The most important task of jQuery charts is transforming the raw rather clumsy and dull looking data into attractive and interactive charts and graphs that will not only make the facts and figures colorful and hence interesting to the reader but will also make things simpler for the users to understand.
Some interactive jQuery charts
Certain jQuery charts and graphs, help in using the plugins for visualization of the requirements. A particular type of charting library helps in generating various charts by using canvas element HTML5. It has as many as 14 options that help in customization of the charts.
There are some libraries that only take care of the bubble diagrams that we find in the charting options. However, a newer version is likely to be published which will see expansion of this library and the inclusion of feature pies, line graphs and the bar graphs. The plugin has as many as 14 options that you can use for customizing the look of a diagram along with various tooltips that provide additional information regarding a particular bubble when the user takes the mouse over the bubble.
You will also come across certain types of jQuery charts that use various HTML5 canvas for compatibility with the modern browsers, along with a steady support from the Internet Explorer. Generally, these charts are available with six kinds of charts that include points, pie, bars, lines with points, as well as the area graphs. These graphs would allow display of the legends which are exceedingly configurable and this helps in proper identification of the items on the charts.
"How does social media activity impact SEO? That's a common question these days as publishers try to make the most of search and social for audience development.
While the role of social media signals in Google and Bing’s ranking algorithms is still evolving there are already a number of ways that social media is having a clear influence.
Here are five ways that social media impacts SEO, or more specifically search engine visibility, rankings and traffic:
1. Annotations in the Search Results
Both Google and Bing use social data to annotate select listings on their search engine results pages.
2. Personalized Rankings
In addition to annotations the engines also personalize the order of their search results based on a number of factors including social connections and activity.
3. Secondary Links
When it comes to ranking factors links are still much more important than social shares. A link from a quality, trusted site has considerably greater weight than a like, tweet or +1.
4. Highlighting Authors
In some instances Google is now highlighting author information in its search results.
Beyond author markup in the search results, both Google and Bing are beginning to utilize the concept of AuthorRank in which trusted, popular authors may be given a boost in search and social media visibility".
A few months ago, Fraser Cain shared how he took his blog from 0 to 3 million monthly visitors. What’s just as amazing is that he also created an engaged audience of 10,000 people on Google+, which some claim is a wasteland.
For all of the “big three” social media networks, I found that social sharing had a positive relationship to incoming links pointing to a URL. This result is basically what I expected to see. However, when I took a step back and compared the actual Pearson’s Correlation Coefficient of the sharing on the three networks to inbound links, what I found was surprising.
Most professional SEO companies & experts routinely conduct formal & informal SEO experiments, here are 31 for you to review. (fantastic look at revolutionary seo experiments by @claye -- anyone seen similar for sem?
Designing websites can be a long and complicated process. Dealing with clients, designing prototypes, coding, programming, and testing – there's a lot to keep track of and a lot to make sure gets done.
Let’s face it: infographics are a dime a dozen these days. In a typical day of internet scouring, you’re likely to see various infographics covering a plethora of topics – from Facebook to football, from sex to sedentary lifestyles. You get the picture.
But people really like infographics, apparently. I mean, it looks like they are ready, willing, and able to share them with all of their social media pals – even more so that traditional articles.
BitRebels looked at their last 500 infographic articles and their last 500 traditional articles, and compared how they were shared across Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
And what they found was a stark contrast in shareability – especially on Twitter.
Retweets of infographic drawrfed those of traditional articles by 832%. Shares on StumbleUpon also increased dramatically, at 746%. The number was similarly high for LinkedIn – a 629% increase...
Fact: All businesses, large or small, want to save money wherever they can. I understand this. I sympathize with this. What I don’t understand, however, is why so many businesses try to take the cheap route and cut corners in their online strategy— and then are dumbfounded when they get scammed/receive terrible results/get blocked by Google.
"First, to answer the question in the title: Yes, if you are not seeing a tangible and measurable impact of your spend and efforts in Social Media and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), it’s definitely your fault.
We can’t very well blame the whole of the internet or the poor response of our potential customers now, can we? If you’re not pro-actively involved with creating and optimizing content on your website or participating in social media, please refer to the rest of my blog posts, this one isn’t for you.
Another year has passed since the 2011 edition of 79 Link Building Resources where Kristi Hines listed various blogs, their top link building posts, and some great link building tools to add to your toolkit.
Those blogs, to this day, are still great resources to visit when looking for posts on link building.
Since that post was published, a lot of things have changed in the link building world.
In this 2012 edition of link building resources, covered is the big changes that have happened in the link building world as well as what works (and doesn’t) when it comes to link building strategy.
There you have it!
A Comprehensive Compilation of 79 Great Link Building Resources to chew on.
