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Cloudflare Analytics review

Disclaimer 1: I’m working on Plausible Analytics, a simple, lightweight, open-source and privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics.

Disclaimer 2: Cloudflare reached out in July saying they’d “love to chat”. It all started with this tweet by Matthew Prince. We were upfront that we’re not looking to sell or get funded and answered their questions about our experience building and growing Plausible.

This review is about Cloudflare Analytics itself. I could talk about free never being free or the venture-funded model that allows them to lose hundreds of millions of dollars every year centralizing a big part of the internet but all that is a different conversation.

Like I told them on the call, as long as they don’t go evil as the other giant did, it’s how the business world is. This post is focused purely on their web analytics product.

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13% of my website visitors block Google Analytics

There’s widespread use of adblockers on the web but users are increasingly blocking cookies and other tracking scripts too.

Browsers such as Safari, Firefox and Brave are privacy-focused. Many users install additional plugins such as uBlock Origin to better protect themselves.

Is Google Analytics still efficient considering the blocking rate? How big is the data inaccuracy due to the blocking? I made an experiment to find out.

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Only 9% of visitors give GDPR consent to be tracked

Privacy regulations such as the GDPR say that you need to seek permission from your website visitors before tracking them.

Most GDPR consent banner implementations are deliberately engineered to be difficult to use and are full of dark patterns that are illegal according to the law.

I wanted to find out how many visitors would engage with a GDPR banner if it were implemented properly and how many would grant consent to their information being collected and shared.

There was no study done on this from what I could find out so I did my experiment. Let’s look at my findings.

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How you can help keep blogging alive and thriving

How you can help keep blogging alive and thriving

I was happy to see some posts about blogging being widely discussed over the last few days. A couple of them that I wanted to highlight are “If I could bring one thing back to the internet it would be blogs” and “Blogging is not dead“.

I’m a blogger myself and have been blogging for over a decade. I have seen several waves of the “blogging is dead” conversations so I wanted to share few more details on what you as a reader and web user can do to help keep blogging alive, thriving and a part of a more independent web.

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How to fix the broken web as a site owner and web developer

How to fix the broken web

Yesterday there was a lively discussion on Hacker News and different Subreddits around cookie consent walls not being valid according to the GDPR. Ironically, when visiting the article discussed, I was faced with one of the worst and most user-hostile implementations of the cookie law.

The web is broken. Behavioral tracking without consent, abuse of personal data, annoying walls, prompts and popups and a lot of disrespect to the web user in general.

More technically savvy people use browser extensions and better browsers to avoid most of the noise and have a clean and distraction-free web experience. The “average” internet user on Chrome without extensions is browsing a very broken web and is regularly being taken advantage of.

Here’s how you as a website owner and web developer can help fix this broken web so we don’t require hacks and extensions to make it usable and everyone can have a great experience.

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Please get your parents off Facebook

Please get your parents off Facebook

The internet is a tool that has democratized content publishing. It has made information free and enabled anyone to publish whatever they want, share their beliefs and gain a following. This is amazing if you use it for good.

Facebook has lowered the bar to share ideas as low as it can get and now it is failing its users, exploiting them and systematically misinforming, manipulating and misleading them.

It is a megaphone and an amplifier of extreme views, easily disproven conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, superstition, magic cures, disinformation, controversy and hyper-effective propaganda.

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How to de-Google your site to make it faster and visitor friendly

How to de-Google-ify your website

Did you know that 94% of sites include at least one third-party resource while the median page requests content from 9 different domains? These third-party resources represent 35% of the total network activity and 7 of the 10 most used resources are owned by Google.

Third-party resources slow down the web and are a concern for the privacy of people who visit these sites. Google themselves will point the finger at their analytics and ads when you use their speed tests. They provide guides on making third-party resources less slow too.

Here’s how you can de-Google-ify your site, get fully independent and in control while having faster loading time, being more eco-friendly and more compliant with the privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA.

