All posts by Bob Leggitt

Google Rating Social Links on Reaction?

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New evidence is emerging to suggest that Google Search is not evaluating social media sharing as was previously thought. This, of course, has huge implications for all bloggers and anyone else who needs to place well on the search engines. In this article, I’m going to cite some surprising examples which seem to demonstrate that it’s not who’s sharing your links that matters – it’s who’s clicking them. Continue reading Google Rating Social Links on Reaction?

Easy Research for Unique Blogging

Oasis Don't Believe the Truth

Things change fast on the Internet, and that’s regarded as one of the Web’s most attractive features. It’s easy to get the latest information – so much so, that TV news broadcasts are often behind the news these days, with the networking sites getting stories to the public long before the big broadcasters have checked out the facts. Continue reading Easy Research for Unique Blogging

Twitter Crimes: 2 – Online Stalking

Twitter Stalkers

Without doubt one of the most serious problems with Twitter is the high level of stalker-like behaviour it harbours. I looked in my Celebrity Worship article at how manipulative, relentless and underhanded some people can get when it comes to demanding attention from their idols, but you don’t need to be a celebrity to fall victim to an online stalker. Continue reading Twitter Crimes: 2 – Online Stalking

How to Stop Content Theft on Flickr

Alien at Birmingham Bull Ring Opening

[UPDATE: Please note that this post is no longer valid. Due to Flickr’s Favorites leak, which serves favorited images to scrapers and search engines regardless of your settings, there’s now nothing you can do to stop your images falling prey to scrapers, with Flickr’s blessing.]

A scraper is an Internet thief who uses automated routines to steal unthinkable quantities of creative work, and the huge photo site Flickr is a scraper’s paradise. Not only does Flickr virtually guarantee scrapers usable, categorised and vetted content – it even gives them an official API tool which makes it childishly simple for them to gather it up and re-post it. Continue reading How to Stop Content Theft on Flickr

Is WordPress on Life Support?

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What is blogging really about? Well, if you’d asked that question back in the mid noughties you’d most commonly have been told that a blog was a journal – a way for an interesting person or group of people to keep the public updated on important developments. But through time, due to the burgeoning size of the blogosphere, it became clear that new bloggers couldn’t simply write random journals and expect to get attention. Continue reading Is WordPress on Life Support?

The Twitter Suckers List

Car Wreckage Meme One Careful Owner

Suckers lists. Compilations of personal details relating to people who are easy to scam. You might think that this type of information is a very closed shop, with scam organisations keeping the data closely guarded among their ranks and charging a vast amount of money even to pass it on to fellow blag artists. But the combination of human ignorance and social media’s ‘sleepwalk’ privacy arrangements means that actually, if you want to compile your own suckers list, you can do it on Twitter, in moments, for free. Continue reading The Twitter Suckers List

Protected Twitter: Futile and Dumb?

Planet Botch Protected Twitter

Protecting a Twitter account can seem like a fairly easy decision – particularly if you’ve had problems of one sort or another, and don’t want certain people bothering you or reporting on what you’ve said. But in most circumstances, protecting a Twitter account isn’t a good idea. Continue reading Protected Twitter: Futile and Dumb?