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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 100 Years Ago: “New 'Tanks' Are Things of Horror,” Harrisburg Telegraph, September 19, 1916

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In September 1916, British military forces debut a new weapon of war on the battlefields of France – the "tank." One reporter describes the machines as "incredible as a nightmare or one of Jules Verne’s fantastic imaginings.” Read more about it!

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 172 Years Ago: "The Raven," New-York Daily Tribune, Feb. 4, 1845

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First published in late January 1845, “The Raven” by Edgar A. Poe quickly caught the attention of readers far and wide with its dark and gothic imagery. It soon appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines across the country including the Feb. 4, 1845 issue of the New-York Daily Tribune (New York, NY). "Once upon a midnight dreary..."  Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

Why your current SEO approach isn’t enough.

by Owner @ Google Maps Marketing – Expert Local SEO Company

Customers are more empowered than ever before.

Technology and connectivity have completely changed our lives, especially in terms of how and where we spend our money.

This has also led to a power-shift, where people have almost total control of what they see and experience online. This is in turn “causing havoc” for businesses and forcing them to evolve quickly.

It also doesn’t help that the online experience is full of noise; many sites are just a wall of ads, messages and assorted brand clutter. Users now have multimedia and multi-device habits and therefore have multiple means of escape.

All of this has led to search evolving into ‘discovery marketing’. In fact marketers are now shifting money away from paid search into content marketing and other means of being discovered organically.

Challenges

There are major challenges to organic search.

25% of US online adults find new websites and info through Facebook now.

Google is taking over its own … Continue reading

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 100 Years Ago : “U.S. Is In It At Last,” The Tacoma Times, April 6, 1917

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After more than two years of remaining neutral in the conflict happening 'over there,' President Woodrow Wilson issues a proclamation on April 6, 1917 to the people of the country declaring a state of war exists between the United States and the Imperial Government of Germany. The  first act of war was to seize all 91 German ships in American waters, weighing a total tonnage of 594,696, the news reports.... Read more about it and explore our Recommended Topics by Subject to learn about more about what newspapers reported during World War I! Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

 

How to Leverage Social Media for SEO: Link Building

by Owner @ Web Hosting | Expert Local SEO and Google Maps Marketing

Exploring the myriad of ways social networks can be utilized in your link-building efforts.

I recently asked a room of experienced marketers how they thought social media marketing could assist their SEO efforts. The answers were more or less what I had expected to hear:

Social media helps foster relationships, which in turn helps build links and improves rankings. Social media aids in public relations, as a distribution channel and a means of generating easy online buzz. Social sharing provides a form of social proof, giving greater credibility and trustworthiness to your content. Brands can rank for their social networking profiles and receive greater visibility within the SERP.

While these are all true, let’s focus on how link building on social platforms can help unite a brand’s social media marketing and SEO efforts.

At the most basic level, social networking sites provide an easy way to share and distribute your message. If the content is seen by the … Continue reading

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: Walt Whitman, "Life and Adventures of Jack Engle," and “Pride in the Library”

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The famous and gay poet Walt Whitman often wrote stories for newspapers. His recently rediscovered serial novel, “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle,” a purported first-person autobiography, appeared anonymously in the Sunday Dispatch (New York , NY), March 14 through April 18, 1852. A front page ad in the New-York Daily Tribune of March 13, 1852 promised “A RICH REVELATION.” Whitman’s sensational tale of a poor orphan’s true heritage slipped into obscurity until 2016, when researcher Zachary Turpin connected the Whitman-esque style of the ad and the name “Jack Engle” to an 1852 Whitman notebook in the Library of Congress' Manuscript Division. Whitman had jotted down plot lines, characters, and scenes he used in the story. The only full set of newspaper issues in which Whitman’s “lost” novel was originally printed is now available digitally in Chronicling America and this weekend (June 8-10), the originals are on display at the Library’s “Pride in the Library” pop-up exhibit. In addition to newspapers, this exhibition features a range of items from the Library’s extensive LGBTQ+ collections…. Read more about it, learn more about Walt Whitman through newspapers, and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm and @Events_LOC #LCPride!

 

Are Website Builders Actually Free?

by Owner @ Google Maps Marketing – Expert Local SEO Company

The majority of website builder brands offer a free account which allows users access to the basic features and building tools. A handful of website builders provide a limited trial period to allow users to get comfortable with the service before paying for the subscription – these are generally the more complex and sophisticated website builders.

The free accounts generally provide users with a subdomain, for example yourname.wix.com, yourname.websitebuilder.com or yourname.squarespace.com users can then publish their site under this URL. If you publish your site on a free account you will notice that it has many advertising banners for the website builder brand that you chose, this doesn’t make your site look particularly appealing to your customers and visitors. Our advice is if you have never used a website builder before or it’s your first time designing a website use the free account to get used to the editor and the features it offers and then when you want … Continue reading

★★ Chapel Hill Motel, Brevort, USA

★★ Chapel Hill Motel, Brevort, USA


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Located across the street from Lake Michigan, this Moran, Michigan motel features an outdoor terrace with lake views.

Pros and Cons of Premium Website Templates…

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Advantages of using Website Templates

What you see is what you get. With a readymade website template, you don’t have to imagine what the finished product will look like, whether the web developer you’ve chosen has understood your requirements, whether your website will have to go through several changes and iterations before you’re satisfied with the end-product. The website template can be customized to your requirements by changing the colors, pictures and text so that it ends up looking quite different from the original.

1. Speed. Time is money. Your website will be up-and-running within a fraction of the time it takes to develop a custom website – provided, of course, that you have the content and the pictures ready to customize your website template to suit you. A custom-designed website can take months to develop, depending on its complexity. Compare that time-frame to the few weeks or even a few days for a website template to become a … Continue reading

Penns Hill Trail – Wells Mills County Park – Waretown, NJ

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My buddy Pat and I went hiking at the height of the July heat at Wells Mills.  Luckily, it was in the upper 90s with a million percent humidity.  And we decided to do the Penns Hill Trail (labeled at the Marci Trail on the maps, but different on the signs)… 8.4 miles.

