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The New Vogogo

The New Vogogo

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Marketing, Programming, Startup, World Wide Web | 2 comments

Last weekend we launched a completely redesigned vogogo.com based on customer feedback and usage metrics collected over the last year. The new system is significantly simplified over it’s predecessor, written in a technology stack that speeds development time and will allow us to introduce new features with greater speed and confidence.

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Google Geo-Targeting

Google Geo-Targeting

Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Programming, World Wide Web | 0 comments

It appears sometime around March 2012 the Google geo-targeting policy. I’m pretty sure (not 100% though) prior to March I was able to set http://stancarney.ca/ as ‘Unlisted’, meaning that it would not be geo-targeted in Google search results. After some more digging I found a help page explaining Google’s Geo-Targeting rules and confirmed it via my webmaster tools account. If you have a country specific TLD Google will not allow you to geo-target any search results besides the country of which the ccTLD is assigned. They have a list of generic country code top level domains that they deem to be exceptions and allow you to change the geo-targeted country.

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Grails 301 Redirect

Grails 301 Redirect

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Programming, World Wide Web | 2 comments

301 redirects are the correct way to signify content available at a URL has been permanently moved to a new location. Returning a 301 redirect instructs browsers, web crawlers and other clients accessing your site to use the new page from this point forward. From a development perspective a 302 redirect and a 301 don’t appear to be any different. You hit the old URL and you are sent to the new one.

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Google ‘Search Engine Rankings’ App in Groovy

Google ‘Search Engine Rankings’ App in Groovy

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Programming, World Wide Web | 0 comments

I wanted to see where certain sites rank for a given search term. Normally this is accomplished by heading to Google, entering your search query and potentially paging through N pages using ctrl + f until I find the site I’m looking for. Obviously there is a better way. Searching around I found only questionable sites offering the service so I figured it wouldn’t be that hard to build.

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Open Graph Image Over HTTPS

Open Graph Image Over HTTPS

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Marketing, Programming, World Wide Web | 0 comments

Open Graph (og:image) over HTTPS doesn’t work. Title, description, etc.. all load fine over HTTPS and Facebook respects 301 redirects so someone can mention vogogo.com or https://www.vogogo.com in their status and Facebook is able to pull the right content. At first I thought it was an image dimension problem. The Vogogo image used is 195:65 which is exactly 3:1, the ratio limit imposed on og:image images, so I loaded up some smaller images to test and the results were the same. Facebook tries to load the images but gives up. After some investigative work by Matt Warren and some subsequent Googling around it appears others are affected.

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