Scraping public data from a website probably isn’t hacking, says court

Scraping data from a website likely doesn’t violate anti-hacking laws as long as the data is public, a US court has concluded. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said LinkedIn probably couldn’t tell an analytics company to stop pulling profile information from its platform. LinkedIn had sent the company, HiQ, a cease-and-desist letter — which has been enough to declare companies “unauthorized” in earlier cases. Here, however, the court ruled that LinkedIn couldn’t use anti-hacking rules to control [...]

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Why Responsive Design is Important and Google Approved

What is a responsive website? A responsive website changes the layout to offer an experience based on the device being used, especially ideal for mobile viewing. A mobile responsive website includes design elements such as: Readable text without requiring zoom Adequate space for tap targets No horizontal scrolling Did you know the number of smartphone users internationally surpassed 2 billion in 2016? Websites not optimized for all these smaller screens can experience a decline in their search engine rankings. Meaning, they are not getting found online. It’s true [...]

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How to improve a website’s Google ranking

SEO tips and tricks to increase your traffic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is becoming more and more important to every site.  Historically, some of the techniques used have given SEO a bad name, but there are several simple ways to ensure your site benefits from natural search results. Search can be classified as either organic (natural) or paid. Organic (natural) results are those that occur naturally in search engine results pages (SERPS) and high results depend on both the technical construction [...]

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How Google Collects Data to Personalize Ads

Google is not just the largest search engine, with billions of queries each month. It also powers a large portion of the internet’s display ads through the Google Display Network. According to SEMrush, the Google Display Network: Serves ads across roughly 2 million websites and 650,000 apps. Includes 65 of Comscore’s top 100 sites. Reaches 210 million unique monthly U.S. users and 90 percent of global internet users. Those are astounding numbers. But how does Google know which ads to serve you? In this [...]

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