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Jul 31
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Jaimie Sirovich

Most deployed versions of Apache are potentially exploitable, as mod_rewrite has been found to be vulnerable to a stack smashing attack.  It is somewhat muted by the fact that only certain rules cause the problem.  The vulnerability is caused by an off-by-one error — the most common programming error known to man.  Many SEOs use mod_rewrite, but not all will be affected; I checked my rules, and I am not exploitable (otherwise I wouldn't post this), but I'm upgrading anything I have anyway.  This affects all branches of Apache  — 1.3 to 2.2.  The original report from McAfee is here.

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Jul 30
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Once a month, starting this coming month, I will be doing a free SEO site clinic.  Here's how it will work: Leave a comment with your site's URL and specific concerns you may have.After a week, I will pick 1-2 sites in the list and do a public post on what my recommendations are for those sites.  There are a few things to note in that regard: 0. For those who have attended SES site clinics, this should be familiar.1. If you're doing anything blatantly black hat, I probably won't do the review.  I don't want to call anything out that could…

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Jul 28
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: A major copywriting concern becomes manifest when one realizes that many popular queries happen to be English, but they are just plain awkward constructions.For example, when a user is looking for a "Vioxx attorney," one must consider whether this phrase is actually English. The answer is yes — and no. Ask yourself a simple question:"Would I actually call up a law firm and say: 'Hello, do you have a Vioxx attorney?'"Maybe.  But I'd be more likely to phrase the question as follows: "Hello, do you have attorneys who handle Vioxx?"(BORING ENGLISH GRAMMARIAN RANT)English is a mixed-up language.  Many of the…

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Jul 28
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Syndication isn't only for blogs; it can be used for any type of site with any sort of infomation. Blogs typically already include robust feed support (including both RSS & Atom), but what about if you want to create a feed for a site that isn't a blog? Easy — use the below class to do it. So what does this have to do with SEO? Feeds are effective vehicles to disseminate information. Your site can release information via a feed, usually abbreviated, then include a link to the full content. This will, over…

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Jul 28
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Apparently, he entered a deep bout of depression on June 27, and never acted quite the same since then. Matt Cutts stated something extremely vague in response here. "I believe any changes on the 27th were refreshing data used by an existing algorithm." Cryptic indeed. And many screamed expletives as they fell from grace to oblivion. … including me. OK, so I was the guy, and I didn't really contemplate suicide, but I was pretty upset. I got hit on the 27th; and the only thing that cheered me up is that the…

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Jul 27
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: I have never seen such horrible irrelevent link exchange requests from fellow webmasters since Axandra's Arelis product caught on in a big way a few years back.  The site is called LinkMetro, and it stinks.Google finally squashed the 2-way link exchange as the SEO-currency; but now LinkMetro is here to facilitate and promulgate the worthless practice despite its decline in usefulness these days.I get approximately 5 emails per day like this:"A LinkMetro member has requested a link exchange with 1 or more of your websites (MY-SITE <> SOME-SPAM-SITE). You may accept or decline this link request by clicking the link…

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Jul 27
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Link Bait is the hottest new fad in link building, and I keep my eyes open for obvious examples.  If it weren't on CNN, I wouldn't even believe it.  This is one of the funniest articles I have read in awhile:"Study: More Americans too fat for X-rays, scans" http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/07/26/obesity.xrays.reut/index.html (there, I linked to it) Basically, the article states that as a result of eating too many double cheeseburgers, Americans are either not fitting into the machines, or the machines just plain can't penetrate the cheeseburger-shielding.As a side-note, I'd never poke fun at obese people who have eating disorders or genetic diseases;…

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Jul 25
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Jaimie Sirovich

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Excerpt: Recently, the performance gap between Intel and AMD has been closing — first with AMD leading and gaining some much-earned credibility, then, more recently, with Intel making a comeback.  Intel also apparently leads in performance per watt now, too. But Google had to know about the "comeback" when they announced that they were going to use AMD Opterons in the future a little while ago.Mark Edelstone, a prominent equity analyst writes:"Based on our various research efforts, we believe that most of Google's near-term server purchases will use AMD's Opteron for the first time." But why?  If the CEO of Intel,…

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