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What I Do, When not Improving the Web

I've been tagged by Elizabeth to write about what I am doing, when not doing SEO.


When I have a full time job, I run in the morning (2-6am). It turned out I can't make myself run, if I don't have a financial guarantee to afford food and equipment in the long run (literally, too), btw. In winter, it is mostly fast, short runs, while in summer I tend to run for hours.


As Elizabeth, I also cook, but nothing fancy. It doesn't mean it isn't delicious though.

Microsoft Plays Referrer Stats Games and Ruins Your AdSense Income

While it is common, nowadays, to whine how Google shouldn't tell people how to make money with their websites (like selling links), this time Microsoft has done the same.

Lately, it's been noticed that spams the referrer logs of the websites, claiming that it is only about quality check.

Build the Web, stay healthy and live happily

Normally, working at a computer isn't considered as harmful as working on a toxic plant, poisonous factory or somewhere similar, though some (most?) people seem to enjoy it. However, it doesn't mean that building the Web doesn't negatively affect your health.

Where does it hit you?

Do you receive the feeds?

Hello there, folks.

This is yet another post about improving this very site for those, who read the posts, but don't receive feeds to their reader.

It has come to my attention that some people can not access the feed through the URL they have subscribed earlier (such as

Do you have any problem with receiving feeds?

If you do, do let me know via yuri @ pr by commenting here.

Improve the Web Site theme: text, graphics, or both: Poll

Hello there, dear readers.

In comments to a couple of recent posts, it was said that the site looks awful. As much as I wanted to see how well the web developers, SEOs and such respond to the text website, I also want to understand, how much people prefer a text theme or a graphic theme on this site.

Rounding up 2006: blog stats, thoughts and advice

Well. This is the last post of the 2006. There seems to be a tradition to post stat reports, best posts or predictions. I have posted the latter two, so you are honoured to read the stat report and some analysis of the Improve the Web blog.

Overall statistics

Mo/Year Unq All Pages Hits Bnd/wth

How will 2007 be different for us?

The year 2006 has brought us new ideas, challenges and experience. Naturally, 2007 will have something new for us. What will it be for anyone managing a website?

Lately, Bill Slawski and I have talked a bit about the future in the search engine marketing industry. The first part of the discussion is located at SEO by the SEA. Check it out for quite an interesting discussion and more prophecies.

Below is the second part of the discussion plus my own musings. Enjoy (and feel free to link to it, too).

Five things you didn't know about Yuri

Lately, I've been tagged by Randall McCarley, so you will have to learn five things you have not heard about me earlier.

Anyway, here goes:

How to create, improve and promote a charity website

Though it may seem easy (or more common) to promote an online business (an e-commerce or a corporate website), charities tend to have websites as well, and they need attention, too. Let's see how a charity can get noticed online (most likely, on a low budget, but with a couple of passionate workers).

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