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Aug 10 2014
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 Lazy SEO and A/B tests or even using on-site search data. I'd like to share another handy tactic today:

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Jul 18 2014
Skype lifehack

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Jun 13 2014
Don't use "meaningful" calls to action blindly

A recent conversation at Inbound.org got me thinking...

There's this trend in the self-funded startups community going on recently - to use "meaningful" calls to action instead of simple "start trial" or "sign up" buttons. Like, if you're selling a scheduling tool - put the "end your scheduling hassles" text on your button, not just the stupid "sign up" label. Or - if you're selling a budgeting app - "start watching your wallet" or something like that.

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Jun 7 2014
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.

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Apr 7 2014
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

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Mar 24 2014
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:

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Dec 30 2013
The Startupper Way





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Dec 24 2013
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.

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Nov 20 2013
Recursion

"In order to understand recursion, one must first understand recursion"

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Forgive me, I just could not walk past this picture. Should help you understand what recursion really is.

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Oct 25 2013
Disabling search in "new tab" in Chrome

If you don't like the new search field and a ton of empty space around it on the Chrome's "new tab" page after upgrading it on Windows (and now Mac), here's what you need to do:

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