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Search Engine Optimized

I just shed a little tear. After slowly convincing myself and others that one of the most tangible benefits of offering a ‘Community’ for learners in the UF COE was the fact we would eventually start showing up in searches, I finally got my confirmation.

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How ’bout dem apples? I had to add the “uf coe” to get my stuff to bubble to the top. But I chalk that up to having a rather common name, shared with a rather unique senator and a petulant movie character.

This is just the beginning. The more tweaking we do to our applications, and the closer we adhere to Google’s “recommendations” for SEO, the better our return will be. According to the Goog, the community.education.ufl.edu domain currently shows up in 182 unique query strings.

How many hits does it take to get to the center of the Google bot?

SEO and Feedback Analytics

3-dimensional pie chart

We are beginning to crack at the SEO aspects of our new system. The rename of the distance.education to community.education sub-domain seems to have knocked our site down in the Google page rank scheme of things. We will need to do some heavy lifting to get it back in place.

Unfortunately, Kampyle no longer offers a free service to any new users. I was hoping to employ a system like Kampyle to glean feedback from users of Purlieu. We’ll have to re-think the feedback process; it might just be easier to write a little application that will aggregate user feedback in a database we can manage.

virtual soccer network

In the past few days some members of the soccer team I have joined put together a blog site. I’m really interested to see how the blog works out.

Context:

The team just formally got together a couple of months ago. Many of the 20 (or so) players didn’t know each other before our first real practice. I suspect several of the players are unfamiliar with blogging and probably lack a lot of web-efficacy. There are a few of us techies who could potentially facilitate if there are any problems.

Future?

As yet we haven’t found a really good means of communication for the large group. Different personal schedules and several city league cancellations/schedule changes have made it tough to get to know and appreciate one another’s abilities on and off the field.

In three days the blog has been populated with about 10 members and a dozen or so posts/comments. It will be fun to see how such an intimately detached social technology as blogging will facilitate the growth of a nascent football club.