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Joomla tags with some templates may cause duplicate content, which we all know is a problem for Google and other search engines.  Here is an example.

The tags which show up with Artisteer templates under a content item generate an sef like this.


The sef generated by the Joomla tag menu link generates a link like this.


This  is core router issue which we didn't have time to resolve at this writing.  However, the quick fix is to use a .htaccess rule.  Here it is.

RedirectMatch 301 ^/component/tags/tag/(.*)$ /tags/$1

What this does is look for urls with /component/tags/tag/ and rewrites it as /tags/.

This will resolve the duplicate content issue.

*To help Google find your TAGS, be sure to add a menu link somewhere, and be sure to install this TAG extension for xmap.


*A related issue is the menu tag items do not have unique titles. We are looking into that as well.

Recently we did a new install to Joomla 3.4. All was well. After we installed xmap we started getting an error in the admin control panel.  It looked like this.

joomla 3.4 _weblinks' doesn't exist

Turns out Joomla 3.4 no longer installs the previously default Weblinks component, which we never used anyway.  But, apparently, xmap references it.  The easy solution was to install the weblinks component which can be found here. https://github.com/joomla-extensions/weblinks/releases

Just install it, and the error goes away.



Linked In - More than finding a job

How LinkedIn Can Do More Than Just Attract Jobseekers
LinkedIn offers a great job posting service that employers and jobseekers alike find easy and intuitive to use. But this is not where the value of LinkedIn ends for businesses. This platform is just as powerful for marketing as Facebook or Twitter – if you take advantage of its unique features. Where other social media sites are geared toward updates and messaging, LinkedIn is focused on groups and profiles.
There are numerous venues for discussion and connection that can make excellent business-to-business networking opportunities. Let’s explore some of the ways a business can take advantage of this excellent platform to generate sales leads and more.
Get It Online, Make It Great
Just as with any other social media platform, the more effort and enthusiasm you put into your profile and activities, the more valuable it will be. There are many features of LinkedIn that businesses are taking advantage of in unique ways.

Find top social brands each month

HootSuite Love List

Ever wonder who the top social brands are? Wonder no more. Check out Hootsuite's LOVE LIST, which compiles a list of the top 450 social brands based not only on likes and followers but also on a big data from their uberUV platform. They combine the following items to determine a companies score.

3 tips to boost social media marketing

3 Tips to Boost Social Media Marketing

Everyone is talking about how social media is the latest, greatest marketing platform. There are so many ways to reach people and to understand what they want and why, it almost seems like a no-brainer. However, many do not seem to believe that social media can work for them or have failed to generate the desired results. This could be due to strategy, tactics, or the emphasis of the campaign.

For professionals falling in the category of skeptics, or those simply stuck with how to take advantage of these platforms, keep the following ways to use social media to boost sales and drive profit margins in mind.

5 Secrets to GOOD SEO writer

5 Secrets of a Good SEO Writer

SEO writers are experts at optimizing text content online in such a manner that that specific page is highly likely to turn up in first search results. SEO is a very common concept but not everyone can master it as it requires a strategic mind and techniques to be implemented. SEO writers are a big part of SEO services and SEO firms and they are specialized in their field of work. Here are 5 secrets that make SEO writers so good at their work:

Big data and social media
How Big Data and Social Media Are Intertwined

On the show Mad Men, the cast of characters working at a fictional advertising firm in New York City in the 1960s frequently agonize over their “audience.” Who are the customers their client wants to reach, and what do they really want?

In 2015, this almost seems like a quaint problem, as consumers are volunteering in droves to publish personal information online in social media profiles. However, many businesses struggle to find the answers to those same questions the Mad Men were asking half a century ago.

Major firms, such as Goldman Sachs, are taking big bets on the power of social media to generate data that will drive business decisions. No longer are suited men in smoky board rooms making “gut” decisions; it is “decision engineers” with billions of data points running complex analysis that drive business in the contemporary market.

Democrat social media lessons from 2014
What Democrats Learned From Their Social Media Strategy in 2014

The State of the Union Address marked the beginning of what is likely to be a very busy year in politics. Republicans and Democrats are raising money and building campaign infrastructure to gear up for the 2016 elections.

The Democratic Party’s social media presence is well known as an effective fundraising and political tool. While they may have failed to generate turn out in the recent mid-term elections, social media helped candidates to raise record-breaking amounts of campaign finance money.

Ever since the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign, Democrats have fine-tuned what has become a nearly unbeatable fundraising machine. How they have done it and what can be learned from their methods is quite interesting.

Countdown to a slower internet - Fight for net neutrality now!

The fight for net neutrality is on again. To help illustrate what is at stake, the folks at FightForTheFuture.org have set up BattleForTheNet.com which has a variety of protest widgets and a wealth of related resources to help YOU PROTEST the potentail slowdown of the internet that Comcast and other cable companies are fighting for. (How will they slow down the net? They want to start charging websites for faster service and delivery times. In short, big companies will be forced to pay more to be seen at faster speeds. The added cost will of course be passed on to consumers. And, smaller companies and organizations will simple be put in the slow lane if they can't afford to be in the fast lane. That too will hurt as small business is what drives America. So, to join the protest and raise awareness of the pending vote on Feb 26th, just add one of these countdown widgets to your site, share it, and visit BattleForTheNet.com for more details.

Widget code:

<div><script src="//fightforthefuture.github.io/countdown-widget/widget.min.js"></script></div>

360 Video Screen Anyone?

Puffer Fish Video Displays - 360 degrees

Have you ever crammed around a laptop for a video conference? Ever jostled for a better view while watching a sports game at a party? Ever wanted to feel like you lived in a sci-fi fantasy world? Well, there is no fantasy about it. Check out Puffer Fish Displays. They offer a crystal ball video screen that literally displays media in a 360 degree sphere. It reminds me of Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers and Prometheus when the Android activates the Aliens spaceship navigation. Besides having one of these for personal fun, the business applications are pretty exciting. Beyond just "display" and signage for museums and trade shows, their displays can also be interactive. Because of the relative novelty of the displays, I would pretty much stop at any trade show booth, store, kiosk that had one of these. I want one. I want one. I want one!

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