IFTTT Loses Gmail Service

Much of the info in this post is from an article on engadget.  I became aware of the situation as I was working to build an IFTTT applet that would change my office lights to red if a website went down and I got an email about it from Uptime Robot.  That applet can probably still be made but just not using Gmail anymore as a trigger.

From Endadget:

Google’s push to tighten third-party API access is already going to cost the world Google+, but a change that more of you might notice is coming to IFTTT. The service sent out emails alerting users that their “recipe” scripts involving Gmail triggers and an action that could create a draft will go away as of March 31st. According to Google, the shift is a result of the Project Strobe sweep it announced last October.

IFTTT said it worked with Google to keep the integration that will support triggers to Send an email, or to Send Yourself an email, but the API lockdown that’s coming would’ve required too much work to change its services. Otherwise, integrations with Google will still be the same, but anyone relying heavily on the automated scripts may want to double check things before they get a surprise in a few days.

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UltimateSEO.net Launches As Sister Site Focused On Free SEO Tools

Ultimate SEO has gotten a little more ultimate.  We continuing to offer our SEO information and topical articles and plan to expand into indepth discussions of stuff at the most minute details.  Great for those of us who love metrics and but our metrics are only as good as the tools we can access.  SEO tools are plentiful and almost all are expensive.  The best tools focus on one aspect of SEO and do that well but effective SEO campaigns are holistic and can’t neglect other foundational tool categories.  Having the best backlink tool won’t make the best SEO Site Audit.  It takes multple tools, often overlapping and many cost hundreds of dollars a month.  Thats why we’re launching UltimateSEO.net

FREE SEO TOOLS SITE

SEO Tools are abundant but hard to find interestingly enough. At Ultimate SEO We’re offering more than one scan tool for page auditing.  In the image below there is a scan auditing tool in the blue and yellow header and a separate unrelated scan auditing tool on the page. We encourage you to use both.  Additionally from the Tools drop down you can take advantage of a dozen more SEO tools.  We’ll work to continue to expand the sites tools and we will NOT charge for these tools.

In addition to these tools SEO Panel is an open source tool that will allow users to track metrics and issues over the course of months and years allowing sites to see trends.  SEO Panel is also FREE but it does require registration at THAT site.  SEO Panel is available at https://panel.ultimateSEO.org

UltimateSEO.net homepage

UltimateSEO.net focused on SEO Tools

UltimateSEO.org also hosts a forum where you can seek answers to common and uncommon SEO issues.  Happy SEOing and may the backlinks always be follows.

List of existing tools

CSV File Merger

Keyword List Multiplier

Structured Data Tool

Link Variance

Analytics Spam Tool

Bulk URL Checker

RSS Feed Creator

What’s My SEO Score (Page Auditor #3)

SEO Panel Homepage

SEO Panel Homepage

SEO PANEL – Free Rank Trending Site

We also have an in-depth SEO tool available to our listers and visitors.

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SEO Knowledge Bank And Support At UltimateSEO.org

SEO Articles and case studies will be published and pieced together to create guides specific to topics of interest.

Forums and discussions between fellow SEO professionals are available and hosted at the site.

SEO Support Desk allows registered users to enter a support request .

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Trace Route Network Tool, Only On A Map

Tracert is a command thats elementary to networking and computers.  Trace Route or Tracert does exactly what it sounds like, and its useful cause it tells ya every ip address it passes through between the server and the catcher (not technical terms there).  It explains where speed issues are in a global perspective or in your home.

Its usually just text but https://www.monitis.com/traceroute/ made it more fun…and from this map I can see why my fiber connection isnt seemingly very fast tonight, I’m being routed through London, England to do a domestic “hop” (hops are each leg of a journey in a tracert.

tracert in SEO

tracert in SEO

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52 Tools And Counting: Mostly Free SEO Tools – I Actually Use

Work In Progress

Thanks for checking in with Ultimate SEO, this site is a side project as my client’s sites are the main one.  This means I may often have edits and unfinished elements to circle back too.  I encourage you to feel free to let me how this site could be better using the contact form.

52 Tools And Counting: Mostly Free SEO Tools – I Actually Use

Updates That Matter AND Updates That Don’t :SEO Basics

This post was originally made 3/7/2019 but was lost during a restoration from backup while Ultimate SEO was dealing with a DOS attack.

I’ve heard things come in threes so curious whats next because 2 big updates this week are out.  Now unfortunately the one that matters is unlikely to gain as much attention as the one that doesn’t mean anything.  So lets begin on what folks are focused on…something that means nothing.

