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99% Of Guest Bloggers Today Can't Write

99% Of Guest Bloggers Today Can't Write


There's been quiet alot of talk going on lately about guest blogging and what's to come of it. Google made a clear stance against the current state of guest blogging; and the recent hits on both MyBlogGuest, and more recently ... read more

SiteGround's 70% Off Easter Sale & A Word of Warning

SiteGround's 70% Off Easter Sale & A Word of Warning


Easter is this Sunday, April 20th, and in celebrating SiteGround has announed their Easter Sale starting this Saturday April 19. The sale will last through Monday April 21st and will offer a huge 70% off discount on SiteGround's hosting packages. 70% off ... read more

20% Off on Yola Gold During April 2014

20% Off on Yola Gold During April 2014


If you build it, they will come! Right? Well not really. Luckily the Yola Gold package gives plenty of awesome SEO and marketing tools which you can utilize to build up the traffic to your website and start growing your ... read more

DynDNS No Longer Free

DynDNS No Longer Free


DynDNS used to be THE free DNS service everyone was always recommending. Unfortunately Dyn has recently announced that it’s free service will cease on May 7th, 2014. This means anyone using their free DNS hosting has to upgrade to a paid ... read more

Some New TLD's to Brighten Up Tax Day

Some New TLD's to Brighten Up Tax Day


In an effort to take your mind off the IRS, here's some new fun TLD options, available for general registration as of 4/15: .gift, .pics, .photo, .guitars, .link. Two more batches of new TLDs arrive later this week, so be ... read more

PlainEdit.NET & Sublime Text Added to Free Webmaster Resources Directory

PlainEdit.NET & Sublime Text Added to Free Webmaster Resources Directory


These days it's rare that a new text/code editor comes out that brings anything remotely new or exciting to the table. There are already plenty of code editors and Notepad replacements out ... read more

Welcome to the Rapid Purple Blog, featuring the latest webmaster related news from around the internet – such as updates from various hosting providers regarding their infrastructure and/or new offerings and services. To go along with this you can also find the latest coupons and discounts from popular hosting providers and domain name registrars such as GoDaddy, 1&1, HostGator, UK2 Group, Namecheap, SingleHop, and many more.

Once you have your hosting and domain name established you will also find a large variety of tutorials aimed at helping you get a better grasp on different languages and tasks associated with being a webmaster and running your own website. For starters, many of you who are taking college courses will most likely encounter programming in C within on of your entry level classes. I have a great tutorial series aimed specifically for those classes covering many of the Basics in C Programming. You will also find many other interesting tutorials in HTML/CSS, PHP, HTACCESS, Adobe Photoshop, and various other miscellaneous ones – such as turning a webpage into a PDF through the use of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

To help you browse through all of the posts the blog has been separated into its most popular categories and tags via the menu’s below:



99% Of Guest Bloggers Today Can’t Write

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There’s been quiet alot of talk going on lately about guest blogging and what’s to come of it. Google made a clear stance against the current state of guest blogging; and the recent hits on both MyBlogGuest, and more recently PostJoint are evidence of that. All this has created quiet the stir amongst the SEO community with plenty of people advocating both for and against these penalties; and so I wanted to share my own opinion and experiences with guest blogging and explain why I completely agree with Google on this.

Firstly its important to note that while I have never utilized MyBlogGuest for the sake of sharing my own articles on it; I have had quiet a few guest bloggers submit articles for me to post on Rapid Purple – and over the past couple of years you have probably noticed them on here as they often came attached with an author bio at the bottom. If you’re wondering why there have only been a small handful of guest posts on here – this will explain it.

99% of guest bloggers today can’t write. For many of them English is far from their first language and unfortunately that becomes evident extremely quickly as you begin to read through their post. There’s spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, run-on sentences, and things that just don’t make any sense at all. Often is the case that I would spend more time re-writing someones article than if I had simply written it myself from the start.  Let’s take an example from a guest blog post that was submitted to me back in 2013:

And finally, another reason, most people don’t get ad click is they have too many ad units. Make sure there are not more than 2 unit in each page. Google recommends not having more than 3 each page. But just to be in the safe side, do not, have more than 2 units.