Regardless of death heat trying to crush me, this is one of my new favorites in South Jersey, so you know it must be good.

For the review and a million pictures, check the now UPDATED post for Wells Mills County Park, where we added all about the new-to-us trail and our grand (aka, hot) adventure that thankfully had blueberries:

https://southjerseytrails.org/2016/01/16/wellsmills/

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Inside Jersey Magazine writes about South Jersey Trails!

by southjerseytrails @ South Jersey Trails

I have to imagine my 15 minutes of fame is coming to an end soon, but Inside Jersey Magazine interviewed me as part of a bigger set of articles on the pine barrens.  Thank you to Jenn Hall for reaching out, and for having such a nice little write up!

Mike McCormick, of Barrington, didn’t set out to create the definitive South Jersey hiking guide. It’s just that it didn’t exist. Now, his website, launched in March 2013, covers more than

120 trails, nearly 50 of which are in the Pines. An avid backpacker and history teacher, McCormick, 35, finds ample inspiration to satisfy both interests here. Asked what he brings for a trek, he quips: “My children.”

You can pick up your issue on newstands now, or read the article online here

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Are Website Builders Actually Free?

by Owner @ Web Hosting | Expert Local SEO and Google Maps Marketing

The majority of website builder brands offer a free account which allows users access to the basic features and building tools. A handful of website builders provide a limited trial period to allow users to get comfortable with the service before paying for the subscription – these are generally the more complex and sophisticated website builders.

The free accounts generally provide users with a subdomain, for example yourname.wix.com, yourname.websitebuilder.com or yourname.squarespace.com users can then publish their site under this URL. If you publish your site on a free account you will notice that it has many advertising banners for the website builder brand that you chose, this doesn’t make your site look particularly appealing to your customers and visitors. Our advice is if you have never used a website builder before or it’s your first time designing a website use the free account to get used to the editor and the features it offers and then when you want … Continue reading

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: "Mr. Skygack, from Mars" and the “Library of Awesome”

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“Some years ago a gentle, inoffensive stranger landed on this terrestrial sphere with no luggage but a book….This was Mr. Skygack from Mars,” wrote Fred Schaefer, author of the comic “Mr. Skygack, from Mars” in the Day Book (Chicago, IL) in 1912.  This early comic strip first began appearing in newspapers associated with the Scripps publishing conglomerate in 1907. Explore Mr. Skygack’s wry observations of human behavior through our Recommended Topics page and, this week (June 14-17), join us at LC for our “Library of Awesome” pop-up exhibit highlighting gems from our extensive collection of comic books. This exhibition features famous comic-book issues, drawings, original comic strips and related items…. Read more about it, learn more about comics in historic newspapers, and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm and @Events_LOC #LCcomics!

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – Medora, North Dakota

by southjerseytrails @ South Jersey Trails

Theodore Roosevelt National Park – South and North Unit
Website – https://www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm
Medora, North Dakota

This summer, our big adventure was having a new baby.  But LAST summer we took a month-long road trip out to Montana.

New “National Park” national park #2 for us on this trip was Theodore Roosevelt in North Dakota.  I wasn’t expecting much out of our two night, two day stay, pretty much just another Badlands National Park.  Instead I found a real contender for one of my favorite national parks.

We rolled into Medora in the late afternoon, having stopped a few places in our drive across most of North Dakota to get here.  Our first stop was the rest stop off of I-90, which featured a just closed visitors center and a very pretty view.  Then it was off at the Medora exit and into the southern unit of the park, where we drove past a prarie dog village and set up camp for the night.

As it grew dark, my wife decided to put Tree Rider to bed.  To make things easier, The Pres and I took a drive.  We ended up on a bluff watching a bison watch the sunset.

The the bison and the two of us went to sleep.

The next morning, it was up and to the Visitors Center for the opening.  Behind the Visitors Center was one of Teddy Roosevelt’s cabins from when he lived in the North Dakota badlands.

Also, the beginning of a Teddy Roosevelt obsession for The Pres that is still with him a year later.

We then drove past the prairie dogs and the campground again to get onto the scenic loop drive.  It was very pretty, and we stopped a lot to take pictures.

We then stretched our legs on the Ridgeline Trail (0.6 miles).  It was a steep climb to start…

Go Tree Rider, go!

But the views on the loop at the top were well worth the steps.

And it was oh-so-hard to pick just a few pictures.

Then it was back into the car to finish the loop.

Petrified log.

There was more beautiful scenery, but The Pres flipped out when we drove into the midst of a bison herd.

I’m not sure I’d ever seen him so excited as he was with those bison.

We finished up the loop and drove back past the campsite.

We then drove into town to get a few things done, as well as to let the kids go on a playground and get some play time in.  It was set up like a frontier fort… totally awesome.  Then it was back to our campground, dinner, and another sunset.

In the morning, we packed up camp and hopped in the car.  We drove over an hour to the less visited Northern Unit of the park.  Here was more great scenery and more bison.

Good warning.

Then, it was off to drive across the rest of North Dakota (stopped off at Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site… completing our tour of all three national park units in North Dakota) and a huge [...]

