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Sharp drop in adsense revenue

My Adsense revenue for a particular site suddenly plummeted (About halved over one or two weeks). How can I find out why ?
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Should I tell visitors that their browser is out-of-date?

I have seen many sites like browser-update.org that provide small bits of JavaScript & CSS to implement in a page that inform a user through a yellow bar at the top of the page that their browser ...
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How do you determine the monetary value of an established domain / website?

I have some domains that I've been building for the last few years and now I'd like to sell them. I tried several services (including Sedo) to try and ascertain just how much money each domain was ...
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OpenID, Gmail, Facebook, Yahoo login for Wordpress

Is there somethink like this for free for wordpress?
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Does an entry in DMOZ significantly help the ranking of a web site?

I have read that getting your site listed in the open directory (DMOZ) can significantly help boost your site's ranking in major search engines. Is this an 'old webmaster's tale' or does it really ...
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What service or software should I use to serve advertising on a site with about 120k monthly page views?

I have a site that is generating about 120k monthly page views and is being hosted on a shared FreeBSD server where I have access to PHP and MySQL. I am using some custom PHP server-side scripts that ...
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Is there a way to get browser info on one specific page with Google Analytics?

I have an Ajax-based page which has had a history of problems with Internet Explorer (IE). I spent some time working on the JavaScript to try to get it to work in IE. After this I was interested to ...
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Adsense - is it worth setting up?

How much traffic is necessary for adsense to make sense?
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Donations - do they actually work?

I see lots of "Donate" buttons on websites which are not donations to charity as such, but of the form "Donate to this website in order to help keep the website running" or "If you like this website, ...
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How can I deal with advertisement revenues lost because of adblock?

Is there a way to force my users to not use AdBlock? If not, what can I do to discourage its use?
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Websites to detect who hosts a website?

What sites are there to detect what web host is hosting a website?
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How do I block ads from Google?

OK I have blocked "Evony Online" and other such annoying stuff using the competitive ad filter. But I am now getting these exasperating flash adverts from Google themselves for "Google Translate". ...
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Which meta tags are not worth the effort?

After reading this question about meta keywords, I've been wondering : of all meta tags, which ones are really worth the effort ? I know that the description is used in google search results, and the ...
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Google, Amazon, PayPal, roll your own, Shopping Cart/Checkout option that doesn't put off potential customers?

Google, Amazon, PayPal, roll your own. We have a custom coded online store with custom shopping carts that is using Amazon for the checkout process. When the customer 'checks out' of our site, they ...
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What is the best browser market share data source?

Browser market share is important to a webmaster, or at least it will be until IE6, 7 and 8 disappear (my guess is the year 2532, more or less). What is the most trustable, versatile and ultimately ...
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Are there any downsides of including google-analytics on your website?

I am in particular concerned with legal implications due to strong privacy legislations. However, I was also thinking about performance and false results by users blocking it.
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How to make sense of analytics data? [closed]

Are there any good resources out there for learning how to use analytics data? I'd like to learn how to take the data and apply it practically to my site in order to make it a better experience for ...
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CDN - Content Delivery Networks. How do they work and why would I want to use one?

What exactly is a Content Delivery Network (CDN), how does it work, and why would I want to use one for my web site? Which are the well-known CDNs out there?
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“Progressive” JPEG: Why do many web sites avoid rendering JPEGs that way? Pros, cons?

When JPEG images are used by a web page, they are typically rendered top-down ... but they can also be rendered using a mode called progressive JPEG, where the image starts out full-size, but blurry, ...
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HTML and “quirks” vs. “standards compliance” modes: Explain, and tell us why we should care?

What is the difference between "quirks" mode and "standards compliance" mode, when building HTML web pages? How to tell when operating in one mode, vs. the other? Why should people – i.e. ...
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Common optimizations to reduce HTML or XHTML page size?

What are some common optimizations performed to reduce HTML or XHTML page size? Some that come to mind are: removing comments, removing extraneous whitespace, moving repetitive inline styles to a ...
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If a page takes too long to load, after how long will a user give up and re-load or go elsewhere?

If a page takes too long to load, after how long – generally – will a user give up and re-load or go elsewhere? What studies have been done that measured page load time and user ...
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How to use cookies in a secure manner to authenticate users?

In most cases I like using cookies to remember returning users to my websites. In my early/foolish days, I would store a UserID (auto-increment integer) in a cookie and if the user returned I would ...
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Are date of birth forms necessary for alcoholic websites?

I've noticed that many beer and spirits companies often require you to enter your date of birth before entering their site (ex. Budweiser.com). Is this form legally required? Or is it just a popular ...
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When did you decide to use a CDN? How did you measure the “success” of using a CDN?

When did you decide to use a Content Delivery Network? How did you measure the "success" of using a CDN to help justify the additional cost? Added a bounty. Hoping to get interesting stories from ...
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Are there any standards for marking the age suitability for website content?

