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Water Cooler / Re: East Palo Alto, CA
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:38:20 PM »
The SF Bay Area real estate market has ALWAYS been hot. That binge buying crazy prices thing that preceded the recession is what the SF Bay Area has always been like, although not as hot as it has been since the 90's.

Water Cooler / Re: 'Murica
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:18:23 PM »
Wow, thought that was a fake viral video.  Seems like this would violate various fishing laws.

I just took a kid fishing. Casting a rod is a huge deal for kids. They care about that more than actually catching fish. They would rather cast all day and catch nothing then feel bad about NOT catching fish later than let you cast it for them to help.

No self respecting kid would use such a device to fish.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Alexa Always Listening Patent
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:11:04 PM »
>>> I choose not to have such devices...

Unless you have an old device with an older OS, it's already in your pocket.

Android is always listening. Apple is always listening. Even some television sets are listening.

I'm sure there will be some folks who drop out and join the digital Amish stuck behind the HMTL plow, the ones that never adopted WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and other CMS. But they will be in the minority and face increasing irrelevance.

The technology for understanding spoken words and for being able to isolate one human's voice is literally improving every day.  This is the state of technology today and it's not going away.

Voice search via IoT and mobile search is incredibly important and still growing. It'll evolve but it's not going away.

You can jump off the train at the next station. But SEO and Internet Marketing as it is practiced today are on the train with the rest of the world.

Water Cooler / Re: East Palo Alto, CA
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:04:30 PM »
California real estate is also being targeted by Chinese nationals, adding more fuel to that fire.

I'm a native Californian.
Northern California has always had a red hot real estate market. Except for the recent blip in 2008, real estate is as close as one can get to a safe bet for getting wealthier.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Alexa Always Listening Patent
« on: April 12, 2018, 02:57:27 PM »
It's not surveilling you. 

"Amazon has denied that it uses voice recordings for advertising at the moment, and said that the patent might never actually come to the market."

They're just applying for the patent so that they don't have to pay someone else for it down the road should they ever roll out anything like this.

Your reaction is probably shared by 99.9999% of most people. Most people including myself would never admit such a thing into our homes. The creepiness factor will prevent Amazon from ever coming out with that feature.

It's only listening for trigger words at this time. Trigger words are words that will activate it. Android has it too. There's a lot of research on trigger words, on finding the voice signal out of a cacophony, on accuracy and so on.

Listening for trigger words is not a big deal.  What's in the patent is too invasive and will never go to market. That patent is like defensive domain buying.

Web Development / Re: Mobile First Index Rolling Out
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:41:51 AM »
Structured data playing a role. It communicates what a page is about and that helps Google sort you out. NOT just for display purposes anymore.

Other issues can affect the ability of a site to rank in position zero. For example, as  Tom mentioned in another thread, using tables to communicate data. Another issue similar to that is using a lot of links on a page. Can't be spoken or communicated in position zero, so gets screwed in the SERPs.

Water Cooler / Re: Th3Core Not Accepting Members?
« on: April 09, 2018, 07:09:41 PM »
Cool. I'll let the person know they're good to go.


Water Cooler / Th3Core Not Accepting Members?
« on: April 09, 2018, 06:37:37 PM »
I was contacted by someone who wished to join. They reported they received a Database Error message on sign up.

They contacted me because I had linked to this site from an article.


Reality, truth, propaganda... it's all more fluid than we sometimes realize.

I have a childhood friend in San Francisco who helps me sort these ideas. He's my human reality check. He doesn't work on the web. But you and the others in our circle will love him.

He's a professor in something to do with communication. He fits into our circle of friends. Trying to maybe get him and you and me and us all together sometime. I promise good times if I can get him out with us.

He's one of us:)

Washington Post pics seem to be normal for Roy Moore.

I wonder if the Brit owners will register shell companies in the EU and move domain registration to that?

Seems like the EU likes to make rules that results in a lot of paper shuffling and not much else...

Traffic / Re: Google loves brands?
« on: April 03, 2018, 07:19:47 PM »
>>> wonder if Google might just drop tables for voice queries and keep them when they think users are happy to consume them... desktop ok, mobiles maybe

The table pages still rank number one. They just can't rank for position zero. Position zero are the featured snippets that Google voice assistant reads out in response to a spoken query.

So yes, Google is still keeping them, but excluding them from the voice search.

I wrote the above linked article in January. This is a new article I published recently about this pricing list bug/feature.   :o

Traffic / Re: Google loves brands?
« on: April 02, 2018, 03:17:36 AM »
I'm comin' after ya' Tom.   ;)

If that's a recent ranking change, it could be evidence of Google's mobile first index at work. John Mueller specifically called out large tables as being a form of data display that might not work as well for Voice Search. So if voice search compatibility signals are a part of the mobile first index, then this might be evidence of that.

ClickFunnel's page is a huge table. So maybe Tables are the new Macromedia Flash for the mobile first SERPs?

Marketing / Re: (US) March of the Non-White Babies
« on: March 06, 2018, 06:25:39 AM »
100-150 years ago Americans were worried about the non-Protestant immigrants destroying America's identity.

Today we're celebrating things like Saint Patrick's day and America's favorite meals are pizza, spaghetti, bagels and hot dogs.  All courtesy of those who believe in the Catholic and the Jewish faiths.

YET, we still speak English and the first wave of immigrants identify as Americans- while still clinging to cultural touchstones to varying degrees. The traditions and food and language are absorbed.

I'm an American, born and raised. Today I purchased British & Eastern European sausages, cooked Italian food for lunch and cooked a Chinese meal for dinner the night before. That's America.

That whole thing about the Melting Pot was right. The ingredients remain in one form or another but it comes to define what America is at any given century.

The same will happen to the current immigrants as what was formerly THEIR culture becomes American culture.

Change. Can we get used to it already?

Marketing / Re: Trust Seals - Overhyped?
« on: March 02, 2018, 05:52:37 PM »
Good find! That's substantially better!

There's a newer survey they conducted here:

This is very interesting:
In our 2016 tests we also included a completely “homemade / fake” seal not issued by a 3rd party, with no meaning whatsoever beyond the icon itself. Note how the homemade seal performed significantly better than the SSL seals issued by established vendors except Norton.

That's still just a survey asking people to choose between different seals. So it's considerably less useful than actual shopping cart abandonment A/B bests, pre and post adding a trust seal.

Although one can assume that the results may indicate how consumers might behave at checkout, that's not really actual consumer behavior and so might be going out on a limb to draw conclusions from that kind of study.

Nevertheless, isn't their finding about simply using security icons pretty interesting?

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