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers - 114 YEARS AGO: “In Heart of City,” The San Francisco Call, May 13, 1903

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In the heart of San Francisco, CA, on May 12, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt was greeted by throngs of spectators. The following day the San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA) reported on the parade in detail, describing the military splendor, decorations on Market Street, bells pealing out and the roar of the crowd. In addition to coverage in historic newspapers, the Library of Congress also provides access to a rare early silent film of the parade, where you can see Roosevelt standing in his carriage and waving to the throngs… you can almost hear him say, as quoted in the Call, “This is magnificent.”….Read (and see!) more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

Real Estate Trends for 2017

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Tracking real estate trends is the realtor’s secret weapon for strategizing their sales process. Knowing what to expect gives you the advantage of communicating more clearly what your buyers and sellers can expect in the upcoming season. Setting realistic goals can also help you budget and forecast what your potential earnings could be by the […]

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Web Browsers Change Handling of Non-HTTPS Websites

by Owner @ Web Hosting | Expert Local SEO and Google Maps Marketing

Web browsers have changed the way they handle non-HTTPS websites, and more changes are on the way. If you already have our Whole-Site SSL add-on, you’re covered. Otherwise, read on to see how these changes affect your website, and what to do about it.

Web browsers Chrome and Firefox, which account for more than 70% of web traffic, have started warning users to varying degrees when they visit non-HTTPS websites, and those warnings will become more prominent over time.

Below are examples of how these browsers display websites that have HTTPS and those that do not.

First, this is how your customers will see your site if you add Whole-Site SSL:

Next, this is how your customers will see your site today if you don’t have Whole-Site SSL:

That looks harmless, but if a visitor clicks the “i” for more info, they’ll see something like this:

And it’s already been announced that in the … Continue reading

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 100 Years Ago: Peace in the Great War? Dec. 12 and 13, 1916

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In mid-December 1916, Germany suddenly and unexpectedly proposed peace to the Allied nations of Europe involved in “the Great War.” Newspapers across America, still neutral in the conflict, announced the offer with surprise and glaring headlines. From the optimistic “The Dawn of Peace” (Bryan Daily Eagle and Pilot; Bryan, TX) and “End of World-Wide Conflict Near” (Bemidji Daily Pioneer; Bemidji, MN) to the dismay of Britain’s immediate response “England Receives Proposal Coldly” (New York Tribune; New York, NY) and “Peace Move Not Taken Seriously” (The Daily Gate City and Constitution-Democrat; Keokuk, IA),  America watched the war from afar with growing trepidation and debate…. Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

 

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 144 Years Ago: “Susan B. Anthony and Other Women Vote in Rochester,” Evening Star, November 5, 1872

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Although women’s right to vote would not be assured until 1920, in November 1872 Susan B. Anthony, along with others, “presented herself to the eighth ward [Rochester, NY] and insisted on being registered…” to vote in the U.S. presidential election, according to the Evening Star (Washington, DC). Ten days later she was arrested and eventually fined. Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 114 Years Ago : "Pittsburg's Success in the Championship Series With Boston Depends On These Men," The Evening World, October 2, 1903

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On October 1, 1903, the Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st game of the modern World Series.  In the month before the game, a compromise known as the National Agreement resolved the conflict between the rival American and National Leagues and laid the foundation for the World Series that continues to this day. Check out this article for more and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @libraryofcongress #ChronAm!  

Oldman’s Creek Preserve – Swedesboro, NJ

by southjerseytrails @ South Jersey Trails

Oldman’s Creek Preserve – Swedesboro, Gloucester County, NJ
Distance – 2 miles total (includes backtracking… oh so much backtracking)
Type – Series of out-and-backs
Difficulty: 2  of 10 – few muddy spots to navigate

Website – Oldman’s Creek Preserve
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest and some swamp
Surface – Pavement to dirt pack to mud to grass

Trailheads –  39°42’52.17″N,  75°21’54.26″W

Sign at trailhead.

Trail starts next to sign.

Directions – 21 Main Street, Swedesboro, NJ 08085

Parking – Small lot

Dog friendly? Dogs are allowed with a leash.
Stroller friendly? Some rough hills on the trails for strollers
Benches? A few scattered on the trails

Facilities?: None

Markings – Arrows at junctions.

Map –

My track of all the trails (ALL the trails)

Trail map at the trailhead, which is hard to see with the blur.

Rules:

Description –

After we were in the Philadelphia Inquirer (that’s still so bizzare to type), I got a really nice email from Phil Arsenault of the South Jersey Land and Water Trust telling me I should check out their preserve down in Swedesboro/Auburn.  So we did!

The preserve is awesome from the moment that you get there, because there’s Gideon Scull house from about 1790 right next the parking lot, which serves as the headquarters for the South Jersey Land and Water Trust.

From 1938 to 1967, this was a Boy Scout camp for the Cumberland County Council.  Keep an eye out for clues around the preserve that this was a Scout camp, plenty out there!  Then from 1968 until 2009, this was a family campground, before finally coming into the possession of the South Jersey Land and Water Trust.

So off we went down the trails!  We started down what was obviously the access road, which passed an old barn, the remains of a swingset (horse swingset?), a basketball court, and then splits into three directions (although we only noticed two directions at the time).

Down the old access road.

Past the barn.

Odd looking swingset

Right or left? There was also a sharp right that we didn’t spot until later.

We chose left, by which I mean the Pres chose left.  Almost immediately on the right was the Blue Trail, but for now we skipped it and kept walking down the old access road.  After a minute or two (seriously, it’s a tenth of a mile from the turn to the field), we arrived at a good sized open field filled with butterflies and dragonflies that is the end of this road.

Good sized trees.

End of the line… a big ol’ field.

We spent a few minutes looking at birds and insects, we backtracked a short ways to the Blue Trail.

This trail was heavily shaded and had some really great trees.  The trail dropped down to a small brook that we crossed on a few pieces of wood, then crossed a small wet area that Tree Rider wasn’t to thrilled about.  Then it was up a hill to a bench in the woods.  Shortly past this bench, the trail dead ends.  I do love that the end of trails here are [...]