DA 2.0 NEW DOMAIN AUTHORITY

MOZ Domain Authority 2.0

Moz redid their Domain Authoritycalculations and the implications are HUGE for those who workat Moz.  If you don’t workthere then its not a big deal.  Domain Authorityis like a fake credit score.  Your bank will likely use your FICA score but no one can release your FICA score to you but FICA.  To solve this banks and other organizations created their own scoring systems that attempted to mimic your FICA score that they can give out to you on credit monitoring sites.   These numbers though aren’t really that important as they are guesses to what your FICA score should be…VantageScore for instance gives a person a score based on their credit history thats also 3 digits but it isn’t a FICA score.  If you bank uses FICA scores who cares what your score is at VantageScore.

Moz made up Domain Authorityand Google doesn’t use it.  So a change to calculating Domain Authorityfrom Moz does not mean a change in search engine ranking.  Domain Authority is useful to you because it’s an educated guess as to what Google thinks just like Citation and Trust Flow are guesses by Majestic.

I don’t know about everyone else but the new calculations vastly changed the impression some would have of several domains I operate.  Here are some examples:

Moz DA April 2019 – March 2019 – Backlinks

So am I upset that Ultimateseo.orglost 5 points?  No.  Cause its like it lost 5 Matt Dollars …. But Matt Dollars don’t matter and NEITHER DOES Moz Domain Authority.

But again, Domain Authority has value when used among multiple other metrics geared at assessing a site’s rank ability.

PHP 7.3

PHP 7.3 Released And Available To Cpanel Servers

Its out and you can now run your site on it if you’re using Cpanel/WHM servers.  Im focused on Cpanel because its highly popular …. unless you use Wix or Shopify which use propreietary server management software that isn’t an industry standard.  Now, likely you don’t even use 7.2 as many sites still operate on PHP5.6.  BUT here are the advantages of 7.3

Now its relevant to SEObecause WordPressruns on PHP and WordPressis an SEOfavorite.  While new features are great and PHP 7 has proven much faster than PHP 6 this newest update may require some caution.  PHP 7.3 Issue With WordPress 5

Php7.3 And WordPress Speed

We have some testing done by others that note”

Is PHP 7.3 faster than PHP 7.2? Should I use PHP 7.3 for my WordPress site? We have done our own performance testing for WordPress running with WooCommerce and benchmarked PHP 7.2 against PHP 7.3.

We installed a standard WordPress 5.0 with the Storefront theme and imported the 50 products supplied by WooCommerce as sample data on a standard Servebolt High Performance plan.

We wanted to test whether PHP 7.3 was performing better than PHP 7.2, and therefore bypassed the reverse proxy and ran tests directly against the backend web server running the PHP, effectively bypassing all caching. The tests were run from the server to eliminate network bias.

We used as the testing tool, running 3 000 requests with a concurrency of 1000, with keep alive enabled. ….

We did a few more compiles of PHP 7.3, and tested benchmarked those. We also did benchmarks on all major versions from 5.6 and up. See the results in the table below.

PHP and Database

Req/s PHP 5.6 PHP 7.0 PHP 7.1 PHP 7.2 PHP 7.3 PHP 7.3 v2 PHP 7.3 v3
PHP 5.6 74 data-sheets-numberformat=”[null,3,”0.00%”,1]”> data-sheets-numberformat=”[null,3,”0.00%”,1]”> data-sheets-numberformat=”[null,3,”0.00%”,1]”> data-sheets-numberformat=”[null,3,”0.00%”,1]”>
PHP 7.0 177 239.19%
PHP 7.1 183 247.30% 103.39%
PHP 7.2 192 259.46% 108.47% 104.92%
PHP 7.3 221 298.65% 124.86% 120.77% 115.10%
7.3 v2 221 298.65% 124.86% 120.77% 115.10% 100.00%
7.3 v3 223 301.35% 125.99% 121.86% 116.15% 100.90% 100.90%
7.3 FINAL 224 302.70% 126.55% 122.40% 116.67% 101.36% 101.36% 100.45%

We ran this test 3 times on PHP 7.2 and three times on PHP 7.3, and compared the numbers.

PHP 7.2 average: 192 requests per second
PHP 7.3 average: 224 requests per second

The results were consistent with very small variation. WordPress with WooCommerce running PHP 7.3 outperforms PHP 7.2 by 16.67%.

So what are you waiting for? It is time to get that extra performance boost. Upgrade your site to be PHP 7.3 compatible today, and get the 10-17% extra performance boost!”

Techy Stuff In 7.3 Update

From hackernoon.com we get the features listed below:

JSON_THROW_ON_ERROR

Not having an adequate way to handle errors when using JSON has been a problem for quite a long time, and web developer all over the worlds have seen this as a huge downside of the language,

The RFC of PHP 7.3 has accepted this update by a 23 vs 0 vote which says how much this feature has been requested.

Until PHP v7.2 we needed to use a workaround to get an error from JSON and it was not reliable nor proficient in its job;

The new flag I am about to show you is an excellent alternative because give to the programmer the opportunity to use the power of exceptions that can be managed within the “try-catch” block of code.

Is_countable

A countable element in your code can be a variable with an array format or an object whose class is implementing the Countable interface.

