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Link dump: WordPress security, embedding tweets, Twitter auth API countdown, discount ads still win, HTML5 video in WordPress, rewarding customer engagement, spying on your competition’s PPC, free usability tools, crash cam

These are my links for May 19th through May 25th:

These are my links for May 7th through May 18th:

  • 5 Tools For Integrating HTML5 Video in Your Website – Audio & video player options, no Flash required. I’ll be checking out that Degradable audio and video plugin for WordPress.
  • HOW TO: Reclaim Privacy on Facebook – ReclaimPrivacy.org bookmark lets you check on your vulnerability by checking your Facebook privacy settings. Possibly the most useful part of this tool are the quick links to your Facebook settings pages for controlling specific exposure areas.
  • eMarketer – Is the click still king? Despite the recogition of the need to measure hard ROI, moat of us are still counting click throughs.
  • eMarketer – Consumers still prefer ads that offer discounts or deals.
  • @twitterapi’s countdown to Basic Auth removal – Countdown to mandatory oAuth integration for Twitter apps.

These are my links for April 28th through May 4th:

Usability testing made easy, CSS code generators, site speed & SEO, more on the fold myth

WordPress 3, better Facebook search, a guide web typography, microformats ala Google

These are my links for March 12th through March 16th:

Find related links for blogging, Best tweets: Search Fest 2010, Compare finances via social, Who links to my site?

These are my links for March 9th through March 12th:

Help finding influencers, pro audio for DSLR, SEM tools, and measuring social ROI

These are my links for February 22nd through February 24th:

Use the Google Wonder Wheel as a keyword tool and for search history

Google Wonder WheelIf you haven’t yet clicked “Show Options” in the upper left of a search result page on Google, go ahead and do it now. Be prepared to lose an hour exploring the new ways to shake the Google search results tree.

One of the quirky, yet instant friends you’ll make from the Google options sidebar is the Wonder Wheel. Like a wagon wheel with your search term as a hub, Google graphically suggests related search terms at the end of spokes off of your hub. Clicking a spoke term launches a new wheel based off that term, but still leaves your original wheel visible. As you’re busy exploring the spokes, ‘classic’ list style results are being updated in the right column for the current search term.

I’m not sure how many times this process can repeat, but I tested it out to 6 levels, starting with “cycling pants” (which I need for winter commuting) and eventually ending at “surly cross check” (the bike I commute on).

The top feature of the Google Wheel for actually trying to locate information has to be search history. One of the hardest parts about traveling down the search rabbit hole is remembering how you got to the term you just searched for. The Google Wheel makes it easy to see your tunneling path, and you can visually hop back to any wheel you’ve spun off.

Building a keyword list, but not sure what people might be searching for? The Google Wheel can be seeded with a search phrase to see what other phrases are commonly searched related to that phrase. Keep poking at it, and it’s easy to see how this will quickly become an invaluable tool for keyword list makers.

Use Google auto suggest for quick keyword list building

Google auto suggests good keyword phrases for keyword list building

Google auto suggests good keyword phrases for keyword list building

For a real quick and dirty method of building a keyword list, I just use Google’s handy auto suggest.

As you know, Google.com helpfully tries to guess what you’re searching for as you type, even going as far as telling you how many results there are for that phrase. So toss one of the more general keywords relevant to your subject in there, and Google will suggest other phases that are usually related. If the phrase comes up in the auto suggest, you can bet people are searching for it. If it’s a relevant suggestion, it gets added to my keyword list. Poor boy’s list keyword phrase builder.

How to show only your single latest post on your WordPress home page.

Wordpress Settings > Reading - setting the number of posts per pageIn WordPress 2.x under Settings > Reading, you can set a number for “Blog pages show at most”.  This applies globally, however.  I discovered a method to make your home page to show only the latest post, while allowing all other blog pages to respect the “at most” number.

In index.php, just before the loop, I added the following line:

<?php query_posts('showposts=1'); ?>

Basically, that sets up a preemptive query and grabs only the latest post, rather than allowing the loop to query the latest “at most” number of posts.

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