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Google Panda Update: Everything We Know About Panda 4.2

by Owner @ Google Maps Marketing – Expert Local SEO Company

Too late for new changes…

Unfortunately, once Google begins rolling out one of these updates, it is too late to apply changes that will have any effect during the rolling out phase period. As we have seen previously, these updates have a cut-off date and any changes made after this date will be applied to the next refresh or update.

That said, it is always a good idea to be continually updating content. But if you have been previously impacted by Panda and did not make the changes to increase quality yet, you will need to wait for the next one.

Likewise, if you are now negatively impacted by the Panda algo this time around, you will need to wait for the next update or refresh.

“Coming Months”

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Mackinac Island State Park, Michigan - South Jersey Trails

Mackinac Island State Park, Michigan - South Jersey Trails


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Mackinac Island State Park – Mackinac Island, MichiganWebsite – Mackinac Island State Park websiteDistance – 70 miles of roads and trails for biking and hiking.  We did maybe 6 miles all told.Options –  you can hike, bike, (rented) horse, or take a guided horse drawn carriage ride.  No motor vehicles allowed on the islandOpen – 24 hours.Terrain – beach, woods, cliffs, and rock formationsTrailheads – the whole island is pretty much a trailhead, everything starts at the ferry docks.Directions – The only way onto the island is by one of the various ferry lines from Mackinaw City or St Ignace.  We took Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry because it was recommended to us and, for us (due to our young kids being free, which they were not on all the lines), it was the cheapest.  Price shop for the best rates!Parking – No vehicles on the island, must leave cars at the ferry terminal.  Our parking was free, can’t vouch for everywhere.Standouts – Beautiful overlooks, historical and scenic fort, amazing trails, and gorgeous Lake Huron.Camping – There is no camping on the island, but many hotels and bed and breakfasts.Description – What was the second national park in the country?  Yosemite?  Acadia?  The Grand Canyon?Nope, it was Mackinac Island National Park (surprisingly pronounced MAK-in-aw), located in Lake Huron neat the Straits of Mackinac that connect Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.  While this was converted into a state park in 1895 after 20 years, our visit to the island in August clearly showed why this special place was set aside.  To start, nearly 80% of the island is park land, filled with 70 miles of roads and trails that you can hike, bike, ride on horseback, or take a carriage ride through.You won’t have to worry about cars ruining your outdoor time, because cars are banned on the entire island.  In addition to woods and the amazing views of Lake Huron, there are also some impressive rock formations that have dazzled visitors for well over a century, as well as the well-maintained For Mackinac that has been held, at various times, by the French, British, and the Americans.To start, you’ll have to hop on a ferry at Mackinaw City (on the Lower Peninsula) or St Ignace (on the Upper Peninsula).  A short ferry ride (ours was about 25 minutes from St. Ignace) will have you at the docks at Mackinac.The absolute best way to enjoy Mackinac Island is to stay at one of the hotels or bed and breakfasts on the island (the century old Grand Hotel was one that caught my eye) and spend a week or so.  Unfortunately, a stay any night in a hotel was not in the budget this trip, and there is no camping on the island, so it was an action packed day trip for us!The ferry drops you off in the downtown area on Main Street, which is confined to the small area outside of the park.  The main street (and there aren’t many streets)  is lined with the usual array of slightly overpriced hotels, restaurants, [...]

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: Help Us Understand How You Use Chronicling America!

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We’re asking for your help to understand how you, the users, work with our online newspapers! The Library of Congress is investigating new approaches to providing access to the historic newspapers available from the Chronicling America Web site. We’re looking at adding new features and updating others, as well as integrating the historic newspapers with related materials from the Library’s overall collections like maps, photographs, handwritten letters and more!

If you use historic digitized newspapers in Chronicling America, please take a few minutes and answer our simple anonymous survey (only 6 quick questions!) describing a few key features we’re thinking about.

Please respond by COB Wednesday, May 17.

We appreciate your feedback and thank you!

 

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 100 Years Ago: "Turkeyless Thanksgiving Menus," Perrsyburg Journal, Nov. 30, 1916

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For non-meat eaters and the frugal, a century ago the Perrysburg Journal (Perrysburg, OH) shared suggestions for a feast of Thanksgiving dishes fit for the most discerning vegetarian palate. Including such delectables as Cream of Chestnut Soup, Vegetable Turkey (2 kinds!), and Nesselrode Pudding (a frozen custard dessert), the result is a choice menu for any celebration...  Read more about it!

 

How to Leverage Social Media for SEO: Link Building

by Owner @ Google Maps Marketing – Expert Local SEO Company

Exploring the myriad of ways social networks can be utilized in your link-building efforts.

I recently asked a room of experienced marketers how they thought social media marketing could assist their SEO efforts. The answers were more or less what I had expected to hear:

Social media helps foster relationships, which in turn helps build links and improves rankings. Social media aids in public relations, as a distribution channel and a means of generating easy online buzz. Social sharing provides a form of social proof, giving greater credibility and trustworthiness to your content. Brands can rank for their social networking profiles and receive greater visibility within the SERP.

While these are all true, let’s focus on how link building on social platforms can help unite a brand’s social media marketing and SEO efforts.

At the most basic level, social networking sites provide an easy way to share and distribute your message. If the content is seen by the … Continue reading

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 97 Years Ago: "Westminster Dog Show Draws Record Entry," New-York Tribune, Feb. 8, 1920

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That’s a lotta barks!  Judges line up as 1,612 canines make their way to Grand Central Palace for the Westminster Kennel Club’s exhibition.  For a full re-pawt of the 44th annual show, look no fur-ther than the New-York Tribune (New York, NY) issue for February 8, 1920. Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm! 

Web Browsers Change Handling of Non-HTTPS Websites

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Web browsers have changed the way they handle non-HTTPS websites, and more changes are on the way. If you already have our Whole-Site SSL add-on, you’re covered. Otherwise, read on to see how these changes affect your website, and what to do about it.