Robin Good: If you are interested in understanding more about what your web site visitors effectively see, when they land on one of your pages, this newly launched tool for optimizing your site content by visualizing relevant data right on your web pages, will be definitely helpful.
As part of its free Google Analytics service, Google has just announced the release of a new tool, replacing the old Browsersize tool they offered before, with a new one capable of visualizing on top of any of your web site pages data refelecting the amount of the page that your visitors are actually seeing upon landing on it.
To access this new function do as follows: "Simply navigate to the Content section in Google Analytics, and click In-Page Analytics.
A new information layer is available (the feature is bing rolled out gradually over the next few weeks, so please be patient if you don’t see it yet).
Click Browser Size to shade portions of the page that are below the fold.
You can now click anywhere on the screen to see what percentage of visitors can see it, or control the threshold percentage by using the slider."
We all know that images are compelling. The growth of visual content has been on a rapid upward trajectory over the last 12 months.
Social media platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram have taken the social media world by storm.
Instagram announced in July that it had acquired 80 million users. To put some further perspective on its adoption and growth, the visual social media network is now being used by 40% of the worlds top 100 brands.
Compete recently released a report showing that Instagram was the fastest growing web property on the planet amongst the top 50 websites. The report stated that it had grown from 16 million to 22 million unique visitors in just one month, which is a growth rate of 38% in just 30 days!
So How Powerful is Visual Content on Social Media?
Simply Measured looked at Facebook’s top 10 brand pages to find out the real numbers and facts and figures on the engagement and sharing levels of photos and videso in compariosn to text and discovered:
Videos are Shared 1,200 percent more than links and and text posts combinedPhotos are liked 200% more than text updates
To put some perspective on the power of visual content other studies show that Photo and video posts on Pinterest are referring more traffic than Twitter, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn and Google+.
For more insights into the power of visual content below are some more revelations.
Individual mobile users aren’t the only ones browsing virtual app stores. Turns out, American small-business owners are embracing mobile apps in hopes of making their small-scale ventures more efficient.
With countless service apps and quick-solution apps at their fingertips, small businesses are gaining the competitive edge by going mobile. But are those app downloads worth the megabytes?
Take a look at the latest survey by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council [ SBE Council ] in this Infographic
Have you ever wondered which elements of your website make the biggest impression?
This Infographic by Webs is based on a recent Eye-Tracking Study conducted by the Missouri University of Science and Technology:
For their research, Sheng and Dahal enlisted 20 Missouri S&T students to view screenshots, or static images, of the main websites from 25 law schools in the U.S.
The participants spent an average of 20 seconds on each website.
The website sections that drew the most interest from viewers were as follows:
The institution's logo. Users spent about 6.48 seconds focused on this area before moving on. The main navigation menu. Almost as popular as the logo, subjects spent an average of 6.44 seconds viewing the menu. The search box, where users focused for just over 6 seconds. Social networking links to sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Users spent about 5.95 seconds viewing these areas. The site's main image, where users' eyes fixated for an average of 5.94 seconds. The site's written content, where users spent about 5.59 seconds. The bottom of a website, where users spent about 5.25 seconds.
Although use of color was not part of the eye-tracking study, participants indicated that it did influence their impressions of websites.
"Participants recommended the main color and background color be pleasant and attractive, and the contrast of the text color should be such that it is easier to read," Dahal wrote in her master's thesis, titled "Eyes Don't Lie: Understanding Users' First Impressions on Website Design Using Eye Tracking."
The use of images was also an important factor in web design, the subjects of the study said.
"You must choose your main picture very carefully," Sheng says.
"An inappropriate image can lead to an unfavorable response from viewers."
Colors and images utilized play a vital role when it comes to creating favorable responses
Robin Good: If you still think that there's no better way to promote your product and services other than via banner ads and traditional "broadcast"-type marketing approaches, think again. Data and research studies now confirm what many have been saying for a long time.
Traditionally advertising, PR and marketing as you know them, are working less and less.
From the original article on HBR: "Traditional marketing — including advertising, public relations, branding and corporate communications — is dead.
Many people in traditional marketing roles and organizations may not realize they're operating within a dead paradigm. But they are. The evidence is clear.
First, buyers are no longer paying much attention. Several studies have confirmed that in the "buyer's decision journey," traditional marketing communications just aren't relevant."
But if it is true that traditional marketing is dead, what will replace it?
"There's a lot of speculation about what will replace this broken model — a sense that we're only getting a few glimpses of the future of marketing on the margins.
Actually, we already know in great detail what the new model of marketing will look like. It's already in place in a number of organizations."
The solution pivots around four key points:
1. Restore community marketing.
2. Find your customer influencers.
3. Help them build social capital.
4. Get your customer advocates involved in the solution you provide.
And you can read more what are the key characterizing trait of this new model by reading the full article.