Showing posts from December, 2013

Vanity Or Useful? Virante Authorrank

I adopted author rank and publisher rank as soon as I figured out how to set it up.

My reasoning was that if I want results to appear well in Google, and Google was promoting author rank, then it made sense to take advantage of it.

Yesterday, after reading an article on Social Media Today about author rank, I clicked through to the tool at Author Rank and ran a few names, including my own, through it.

I ran names that I thought would have a strong profile.

Here are a couple of FAQs from the Author Rank FAQs :

Is Virante AuthorRank the same as Google AuthorRank?
No, Virante AuthorRank is not the same as Google AuthorRank.
First, “AuthorRank” is not a Google term. Google has never officially used it. The term was invented by members of the SEO and web tech community as a convenient shorthand to describe Google’s stated intention to eventually evaluate authors by perceived authority in various subject areas, and to use that to boost in search results the content of high-authority authors. …

So Google Surprised Everyone And Updated Pagerank

If you read around the web you will surely have read about the demise of pagerank.

Here's a quote from SearchEngineLand back in August:
Maybe it hasn’t [killed it] technically, but in practice, Google’s failure to update the PageRank values might effectively be killing it, all the same. And here's a quote from them yesterday:
The SEO community, discussion forums and social media outlets are lighting up with the news that Google has actually updated the Toolbar PageRank values. Why?
(1) The SEO industry always lights up when the most visible indicator and easiest to see metric of Google linkage data changes.
(2) Because no one expected a Toolbar PageRank update this year.

Self Expression

When I was in South America some years ago I met a couple who were on a round-the-world trip. 

They were unhappy at how quickly the demands of the flight schedule was pushing them onwards, even though their trip was a year long.

I knew the feeling.

I recall once walking along a beach in Spain and sensing the feeling of being able to keep on going. Just keep on going.

 Back to the couple in South America, they were psychiatric nurses who badly needed a break from work - hence the trip.

 I thought they were both wound up and 'difficult' to be with, the man more so than the woman. But then one day he came back with a guitar.

He had held out on buying one, but couldn't stand it any more.

 He sat in the kitchen - I was the only other person there - and he played My Funny Valentine.

His playing was poignant, heartbreaking, and clear.

 The difficulties in his self expression with words just disappeared.

Badger culls - Debate in Parliament 11 December - Add your voice as a UK citizen

Badger culls: How to ask your MP to vote in the debate in Parliament this Wednesday 11 Dececember: #stopthecull via @RSPCA_official
1,861 badgers have been needlessly slaughtered since August and even though the pilot culls are now finished, the battle for badgers is far from over.  There is an important debate in Parliament on WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER to discuss the future of the culls. Please take action to ask your Member of Parliament to vote no to culling more badgers: Click to fill out this form to begin

The form is easy to fill out. Add your address and the campaign will find 'your' MP and send this message (which you can add to, of course). The text of the standard message is:
Following the failure of the pilot culls to meet even the revised minimum targets, despite an extension in both areas, I write to urge your attendance and continued support at an important and long overdue debate on the policy of badger culling this Wednesday 11th December.  The events o…