Web browsers Chrome and Firefox, which account for more than 70% of web traffic, have started warning users to varying degrees when they visit non-HTTPS websites, and those warnings will become more prominent over time.

Below are examples of how these browsers display websites that have HTTPS and those that do not.

First, this is how your customers will see your site if you add Whole-Site SSL:

Next, this is how your customers will see your site today if you don’t have Whole-Site SSL:

That looks harmless, but if a visitor clicks the “i” for more info, they’ll see something like this:

And it’s already been announced that in the … Continue reading

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge – Hoot, Waddle, & Stroll even – 9/23/17!

by southjerseytrails @ South Jersey Trails

On Saturday, September 23, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is having their annual Hoot, Waddle, and Stroll 5K and 1/2 Mile Stroll to raise money for themselves!  9 AM, $25 per runner, $10 per half mile stroller!

All proceeds benefit the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and the great work they do there helping hurt animals and educating the public on animals in South Jersey!

So register by September 19th and come out to a great event to help a great cause!

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Baby’s 1st Hike!

by southjerseytrails @ South Jersey Trails

So eight days after the baby was born, he went out for his first hike at Crows Woods in Haddonfield.

While he slept through most of it, he bravely went 0.6 miles through the woods anyway.

The Pres and Tree Rider are pretty psyched about it.

Also, we have decided that, for purposes of this blog, he is to be dubbed “Kite Flyer”.

I also want to publicly recognize that my wife is a very patient and understanding and, frankly, awesome woman who thinks taking babies out hiking at 8 days is perfectly acceptable (also, tough).

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Whitman’s Walk – Laurel Springs, NJ

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Whitman’s Walk, Laurel Springs Borough Park –  Laurel Springs, Camden County, NJ
Distance – 0.8 miles total (includes some out-and-back spots)
Type – web of trails
Difficulty:  1 of 10 – some small blow downs

Website – https://www.facebook.com/whitmanwalklaurelspringsnj/
Open – 7 AM to 7 PM

Terrain – creekside forest and swamp
Surface – Mostly boards, with a dirt section along the creek bank also available.

Trailheads –  39°49’1.84″N,  75° 0’13.91″W

Directions – Lakeview Ave and W Elma Ave, Laurel Springs, NJ

Parking – Streetside parking

Dog friendly? Yes, if leashed and cleaned up after.
Stroller friendly? A few blowdowns off the boardwalk would be annoying
Benches? TONS of benches to sit and enjoy nature
Facilities?: None

Rules:

Standouts – Beautiful views of Timber Creek, Walt Whitman quotes along the boards.
Markings – None, but follow boardwalk or obvious trail tread.
Map –

The trail “t”ed almost immediately. I think we actually went left this time though.

Description –

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on the South Jersey Trails Facebook group about the Whitman Walk near the old Crystal Spring in Laurel Springs, NJ.  This spot was one of poet Walt Whitman’s favorite places, and he often would drink at the spring and bath in Timber Creek.

Just off the corner of Lakeview Ave and W Elma Ave, you can walk down the road-sized path down past the stone stack labeled “Crystal Spring”.

The trail drops down eight or ten feet in elevation into a flat area.  Straight ahead is the trailhead sign.  The spring is pretty much immediately to the right, but we saved that for later.

Now I wasn’t expecting a lot, but what we found was an intimate set of boardwalks along Big Timber Creek.  Inscribed on some boards were lines of verse that Whitman had written while in the area or thinking of the area.

Now I’m not usually much one for poetry, but poetry inscribed in the trail itself?  Let’s do this!

We quickly hit a four way intersection.  To the right was a bench next to the creek.

To the straight or left was a loop along a further area of the creek, which also had a bench to sit and reflect at at its furthest point.

Reflecting on some lines of Whitman, if that’s your thing.

Kite Flyer is enjoying nature.

To the left is another bench along the creek. To the right completes the loop at the four way intersection.

We reached the furthest bit of boardwalk along the creek, where there was another bench of sitting.

We then headed back along the loop to the original four way intersection.

We then headed back the way we had started, to the original “T” intersection.  I figured this short trail was done, but we were delighted to discover that the boardwalk stretched a bit on the other direction.  The trail followed the creek, went across a little mini-bridge, past a nice fishing spot comp, and reached a spot where the boardwalk ended.

Eventually, we’ll come back here and go down that side trail. It loops around to the spring by the original spot we reached the trail system.

Checking out a mushroom.

Checking [...]

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Tranquility Trails – Woolwich Township, NJ

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Tranquility Trails – Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, NJ
Distance – 1.6 miles total (Out AND back)
Type – Out-and-back
Difficulty:  3 of 10 – Footing can be a little tricky in spots

Website – None
Open – 7:30 AM to Sunset.

Terrain – Mostly open fields with small patches of woods.0
Surface – Dirt and grass

Trailheads –  39°45’2.17″N,  75°19’54.31″W

Directions – Located on High Hill Road, near its intersection with Fredrick Blvd

Parking – Large parking area

Dog friendly? Yes, but must be leashed and cleaned up after
Stroller friendly? Probably would work with a good offroad stroller
Benches? None
Facilities?: None

Rules:

Markings – None (but planned for the future)
Map – None (but planned for the future)

My track, which should be a little helpful.

Description –

At late July day?  A new baby?  Two kids bouncing off the walls?  So out the door The Pres, Tree Rider, and I went to get some energy used up.

We ended up at the new Tranquility Trails, unveiled in late Spring 2017.  These are very much a work in progress, with blazes, maps, and markers coming at some point, but we were able to follow the mowed path for 0.8 miles one way.

You start at the back corner of the parking lot…

Enjoy the flowers as you walk by them, then enter the woods.

This is your longest patch of shade on the trail, so if its late July like it was for us, enjoy!

