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May
2013

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WordPress Video Thumbnails and Facebook

May 6, 2013 - Information Resources

Video Thumbnails (also called “Poster Movies” by Quicktime and “Poster Images” by other video services) are the photos that are displayed in a video player before a video is activated and/or while the video is buffering.

If your blog is built onĀ WordPress, and your videos are hosted on YouTube, you’ll notice that Facebook’s “Like” and “Send” buttons will rather liberally “scrape” (Facebook’s version of spidering and indexing) the article you posted. If you have the WordPress SEO plugin installed, you’re given some greater control over the granularity of your meta. But neither the WordPress core nor this popular plugin currently has a handler for passing YouTube video thumbnails to your social networks via Open Graph. For posts that are videos with only a few words of supplemental copy, Facebook users may not be enticed to click these shared links if they don’t include video thumbnails.Read More

Tags | facebook, plugin, wordpress, wordpress seo, youtube

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Oct
2012

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Twitter API Update Causes WordPress Widget Problem

October 15, 2012 - Information Resources

WordPress siteholders that are using a Twitter widget that requires blogger.js, might want to consider the following link:

https://dev.twitter.com/docs/api/1/get/statuses/user_timeline

which reads:

Deprecation notice!
Version 1 of the API is now deprecated. This document may describe an outdated version of the API. Please move to Version 1.1 of the API as soon as possible.

This script used to return a JSON object of recent tweets on a user timeline.

A quick fix would be to find the line in your widget (typically a PHP file) that makes a browser request to this URL and update it accordingly to the new API (v1.1).

For example, if your Twitter username is “era404” you would find:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/era404.json?callback=twitterCallback2&count=4"></script>

And replace it with:

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://api.twitter.com/1/statuses/user_timeline.json?callback=twitterCallback2&screen_name=era404&count=4"></script>

The callback may be named something different, depending on the plugin in use, however this is how the function is called when using blogger.js.

Tags | blogger.js, quick-fix, twitter, widget, wordpress

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Jun
2012

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23 Tips for Optimizing a Blog’s Google Sitelinks

June 27, 2012 - Information Resources

What are Sitelinks?

The links shown below some of Google’s search results (1), called sitelinks (2), are meant to help users navigate sites. Indexing is the process by which search providers scan websites to extract the information that may be potentially searched by users to properly organize each site among relevent results. Google’s indexer analyzes the link structure of each site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they’re searching.Read More

Tags | best practices, blogger, blogs, blogspot, google, google.com, information resource, page rank, pagerank, quality, recommendations, site links, sitelinks, tips, tricks, wordpress