Are Google Webmaster Tools supported by WordPress.com?

Yes! If you have a website or blog hosted by WordPress.com you can still use Google’s Webmaster Tools.

From your WordPress.com dashboard select TOOLS, then AVAILABLE TOOLS, then WEBSITE VERIFICATION SERVICES.

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Screenshot of Website Verification Services

STEPS
1.Log in to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ with your Google account.
2.Enter your blog address (without http:// or https:// in front)
3.Click the Add a Site button
4.You will be presented with several verification methods. Choose the Alternate Methods tab.
5.Select the option: HTML tag
6.Copy the content value of the meta tag….more here.

WordPress.com also supports Bing Webmaster Center, Pinterest Verification and Yandex.

More information here in this WordPress.com support article


By: Mike Benny
Google

How to “Perfectly Optimize” a Webpage

Wondering how to create a webpage that’s bound to be found by Google? For a start checkout these seven steps and this info-graphic from Entrepreneur.com.

Make sure your site…

  • has no impediments to searchers
  • is built for sharing (on Facebook, Twitter…)
  • has valuable content
  • has a great layout (easy to find what you want)
  • uses good keywords
  • has a responsive design for multiple devices
  • uses authorship, authorship, authorship…

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An illustration of the steps necessary for a perfectly optimized webpage.


By: Mike Benny
Google

Why does it take 24-48 hours for DNS changes to kick in?

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DNS propagation map from www.webfusion.co.uk

This totally explains it all…

Every domain has two name servers assigned to it and these are the only two name servers that hold records for the domain. However, when another server somewhere else in the world, queries the name servers for DNS records, it will often keep a local copy of the DNS record so that next time it needs to know what IP address the domain resolves to, it already has the answer. More here…

A New Year’s resolution for #WordPress SEO

10-seo-tips-in-2014“10 Tips For Unbeatable WordPress SEO In 2014” by Wajdan Gul

Really interesting and definitely worth reading the entire article.

1. Speed/Load-time optimization
2. Configure critical WordPress SEO plug-ins
3. Configure critical social plug-ins for WordPress
4. Write unique and in-depth content
5. Rich snippets. Please!
6. Authorship with Google+ is the future
7. Commenting is the new SEO
8. Keep updating the (old) content
9. Be a community person!
10. On-page website structure

Google just made it easier for people to know if you’re opening their email messages

Gmail-2Today, the web giant announced a change to its popular Gmail service: Images embedded in emails will now be automatically displayed, saving users from clicking on a “display images” link and, Google claims, making “your messages more safe and secure.” But buried in the fine print, a different picture emerges.

The new setup also means that people and companies who send you email will be able to find out when you’ve opened and read their messages, because loading these images requires a call back to the sender’s server.

Here’s the article from WIRED >>

Add a date picker to a Google Spreadsheet

from bennydesk.com

I have been looking for this for a long time. I finally just Googled it…

“Right-click the selection you want to have the date picker show up for (i.e. single cell, entire row, entire column) and then open data validation. Set criteria to A valid date and click Save. Now just double-click the cell!” Here it is!

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1. Right-click selection area, select Data Validation, set to “Date”.

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2. Double-click the cell and up pops the date picker!

– See more at: http://bennydesk.com/how-to-add-a-date-picker-to-a-google-spreadsheet/#sthash.RIBJFuGt.dpuf