Search Engine Journal: How to Use Archived Versions of Websites for SEO Troubleshooting . What a great article idea. “Whenever I am working on a project that involves a steep change in traffic either for my core site or a competitors, one of the first places I will look the cached pages before and after the changes in traffic. Even if you aren’t doing forensic analysis on a site, just having access to a site’s changelog can be a valuable tool.”
Quartz: 2020 candidates’ 404 pages, ranked by cringe factor. “Presidential campaigns have found a way to use every part of the internet to spread extremely-carefully-scripted-but-totally-relatable content about their candidates. The final frontier: their campaign websites’ 404 messages—that is, the error page that pops up when you click on a broken link or try to navigate to a URL within the site that doesn’t exist.”
Computerworld: National Library launches ‘enormous’ archive of Australia’s Internet. “‘The Australian Web Archive [AWA] is one of the biggest in the world. And when we say big, we mean enormous,’ says director general of the National Library of Australia, Dr Marie-Louise Ayres. The new archive, which launched last week, contains around 600 terabytes of data across 9 billion records. In bookshelf terms; if the records were printed and stacked they would stretch from Canberra to Cairns.”
Ars Technica: Google turbo-charging the back button with Chrome’s new “back/forward cache”. “Google is developing a new cache for Chrome (via CNET) that should make some page loads extremely fast. The only catch? They’ll have to be pages you’ve already seen and are revisiting after hitting the browser’s back button.”
Gizmodo: Rediscover the Magic of Browser Bookmarks—And How to Keep Them in Order. “Between read-it-later services, social media feeds, and the unbelievable speed at which a Google search can find the exact information you’re looking for, browser bookmarks have become a forgotten a relic of a previous internet age. But the basic bookmarking tools built into your browser can still be hugely useful in the modern web era, and we’re going to explain exactly how to make the most of them.” The comments remind me of me screaming whenever someone claims RSS is dead.
The Register: Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh…. “If the web seems slow, blame third-party advertising and analytics scripts. Many internet users have already come to that conclusion but Patrick Hulce, founder of Dallas, Texas-based Eris Ventures and a former Google engineer, has assembled data that clarifies the impact of third-party scripts in the hope it prompts more efficient coding.”
MakeUseOf: What Is Web Scraping? How to Collect Data From Websites. “Think of a type of data and you can probably collect it by scraping the web. Real estate listings, sports data, email addresses of businesses in your area, and even the lyrics from your favorite artist can all be sought out and saved by writing a small script.” This article has a couple of good examples, but it’s mostly an overview (this is not meant as a criticism; it’s an incredibly broad topic that nobody could cover in one article!)