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Ethical marketing in the GDPR, CCPA and no third-party cookies world

Ethical Marketing 101: How To Respect Your Blog Visitors

Marketers live in the world of data privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA, and the world where browsers block third-party cookie-based tracking. Here’s how you can grow your site and startup by practicing ethical marketing.

And it’s only going to get more challenging with further regulations to be expected. You may be gradually getting worse results while using increasingly inefficient data sources if you cling to the same old practices. It’s time for a change.

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Use Firefox Preview to make browsing on Android fast and distraction-free

Firefox for Android just got much better. Mozilla did a complete rewrite and has created a new generation of Firefox (Preview) that’s much more consistent with Firefox desktop experience.

This post is a detailed look at Firefox Preview which when fully matured will replace the Firefox Android mobile app. A faster and more pleasant, distraction-free browsing experience awaits you on mobile too.

You can install Firefox Preview on Google Play Store today. There’s a Firefox Preview Nightly too for those who want newer features faster. Let’s take a look at the browsing experience on Firefox Preview for Android.

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How to fight back against Google AMP

How to fight back against Google AMP

There’s a popular thread on Hacker News with lots of people complaining about how Google AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is ruining their mobile web experience. Here’s what’s wrong with using Google AMP.

This week I also got two AMP links sent to me via Telegram and to see those Google URLs replacing unique domain names made me a bit sad on behalf of the owners of those sites. As a site owner myself, it feels like sovereignty of a website being taken away.

Other than people sharing links with me, I rarely encounter AMP in the wild. It is possible to restrict Google AMP from your life both as a web user and as a web developer. Here’s how you can fight back against Google AMP.

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How to de-Google-ify your life for a less intrusive web

How to de-Google-ify your life

These ethical alternatives will help you de-Google-ify your life, have a calmer and far less intrusive online experience. You’ll be in better control of your energy, with fewer distractions from companies that want to engage you and with more focus on things you care about.

We’re living in the age of surveillance capitalism. The age of excessive data collection and monetization of our actions and behaviors with the aim being to capture our attention, distract us and influence us using personalized advertising.

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Give Firefox a chance for a faster, calmer and distraction-free web

We’re living in the Google Chrome browser dominance age (65% of the market share worldwide) but for the first time in a few years, Chrome has some very serious competition. Here’s why Firefox is a better alternative to Google Chrome.

Firefox is an open-source browser made by a non-profit organization named Mozilla. The mission of the Mozilla Foundation is to help build a healthier, more open and accessible internet.

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How to thrive working from home

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there’s now a huge experiment in remote work. All over the world, employees are working outside of the office for the first time. Could this disrupt the workplace and accelerate the transition to working from home?

Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and many others are encouraging and requiring their employees to travel less and work from home more to prevent the spread of the virus.

It turns out that many positions are suitable to do from outside of the office. But can work be productive anywhere or only by putting time in an office? And is remote work something people will find enjoyable?

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Blogging statistics and trends you should know

Blogging statistics and trends

Are you looking for the latest blogging statistics and trends? You are in the right place.

Blogging and content marketing are highly integrated and central pieces of many digital marketing campaigns. This is why I’ve included all the key blogging statistics alongside social media stats, search and SEO stats and even general internet usage statistics.

All this to give you a better overview of the blogging stats and industry trends.

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Why you should remove Disqus from your site

Disqus is a popular commenting system installed on millions of websites with 2 billion monthly unique visitors and 17 billion page views combined. Here’s why you should remove Disqus from your site.

Disqus enhances the native commenting by introducing things such as social login, voting and reactions. Disqus WordPress plugin alone is currently running on more than 100,000 sites.

What most site owners don’t know is that Disqus is owned by a marketing company. Disqus is free to use but you and your visitors may be the product.

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22 best WordPress hosting providers to host your site

Not sure which WordPress hosting provider to use for your site? There are hundreds of hosts on the market and it can be confusing and overwhelming. This is my list of the best WordPress hosting providers.

The world of website hosting is a bit like the Wild West. There are multitudes of hosts offering multiple options. There are many more people and websites promoting these by making many promises. I hope that this list will help you choose the right web hosting for your needs.