You’ll then emerge out of the woods at a “t” intersection.  The path to the right was more overgrown than the path to the left, so we went left.

You’ll then follow the edge of a field.  Keep an eye out for birds along the way, and, if the time of year is right like it was for us, enjoy the bajillion flowers.

After a nice long stretch of field, you’ll enter a small patch of woods.  Keep an eye out for the bee hives here!

Old hunting stand.

Then its back out into open fields again for more flowers!  Yay!

We turned a corner and ran into a gate… end of hiking out!

There are supposed to be views of the creek at some point, but we didn’t find them this trip.  Maybe next time!  For now, we turned around and backtracked.

We thought about heading down the slightly more overgrown trail we’d previously walked past, but we opted not to.

So back we went to the parking lot.

Nearby: Oldmans Creek Preserve and Lake Narraticon are both nearby in Swedesboro.

Sources:

Garvin, Ryan.  “Woolwich unveils new hour-long hiking trail”.  South Jersey Times.  May 1, 2017. <http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2017/05/tranquility_trail.html>

 

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Google Begins Rolling Out Its Latest Algorithm Update – Google Panda 4.2

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Google’s Gary Illyes has confirmed that Google started rolling out Panda update version 4.2 last weekend, affecting 2–3% of queries.

Google algorithm updates always rouse a storm on the internet community as they directly affect website rankings. The latest such refresh is Google Panda 4.2, which began on 18th July, 2015. However, the rollout is extremely slow and that’s the reason people didn’t notice it. According to Google, it may take months till the time we are able to notice any significant impact on the website rankings. It might also not affect all the pages of a website in the short run. Google officials were tight-lipped about why the rollout is so slow.

This refresh is happening just after 10 months from the last update that was rolled out in September last year. As Google algorithm updates keep on happening periodically, it’s considered to be the 30th such update.

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: Topics in Chronicling America: "President Cleveland and Rumors of a Cancerous Growth"

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During the summer of 1893 President Grover Cleveland informs reporters he is embarking upon a four-day cruise on a friend’s yacht to “do a little fishing.” But why is Dr. Joseph Bryant aboard? And what’s with the makeshift operating room they’ve installed? An innocent recreational cruise or does President Cleveland have a grave health issue to hide? Read more about it!

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 148 Years Ago: “Phenomena of a Total Eclipse,” The Evening Telegraph, August 4, 1869

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What did we know about the how’s and why’s of a total eclipse of the sun in 1869? Having experienced a total eclipse in North America just a few years prior in 1860, newspaper readers of 1869 were eager for information. The Evening Telegraph (Philadelphia, PA) presented that and more just before the August 7 event, providing a combination of science, story and conjecture to describe the phenomena, declaring “No approach to totality can give the slightest conception of the effect produced the instant that the last ray of light is extinguished.” On Monday, August 21, 2017 millions across America will make their own observations of this rare occurrence. Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm #Eclipse2017!

Pros and Cons of Premium Website Templates…

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Advantages of using Website Templates

What you see is what you get. With a readymade website template, you don’t have to imagine what the finished product will look like, whether the web developer you’ve chosen has understood your requirements, whether your website will have to go through several changes and iterations before you’re satisfied with the end-product. The website template can be customized to your requirements by changing the colors, pictures and text so that it ends up looking quite different from the original.

1. Speed. Time is money. Your website will be up-and-running within a fraction of the time it takes to develop a custom website – provided, of course, that you have the content and the pictures ready to customize your website template to suit you. A custom-designed website can take months to develop, depending on its complexity. Compare that time-frame to the few weeks or even a few days for a website template to become a … Continue reading

Rancocas Creek Paddle- Pemberton to Mt Holly – 8 miles

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Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail – North Branch Rancocas Creek – Birmingham (Pemberton) to Mt. Holly, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 8 miles
Type: One way
Difficulty: 6 of 10 – blow downs along the first mile can be tricky, but should be way less of a problem in higher water.

Website: Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail – Burlington County Parks

Terrain – Shady section of river with heavy woods on either side, mixed with the backyards of homes along the creek

Put in –
Birmingham Road –  39°58’45.17″N,  74°42’35.59″W – Mile 6.0 on the Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail

Begin portage at Smithville/Take out – 39°59’8.43″N,  74°45’1.56″W (Mile 10 on the Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail)

Put in/end of portage at Smithville –  39°59’9.56″N,  74°45’7.64″W

Pull out –
Mt Holly –  39°59’24.70″N,  74°46’46.65″W (Mile 14 and the end of the Rancocas Creek Canoe trail)

Parking at put in (Birmingham):

Parking at take out (Mt. Holly – Ironworks Park):

For a longer paddle, you can continue from the pull-out here onto the tidal section of Rancocas Creek down to the confluence of the North and South Branches. It’s eight more miles to the takout at Hainsport (which requires going UPSTREAM on the South branch for a mile) and lot of fun, but make sure you are with a falling tide or it can be less fun.

Map:

Note that we went from Mile 6 to Mile 14. We’ll be back for Mile 0 to Mile 6 sometime when the water is higher!

Description:

So, when its in the upper 90s, people who are not so bright take 8 1/2 mile hikes through the pine barrens (whoops) (Okay, it was beautiful) (but such a bad idea) (but such a good idea).

So the NEXT day when it was supposed to be the same upper 90s hot, I went canoeing with Dan and The Pres.  Much better choice.  We grabbed Ol’ Tippecanoe and opted to try an 8 mile run on Rancocas Creek between Pemberton and Mt Holly that was new to us (from miles 6 to 14 on the Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail)

I’m glad we started at Birmingham Road, because, with weeks of pretty much no rain, the water levels were really, really low.  If we had tried to start higher, it would have been a hike instead of a paddle (someone on our Facebook group stated this was the lowest they remember seeing the creek).

