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I'm looking for a proxy recommendations! I'm in the UK, and need to crawl a large commercial site via non-UK IP(s).

Country not too important, though access to more than one would be a bonus.

Hide My Ass looking good so far, so if you've any experience crawling sites through their proxies, I'd love to hear it.

Thanks!
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MyPrivateProxy.net is great. They offer Private & Shared proxies. Inexpensive and fast customer service.
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I don't know who's right about fracking, but I do know I want to live in a world where Bez is a Member of Parliament. Not sure he's fully thought through his plan to "completely end the banking system", mind. 

Next, Mark E Smith of the Kurious Oranj party for Prime Minister.
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Well I didn't know that: Google Webmaster Tools gives error notifications for incorrect rel="alternate" hreflang="x" markup. Added to the support page earlier this week, though someone on the Product Forum received a notification in January.

Anybody know if it works for all implementation methods?
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Manual actions on "spammy" structured markup? Not sure I agree with all of the surrounding discussion, but will be interesting to follow developments.
 
Today in the product forums a webmaster reported a manual penalty received for 'spammy structured markup'.   This is the first I hear of this.

The items cited  as possible cause were :
    -invisible content
    -misleading content
    -other manipulative behavior
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So the (ahem) golden rules: get close and aim down, not out. Thanks science. I'd add to that: don't stand next to a bloke who somehow hasn't worked this out for himself yet.
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Fantastic analysis from Jean-Louis Gassée, voice of reason. If you're not already a Monday Note reader, I highly recommend it. 
  While Google, Motorola, and Samsung seem eager to jump into the wearables market, Apple characteristically keeps its counsel - and
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Ooh, that's handy. AJAX site crawler. Annoyingly it's Windows only, though it's surely only a matter of time before +Screaming Frog SEO Spider  incorporate this functionality into their crawler…
 
Crawler for AJAX-based sites

The file name for this post is "Visual-SEO-Studio-0-8-14-crawls-Ajax-speaks-Polish":  I've nothing against Polish, but I'd have to say that the "crawls AJAX" is the more exciting aspect of this release. :)

Caveat emptor:  I haven't tried this yet.  But if VSS does a decent job of crawling AJAX this is something that should be of considerable interest to SEOs.

H/T to VSS chief cook and bottle washer +Federico Sasso.
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The wheels are still spinning on this wreck. 
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Couldn’t help but feel embarrassed for Year of Code director Lottie Dexter as she squirmed on such teasers as “what is code?” on +BBC Newsnight last night.

I can just about accept that the director of a government-backed campaign for teaching kids to code has no such skills of her own, but it’d be nice if she were at least credible on the subject. That their site is down today ices the cake nicely.

Teach children to write computer code (05Feb14)
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Very neatly put: "...plunging forward with semantic technologies may entail risk, but those who were unwilling to take such risks find themselves increasingly playing catch-up."
 
And Pinterest article rich pins are fueled by...

You guessed it:  Open Graph or schema.org article markup.

It's hard not to take notice of the benefits wrought by early adopters of semantic markup:  sites with this markup in place (especially, we keep seeing, article markup) find themselves ready to roll with article rich pins, just as they found themselves favorably positioned (for those sites using schema.org/Article) for Google In-Depth Articles.

There's an object lesson here that will resonate with every search marketer who has had their efforts at adding structured data thwarted by the retort, "where's the ROI?"

Yes, plunging forward with semantic technologies may entail risk, but those who were unwilling to take such risks find themselves increasingly playing catch-up.

#pinterest   #schemaorg   #opengraph  

ADDENDUM

Something interesting about the Pinterest roll-out is the requirement to use the url property:
<meta itemprop="url" content="http://www.example.com/2013/10/article.html" />

Because schema.org is, of course, content-based markup, it lacks the built-in de facto canonical URL declaration required by Open Graph (og:url).

I predict that we'll see more and more use of <meta>-encoded, self-referential url properties being used in schema.org markup, and that these will be increasingly added on an automated basis (particularly for the article type, which can readily be declared at the <body> or even the <html> level.
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