How to Peel Easy an Avocado and a Pomegranate (Video)

I had the pleasure to live in Barcelona, Spain for more than one year. Besides the weather, what I love there is the excellent food. As a vegetarian, it is important for me the diversity and the taste of vegetables and fruits.

While I lived there, I rediscovered the taste of avocado and pomegranate. They were always nice to eat, but I often ended up choosing something else, because I thought they were very hard and messy to peel.
The peeling process is not that hard once you know few tricks! I have discovered on Youtube some interesting techniques which I would like to share with you:

How to Peel an Avocado

How to Peel an Avocado on YouTube published by gogardener couk on December 19th, 2010

Tip: Video – How to pick an good avocado (by the way, this guy is sick :)): Top 5 Tips on How to Pick an Avocado

Nutrition data on avocado:

This food is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Folate.
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How to Peel a Pomegranate

How to peel a pomegranate without loosing juice on YouTube published by Gogardener Couk on January 8th, 2012

Nutrition data on Pomegranate:

This food is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
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Enjoy!

Defining links to categories in a web site

A simple practice that can help you to define the links to a category in a web site: KEEP IT SIMPLE (KIS). By adding the name of the category directly to the main URL, you can make up your mind about moving the category to another parent category. (E.g.: Instead of www.yourwebsite.com/cat-parent-1/cat-parent-2/category-name/ just go with www.yourwebsite.com/category-name/). From my experience, during the lifetime of a web site, this happens often.

Example:
Lets say the default category structure is:
Home > Sanitary Objects > Sinks 
Your category will link will normally look like this:
www.yourwebsite.com/sanitary-objects/sinks/

But you decide to change the categories, to specialize a little?
Home > Sanitary Objects > Bathroom > Sinks 
www.yourwebsite.com/sanitary-objects/bathroom/sinks/

or you decide to move it to a completely entire new structure:
Home > House and Garden > Bathroom > Sinks
www.yourwebsite.com/house-and-garden/bathroom/sinks/

I recommend the simple approach when you are certain that in the future the web site’s structure will be affected. Yes, from SEO point of view it is better to have unchanged and relatively detailed paths to categories, but practical reasons will determine us to reach the conclusion that it is better to compromise.

Home (www.yourwebsite.com/)
 > House and Garden (www.yourwebsite.com/house-and-garden/)
   > Bathroom (www.yourwebsite.com/bathroom/)
     > Sinks ((www.yourwebsite.com/sinks/)

KIS Links Advantages:

  • The simple URL is easy to read;
  • You can make up your mind about organizing different categories;
  • Each category name is a keyword for SEO, it is easier to build a SEO strategy for a simple URL, without mixing things up;
  • Good for multiple category scenario: a category can belong to multiple parent categories as the URL does not reflect the breadcrumb.

KIS Links Disadvantages:

  • A long URL can define a better path in the web site for both Search Engine and user.

Good to know:

  • User’s path can be transmitted by parameters: www.yourwebsite.com/sinks?path=house-and-garden&bathroom
    (Please remember to specify in Google Webmasters Tools in Configuration: dynamic URL Parameters not to be crawled)
  • Instead of reading and understanding the path from the URL, you can easily read it from the breadcrumb: add a nice and visible breadcrumb to your web site, this is also an usability feature;
  • When landing directly on a category page from the Internet, it is better for you to define a default category structure in the admin section. Recommended for categories present in multiple sections.
    Selecting a default category for breadcrumb
  • Do not confuse Categories with Filters, Filters should never be indexed and they should not be included in the category’s name unless you want to make them a category by themselves.
    Home
      > Shoes (Gender and age filter: Men, women, children)
    
    Home 
      > Shoes 
        > Shoes for men
        > Shoes of women
        > Shoes for children
    

    In the above example the ‘Gender and Age’ filter is transformed in a Category, as it is, not only rearranging the products, but adding value to the information as well.

  • And finally, this category linking strategy can be applied with success to build clean and efficient product links too.

What to do with the expired content from an e-commerce web site? (Video)

In Matt Cutts’ latest video (on 17th March 2014) he is talking about what should e-commerce web sites do about products which are not longer available (discontinued products).


What should sites do with pages for products that are no longer available? on YouTube published by Google Webmasters on March 17, 2014

This is the first time when Matt Cutts is recommending the “404 Page Not Found”. Is this the right solution? Depends. It is true, he is recommending them in a specific area: for the e-commerce product pages which are copied from somewhere else… the type of pages in which you do not put a lot of effort in terms of content and therefore they are not so valuable for SEO.

