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Too Much SEO

Apparently not only is SEO an incorrect effort, it can also be a damaging one. It seems that the once “rewarding” practice of cheating search engines can now penalize you. You should be focusing on authentic content not authentic keywords.

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Resuscitating Intense Debate

From shortly after the time Automattic acquired Intense Debate and made it part of its offering I’ve been using and recommending it as a commenting system for blogs. However during its installation in a recent project I ran into difficulties and got no response from the support team. Over recent years I’ve also been watching Disqus expand and evolve while Intense Debate seems to be dead in the water. I’ve visited the Intense Debate blog and indeed it seems that the project is for the most part dormant. I am no longer at peace recommending Intense Debate as a commenting system … and I want that to change.

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Proactive design panel on the front end

As a followup to my email to Ian – I came across this post with a “proactive design panel on the front end”. It’s nice to know I’m not living in my own imaginary bubble “This further raises the question, what else should we bring to the front to enable a better visual connection between [...]

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28 Non-Financial Benefits of Business Blogging

I used to spend more time amongst business people and as a result had more conversations about blogging for business. They would usually “want a website”  – which would usually be a few basic static pages – what I consider to be dead in the water. I would often encourage them to consider getting a [...]

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Email to Ian Stewart

I left a comment on this post by Ian Stewart. The comment was: “this sounds nice but superficial … I would wish for something deeper and more substantial …” Ian did not approve the comment but did write me to ask what I meant. I wrote him a lengthy email. He replied and said I [...]

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