Last year PHP 7.2 added a warning that shows up whenever the web developer was counting or trying to loop an uncountable element.

It is possible to solve this problem and one of the best solutions currently used is to apply a check like a snippet below:

The code checks whether the variable is an array or is an instance of the Countable interface.

And it will work but it seems a little bit “crowded” and as many of you that work long hours, after a while seeing this kind of lines wear your eyes out.

The teamthat is developing the new version took accountof this and added a new function that will help the web developer immensely.

The is_countable function takes a variable as a parameter and then return a boolean depending if the function is countable or not.

There is no restriction about the format the parameter has to be, of course, if you put a non-countable variable the return will be false.

array_key_first(), array_key_last()

As per version 5.6 of PHP, there are over 75 built-in functions that belong to the arrays’ category.

Despite the vast numbers of tools available, at the moment, if we need to retrieve the first or the last key of an array we have to get all the keys using array_keys()and only then go for the first or last values of the array.

Another way is to opt for end()or reset().

As you may know, all the methods just described modifying the array pointer, which is something that (other than be resources consumer) you just may not want to do.

The RFC of the upcoming version proposed the introduction of 4 brand-new methods the were set to solve this issue.

The four methods were:

  • array_key_first()
  • array_key_last()
  • array_value_first()
  • array_value_last()

Among the four of them, only the one set that fetches the keys were accepted with 18 to 14 votes.

They work for both numeric and associative arrays.

The same would have worked for the other two functions illustrated in this chapter array_value_*

Just to be clear, let me repeat,

Those functions have been refused with 18 no and 15 yes.

In my opinion, these two functions would have been useful as well but according to several web developers, in certain cases, the value returned would have been ambiguous.

Here is why:

An additional option that I come across browsing on forums and talking to other web developers was to return a tuple like [$key => $value].

Even though this option will not be available on the new version, seeing the favourable responses, it might arrive with the following RFCs.

Since this is a function that did not exist before there are not going to be any backwards compatibility problems, the only issue could arrive if you have created and you are using your own version of array_key_first()and array_key_last().

Same site cookie

Deploy secure application must always be the main focus of every programmer.

One task that each of us is facing of daily basis it to diminish the risk of CSRF and information leakage attacks.

Same-site cooking declares that cookies must be sent only with request initiated from the same domain.

This is not an official standard but Google Chrome and several of the best PHP frameworks already implement it whereas Firefox and new version of other frameworks confirmed that they are planning to do so.

Here is the support schema for same site cookie from caniuse.com

Currently, cookies are issued by the set-cookie header, a web developer can set a key-value pair alongside flags for the browser in order to agree if a cookie should be available or not.

This way to do things allows a vulnerable access to CSRF attacks.

The new RFC adds is suppose to solve the problem is a non-breaking mode by adding a new parameter and also modify four main functions of the language.

  • setcookie
  • setrawcookie
  • session_set_cookie_params

Two ways were proposed.

Adding a new argument to the function or allowing an array of option for moving all the options of the cookies inside.

How it will work?

Two values can be added to the same site flag present in the above functions

They are Lax and Strict.

Cookies that are using Lax will be accessible in a GET request that comes from another domain, while on the contrary Strict will not be accessible in a Get request.

Include features that Increase security in the code seem always a no-brainer but as always before deciding to apply them in our scripts we need to properly evaluate the pro and the cons of our choices

The main risk implied for using the same site flag as a supplementary argument to those functions is that it might never become an official standard.

It means that eventually browser will downturn the flag.

If this happens and you have already implemented it, it will result in you applications stuffed with junk code that need to be removed.

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Adwords Template With Search Console, Google Analytics In Data Studio

SEO & PPC Data Studio Report Using Adwords, Google Analytics and Google Search Console All-In-One Template

Google Data Studio Reports are some fun things.  Here at Ultimate SEO you love visualizations and thats partially why we like Data Studio. Beyond the looks its also integrated easily with Google Sheets, Google Analytics and Search Console to name a few. These few though create a powerful free SEO PPC tool.

You can check out the report directly by clicking the link above, here is an embedded look at the nine pages of live data thats basically always right.  It’s nice to be able to pull in data from two very different Google tools.  Lots of people know of Google Analytics and think it covers Google Search Console but it doesn’t and I’ll discuss that more in another post but the unique data from these sources can all mix to form one handy live report.

You can check out all the information pulled here in this report and change the dates as needed using the drop down.  To personalize the report to your own site simply copy it and set the data sources to your own Google Analytics and Search Console sources.  Word of caution on the Search Console aspect there are two connections, one is the site and the other I believe is the page urls.  So make sure to connect those correctly.  Just like in electrical work it’s like to like.

Across these nine pages you’ll find insights into any site with an Adwords campaign including keywords, search terms, CTR and CPC.

https://ultimateseo.org/google-analytics-in-data-studio/