Even so, the first mile and half went really slowly due to a million trees we had to pull the canoe over.  What I *think* made this tough was, with the water so low, every tree in the creek became a pull over, when many of these trees would usually just have the Rancocas flow right over the top of them.

Looking back to the road bridge that we just started from.

Someone got to use his new life jacket (thanks Grandma & Granddad!) and his new canoe paddle (thanks Uncle Tom!) from his birthday for the firs time. The Pres was a champ, paddling pretty much the whole eight miles.

This is the sort of fun we ran into for [...]

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 227 Years Ago: "Fellow Citizens...," Gazette of the United-States, Jan. 9, 1790

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On Jan. 8, 1790, beginning with "Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives, I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity, which now presents itself, of congratulating you on the present favorable prospects of our public affairs...." President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to the joint session of Congress meeting in New York City, the U.S. capital at the time.... Read more about it and and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

 

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 125 Years Ago: “Whitman is Dead,” The Wilmington Daily Republican, March 28, 1892

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Known as “the Good Gray Poet,” Walt Whitman, author of Leaves of Grass and other poems, died peacefully in March 1892 in Camden, NJ, after a long illness.  With a sorrowful tone, the Wilmington Daily Republican (Wilmington, DE) provided details along with reflections on his literary accomplishments and critics. “His critics ‘cut him up,’” according to the paper… Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

Google Webmaster Tools Search Appearance Overview

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Google Webmaster Tools Search Appearance Overview tutorial explains the importance of search snippets. This blog/article is a short introduction to Search Appearance Overview insights in Google Webmaster Tools.

This article on Google Webmaster Tools is a great way to understand the inner working of basic on page optimization and also how your website may show up in Google search results page (SERP) all webmasters and website owners should understand the results of Google search because then you can create better landing pages according to how Google search displays its results.

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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 106 Years Ago: "Startling Feat Crowns Trip of Aviator Atwood," The Washington Herald, July 15, 1911

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Attempting what only a handful of daredevil flyers would dream of, “birdman” Harry N. Atwood made a record-breaking 14-day multi-leg trip from Boston to Washington, DC,  at the helm of a Moth biplane. Several days after his arrival, "the biplane scudded and clipped over the Tidal Basin, its wings all a-quiver," as he landed on the White House grounds just in time for a luncheon held in his honor.  For the “strength of his exploits”, he was presented the gold medal of the Washington Aero Club by President Taft himself. Read more about the adventurous airman and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

 

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: NEH Announces Guidelines for 2017 NDNP Awards - Application Deadline: January 12, 2017

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The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) grant guidelines for 2017 are now available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-program. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 12, 2017.

Program awardees participate in the creation of a national, digital resource of historically-significant public domain newspapers published in U.S. states and territories. This program is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC). Each award supports a 2-year project to digitally convert 100,000 newspaper pages from that state's collections for contribution to the Chronicling America website, maintained by the LC. For a list of current participants, see http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/awards/.

For more program information, please visit the NEH's program page at http://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-program or for technical information, visit the LC site at http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/ .... Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

See NEH 2017 Grant Application Guidelines

Google Panda Update: Everything We Know About Panda 4.2

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Too late for new changes…

Unfortunately, once Google begins rolling out one of these updates, it is too late to apply changes that will have any effect during the rolling out phase period. As we have seen previously, these updates have a cut-off date and any changes made after this date will be applied to the next refresh or update.

That said, it is always a good idea to be continually updating content. But if you have been previously impacted by Panda and did not make the changes to increase quality yet, you will need to wait for the next one.

Likewise, if you are now negatively impacted by the Panda algo this time around, you will need to wait for the next update or refresh.

“Coming Months”

What exactly does “coming months” mean? Does it mean two months? Six months? Or is it in limbo right now depending on how fast (or not) they decide … Continue reading

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: DID YOU KNOW? Dozens of African American newspapers are available in Chronicling America!

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55 African American newspapers from across the US, are available online in #ChronAm. Included among these titles are issues of Frederick Douglass’ newspaper the New National Era. In his first issue, Douglass writes “It has been a cherished hope of mine, since the abolition of slavery, that…some new man…thoroughly alive to the great interests of our newly enfranchised people, would arise and establish here in the Capital of the nation  a large public journal, which should in some measure serve as a banner on the outer wall of our liberties…I believe the New National Era can be made such a journal…” #BlackHistoryMonth Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!  

 

How Google Search Works in 2006

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Infographic shows how search works, from the perspective of a content creator, starting with their content & following it through the indexing & ranking process.

As users have shifted to mobile devices, the limited screen size of the devices have pushed search engines to squeeze out & displace publishers with their own self-hosted information in an effort to offset the poor usability offered by tiny devices, while ensuring the search habit does not decline.

The philosophy of modern search has thus moved away from starting with information and connecting it to an audience, to starting with the user and customizing the result page to them.

“The biggest three challenges for us still will be mobile, mobile, mobile”.

Clara Haskil Discographie

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Clara Haskil Discographie 1 1927(July) Chopin Mazuruka(?) 2 1928/1929 Liszt la Leggierezza en fa mineur/F minor Caprice poetique 3 1934-1-23 Soler Sonata en re majeur/D minor,UME84 Haydn Variatione en fa mineur/F minor , Hob.XVIII.6 Pescetti Sonata en ut mineur/C minor 4 1936(December?)...

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: “The Evolution of Memorial Day“ (from the National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Did you know that Memorial Day used to be known as Decoration Day?  Or that the practice of honoring the war dead during spring first arose in the South as the Civil War ended?  Featuring newspapers from around the country during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, discover more about the fascinating history of this holiday….Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @NEH_PresAccess and @librarycongress #ChronAm!

How Google Search Works in 2006

by Owner @ Web Hosting | Expert Local SEO and Google Maps Marketing

Infographic shows how search works, from the perspective of a content creator, starting with their content & following it through the indexing & ranking process.