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47 best blogging platforms to start your site

Best blog sites

These are 47 of the best blogging platforms where you can start your site in 2020, publish amazing content and build your audience.

It’s easier than ever to start a site and create your online home. Even if you don’t want to spend time setting it all up, or if you don’t want to spend any money on it or even if you don’t have any technical skills. Let’s get started with the list of best blog sites.

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How to start a food blog and become a Pinterest influencer

Starting a food blog is a great way to document your recipes, share your love for cooking with others and become an even better and more creative cook.

Starting a blog about food is a great way to document your recipes, share your love for food and cooking with others and become an even better and more creative cook. Here’s how to start a food blog.

It’s also a great way of getting in touch with other foodies and exchanging tips and ideas. Here’s how to start a food blog today. People love to eat. And when we’re not eating, we certainly enjoy talking about food or looking at pictures of food.

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WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: What’s the difference?

What is the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

WordPress.org is the home of the free, open-source blogging platform, while WordPress.com is the commercial version. The difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is like owning or renting a house.

This difference causes some confusion for newbie bloggers. This WordPress.com vs WordPress.org comparison has all the facts you need to make an informed choice.

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Best Tumblr alternatives: WordPress and other replacements for Tumblr

Tumblr vs WordPress Comparison: What’s The Difference?

Are you looking for a list of Tumblr alternatives? I’ve listed and reviewed the best blogging platforms you can use instead of Tumblr.

Tumblr has been on a dramatic downhill slide over the last few years and many users are looking for better alternatives.

On August 12th 2019, it was announced that Tumblr will be sold to Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, for a nominal amount. It will be interesting to see what changes they will make.

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20 environment and open web goals for 2020 and beyond

20 personal goals for 2020 and beyond

It’s that time of the year again. This year my primary goals are less focused on my own immediate needs. They’re about the environment and the open web instead.

The year 2020 brings us into in many ways a defining decade in our climate, clean air and clean water challenge. I plan to continue making more environmentally conscious decisions.

I also plan to continue cutting my ties with surveillance capitalism and use, support and help improve the open, personal and independent web instead.

These are my goals for 2020.

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How I keep my passwords and logins safe and secure

How I keep my passwords and logins safe and secure

Passwords and login security seem to be in shambles. Many companies and many consumers use poor security practices. Here’s how I deal with my passwords and login security.

The most commonly used password is “password” and the second most popular one is “123456”. And how do we know this? It’s because all the passwords exposed in data breaches are accessible for anyone to see.

We have way too many accounts to individually remember all passwords, we reuse our easy-to-remember favorites on multiple sites and we waste excessive energy on the “forgot password” links.

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How to start a travel blog and get paid to see the world

How to start a travel blog guide

The bloggers behind seven popular travel blogs share their personal insights and tips on how to start a travel blog.

Their stories and experiences showcase the path you can follow in order to become a successful travel blogger too. I hope their words inspire you. The post is long and full of practical advice so let’s get started.

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WordPress SEO: How to rank your blog posts on the first page of Google

I'll show you how to search engine optimize your blog and rank your content on top of Google

This is the beginner’s guide to WordPress blog SEO. You’ll love seeing your content rank on top of Google’s search and having more people discover your blog in search engines.

Search is the king of free and organic traffic. Unlike social media, you don’t need to spend money to promote your content. Search helps get your content discovered by real people that care about it and that need it at the time of the search. Here’s how your WordPress blog content can rank higher on Google.

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3 quick ways to come up with a memorable name for your site

This guide has all the inspiration you need on how to name your blog.

How to come up with a blog name that attracts visitors, that’s unforgettable, and projects the message you want to convey?

Choosing a memorable blog name and domain name is one of the biggest challenges when starting a blog. You’ll love this guide as it breaks down this roadblock and makes the process much easier. Let’s dive right in.

