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While it stresses that correlation does not equal causation; a new study indicates social signals have a strong presence in top ranking pages. SearchMetric’s “SEO Ranking Factors – Rank Correlation 2013 for Google USA” notes that high ranking pages also have a high number of likes, shares, tweets and plus ones. Something not mentioned in […]
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When we think of the people behind computing and the Internet, certain names spring to mind. Douglas Engelbart likely wouldn’t be one of them, but should be. In 1963, Mr Engelbart was working as a computer scientist at the Stanford Research Institute and developed a wooden block with two rolling discs called an “X-Y position […]
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Lock your sites with SSL


There are lots of good SSL certificates out there, but if you want more comprehensive validation, you should get Extended Validation. This is the validation that tells your customers that your company has been validated as real and legitimate. It puts your name in the URL bar and provides that extra edge of security and confidence.


Here is a list of the

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In 2011, I lamented infographics. Nothing has changed in nearly two years and I had hoped they would be a threatened species by now. It wasn’t to be. In any week, I’ll still get a half dozen or so emails from companies that have developed infographics they want me to publish. As soon as I […]
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Starting in June, About.com has decided to remove our blogs in favor of promoting our other content more directly. If you regularly read the blog here, you may notice some changes, as I'll be focusing more on writing longer articles and less on writing short blog posts. But I'll still be here, writing about HTML and web design.

I am also writing in a lot of other places, besides About.com. You can find me at:

  • HTMLJenn.com - where I post my most recent guest posts, provide links to places I do regular or semi-regular columns, and just keep you up-t
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    o-date on what's going on in my writing and consulting.

  • HTML5 in 24 Hours - where I'll be posting more blog posts to replace the ones I would have put here. I also talk about my latest books, including my upcoming book Sams Teach Yourself Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 in 24 Hours.

  • Enjoy SciFi - here I write reviews of SciFi and fantasy books I've read and TV or movies I've seen.

  • Tech for Anyone - I am a sometime contributor to this site where I write about technology and how it interfaces with our world.

  • Aquaterra - I am the webminister for this site, and while I don't write most of the content, I do keep it up-to-date.

  • Who Needs Role Models - and finally, my personal blog, where I write about whatever comes to mind at the moment.



And I'm always around on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter if you want to chat with me. I hope to hear from you!
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Good riddance to an antiquated communications method or misty eyed nostalgia? – a bit of both I guess. The Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi was the world’s last major* commercial telegram operation. After 162 years, it has now also ceased operations, with the last telegram sent on the weekend. In its heyday, the service […]
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When readers go to a website, they want to be able to find their way around quickly and easily. But navigation is often one of the most overlooked parts of a website. Designing the navigation is vital if your customers are going to find what they need, and not leave immediately. But there are some steps you can take to design effective navigation for your site. Your readers will thank you! Effective Web Navigation
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Quality Unit, the makers of one of the top affiliate tracking systems is running a special promo on their software.
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How much are advertisers collectively spending to reach each US online user annually? US advertisers spent an estimated $144 (in nominal dollars) reaching each online user last year. It’s a big jump from the $36 per user spent in 2002, which was due to the effects of the dotcom bubble bursting and other economic woes. […]
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They say there’s no such thing as silly questions. There are when it comes to customer support. An important part of customer retention is support. I think support is really undervalued by many merchants, and this is reflected in the staff they select or how they direct those staff to operate. I don’t think I’d […]
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