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Dec 22 2014
Huge metric that Google Analytics will never show

Huge metric that Google Analytics will never show

Google Analytics is a fine product. It's nice, free, easy-to-install and ready-to-use right out of the box, while at the same time offering advanced configuration options and data-mining opportunities to those who want it.

Nov 6 2014
The history of a radio-button

The history of a radio-button

A radio-button, AKA "an option button" is a UI element known to every web/mobile/desktop developer: it allows choosing only one out of a set of options.

Oct 5 2014
How "Disqus.com" got their Google PR9

How "Disqus.com" got their Google PR9

I was recently checking my website for unnecessary 404s, 302s and 301s using ScreamingFrog spider and discovered hundreds of outgoing "dofollow" links to Disqus.com. All with the exact same anchor text:

Sep 2 2014
Moving our site to HTTPS and the early SEO-effects of it

Moving our site to HTTPS and the early SEO-effects of it

About a week ago we have moved our site to HTTPS. I always wanted to, and now that Google has made it a ranking signal - we finally ran out of excuses. Here's what we did:

Aug 10 2014
Pages that can be instantly improved for more search traffic

Pages that can be instantly improved for more search traffic

There are tons of "on-site" tactics you can work with to improve your website's organic traffic and conversions. Like A/B tests or even using on-site search data. I'd like to share another handy tactic today:

Jun 7 2014
WatiN tests fail with COMExceptions and other errors? Fix

WatiN tests fail with COMExceptions and other errors? Fix

Another post for developers reading this blog. If you think these posts do not belong here, please leave a comment, and I'll consider moving my development articles to a separate blog.

If your WatiN tests started failing, the "ContainsText" property always returns "false", you get System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException when running tests - one fix would be to run Visual Studio as Adminstrator.

Apr 7 2014
Google violating its own policy?

Google violating its own policy?

Last month Google has finally released the new AdWords design for desktop search. They removed the shaded yellow box used to designate a paid search result. The ads are now marked with a gold "Ad" icon next to it. Making it virtually indistinguishable from the organic search results. I bet my mom wouldn't be able to tell the difference

Mar 24 2014
Removing files from Mercurial history

Removing files from Mercurial history

Another post for developers reading this blog. If you think these posts do not belong here, please leave a comment, and I'll consider moving my development articles to a separate blog.

Sometimes you need to remove files from Mercurial completely, even from the history. For instance, if you have mistakenly stored a sensitive file in the repo (some password, or an access key, or a code-signing certificate etc. etc.) Here's how you do it:

Dec 24 2013
JavaScript: injecting extra info to copy-pasted text

JavaScript: injecting extra info to copy-pasted text

You've seen this many times - when you copy and paste text from a website - a reference link to the source appears at the bottom, sometimes along with a copyright notice. Something like "read more at www.site.com". Some SEOs say this can be good source of backlinks so I tried to figure out how these sites do it... Turns out most of the sites use a service called "Tynt". But Tynt also traces visitor actions on a website (mouse moves, clicks etc), which I personally don't like.

May 23 2013
Skype spying on you in Russia, China and who knows where else?

Skype spying on you in Russia, China and who knows where else?

Russian newspaper "Vedomosti" - a reputable Russian periodical co-founded by Dow Jones, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal - has reported that both the national security agency and the police are able to tap Skype conversations without even filing a court order.

Since I'm originally from Russia, I will translate the article for you:
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