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60+ best WordPress plugins to enhance your site

Plugins I recommend for your WordPress blog

In this post, you’ll learn what you need to know about WordPress plugins and you’ll get a list of the best WordPress plugins to install on your blog.

WordPress plugins are like browser extensions. You can use them to improve the look and feel of your design or to add new features or functionality. There’s a WordPress plugin for anything.

Activating a handful of essential plugins is one of the first things I do after I make a blog. Over the years, I’ve tested many plugins and this is my guide to the best WordPress plugins.

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What is a blog? A guide to the blogging history and the key definitions

What is a blog?

Blogs are now mainstream. You’re most probably reading blog posts every day even though you may not realize you are on a blog.

Features that blogs introduced to the web are now integrated into pretty much every website that you visit. But what is a blog? You are reading a blog post right now. This post is an example of a blog. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the blog definition and the history of blogging.

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How to get more people to write genuine comments on your blog posts

Here's how you can take command of your blog's comment section, get more real comments, eliminate all the spam, and encourage more visitors to post genuine opinions that add value to the conversation.

This is your guide to blog comments. Whether you want to learn how to get people to comment on your posts or if you’re annoyed by all the spam you get and you want to get better control.

You’ll take command of your comment section, eliminate all the spam, and encourage visitors to post genuine comments that add value to the conversation.

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How to discover blog post ideas and find things to write about

You cannot afford to sit and wait for inspiration to strike.

“What should I write about on my blog?” and “How do I find great blog post ideas?” are two things every blogger struggles with at some point or another after making a blog.

You cannot afford to sit and wait for inspiration to strike. Use the tips from this guide to find blog post ideas and blast away at a new blog post with a sense of purpose. They will get you into the writing zone and you will not get stuck for ideas to write about.

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Blogging FAQ: Everything you need to know

This is my content marketing, social media and blogging FAQ.

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about blogging and publishing content online.

For people starting out, there are so many new things to do and be aware of, that it’s difficult to get it right first time around. Here’s the blogging FAQ.

This is why asking questions, looking for examples and learning from people who have been there and done that makes sense at this stage.

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8 lessons since I quit my job to become a digital nomad

Lessons Learned In The Year Since I Quit My Job To Become A Digital Nomad

These are the lessons learned since I officially left my job and departed from the corporate world. October 29th 2014 was my last day at the public-listed company where I worked for seven years since graduating from university.

A lot of fun, travel and hard work with many interesting people, but after all the years I craved some exploration and felt the time was right to get away from the clock and my comfort zone. The day after my last day in the office I had a big clean out of my apartment in the city which was my home for the previous eight years, and on 31st October I was officially nomadic.

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How to make your cryptocurrency marketing campaign a success

This post is your guide on how to run an online marketing campaign for your cryptocurrency startup.

Crypto is eating the world. Cryptocurrency and blockchain based startups have exploded in visibility and are all the rage. Here’s how to make your cryptocurrency marketing campaign a success.

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) funding for startups has exceeded the more traditional venture funding, has leveled the playing field and is an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs. Now anyone, anywhere in the world with the idea that people believe in can fund their business with a crowdsale.

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10 startup marketing lessons from 1,000 days at a SaaS

I just finished a three-year experience of doing marketing in a venture-funded SaaS startup so wanted to share my lessons.

I recently finished a three-year experience of doing marketing for a venture-funded startup in the social media analytics industry. These are the startup marketing lessons I’ve learned.

It’s a hyper-competitive world where only the top player (or maybe if lucky the top 2 or 3) get all the value. You must grow fast or die a slow death. The pressure is on to get people excited to talk about your product, visit your site and convert into a paying customer.

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Why Basecamp runs three different versions of their software

Jason Fried and DHH are the true contrarians in the world of entrepreneurship.

The thoughts they share on Twitter, in their blog posts and their books make people think. Other founders think “I wish I could run a company like that” and their employees think “I want to work for Basecamp”.

I’ve been a follower of their work for years and the latest book, “It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work“, is another hit. Pretty much every chapter in this book goes against the best practices and the common way of running a business.

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