s been a good weekend — Snowboarding, Star Wars, AJAX, Flash, jQuery, CSS, Cleaning, Snow — time to kick start the rest of the week! #
  • You can watch the Inauguration LIVE on my blog, #
  • RT @macworld: Apple results: record $10.17B revenue and $1.6B profit; 2.5M Macs, record 22.7M iPods, 4.3M iPhones. More live in 20 mins. #
  • Trying to figure out how to clear the DNS cache on Google’s Chrome browser, anyone know? #
  • RT @whybanksfail Scariest 2 graphs on The Fed & Bank Borrowing #
  • Clearing browsing data, all of it, in Google Chrome does NOT clear the DNS cache of the browser. Still looking…. #
  • Seems that after closing all Chrome instances, and restarting the browser — the DNS prefetch is reset. Would love a button for that #
  • RT @whybanksfail New blog post: England on a path with Stagnation #
  • Isn’t Google hosted email great? #
  • Good morning all! #
  • RT @zaibatsu: Inside Jonathan Ive’s Apple Design Lab That’s what I call a lab #
  • RT @SashaKane: Don’t usually recommend blogs, but this one ROCKS! #
  • RT @BILL_ROMANOS: Looking at: Dynamic Visualization of “Worldwide Inauguration via Twitter” ( ) #
  • Signing out for the day — enjoy the weekend everyone! #
  • Just finished house chores — now it’s time to get some work (play) done! Flash and flex, here I come #

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Analyzing Twitter Traffic

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 | Business | 2 Comments

I’ve posted a few times on my experiment to see how much Twitter boosts my overall traffic.  In doing so I’ve noticed a lot of my traffic now comes from strange sources.  With the use of TinyURL, and some of the interfaces people use for twitter, traffic is difficult to watch.

An article I just read on Yoast, The analytics issue with Twitter offers a nice solution.  

According to, only 50% of twitter traffic comes from the web.  The other 50% comes from all sorts of various applications.

How do we track it?

One great way, suggested in the aforementione article, is to tag twitter posts with campaign tags.  Just like large companies do, tagging traffic as a campaign will let you analyze traffic coming form all Twitter sources.

Check out the original post, The analytics issue with Twitter.  He deserves credit on this, I’m just pointing you to his article.

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Twitter Traffic Experiment

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Business | No Comments

twitter_logo_sWe’re doing an experiment right now.  I’ve been wanting to get into Twitter to see how it is.  Something I hve been investigating over the last few months is the impact of various methods in building traffic and exposure on the web (the two are tightly intertwined… sometimes unfortunately).

I have a few friends on Twitter who have been trying to get me on there.  So I caved.  I setup a Twitter account (seangw for those of you out there).  

First of all, please comment me if I’m using terminology incorrectly.  Some words I just discovered today:

  • Retweet
  • Tweets
  • Tweeting 

So far I have managed to let my friends, who have been “tweeting” me for the past 8 months, know that I am finally there to receive the messages (some date back to July 2008).  

I have also managed to find — which tries to act like a Yellow Pages for Twitter.  It lets you find people who are interested in the same thing as you, and follow them on Twitter.  Right now I think I have followed 45 people (I had 3 people I had been following since the account was first created).  I’ve actually seen some interesting things in the last 6 hours already.  

Information I’ve found interesting just over the course of this one evening has been:

  • Feedback on the MacWorld event
  • links to a new iPhone OS (I may follow up on this, I’m not sure how reliable the link is)

Not a bad total for the first evening of watching Twitter on my iPhone while watching TV.

The real part of the experiment is how much traffic does Twitter actually drive to a blog/website?

Obviously, I intend to make my presence on Twitter permanent.  In this unique time I have recording mechanisms set up to allow an analysis of the “Twitter” effect.  I will be paying attention to the growth of my followers, along with the traffic I see from Twitter.  

Earlier today I had read a blog posting that said over 90% of his traffic now comes from Twitter.  I think that was mostly bullshit, as he was selling applications to build up Twitter traffic.  He did have a vested interest in peddling the case.

So — if you’re from Twitter, please follow me and spread the word (I will follow everyone who follows me, after all, you must have good taste).  If not, check it out — it’s not that scary.

So far I’ve been averaging about 50 visits a day on this blog prior to Twitter.  I have been adding a lot of content now that the holidays are over, and traffic on other sites is going up in general, but we should be able to see the effects of Twitter (with a very small grain of salt).

Any and all feedback is more than welcome!

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Smashing Magazine: 10 Killer WordPress Hacks

Thursday, January 8th, 2009 | Business | No Comments

Smashing Magazine posted an article a few days ago with 10 wordpress hacks, 10 Killer WordPress Hacks.

Read the article for details on how to do them, but the hacks listed are:

  1. Display AdSense Ads to Search Engines Visitors Only
  2. Avoid Duplicate Posts in Multiple Loops
  3. Replacing “Next” and “Previous” Page Links with Pagination (we did that one!)
  4. Automatically Get Images on Post Content
  5. Create a “Send to Twitter” Button
  6. Using Normal Quotes Instead of Curly Quotes
  7. Deny Comment Posting to No Referrer Requests
  8. Using CSS Sliding Doors in WordPress Navigation
  9. Dsplay a Random Header Image on Your WordPress Blog
  10. List Your Scheduled Posts

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