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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

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.

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An Abolitionist National Song

This alternate version of the Star Spangled Banner was offered up to readers of The Liberator on the 32nd anniversary of the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key.  Garrison and other abolitionists took every opportunity to point out the hypocrisy of calling America the land of the free while slavery remained legal anywhere in the country.

A New Version of the National Song

Oh, say do you hear, at the dawn’s early light,
The shrieks of those bondmen, whose blood is now streaming
From the merciless lash, while our banner in sight
With its stars, mocking freedom, is fitfully gleaming?
Do you see the backs bare? do you mark every score
Of the whip of the driver trace channels of gore?
And say, doth our star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where Afric’s race in false safety reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it heedlessly sweeps, half conceals, half discloses?
‘Tis a slave ship that’s seen, by the morning’s first beam,
And its tarnished reflection pollutes now the stream:
‘Tis our star-spangled banner ! Oh! when shall it wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is the band, who so valiantly bore
The havoc of war, and the battle’s confusion,
For Liberty’s sweets? We shall know them no more:
Their fame is eclipsed by foul Slavery’s pollution.
No refuge is found on our unhallowed ground,
For the wretched in Slavery’s manacles bound;
While our star-spangled banner in vain boasts to wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

Shall we ne’er hail the day when as freemen shall stand
The millions who groan under matchless oppression?
Shall Liberty’s shouts, in our heaven-rescued land,
Ne’er be shared by the slave in our blood-guilty nation?
Oh, let us be just, ere in God we dare trust;
Else the day will o’ertake us when perish we must;
And our star-spangled banner at half mast shall wave
O’er the death-bed of Freedom— the home of the slave.

Source

Publication: The Liberator
Date: September 13, 1844
Title: From the Signal of Liberty. New version of the National Song
Location: Boston, Massachusetts

The Liberator was a weekly newspaper published by William Lloyd Garrison in Boston, Massachusetts. William Lloyd Garrison was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts in December, 1805. At thirteen years of age he began his newspaper career with the Newburyport Herald, where he acquired great skills in both accuracy and speed in the art of setting type. He also wrote anonymous articles, and at the age of twenty-one began publishing his own newspaper.

On January 1, 1831 the first issue of The Liberator appeared with the motto: “Our country is the world—our countrymen are mankind.”

Muddled Messages: Labor Day Tweets

Muddled Messages: Labor Day Tweets

The first Labor Day celebration in the United States was held in 1882. Its origins are with the the Central Labor Union’s efforts to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894 – after over half the states had adopted the holiday.

It was originally intended that the day would begin with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. Following the parade, festivals were to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches on economic and labor issues.  The first Monday in September was selected for the holiday to add a holiday to the long gap between Independence Day on July 4th and Thanksgiving in late November.

Labor Day parade, marchers, New York 1909

Labor Day parade, marchers, New York 1909

Like on many American holidays, there are businesses and individuals who want to join in the celebration and recognition of the holiday, but they make the message so generic and inoffensive that there is nothing about the greeting or message that says anything about the holiday being referenced.  There is a common trend for social media and marketing people to just find an image that includes the American flag and add some text and post it to all their social media profiles.

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