English professors everywhere are pulling their hair out  their remaining hair out. Bing has made it pretty clear that proper grammar is important in terms of how well your website will rank; however proper grammar and well written posts go well beyond simple search engine rankings.

Let’s go back to the example above and let’s pretend this was within the first paragraph you read. Do you feel like continuing to read through that post? No? Me neither. Now this single guest post has not only hurt your rankings; but it’s also hurt your readership count.

I don’t want to seem like this is all based on simply 1 submitted post – so let’s go find another example – this time by simply browsing MyGuestBlog’s current article directory.

The problem with your current source of traffic is that Google algorithms can easily change and put you right at the very bottom of the results pages. It’s for that reason why you have to create safety net for your site, and that’s through diversifying your traffic sources.

To me the penalties make perfect sense. The majority of the content featured on guest blog networks isn’t written for the sake of creating relevant and exciting new content; it’s written in an attempt to get 2-3 links onto someones website – and I think we can do just fine without those posts.

SiteGround’s 70% Off Easter Sale & A Word of Warning

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Easter is this Sunday, April 20th, and in celebrating SiteGround has announed their Easter Sale starting this Saturday April 19. The sale will last through Monday April 21st and will offer a huge 70% off discount on SiteGround’s hosting packages.

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70% off is starting to seem like a favorite of SiteGround as they’ve used the same discount for their Black Friday Sale, the following CyberMonday sale; and then their Birthday Sale; oh and let’s not forget the Christmas sale. I’m not complaining really – I mean who would be with such awesome savings – but I do urge you to do all your research before simply getting excited about the money you could potentially save.

I’ve always praised SiteGround on here as I believe they offer an astounding service for an amazing price – but as with most things you can’t be absolutely great at everything all at once. While I personally haven’t found something SiteGround has performed poorly during – Stephen Galgocy (a fellow member of the G+ WordPress community) unfortunately has. Unfortunately if for any reason you end up needing to cancel your SiteGround service – have a bottle of Advil standing by for your headache will be immense. He’s done a great job at documenting his process on his blog - complete with chat screenshots and time mentions; and if you read through it all you’ll get to a great list of links at the very bottom that shows he’s far from the only one who’s had to go through this hassle. To date the only response from SiteGround has been the following tweet:

Now I can understand that there should be a general retention process that happens with any cancellation request; at any company; offering any service. However there has to be a limit – and this seems to be something SiteGround still has yet to master.

20% Off on Yola Gold During April 2014

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If you build it, they will come! Right? Well not really. Luckily the Yola Gold package gives plenty of awesome SEO and marketing tools which you can utilize to build up the traffic to your website and start growing your business. With Yola’s latest offer you also 20% off 1 year Yola Gold using the promo code VISITORS20. Take note this offer ends on 4/30/2014.

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DynDNS No Longer Free

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DynDNS used to be THE free DNS service everyone was always recommending. Unfortunately Dyn has recently announced that it’s free service will cease on May 7th, 2014. This means anyone using their free DNS hosting has to upgrade to a paid version or will get cut off. Their paid version costs $25 per year just for DNS services.

So what are we left with now? Well a slew of free subdomain providers still offer free DNS to their users; and Namecheap is still actively developing their own Namecheap FreeDNS service and it is more robust and resilient than ever. They currently have a large cluster of servers spread across North America and Europe, delivering fast and reliable DNS services. For free.

So those of you who were utilizing the free DynDNS service should start thinking about making a switch to a new provider; or taking the plunge and upgrading to a paid version of DynDNS. However if you’re anything like me – you’re initial reaction is going to be WHYYYYYY? Well Dyn has a very valid answer:

We have an obligation to have the cleanest DNS network possible. There is a danger to a free infrastructure and over the years, we have seen mixed results from our freemium model. We have seen an increase in abuse and a portion of users violating our trust, so we felt closing this down was the most responsible action we could take to our paying customers.

Truth be told – they have a very valid point. And this is probably exactly why Namecheap utilizes a seperate network for their premium DNS service. Albeit this still causes some issues (take note of the Feb. 2014 DDoS attack); however it seems Namecheap is more than happy to continue development and providing their free DNS service.

