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Google Plus Author Photos Removed From SERPs

by Ryan Smith
07/16/2014

Google recently announced the end of author headshots in search results, unapologetically citing UX considerations on mobile.

Google encouraged adoption of the Authorship program by asserting early-on that having a recognizable author headshot appearing next to their works in the Google SERPs would increase their CTR, and thus their organic traffic.  This was proven to be true.

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Groupon Experiment Suggests Majority of Traffic Reported As Direct Is Really From Organic Search

by Ryan Smith
07/14/2014

The web team at Groupon has our  utmost respect and gratitude for recently sacrificing themselves in the name of SEO science, in order to shed some light into the dark matter of "direct traffic" attribution which, like dark matter, is actually defined by the absence of information.

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Tag, You're It: Managing Website Tags With Google

by Jaclyn Stevens
06/17/2014

Tags are snippets of Javascript that collect information like user demographics, how many times someone has submitted a contact form on your site, or what products have been put into an online shopping cart. Tags then send that information to a third party, like Google or Bing

Google Tag Manager is a new way to house the various tags on your website, instead of keeping them in the backend HTML files.

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How To Increase User Engagement On Facebook (And Decrease Time Writing Posts)

by Jaclyn Stevens
06/11/2014

Managing Facebook is like mining. What are you mining for? Social media gold. That is, effective, engaging posts that help you achieve your business goals. But before you get down and dirty trying to find out what types of content are the most successful, let’s take a minute to talk about a simple, yet powerful tool that should be included in everyone’s social media toolbox: imagery.

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So your Migration History Table is EF6, but the project is using EF5

by Bri Garrett
05/23/2014

What? How does that even happen?

We had a little hiccup this morning with a project in development. We recently updated Edge to .NET Entity Framework 6 (EF6). Projects are a constant flow around here, and as developers, we like to give our clients the latest and greatest.

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Adding the File Browser to an Insert Image Dialog

by Derek Wheelden
05/05/2014

We've made changes to the DirigoEdge image uploader. DirigoEdge is an Open Source development framework built on .Net that makes managing content and building websites faster and easier. It is fully responsive, built on MVC, Microsoft’s CodeFirst, and has a robust shortcode and plugin system. It is a foundation for enterprise projects.  Think of it as a flexible CMS system for custom projects.  The premium version of DirigoEdge has all of our bells and whistles like e-commerce, PageBuilder, social media hooks, an App framework, etc.  DirigoEdge Premium is our CMS of choice.

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Relative vs. Absolute URLs and SEO

by Ryan Smith
07/11/2014

A relative URL is any URL that doesn’t explicitly specify the protocol (e.g., “http://” or “https://”)  and/or domain (www.example.com), which forces the visitor’s web browser (or the search engine bots) to assume it refers to the same site on which the URL appears.

Used wisely, this can be incredibly useful for developers, but in the wrong hands it can lead to huge problems for your site, both for internal navigation and for the search bots.

Relative URLs come in three flavors...

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Google Plus Authorship: A Dirigo Client Case Study

by Ryan Smith
06/12/2014

Why, oh why do we need to spend even more effort on a me-too service reminiscent of Facebook's early years?

Website owners are free to overlook Google Plus and the Authorship and Publisher system, and competitors are free to leave you in the dust by taking advantage of SEO best practices. It’s all a matter of whether you care about maximizing your qualified organic search traffic.​

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Computer Monitor Green Screen Replacement with Foreground Obstructions and Cats

by Adrian Wong-Ken
06/09/2014

This was an excuse to put a pretty little kitty cat image on the Dirigo blog.  We’re going to show you how we eliminate that effect of screen-refreshing (the band of darker light that moves up or down the screen) when recording TV or monitor screens.  The technique is called computer monitor green screen replacement.  In our example we have a foreground obstruction (graphic artist Dolan) and a cat video for the screen replacement. This sort of editing is usually done by a pro. 

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Website Video Backgrounds Using HTML5, WebM and Premiere Pro

by Adrian Wong-Ken
05/21/2014

This last week we published a "Video Hero Banner" (which we're calling a "Vero") Using HTML 5, WebM and Premiere Pro to the Dirigo home page.  Since there is very little online about how to export from Adobe Premier to a WebM I took the time to make this blog post and a video to show the process.

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Analytics, Damn Liars & Don Quixote: Telling the Real Story with the Right Data

by Ryan Smith
04/28/2014

It's ridiculously easy to be misled by analytics reports whose metrics don't normalize for the right set of variables. Poorly-considered metrics that don't tell the whole story followed by analysis which is hamstrung by such myopic scope, summarized into neat little narratives that are self-consistent, convincing, and wrong. This little crime against reason doesn't exist in a bubble; real people will make real, consequential decisions based on it, sometimes threatening to impact our daily lives.

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