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SEO Techniques for WordPress: Links

SEO Techniques for WordPress: Links

These sites are full of useful information that all WordPress site operators should be familiar with if they care about how their content appears on social media and in search engine results.

Many of these SEO techniques for WordPress can also be applied to non-WordPress sites because they are largely based on best practices.

This video on Page Titles is worth watching:

Social Media Image Sizes – December 2014

Social Media Image Sizes – December 2014

Social media has become more image rich over the last year or two. This list of the optimal social media image sizes for each platform will help your content look its best.


Facebook’s recommended image sizes have increased over time. As of December 2014, these are the recommended image sizes for the various places your images are used within the system:

  • Profile Photo — 180 x 180 pixels
  • Cover Image — 851 x 315 pixels
  • Shared Image — 1200 x 900 pixels
  • Shared Link’s Image — 1200 x 627 pixels

Some of these image sizes are less important than others.  Profile images and Cover Images should be exact to ensure maximum visibility of all parts of the image, but shared images can appear in different sizes depending on how they are viewed by Facebook users.  Shared link images can be something other than 1200 x 627 pixels, but only the center of those images will show so if you use a larger size image, make sure the focus is within a 1200 x 627 rectangle in the center of the image.


Girls Smoking in the Street (1881)

Girls Smoking in the Street (1881)

A girl smoking (1935)

Two young girls of Chicago were recently sent to the House of Correction for smoking in the street. The question is, Why is it more of a crime for a girl to smoke in the street than for a boy, many of whom, not over six or eight years of age, can be found with stubs of old cigars in their mouths.

The imment of women for smoking in the streets, is a high-handed outrage upon the part of our tyrants who make and executes the laws for their own benefit. Commence with your own sex, gentlemen. You have no business to punish woman for any crime. We did not help make the laws; we execute none, abrogate none. You, who do, should amuse yourselves by inflicting these penalties upon man.

But we forget. There is no penalty for a male being’s smoking in the street or elsewhere, nor is there a law to punish women. The penalties recently inflicted in Providence and in Chicago upon women who have been found smoking in the street, were arbitrary exercise of power — a part of that policy which assumes that woman is a being to be controlled by man, and that he has a right to punish her for acts he considers justifiable in himself. It is the result of the caste feeling of sex, — it is one phase of class legislation.

Until woman is at liberty to indulge in petty vices, if she chooses, she will not be free, as man is free; and a virtue which is the result of force or constriction, is a mere sham. It is only in the enjoyment of the greatest freedom that any person, man or woman, can be truly himself or herself.

Source: National Citizen and Ballot Box 1881-05

#AskAnArchivist in Two Tweets

#AskAnArchivist in Two Tweets

October 30th is #AskAnArchivist Day on Twitter.  Following that hashtag is a lot of fun as museums, libraries, and archives take the day to answer questions and share some of the quirkier and more interesting items in their collections.

These two tweets from the Eisenhower Library’s @IkeLibrary Twitter account are a great example to illustrate why I love #AskAnArchivist Day.  Seeing the more private (and in this case whimsical) side of public figures helps us better understand them as people.

The Banned Books Reader 2014

The Banned Books Reader 2014

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association.  The ten most challenged titles of 2013 can be seen here.

Here are some of the articles I have found interesting this year.