Sending out the 411 to the other bloggers who read this–yes, the anchor text you use when linking to other bloggers matters, technically.
Michael Silence says:
In my more than five years of following blogs and my three years of blogging, it’s always been clear linking to the source is proper attribution.
It’s also concise.
This item, from the No Silence Here blog of Michael Silence on knoxnews.com, raises… — 14 words.
Link — one word.
What do you think?
For search engines, especially Google, relevant anchor text in a link passes page rank stregth to the original site/article. If the anchor text is irrelevant to the originating site/story, the strength of the referring page’s rank is not passed or is lower. In Michael’s case, the anchor text “Link” doesn’t help the NYT article as much as “New York Times” does. “Link” could be spammmy, “New York Times” probably isn’t.
Here’s a pretty good article on anchor text and links (see how I did that) and how Google views them.
Having said all that, it’s pretty odd that the guy would actually complain about it. Me, I’ll take any link I can get and hope that the context of the link is relevant. Worst case scenario–I get more readers. Best case–I get more readers and a Google boost.
There is quite a bit of discussion going on right now about Google’s statement that they don’t want to pass page rank between sites if the links are paid for. The thing is, how do you know if a link is organic or bought if the anchor text that creates the link is relevant to both the original source and the referring site?
Want to get confused even further? Try to decipher how Google really works by reading Matt Cutt’s blog.
Justin Gardner asks the question:
In a time where we need unity, do you think Paulâ€™s â€œDr. Noâ€ way of politics will actually bring the country together?
There are some great responses to this question, and most actually address the first part–do we need unity necessarily? I think it would be great to have more unity in a love of freedom and a healthy appreciation for our differences.
But I’d settle for abiding by the Constitution and allowing individual states to decide how to deal with issues like health care, education, etc.
Amazingly, Hurricane Dean has stayed true to the forecast.Â NHC reports winds of 100mph and central pressure of 979mb.Â Dean is growing but does not have much time before land fall this afternoon.Â Dean has always been a fast moving storm…..this lead to it’s eventual demise. Â There are not many resorts in this area of Mexico so don’t expect the TV to be full of ‘weather cowboys’ this afternoon.Â Â What little damage occurs this afternoon will be masked by what happened yesterday.
Invest 92L is not going to make it.Â Unfavorable winds aloft hamper development before any potential land fall with Florida.Â Â We will just have to wait for the next glimmer of hope.
The WSJ Numbers Guy, Carl Bialik, talks about the impressive numbers that Jose Reyes is putting up this year in stolen bases and the growing success of stealing in general.
Itâ€™s no surprise that Jose Reyes has stolen 63 bases and been caught stealing just 15 times, for a success rate of 80.8% â€” Reyes is leading all of baseball in steals.
That is impressive, and I’m not taking anything away from Reyes. But think about this…Ricky Henderson had the same success rate as Reyes, 80.8%, over a 25 year career! Additionally, while Reyes is leading the majors this year with 63 SBs, Ricky stole 130 bases in 1982!
Ricky also holds the records for most career steals (1,406), most runs scored (2,295), most postseason stolen bases (33) and several other records.
Ricky would probably still hold the record for career walks if not for Barry’s help from “the cream” and “the clear“. Ricky earned his walks by working the pitch count, and still holds the record for unintentional walks (2129).
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–Ricky is the greatest. If you don’t believe me, ask him.
From the Assoicated Press (Mark Stevenson)
Dean’s path takes it directly through the Cantarell oil field, Mexico’s most productive. The entire field’s operations were shut down just ahead of the storm, reducing daily production by 2.7 million barrels of oil and 2.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas.
At $75 a barrel (that’s a hair low), that is $202million dollars a day. Just think of the tax money the gov’ment is losing in taxes. You would think they would do something about these storms with this much money on the line. Obviously Georgina Hernandez agrees with me.
“If only the government would lend us a hand,” said Georgina Hernandez, 59, whose three children all lost their homes in the town of Los Limones.
Do you think she sees any of that $202million a day?
At 5:00pm on 8/21/2007, Dean is back over the open waters in the Bay of Campeche.Â Like many before, the Yucatan has put a hurting on Dean, but it has survived.Â Winds are down to 80mph and the pressure now stands at 960mb. Â For this one day only…..it is safe to drink the water in Cancun because it has all fallen from the sky.
Â Do you have a guess where Dean will go next?Â The NHC thinks it’s pretty straight forward that the other east coast will get cleaned up with a CatÂ 2 stormÂ Wednesday afternoon.Â Can they be rightÂ about the same storm twice?Â
Also, don’t look at Mexico too long.Â Invest 92L has formed south of Bermuda Island and has a chance to be a weak hurricane while hitting the space coast of Florida.Â If that comes becomes true the media will go crazy!
And I hate Powerpoint presentations. I love the idea of Powerpoint, but its misuse/overuse disgusts me. There is waaaaay too much time spent making something look pretty for a presentation when the idea could easily be conveyed in a two sentence email.
If everyone felt this way, things may be different:
Tell me a problem that can’t be outlined in six minutes and I’ll show you a problem it’s probably not worth having a meeting about.
I’ll take that one further. Meetings should not be used to discuss and describe problems in an organization. That’s what email, intranets, wikis, blogs, reporting tools, etc. are for.
Intraorganizational meetings should be used to resolve problems that aren’t being resolved elsewhere. Period.
Unless your living under a rock, you have heard that Hurricane Dean is hitting the Yucatan peninsula right now (8/21/2007 early morning).Â It was a very strong storm, but land and hurricanes just donâ€™t get along.Â The storm dropped from a central pressure of 906mb to 935mb in just three hours (from 5:00am to 8:00am EDT).Â Sustained winds decreased from 165mph to 125mph in that same period.Â Just think about how strong it could have been if Mexico had of stayed out of the way.
Itâ€™s amazing how accurate the forecast models have been for this storm.Â The first runs from August 15th had this storm hitting Cancun.Â Instead it nailed Majahual. Â Thatâ€™s only about 250miles to the south. Â Google Earth shows some beautiful pictures from this area.Â I think Iâ€™ll head down to The Playa Tequila Club once they have had some time to rebuild.Â New hotels are nice.
Keep your fingers crossed that Dean can cross the Yucatan quickly.Â Once back over the warm smooth waters of the gulf, it should be able to gain strength again.Â Likely this one storm will clean up two parts of Mexico.
At 2:00pm EDT, the NHC is calling Dean a Category 1 hurricane with a central pressure of 960mb and sustained winds of 85mph.Â So as Jimmy Buffett says, â€œit ainâ€™tâ€¦nothin but a breezeâ€.Â
I’ve convinced our resident Hurrinerd, JCowan, to do some guest blogging here during hurricane season. He is way more into hurricanes than I am, plus it will save him the time of coming here to correct my misinformation if I ever try to write about one.
Hopefully he will one day spin this off to his own blog. He can be the “Lavergne and Shirley” to my “Happy Days”.
Will some of you guys help BadBadIvy out?
She doesn’t understand why “there are men out there in the world that will…“