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Oh those Blasted Internet Scrapers!

No More Scrapers

A few months ago I learned more than I wanted about internet scrapers when I realized NJFM was being attacked by one (or several). At first I couldn’t quite figure out what was going on. I would periodically receive notifications from my web hosting company, SiteGround (they’re the best), of potentially reaching my daily usage [...]


Surprising Income Increase by Tweaking Old Blogs

Income Increase

Warning: If you’ve been blogging continuously without taking a long hiatus, you don’t really need to read this post. You already know that responsive ads increase income. ### By tweaking my old blogs during the month of August I realized a 1.7% decrease in traffic and a 74% increase in income! Don’t be too impressed. [...]


I think I’ve found the perfect hosting company and the name is SiteGround. If you don’t want to read my entire tale of woe, read this first paragraph and then skip down to the bottom of this post and read the last 5 paragraphs under the section: Tale of Woe Ends Here – Silver Lining [...]


Scrapers, Spam and No Follow

When I turn on the computer in the morning, one of the first things I do is review yesterday’s stats. Sometimes I’ll check to see where the views are coming from. When I find something unusual, I track it back to learn more. This morning I saw an unusual referrer. Not wanting to give attention [...]


Ad-less Browsing

I really must have been living under a rock. I just discovered ad-less browsing. If it were not for a Firefox update that caused issues with uploading homework assignments, I never would have ventured down this path. The workaround for uploading my homework assignment was, “Use a different browser.” Not the answer I was looking [...]


Could it be the Theme Change?

Yesterday I noticed a significant increase in traffic after changing one of my blog’s theme to Thesis. This particular blog used to be one of my money making blogs, but after several Google algorithm changes my income was reduced to a trickle. Sunday night I converted the blog to Thesis and on Monday my traffic [...]


Tennessee Tuxedo Strikes!

The old schoolers know who Tennessee Tuxedo is.  For you young folks, Tennessee Tuxedo is the penguin in the old cartoon of the same name who had the sidekick Chumley.  Google’s latest Penguin algorithm change brought the old character to mind. This penguin algorithm change is supposed to weed out web spam. How Penguin Affected [...]


A Lot Going on Online

I’ve been spending a little time reading about the latest Google fallout. It appears Google is penalizing and de-indexing sites that used “unnatural links” to improve page ranking. By unnatural links, they are referring to paid for backlinking strategies and/or backlinking networks. It sounds like Google prefers sites to develop natural backlinks. In other words, [...]


What’s Up with the Amazon Traffic?

The other night I noticed a temporary surge in traffic on several of my sites. Around the same time I noticed a surge in my Suite 101 traffic too. On my own sites I could tell the referrer was Amazon. Most of the traffic was coming from Seattle, Washington and Fresno, California. There were one [...]


Ready, Aim…Shoot Self in the Foot!

From time to time I experiment with different plugins to enhance my blog’s functionality (functionality…such a tech writing word).  Anyway, I use a plugin that is supposed to help detect hack attacks. After having a couple of my blogs hacked some time ago, I’m a bit sensitive to hacking. The plugin I use is called [...]