_setSiteSpeedSampleRate usage

If you’re doing a low number of pageviews (<5M / month), you can crank your GA SiteSpeed up to 100%, I think. This is a bit of a theory, need to look into it more. I'm going to crank up mine to 100% and see what I can glean from it. Note this line: _gaq.push(['_setSiteSpeedSampleRate',100]);

<script type="text/javascript">    
var _gaq = _gaq || [];  
 _gaq.push([‘_setAccount’, ‘UA-YOURNUMBER-1′]);  
 _gaq.push([‘_trackPageview’]);   (function () {     
var ga = document.createElement(‘script’); 
ga.type = ‘text/javascript'; ga.async = true;    
 ga.src = (‘https:’ == document.location.protocol ? ‘https://ssl’ : ‘http://www’) + ‘.google-analytics.com/ga.js';    
 var s = document.getElementsByTagName(‘script’)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);   

There is a lot you can do with Google Tracking API. Can hardly wait to start playing with this.


Gearing Up For Velocity and to Meet @souders and @patmeenan

I can hardly wait to go to Santa Clara tomorrow for an action packed 3 days of Web Performance and Operations at Velocity Conference. I’m going with a dozen other Go Daddy folks. We’re going to learn a lot and network.

I’m really looking forward to meeting Steve Souders (@souders). He has been an inspiration, starting with the revolutionary Firefox plugin Yslow, continuing his work at Google with PageSpeed, and of course his also revolutionary book, High Performance Web Sites, and the followup book, Even Faster Web Sites. Steve Souders is an icon of Web Application Performance and a person whose work has influenced me tremendously over the years. I’ve heard he is a really nice guy and easy to talk to. I’d better get to thinking about what my question(s) will be.

Another famous person I can hardly wait to meet is Pat Meenan (@PatMeenan). He is the man behind Webpagetest.org, a service that is transforming the world. This is open source Gomez, and not just open source, but free public service too. Pat deserves to be commended for his hard work on this project. I’ve personally learned a lot about Web Application Performance from using WebPageTest.org public service and launching private nodes for a research project. I owe Pat a big thank you.

Ok, I’m getting super excited, this is going to be the best conference. Time to pack.


How to make rel author show picture in Google SERP Results

To make the image show up in your SERPs, here is what you do:


1. If you don’t already have one, go to the Google+ home page (plus.google.com), create a Google+ account.


2. In your Google+ account, Edit Profile, About, fill in the “Contributor to” sections.
Label: Whatever you want, for your eyes only (I think)
URL: http://www.yourdomain.tld/

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