Modify Title Tag in WordPress posts

The default WordPress page titles for single-post pages are usually not in a very SEO-friendly form.┬ For example, in the template I am using, the title for a single post looks like: TopCat Blog ┬╗ Blog Archive ┬╗ Converting from Blogger to WordPress.

This is not good for SEO because the title of the post is at the end of the <title> tag.┬ I want to convert this into a title that includes just the title of the post.

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Browser Market Share, September 2006

Below is the % browser share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in September 2006:

  • IE:┬ 69.7%
  • Firefox:┬ 26.5%
  • Opera:┬ 2.0%
  • Safari:┬ 0.7%
  • Mozilla:┬ 0.6%
  • Netscape: 0.3%
  • Konqueror: 0.1%

As this is the first time I am doing this type of study, there is no historical data to look at the trends.┬ It does appear that IE is losing share, while Firefox is gaining share.┬ This increase in popularity┬ is probably why Mozilla-type browsers had more bugs than IE during the first half of 2006.

Google-Youtube deal announced

Google announced its acquisition of Youtube after the market closed today in a stock purchase valued at $1.65 billion.┬ I’ve outlined why I thought this is a good purchase for all parties involved in the previous post.

The fallout with this purchase is that Yahoo will most likely speed up its courtship of Facebook, which is the next biggest Web 2.0 site that is available on the market.┬ The Google-Youtube deal, however, does give Facebook more leverage in its negotiations with all suiters.┬ Expect Yahoo to announce its purchase of Facebook soon, and at a higher price than the $1 billion that has been mentioned recently.

Google – Youtube. A good deal?

There is rampant speculation that Google is close to buying Youtube.┬ Let’s take a look at whether this is a good deal from 3 respects:┬ Google, Youtube, and users.

Google

1.┬ This acquisition will instantly make Google the #1 player in online video, currently the hot trend on the internet. ┬ Outside of search, Google really doesn’t have any product that it can claim to be #1 in its category.┬ Getting Youtube will change this.

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Converting from Blogger to WordPress

Previously this blog had been on the Blogger platform.┬ Blogger has been fairly easy to use, but there were some areas that Blogger wasn’t satisfactory:

1. Category. ┬ Blogger does not allow me categorize my posts.┬ This is actually turning out to be an important feature for me because┬ I┬ am covering several different topics, aimed at completely different audience, here.┬ There are actually several ways to do this (this post from about.com gave a nice summary on how to do this), but none of them seems like a permanent solution to me.

2. Trackback abilities.┬ Blogger doesn’t allow for trackback.

3. More control.┬ I’d like to be in complete control of how┬ my blog pages look like.┬ Blogger is fairly good in this respect, but it doesn’t yet allow complete control.

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Google Code Search

Google released Code Search, a search utility to find computer codes across the web. Users can type in a snippet of code they are looking for (including regular expressions), and Google Code Search will return the codes that contain that particular snippet. People can also search by specifying the file name, package name, language, or license they are looking for.

I tried it out and did not find it to be very useful. True, if you know the exact line of code or the exact file name you are looking for, this can be useful. However, I am usually more interested in finding code that performs a certain function in a certain computer language, such as “I want to find a piece of code that sessionizes raw web log data in perl.” To be able to accomplish this type of search, people will either need to tag their code (probably not happening anytime soon), or the search engine will need to be able to decipher the information hidden in the comment field within the code (this is more likely).

Business Objects Buys Armstrong Laing

BI software vendor Business Objects announced today that it is buying London-based Armstrong Laing for about $56 million in cash. Armstrong Laing’s Enterprise Performance Optimization Suite has strong collaborative planning and multidimensional modeling capabilities. For the latest fiscal year, Armstrong Laing reported revenue of $19 million. The official announcement can be viewed here.

Business Objects have been growing by acquisition, and this represents their entry into the budgeting and planning space, traditionally a stronghold of Hyperion. At the grand scale of things, this is not an acquisition that will dramatically change the BI space. At the same time, it is interesting to see how the finance niche in BI will play out with this acquisition.