As a responsible webmaster I want to mark some of my content as unsuitable for certain age groups, there's nothing illegal or pornographic but it does feature bad language and violence that might be ...
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How do I ensure that my content is sent via gzip in Apache?

Is there some setting that I can search for in Apache configurations to make sure that all pages, CSS, and JavaScript are sent via gzip? Are they located in different places for different Operating ...
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How to add SMS text messaging functionality to my website?

I want to add the ability to send reminders to people via email and SMS for specific events that they have signed up for on a web application that I am building. The email part is not difficult, but ...
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How do I test the usability of my website?

How do I evaluate my website from a usability standpoint?
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How can I neatly embed Flash in a page in a way that is cross-browser compatible?

When I receive Flash objects from my designer, it comes with an example HTML page which includes both <object> tags and <embed> tags as well as a whole heap of JavaScript. If I copy and ...
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Why should I develop my applications using the MVC design pattern?

MVC seems to be very popular these days, but the "education overhead" of newly learning a chosen MVC framework seems to be quite high. Why should I choose to invest the time to do this, rather than ...
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What is the target time to have visitors spend per visit?

Looking at Google Analytics, It seems that people spend approximately 3.5 minutes per average on my web site, per visit. That's approximately enough time to read one article and perhaps leave a ...
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When should I use a CSS framework?

What are the best practice scenarios for using a CSS framework? When is it better to "roll your own" CSS from scratch rather than using frameworks?
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How do you format SEM URLS to properly track results using analytics engines like Google analytics?

If I were to purchase some advertising space on a website- what should I add to the end of the URL to track the results of that campaign in a tool like Google Analytics? Is capitalization important?...
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Should I include “www” in my website's URLs? What are the pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of having http://www.example.com/ vs http://example.com/? For example a problem I'm aware of is that if I use a domain without www I can't set a cookie for the current ...
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What are the most important things I need to do to encourage Google Sitelinks?

My website used to have sitelinks and now it doesn't. It's very possible that it's due to changing the website to a sidebar design instead of having an "interstitial" type landing page which limited ...
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How can I cause a browser to download a new copy of a web page when it thinks that its cached copy is still valid?

Sometimes when I make small changes to a website, I notice that certain browsers are very stubborn about downloading the page again. Both F5 and CTRL-R are worthless and the only way to fix it is to ...
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Which special characters are safe to use in url?

Which special characters are safe to use in url?
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What potential issues do I need to be aware of in a multi server/clustered environment?

I have been working on a website with a client for some time now and the site itself has grown massively in popularity. We are now at the stage where the single machine we have hosting the site is ...
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Strict XHTML doctypes

I was wondering about the consequences of building a site that's compliant with XHTML1.0 Strict. I have developed a lot of sites using the transitional doctype, and read about the consequences of a ...
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What are the minimum steps that I should follow to ensure that my web site is accessible?

I am trying to follow a very important standard that I must admit I have ignored up until recently. I want to make sure that my pages are accessible to a large portion of people that have disabilities....
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If I don't want to set any special behavior, is it OK if I don't bother to have a robots.txt file?

If I don't want to set any special behavior, is it OK if I don't bother to have a robots.txt file? Or can the lack of one be harmful?
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What are the advantages of using country specific top level domains?

For instance, do country-specific sites and/or search engines give more weight to sites under a specific country level TLD? Or, do country-specific TLDs exist just to increase the WWW namespace and ...
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Adding RSS/ATOM feed for a completely static web site

I am helping a friend to bring a very large, completely static web site out of the stone age. One thing I'd like to add immediately is a RSS/ATOM feed. He does not like working with any kind of CMS. ...
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What are the benefits of RDFa?

I've seen some blogs etc. about this new technology: RFDa, but is there any benefits in using it now. From what I understand, it's mainly used by search engines and other crawlers, but have Google, ...
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Do all the seach engines rank the same way?

I know the algorithms that is used by search engines can't be exactly the same. But do I need to take bing and other search engines into consideration when building a site, or will my site be ...
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How do I get Google to show links to my site hierarchy in search results?

I have recently noticed that for some websites, Google is linking to different locations in the site hierarchy instead of just the destination page URL. For instance, searching for "Malibu Rum Drink ...
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What is the ideal self hosted search engine? [closed]

I have an internal (intranet) site that is comprised of several blogs and forums, hundreds of static pages, lots of PDF files and several other document types. Its been glued together loosely over the ...
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What are the best user data collection and gathering tracking tools?

I know of a few tool that help markets gather data about visitors, Google Analytic, CrazzyEgg, and KISS Insights. What are other notable tools to help track information? What do you use?
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Is it necessary/useful to build a sitemap for a small website?

I've created several small scale websites, usually for small businesses. They usually contain some information about the company, a contact form, and sometimes a few dynamic parts : news, pictures, ...

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