Some New TLD’s to Brighten Up Tax Day

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In an effort to take your mind off the IRS, here’s some new fun TLD options, available for general registration as of 4/15: .gift, .pics, .photo, .guitars, .link. Two more batches of new TLDs arrive later this week, so be sure to stay tuned. Here’s a sneak peek: .marketing on 4/16 and .pink on 4/17.

As usual you can pick these up at either Namecheap1&1 or GoDaddy on their respective release dates.

PlainEdit.NET & Sublime Text Added to Free Webmaster Resources Directory

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These days it’s rare that a new text/code editor comes out that brings anything remotely new or exciting to the table. There are already plenty of code editors and Notepad replacements out there like Notepad++, Context, TotalEdit Pro & more. To be honest I don’t even list all of the different code editors in the Free Webmaster Resources Directory – I just focus on those that bring something unique to the table. So with that said I wanted to introduce two brand new code editors that were just listed in our Webmaster Resources Directory: Sublime Text & PlainEdit.NET.

Sublime Text

Sublime Text has been around forever now. 6 years actually since the original release on 18 January 2008. Version 2 came out in July of 2013 and brought about some amazing features:

  • Multiple cursors: Once you have discovered multiple cursors you won’t want to work without them anymore. As the name suggests they let you write or edit in multiple places in a document at the same time.
  • Vintage mode: Vim keyboard shortcuts will work just like in the original Vim editor. To use them, all you need to do is to enable vintage mode.
  • Lightning fast: This is the fastest code editor you will find right now.
  • Command pallet: A great feature that allows you to reach about all functions of the editor via the keyboard. You will hardly use your mouse and thus code more efficiently.
  • Plugin collection: A hugely active community creates plugins for almost any task in Sublime Text 2. This includes syntax highlighting and code snippets for a large number of languages, for example Javascript, PHP, CSS, HTML, Python, LESS, XML and C++ to name just a few.
  • Package control: This add-on let’s you install plugins within seconds directly from the editor.

PlainEdit.NET

PlainEdit.NET is a free portable Notepad replacement with some pretty interesting and unusual extras. The core feature set is familiar enough featuring a tabbed interface which allows you to open multiple documents. There’s the usual full support for opening ANSI, UTF-8, Unicode and Unicode big-endian files, with Windows, Mac and Unix line breaks.

Syntax highlighting is included (Assembler, Batch, C#, C++, CSS, INI, Java, JavaScript, NSIS, Pascal/ Delphi, Perl, PHP, PostScript, PowerShell, Python, SQL, Visual Basic, XML); along with a slew of other awesome development tools such as user-defined document tempates, code snippets, and a bookmarking system. Furthermore you can full control over your workspace by being allowed to define orientation (portrait or landscape), color usage, and various margins and indentations. Headers and footers can be customized with the date, time, page numbers, file name and more.

Lastly I want to mention what is my favorite feature of the PlainEdit.NET code editor – its series of time-saving clipboard tools. There is a “Copy & Add” feature which adds the currently selected text to the contents of the clipboard, rather than replacing it; and Insert > Clipboard options insert the contents of the clipboard before or after any selected lines. You can utilize Insert > Console Output, then type a console command, and its output will be inserted into your document.

Get 25% Off on WordPress Hosting from GoDaddy

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Back at the end of January GoDaddy had announced their launch of dedicated WordPress hosting plans – and today I am happy to announce their latest sale which gives you 25% off regular list price for Managed WordPress Hosting plans. Please note that this offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, sale, discount, or promotion. After the initial purchase term, plans purchased through this offer will renew at the then-current list price.

No coupon code is required for this sale – simply follow the banner within this post and the discount will automatically be applied to your browsing session.

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April Coupon Codes for Namecheap

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The April set of coupon codes for Namecheap have been announced. To be honest they came out a few days ago and somehow I totally missed the email about them. Luckily Slickdeals picked it up and let me know on Twitter; and those of you subscribed to the nightly Webmaster News & Deals paper would have seen the feature regarding these coupon codes already.

