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Do you have a website or blog where you publish new things, either daily or from time to time?

Do you know that you can publish them in Google News?

Recently, when I read one of the articles on 9to5mac noticed, that after their post they got this neat feature.

Google News button implemented on 9to5mac website

An option to follow their site through Google News.

It gives them an additional way to get more visitors but also convinces them to stay connected with their content.

My first impression was… I want this as well on one of my websites, so I start exploring how to do that. When I did that, I have been surprised at how relatively easy it was without any extra work from myself. By utilising the website RSS Feed and going through initial configuration and approval (that took approximately 2-3 days) my first site was live and posts were updated when published.

This is another reason to say that RSS is not dead and it still matters.

Here is how I did that and how you can do it as well!

Not so far ago I elaborated on adding copyright information for images on a Hugo-based website. Through this approach, I managed to learn how to get images per post, then list and use in Schema for Images.

Recently, when I read updated Google image SEO best practices I noticed a section called Use an image sitemap where we read:

“You can provide the URL of images we might not have otherwise discovered by submitting an image sitemap”.

I decided to see how I can implement that into my Hugo website.

Read More about Add and use an image sitemap with Hugo
I listen to a book
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As much as I am not a fan of reading books, there are some titles that I really would like to go through. There is only one problem, I barely got time to do that.

If I want, I would find the time, but there are so many distractions, that this will still be a challenge.

I even purchased a book months back to read (Simon Sinek - Start With Why). I started, and it was interesting but then I do not come back to it despite leaving it on my desk so each time I am going to bed I see that this is not finished.

Adding FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Schema to Hugo-based website
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Do you write on your website a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and try to answer them? Do you know that putting text on a website is not enough to gain traction? Even if your questions and answers are unique and could be desired by users, they may never find their audience.

Playing with the SEO aspect may help, but if we concentrate only on the surface – visible part, we will still be missing out. What is important is what beneath, just in the background. This is how we can simply describe what is Schema.

Structured data (Schema) is presented on a website in a way that is not visible to an ordinary visitor but processed, when found, by search engines.

Schema is very important and will be even more this year (2023), as mentioned directly by many people at Google.

To get your question-answers into search engines you should put your interest into the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Schema.

Here is how I did this on some of the websites that I made with Hugo.

Wednesday
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Everybody is amazed by Netflix TV Series Wednesday and I can confirm that it’s justified.

This TV series is a bit different, a bit odd, but that kind of odd that we didn’t expect.

2022 and New Year Wishes for 2023
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Ukraine, Energy, Inflation and Pay. That’s how we can summarise the whole year of 2022. Here are my wishes for 2023 for you.

Apple TV 4K (2022) – good gaming console with missed opportunities
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Everybody is writing down about the latest Apple TV 4K 2022 model as a perfect premium box for streaming movies. Due to the upgraded main chip and (already) wide support for controllers, everybody is forgetting that this is quite a decent gaming box as well.

I purchased my Apple TV 4K (2021) with the idea, to get back to playing games on a big screen. I don’t have time for investing in game consoles anymore and, for occasional playing, Apple TV as a game console would be a good alternative.

Milestone reached - 40
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I survived!

I should be proud that I reached 40. Some people, some of my friends, will not be able to say that.

It doesn’t matter what’s in the past, we are here and now and we moving forward hoping to change the world for the better.

I reached half of my lifetime, or at least I hope so. I would be very grateful if in further 40 years my mind will still be here and I will be able to see how the world changed.

So far I learned a lot, and even more, I will learn in the future.

What I know already, at this age, I want to share with you.

Adding Mastodon discoverability by e-mail address
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Through the “interesting” days, when people started migrating into Mastodon, I found quite interesting toot from one of its users where he mention adding Mastodon discoverability for any domain using WebFinger Protocol.

I have been quite interested in how to implement this on my end, as I prefer people to discover me with my long-standing email address, rather than the newly created username on the selected mastodon server.

As my website is hosted on Netlify I decided to check if I can implement this. Here is how it goes.

Enough is enough. Bye Twitter.
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After reading today’s Guardian post about Twitter abruptly dissolves safety council moments before meeting followed by continuously growing hate speech on the platform I decided that I got enough.