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SEO for Developers by Detlef Johnson

Major update: I've been hired on as a ninja with Jim Boykin's Internet Marketing Ninjas as technologist / technical SEO.

Coding for SEO 101

Understanding source code, compressed code and compiled code.

5 ways to level up your Vim skills

Level up your Vim skills and kick your text editor up a notch with a few fun tricks.

Coding for SEO

Here's how you can use JavaScript to track COVID-19.

Head request response tool

Markdown rendering tool

Powered by VueJS a helpful little markdown editor is handy for your readme.md at GitHub and wherever else.

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Facebook
Dave Gershgorn / OneZero 
Facebook's AI model SEER was designed to exclude Instagram images from the EU in its dataset, likely to avoid GDPR violations  —  The team purposely excluded Instagram images from the European Union, likely because of GDPR  —  OneZero's General Intelligence is a roundup …

Twitter
Jay Peters / The Verge
Jack Dorsey has listed his original tweet, “just setting up my twttr”, as an NFT on auction site Valuables  —  Apparently you can actually sell your tweets as NFT  —  Jack Dorsey, the billionaire co-founder and CEO of Twitter, a man who stans bitcoin right on his Twitter bio …

Google
Agence France-Presse
Internal email: Google has told customers in France and Spain that it will raise ad rates 2% from May, to help offset costs of digital taxes in those countries  —  Google has told customers that it will raise the rates for advertisements on its French and Spanish platforms by two percent …

Security
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security
Sources: at least 30K US organizations have been hacked by an aggressive Chinese espionage group exploiting unpatched flaws in Microsoft's Exchange Server  —  At least 30,000 organizations across the United States — including a significant number of small businesses, towns …

Security
Todd Feathers / The Guardian
A look at surveillance apps Shadowtrack and SmartLink, which are used by states and ICE as parole apps replacing GPS ankle bracelets  —  Is smartphone tracking a less intrusive reward for good behaviour or just a way to enrich the incarceration industry?  —  n 2018, William Frederick Keck …

Programming
Kate Clark / The Information
Pitchbook: the median pre-investment valuation for a Series A round in the US has increased sixfold to $37M since 2010  —  Financial software developer Orum, which disclosed a seed round over the summer, wasn't seeking more capital when Bain Capital Ventures offered to lead its Series A investment last year.

Facebook
Wall Street Journal
Sources: India threatened to jail Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter employees if the companies don't comply with takedown requests related to farmer protests  —  Country flexes new powers over big platforms while companies are counting on world's second-largest population for growth

Javascript Indexing Details

Good extra information on SEO for JavaScript Indexing, including feedback on Angular, React, and Vue from Google's Martin Splitt. What's especially interesting is the ongoing discussion where Martin talks about indexing whereby he used to author a site which used a custom 404 page for the app page. The SEO consultant pointed this out to him and the rest is history.

SEO for JavaScript

The SEO for Developers column at Search Engine Land started in January. Tools on the back end for powering up interesting front end pieces like that are underway. It's an effort to build a proper Search Engine Land companion in Search Return. React and such is forthcoming but not until a need arises for content that begins largely static, however.

0day WordPress Security Woes

A security researcher dropping some 0days may have an axe to grind considering how bad the plugin ecosystem is. It has a "dizzying number of buggy, poorly-audited plugins in the WordPress repository."

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