SEO is about hard work, about doing everything right, you do not want the Search Engine Crawlers to visit your web site and discover that some of your content is not there any more. And of course, like Matt Cutts said, you do not want to annoy users with messages like “We cannot help you”, “We do not sell this product any more” or “We have wasted your time”.

How to handle the expired content or e-commerce discontinued products

1. Serve a Custom 404 Error Page where you recommend users something else: sections of your web site or Product Categories. I am not recommending it 100%: web sites lose the link juice, not totally okay with Search Engines either, but at least you will have a chance to convert customers.

2. Do a “HTTP Error 410 Gone”, you are saying that you removed on purpose the page and are not providing a redirect URL (Still not 100% recommended, the user will be left with nothing until the page will be permanently removed by the Search Engine, and of course, you lose the link juice.

3. Do a “HTTP 301 Move Permanently” (Redirect), you are permanently redirecting the content to another product page. In my opinion, this is the solution that needs to be adopted by everyone who are thinking every time about user experience and SEO. You are putting more effort in finding the right content where you will redirect your page, but both users and Search Engines will get something useful: users will get a similar product page and Search Engines will not wonder what happened with the expired content (you will not lose the link juice either).
There is a small disadvantage to this solution: by redirecting a lot of content you will affect the server’s performance. And we all know by now that site speed is a SEO ranking factor.

In the end, to put it simple: do not go with default 404 Error Pages, try 301 Redirects which are very good for small and medium size e-commerce web sites (as long it is not affecting your site speed too much). For the big web sites it is not an ideal scenario and it is an entire different topic.

Do Search Engines index JavaScript content?

There is not news that GoogleBot is getting smarter and smarter after each algorithm release. At the end of 2011 Matt Cutts has announced that “Google keeps getting smarter. Now has the ability to execute AJAX/JS to index some dynamic contents”. Since then, the other two big search engines: Bing and Yahoo! joined Google’s initiative and they are indexing AJAX and JavaScript too.

I have made a small test with the help of my friends from Websi and Blue Engineering and discovered by myself the results. So we published this “ultra hard to index JavaScript” ;) into a blog post and the results where satisfying:

<script type="text/javascript">
	var i=0;
	document.getElementById("div1").innerHTML = i+1;
	i++;
	document.getElementById("div2").innerHTML = (i+1) + "" + (i+19) + (i+23) ;
</script></xmp><xmp class="code"><script type="text/javascript">
	document.write("Hixxq" + i);
	document.write(" Hello world" + i);
</script>

Here is a cached version of GoogleBot. While studying this feature, I have discovered that GoogleBot is actually Chrome (if you are looking for a detailed article, you can find it at ipullrank.com)

JavaScript indexed content

To test your dynamic generated content really fast, you can use Google Webmaster Tools. You can do that by accessing the Crawl > Fetch as Google section. You even have a very small preview in the web page.

Fetch a web page as GoogleBot

For more accurate tests and limitations of Google algorithm you can access this page on moz.com

Eufloria Classic / HD, a trully original RTS game (video)

Eufloria Classic / HD, a trully original RTS game

Eufloria Classic / HD is odd, not the typical game you are used to play. If you are looking to play something else, this is it. Eufloria is a real time strategy game, but you will not really know it until you will start playing it. The game concept is really unique: your entities are spores, trees, flowers and asteroids. It is a game about exploration and conquest, your ultimate goal is to take over the entire world.

It might sound weird, but what I like most is that the usual scenes of destruction and conquest are well hidden by the spectacular and simple game universe. Your ‘soldiers’ are seedlings, ready to destroy other enemy spores and trees or to colonize asteroids. The whole ambiance is relaxing yet fun and the music plays a special role to create this atmosphere.

The game-play is relatively simple to understand at the beginning, but to really master it can take a lot of time. Another thing that I love about this RTS is the random factor: the size, type and positions of the asteroids is always random, when repeating the missions you will not feel that you played them already.

The game was originally designed for PC, but the creators (who are now only updating Eufloria HD) made it available for a lot of platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, PSN, iOS, Android and BlackBerry PlayBook. Yes, you can even play it on your mobile device (tablet or smart-phone), which is totally great. Unfortunately buying the game for a device will not grant you the license for another type of platform. You will not able to synchronize the progress on other devices either, even if you bought all licenses.

Overall Eufloria is an unique and incredibly addictive RTS, like nothing you have seen before, a game which will not loose its value in time. My belief is that the creators should invest more in marketing (looking at the the web site, I think it should have the same design as the game www.eufloria-game.com). This type of game should be played more, especially by the young generation, as it is developing your imagination, reactions and decision making while being under pressure.


Eufloria Gamplay HD on YouTube published by HDGameplayZ on December 29th, 2009