As users have shifted to mobile devices, the limited screen size of the devices have pushed search engines to squeeze out & displace publishers with their own self-hosted information in an effort to offset the poor usability offered by tiny devices, while ensuring the search habit does not decline.

The philosophy of modern search has thus moved away from starting with information and connecting it to an audience, to starting with the user and customizing the result page to them.

“The biggest three challenges for us still will be mobile, mobile, mobile”.

Clara Haskil Discographie

by Solo @ scarbo

Clara Haskil Discographie 1 1927(July) Chopin Mazuruka(?) 2 1928/1929 Liszt la Leggierezza en fa mineur/F minor Caprice poetique 3 1934-1-23 Soler Sonata en re majeur/D minor,UME84 Haydn Variatione en fa mineur/F minor , Hob.XVIII.6 Pescetti Sonata en ut mineur/C minor 4 1936(December?)...

Support Hurricane Relief Efforts with WolfNet

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Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas in late August.  The aftermath left 30,000 people displaced and at least $70 billion in damages. WolfNet is proud to be a part of the Keller Williams family which is headquartered out of Austin, Texas. As a leading provider of websites and responsive IDX, we have been serving KW agents and […]

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Why your current SEO approach isn’t enough.

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Customers are more empowered than ever before.

Technology and connectivity have completely changed our lives, especially in terms of how and where we spend our money.

This has also led to a power-shift, where people have almost total control of what they see and experience online. This is in turn “causing havoc” for businesses and forcing them to evolve quickly.

It also doesn’t help that the online experience is full of noise; many sites are just a wall of ads, messages and assorted brand clutter. Users now have multimedia and multi-device habits and therefore have multiple means of escape.

All of this has led to search evolving into ‘discovery marketing’. In fact marketers are now shifting money away from paid search into content marketing and other means of being discovered organically.

Challenges

There are major challenges to organic search.

25% of US online adults find new websites and info through Facebook now.

Google is taking over its own … Continue reading

Voyageurs National Park – International Falls, Minnesota

by southjerseytrails @ South Jersey Trails

Voyageurs National Park
Website – https://www.nps.gov/voya/index.htm
International Falls, Minnesota

This summer, our big adventure was having a new baby.  But LAST summer we took a month-long road trip out to Montana.

Our destination for Day #4 was Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, way up on the border with Canada, and our first new “National Park” National Park for this trip.

This park is mostly water, but we decided to start out with a hike on Lake Kabetogama.  The hike starts just around the corner from the Ash River Visitors Center and was three miles.

 

We then drove up to International Falls and cut down to the Rainy Lake Visitors Center, where we had tickets for “The Grand Tour”, a 2 1/2 hour ride on Rainy Lake.

Partway through the ride, the boat pulls up and disembarks on Little American Island.  Here there was a gold rush in 1893, complete with a wild west style boom town.  Everything was abandoned by 1901, but today you can take a quick 1/4 mile ranger hike as part of the boat tour.

Old mine, now filled with water.

Back on the boat, it was time to search for wildlife.  And the wildlife most people want to see here are bald eagles.  We had an average day for bald eagle sightings… six!

Old mine shaft.

We were pretty excited.

Beaver lodge.

Too much excitement = nap time on the boat.

Our boat tour over, we headed back to International Falls to camp for the night (all camping in the park itself is backcountry or at the Kettle Falls Hotel.  Either way, boat access only!  Maybe next time!)

The next morning, we came back to the park, the highlight of which was The Pres earned his very first Junior Ranger badge.  He was very proud.

Then it was off across Minnesota toward our next stop, Lake Itasca and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Our previous day?  Apolostle Islands National Lakeshore – Bayfield, Wisconsin

Our next day? Itasca State Park, Clearwater County, Minnesota

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Google Begins Rolling Out Its Latest Algorithm Update – Google Panda 4.2

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Google’s Gary Illyes has confirmed that Google started rolling out Panda update version 4.2 last weekend, affecting 2–3% of queries.

Google algorithm updates always rouse a storm on the internet community as they directly affect website rankings. The latest such refresh is Google Panda 4.2, which began on 18th July, 2015. However, the rollout is extremely slow and that’s the reason people didn’t notice it. According to Google, it may take months till the time we are able to notice any significant impact on the website rankings. It might also not affect all the pages of a website in the short run. Google officials were tight-lipped about why the rollout is so slow.

This refresh is happening just after 10 months from the last update that was rolled out in September last year. As Google algorithm updates keep on happening periodically, it’s considered to be the 30th such update.

It was difficult even for the webmasters to notice … Continue reading

Google Webmaster Tools Search Appearance Overview

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Google Webmaster Tools Search Appearance Overview tutorial explains the importance of search snippets. This blog/article is a short introduction to Search Appearance Overview insights in Google Webmaster Tools.

This article on Google Webmaster Tools is a great way to understand the inner working of basic on page optimization and also how your website may show up in Google search results page (SERP) all webmasters and website owners should understand the results of Google search because then you can create better landing pages according to how Google search displays its results.

Title

Create descriptive page titles

Titles are critical to giving users a quick insight into the content of a result and why it’s relevant to their query. It’s often the primary piece of information used to decide which result to click on, so it’s important to use high-quality titles on your web pages. Here are a few tips for managing your titles:

As explained above, make … Continue reading

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 95 Years Ago : "Get Out the Rabbit's Foot," The Morning Tulsa Daily World, October 13, 1922

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Is it your lucky or unlucky day? For some Friday the 13th just a date on the calendar. But if you're superstitious, you might want to "put that rabbit's foot in your pocket 'till the evenin sun goes down" or travel the "straight and narrow, unless it takes you underneath a ladder."  Check out this article for more Friday the 13th suggestions and don't forget to follow us on Twitter @libraryofcongress #ChronAm!