This by the way seems like a great time to tell you all to subscribe to the free nightly release of Webmasters News & Deals over on paper.li.


Anyway with that said here are the April 2014 coupon codes from Namecheap:

  • SHOWERPOWER – one year registrations+transfers of com/net/org/biz/info
  • APRILHOST – 20% off first billing cycle, shared hosting
  • HIGHPOWERED – 10% off first billing cycle, VPS hosting

SiteGround Launches V2.0 of their Staging Tool

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SiteGround has always done a great job at making themselves stand out from the crowd by offering a very unique set of tools built upon a very unique infrastructure. Starting from multiple data-centers spread across multiple geographical locations, down to their innovative shared hosting server security setup which isolates shared hosting accounts from each other – denying a hacker attack access to any other sites on the same server. Plus they make some pretty cool branded items – like my SiteGround Converse sneakers!

For those of you already using SiteGround as your hosting provider – you’re more than likely already familiar with the SiteGround Staging tool which offers one-click staging for WordPress and Joomla along with pre-installed Git. For those of you who are always busy working on your website and making new changes; or just developing a new redesign – SiteGrounds’ Staging tool is absolutely invaluable offering you a safe environment to make your necessary changes, test them, and then move them over to your life website.

Well SiteGround has recently announced version 2.0 of their staging tool which brings about much more flexibility and control over the various staging copies you can have. Furthermore the creating of a new Git repo has been significantly simplified down to the click of a single button.

Probably my favorite addition brought about by the new version is Advanced Push. Normally when you finished making your developments and are satisfied with your website you would hit the Push To Live button and the SiteGround Staging tool would clone all the changes you’ve made to your staging website copy over to your live site. Well Advanced Push compares all of the files, folders, and database modifications that have been made and gives you a list of those changes allowing you to pick and choose exactly which modifications should be pushed out to the live website and which ones should not be.

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If you haven’t made use of the Staging tool yet – you definitely should. To boot there’s a great bit of information available about how to make the best use of V2.0 of the staging tool over at SiteGround blog.

Have you used the SiteGround Staging tool yet yourself? What do you think of the new version updates? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Bing Introduces The Bing Knowledge Widget for Webmasters

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Bing Introduces The Bing Knowledge Widget for Webmasters / tools resources internet news  / rp bing knowledge michael boguslavskiy 300x204Bing has been, quietly, hard at work at expanding the Bing knowledge repository to currently feature hundreds of millions of people, places, things – and their relationships between each-other. Remember when I mentioned how Bing had partnered up with Klout to start creating personal snapshots to add to their people snapshots? Well that was back in October of 2013; and since then that database has gotten huge. So this past weekend Bing introduced a way for all webmasters to take advantage of this database with the use of the Bing Knowledge Widget.

It’s an easy-to-deploy, JavaScript-based widget for webmasters that detects and visualizes entities on the webpage and displays rich information about the entity directly on your website. Depending on the settings you choose a visitor to your site need simply hover over the objects you’ve selected in the backend to see the widget come to life along the right-hand side of the screen, showcasing content related to each entity, directly from Bing’s knowledge repository.

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You can easily configure how the Bing Knowledge Widget will visualize the entities detected on your website. There are three pre-defined options:

  • Entity Images: when you select this option entities that are detected will appear only as images in a vertical carousel alongside the page.
  • Entity Images & Links: when you select this option entities that are detected will appear both as images in a vertical carousel alongside the page as well as links within the text of the page. This is the most popular option.
  • Entity Links: when you select this option, entities that are detected will appear as links within the text of the page.

When you have chosen a visualization option that includes entity links, you can set the link style associated with these entity links. Furthermore you can choose to set a custom CSS class – giving you full control over the styling of the entity links. Furthermore you can choose to skip content within certain CSS classes from being detected by the Bing Knowledge Widget. This would be ideal for you’re sidebar content, for example.

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You can check out a demo of the Bing Knowledge Widget in action here; or generate one for your own website here. If you’d like to dig a bit deeper into the different customization settings available feel free to head on over to the dedicated Bing Knowledge Widget Help & How To page.

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