20 of the Best SEO Plugins for WordPress

 

With more than 120 million blogs in existence, how do people find YOUR content on the Internet? The key starts with great search engine optimization (SEO), which is an art and a science that helps search engines discover your content and understand how relevant it is to specific search queries.

You can blog your heart out, but if you don’t have good SEO, then odds are you won’t have many readers.  Luckily, the WordPress plugin community values SEO and has developed a number of plugins to help. Here are 20 of the best SEO plugins to help you choose the right tags, tell search robots what to work on, optimize your post titles and more.

Have another SEO plugin to recommend? Tell us more about it in the comments. Continue reading

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Lights out in 84 countries for Earth Hour 2009

            

CHICAGO (AP) — The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.

McDonald’s will even soften the yellow glow from some Golden Arches as part of the time zone-by-time zone plan to dim nonessential lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to highlight global climate change. Continue reading

What Windows 7 might have looked like

In a presentation at last week’s Mix 09 event in Las Vegas, Microsoft designer Stephan Hoefnagels traced the evolution of the company’s new Windows 7 operating system.

“This was a pretty wacky brainstorm that we had early on,” Hoefnagels told the crowd. But, he said, it wasn’t just a bunch of designers going crazy. Even these early sketches represented a collaboration across the technical and design ranks. “In this brainstorm for instance, all the disciplines were involved…developers, program management, user research. Everybody was coming up with these crazy ideas.”

  Early sketch of Windows 7 Continue reading

Who cares if XP support is ending?

 

I wish I could agree with fellow ZDNet blogger, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, that the April 14th demise of free XP support from Microsoft would help bring people into the open source fold and encourage them to look at Linux when 7 still isn’t widely available and Vista is still a sad little OS. Unfortunately, I just don’t think it matters at all.

XP still dominates here in Ed Tech. Sure, we have lots of Macs and Linux has made some inroads in our market, but we all know where the lion’s share of the market sits. And in some ways, why not? XP is easy, there is a huge install base, it keeps most of our users happy with no training (assuming we can keep the malware at bay), all of our software runs on it, and it’s been around long enough that most of our students can support it, let alone IT staff. Continue reading

Windows 7 release schedule

                        

A page accidentally published on TechNet earlier today leaked some interesting information about the Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate).

Note: As you might expect, the page is no longer available.

What we have here is:

  • A publish date (set to may 2009)
  • An expiry date of June 1, 2010
  • System requirements

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Bryant scores 30 points, Lakers beat Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP)—Kobe Bryant scored 30 points and helped the Los Angeles Lakers score the last 20 points of the third quarter in a 92-77 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

The Western Conference-leading Lakers have won four straight to pull within a victory of Cleveland’s NBA-high total of 58, and five in a row on the road for a league-high 26 this season. Continue reading

Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile released and available for download

First mentioned by the folks over at Skype more than one month ago, Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile is now available for download, coming with two important new features.

The first one is the application’s ability to send and receive files (of up to at least 50MB).

The second new feature of Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Mobile is the support for SMS: you can now send text messages anywhere in the world, via Wi-Fi, at Skype-like low rates. You can send messages even if you’re not in a Wi-Fi zone, but data charges may apply. Continue reading