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Took a few seconds for the penny to drop but it was time well spent.
 
Upset that I didn't think of this.
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+Rita Barry Shares Her Go-To GA Cheat Sheet and Blogging Dashboard

"Today you’re going to use your Google Analytics account to identify higher quality traffic sources that your blog already has, so you can do more of what works, and less of what doesn’t. Combine these activities with what you learned last week about nurturing blog and brand advocates and you’re well on your way to a great traffic/growth strategy in 2015."
Last week was all about relationships and really focusing on higher quality traffic vs a higher quantity of traffic. Here’s the quick review: Instead of focusing on results (like higher traffic), you need to focus on the activities that bring in higher traffic (outreach, higher quality content, guest posts, interviews , social media, better sharing …
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Did this ever really happen?

"A German student "mooned" a group of Hell's Angels and hurled a puppy at them before escaping on a stolen bulldozer, police have said."
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Guitar gurning

Surely this isn't normal?
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I was thinking how Fleetwood Mac-esque they sounded. I thought a lot of it was to do with the guitar sound.
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Your safety might hinge on this bad English

I bought a self-assembly childs desk from +Argos yesterday and this gem of an 'information' leaflet was inside. 

Hope there's nothing important in there. 

#lostintranslation
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AHAHAHA XD
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Crawl errors? Don't panic.

It's an old post but there's some great advice.
 
HELP! MY SITE HAS 939 CRAWL ERRORS!!1

I see this kind of question several times a week; you’re not alone - many websites have crawl errors. 

1) 404 errors on invalid URLs do not harm your site’s indexing or ranking in any way. It doesn’t matter if there are 100 or 10 million, they won’t harm your site’s ranking. http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2011/05/do-404s-hurt-my-site.html 

2) In some cases, crawl errors may come from a legitimate structural issue within your website or CMS. How you tell? Double-check the origin of the crawl error. If there's a broken link on your site, in your page's static HTML, then that's always worth fixing. (thanks +Martino Mosna)

3) What about the funky URLs that are “clearly broken?” When our algorithms like your site, they may try to find more great content on it, for example by trying to discover new URLs in JavaScript. If we try those “URLs” and find a 404, that’s great and expected. We just don’t want to miss anything important (insert overly-attached Googlebot meme here). http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=1154698

4) You don’t need to fix crawl errors in Webmaster Tools. The “mark as fixed” feature is only to help you, if you want to keep track of your progress there; it does not change anything in our web-search pipeline, so feel free to ignore it if you don’t need it.
http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=2467403

5) We list crawl errors in Webmaster Tools by priority, which is based on several factors. If the first page of crawl errors is clearly irrelevant, you probably won’t find important crawl errors on further pages. 
http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.ch/2012/03/crawl-errors-next-generation.html

6) There’s no need to “fix” crawl errors on your website. Finding 404’s is normal and expected of a healthy, well-configured website. If you have an equivalent new URL, then redirecting to it is a good practice. Otherwise, you should not create fake content, you should not redirect to your homepage, you shouldn’t robots.txt disallow those URLs -- all of these things make it harder for us to recognize your site’s structure and process it properly.  We call these “soft 404” errors.
http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=181708

7) Obviously - if these crawl errors are showing up for URLs that you care about, perhaps URLs in your Sitemap file, then that’s something you should take action on immediately. If Googlebot can’t crawl your important URLs, then they may get dropped from our search results, and users might not be able to access them either. 
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Hear Isolated Guitar Tracks From Rock’s Greatest: Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton & More http://goo.gl/8CLxhg  
It seems like nearly everything that’s ever been recorded eventually makes its way to Youtube—at least for a while. From historic speeches by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to the rambling conspiracy theories of obscure basement dwellers, you can hear it all.
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Google's Auto Not-Awesome

Thanks Google for grafting my daughters face onto my son's...
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Nice work googs
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Had to unfollow @Medium on Twitter. Too many of their headlines are infuriatingly vague. 

'I wait to cry'.

What should I expect to read when I click that? Other examples:

► Being The Only Person Alive
► I wait to cry
► Trigger Warning: Breakfast

Anyone else find this annoying or am I being a grumpy old man?
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My feed is much nicer without them.  I don't miss them at all.
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Come on, own up: Who watched the World Cup final on ITV?

#worldcup2014  
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That's the only reason I can think anyone would prefer ITV. You'd have to really hate Mark Lawrenson to put up with Andy Townsend and adverts though.
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Hope Ben and the team do well. Villa could do with a bit of positivity!
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Pretty good but too expensive for what it is. Some of it's quite well presented — the translucent jellyfish in the colour-changing tanks impressed the kids — but too much of it was the kind of thing that you could look at in your local aquarium - for free. The tank with the Hammerhead sharks was impressive as was the glass tunnel walkway but everything else was merely OK. The 15 minute 4D Disney film cinema was enjoyable. For the uninitiated, it's a 3D film with physical effects like the chair vibrating, cold blasts of air and bubbles blown into the theatre. It was all pretty tame but still managed to distress my four year old. My two year old son loved it though! Worth a visit (especially if you've got vouchers to bring down the cost) but not the kind of place I'd be in a rush to visit again.
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reviewed 2 years ago
Great play area and the kids loved the tractor ride. It _is_ expensive though.
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Nothing ground-breaking to look at but the good quality food and great service made this a memorable night out. Our party of 12 (including four noisy kids) were made to feel welcome and had no problems with space. The staff managed to check that we were OK throughout the night without pestering us. They were also chatty without going over the top, and the kids even managed to have a chat with the chef. Not sure what they talked about but it was a nice touch. The food was good quality, reasonably priced and I'd definitely recommend it.
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This free attraction is great for the car lover in your family. There's an obvious focus on the local car industry but that can be safely ignored when taking the kids around. There are scenes from the war, a few racing cars, utility vehicles, a land-speed mini-exhibition and bikes among other things. Particular highlights for the kids were the pretty large selection of model cars as well as the examples of fire engines, police cars and trucks (my boy's idea of heaven on wheels). We parked near the theatre and had some trouble finding the entrance but there is apparently a pay car park much nearer. Oh, did I mention it was free? Overall a great, free attraction.
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