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How 2 TutorialsIf you’re using Google Analytics to learn more about visitors to your website, you want the statistical reports to be as accurate as possible. Google Analytics is really pretty cool, and you can learn a lot about where your visitors are from, what browsers or mobile phones they’re using to view your website, how long they spent on your site, and what keywords they typed into Google to find you. However, if you want an accurate view of things so this information will actually be helpful, it’s best to exclude yourself from Google Analytics.┬áThink about it. If you’re visiting your website a lot and spending a lot of time updating it (which you could very well be if you’re blogging on a regular basis), you’ll be counted as a visitor in the reports and it could really skew the results. So, in this post I’m going to show you how to remove yourself from Google Analytics reports.

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Preparing your pictures for the web, part three

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Welcome to part three of this three part series on preparing your pictures for the web. In this post, we’ll go over the different types of picture files you can use on your website, and which ones are best for different situations. The primary considerations are image quality and file size. Of course you want your pictures to look nice, and some file formats will look nicer than others depending on the type of picture. Also, large file sizes can slow down your website and cause impatient visitors to go elsewhere, so you want to be sure you have the smallest file size that still looks good. Again, depending on the type of picture, some formats are better at this than others.

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Preparing your pictures for the web, part two

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This is part two of a three-part series on the different types of images used on the web, what types are best for which situations, and how to prepare your photos and graphics before uploading them to your website. This topic can get pretty technically complex, and to make things even more confusing, terms like pixels and resolution can mean different things depending on the context. For the purposes of this blog, I’ll keep it as simple and easy to understand as possible. In this post, we’ll cover how to measure what size your photo should be before you upload it.

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Preparing your pictures for the web, part one

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

In this three-part series I’ll go over the different types of images used on the web, what formats are best for which situations, and how to prepare your photos and graphics before uploading them to your website. This topic can get pretty technically complex, and to make things even more confusing, terms like pixels and resolution can mean different things depending on the context. For the purposes of this blog, I’ll keep it as simple and as easy to understand as possible. If you really want to see how far down the rabbit hole goes, you are welcome to click on the links to more in-depth information. In this post, we’ll cover how things are measured and what resolution is best for photos on the web.

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If you’re blogging or updating your own website, you’ll probably need to resize your photos at some point. Even if you’re using WordPress, which resizes your photos automatically, it’s still easier to just make them the correct size before uploading. Sometimes the automatic sizes it chooses for you (thumbnail, medium, large, and full size) aren’t exactly right, and other times a photo is just plain too big for WordPress to handle!

Picnik is my favorite free online photo editor for small jobs like this. It’s easy to use, and you don’t have to download anything. You can just use it right on the web. In the video, I’ll show you how to use it to resize your photos!

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