We Celebrate You Mommy Today and Every Day

We Celebrate You Mommy Today and Every Day

Mommy

Noun

[mom ee]

Someone who gives every ounce of their being to their family.  Never second guessing her commitment . Never seeking a return on investment.  Not in it for the accolades, the labels, or notoriety.  Our purest example of giving.

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Speeding Up WordPress – Gravatars

Speeding Up WordPress – Gravatars

After monkeying with OptimizePress a bit and updating some on-page elements to my liking, I decided that I would see how my site was performing in some of the page speed testers.  I don’t like using these things because there are so many calls being made that I was not aware of and it typically takes me on a wild goose chase of time wasting.  So, let me give you the skinny on what I noticed and how I quickly “fixed” it.

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WordPress Help – Adding Author & Updated to Posts and Pages

WordPress Help – Adding Author & Updated to Posts and Pages

The Microdata Problem

Using Google’s Webmaster Tools is a great way to find little issues that might be holding your site back from ranking better in the Google SERPs.   It had been a few years since I hopped into Webmaster Tools, and when I did, I noticed a number of errors in the Structured Data section.  Clicking a few links it seemed that Google wanted to see “Updated” and “Author” data called out on many of my pages and posts.  After poking around a big on the WordPress forums, I found that most people answering questions didn’t really understand what was being asked, nor what Google was looking for.  I have played around with Rich Snippets and other Microdata information, so I had a good idea of how to solve the problem…it was just going to take a little poking around in the WordPress Codex (their repository of the code snippets that give users access to all of the information we have entered into our blogs).

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La Spaziale Pre-Infusion Taste Test #1

La Spaziale Pre-Infusion Taste Test #1

I recently installed La Spaziale’s “progressive pre-infusion” chamber on my 2 group New EK.  Since installing the setup, I have not had any bad extractions to speak of.  I have also been paying close attention to quantity of coffee in (18g) and quantity (weight) of liquid out (~18g).  I typically like shorter shots, so anything 9-18g is usually something I enjoy more.

This was the first taste test to see if there is any appreciable difference between a shot with pre-infusion and one without.

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Adding Pre-Infusion to the La Spaziale New EK

Adding Pre-Infusion to the La Spaziale New EK

The Goal

  1. Pull more consistent shots.
  2. Test if there are any discernible differences with and without pre-infusion

Hypothesis

  1. Most of the crappy extractions I get are probably more of a function of a lazy barista. However, I wonder if a “soft start” might be more forgiving.
  2. When I first bought this machine and before I plumbed it in, I drew water from a large bottle of water.  Those first shots had the best body and balance I have seen on this machine (for the most part).  I have constantly wondered if line pressure, pre-infusion, or some other mythical creature might help me recapture this legend.

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November 11th

November 11th

Today I cried.

As I sat bundled up with my three-year-old daughter on my lap and looked into the eyes of war veterans passing by, I cried.

I’m not completely sure why.  I cried for their suffering, I cried for my children to whom I will one day have to explain war, I cried because in a town with an estimated 900,000 people, we could only muster maybe 1,000 to line the 15 block parade route in support.

We are all Americans, like it or not.

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Backlink Ideas – Document Hosting Sites

Backlink Ideas – Document Hosting Sites

A quick note:

I created a draft of this post weeks before the Penguin Update from Google.  While many people are still dealing with the aftermath of Penguin and Panda, building backlinks by syndicating your documents and articles via document sharing sites is still a great way to be heard…and pick up a backlink or two along the way.

Most people know that in order to rank for certain terms in the search engines like Google, they need to build quality, keyword specific backlinks to their website…but, don’t know where to start.

Enter this series of posts where I will walk you through great, free backlink ideas that anyone with a computer, website/webpage (there is a difference) to promote, and an internet connection can do when they have some time.

Quality Backlinks From Quality Content

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How to Add Rich Snippets Authorship for HubPages

How to Add Rich Snippets Authorship for HubPages

Following up on how to get your picture next to your SERP listings, I thought I would show you that you can also get Rich Snippet goodness for authoring articles on OTHER sites as well.

Today’s example is going to be HubPages.  I am not going to get into “what HubPages is” other than to say, it is a site where authors can publish articles.  They have a lot of authority in the search engines as HubPages has a lot of content to offer users.  So, if you are an aspiring author or publisher, it is a great resource to help build your own authority.

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How to Add Google Rich Snippets to Your Web Site

How to Add Google Rich Snippets to Your Web Site

If you are living in a cave or just had a baby, then you are excused.  Otherwise, I am sure you are aware of Google’s Rich Snippets…or at least have seen them in the SERPs.  Rich Snippets can be anything from an author picture, thumbnail image of a video, stars from a product or service review, list of audio files, or even the breadcrumb navigation from your website.

Tracking people’s eyes has shown that there appears to be a positive correlation between having an image next to a SERP listing and interest.  So, the bottom line is, if you want people to check out your listing on the Google search results pages…getting some images next to them is a great idea.

Rich Snippets is one of Google’s advancements that, I believe, will pay huge dividends to those who choose to be early adopters.  Not only does Google get to jazz up their SERPs, they get some additional benefits as well…

Author / Publisher Association

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