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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After using Macs for about fifteen years, I switched to Linux as my main operating system in July of 2018 and I’m enjoying it. Here’s an introduction to Linux that may help you if you too are looking for a change.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The web, if it were a country, would be one of the largest carbon emitters in the world. In this guide, I’ll share the best practices on how to speed up WordPress and do your part for a greener and more eco-friendly web.
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.
WordPress was born in 2003 and is the most popular content publishing platform. It’s the backbone of the web. Here’s how to install WordPress and start your own site in 10 minutes without any tech know-how or prior experience.
This guide featuressimple security measures you can implement to secure your WordPress site, prevent hacking attacks and keep your content safe. I’ll include the best WordPress security solutions and precautions in this post. If you follow them, you’ll be sleeping safely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this guide, I’ll show you how to promote your blog and get traffic. Starting a blog is easy compared to getting people’s attention, promoting content and increasing blog traffic. Here’s what you need to know to promote your blog content and drive traffic.
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.
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.
These are the best WordPress themes you can use to make your blog beautiful today. All of these WordPress themes are completely free to use. This list includes all the most downloaded themes and those with most currently active installations. Let’s get started.
Today I’ll show youhow to move your blog from Blogger to WordPress without losing any content, search engine rankings, visitors and subscribers. It all can be done without using a premium migration service. It’s simple with my step-by-step instructions. Let’s dive right in.
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.
This article is a one stop shop for your WordPress HTML codes. Here’s the list of WordPress HTML tags and codes most commonly used to create content. Save the list and use it as your reference when composing your WordPress blog posts and pages.
“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.
In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about guest blogging. From identifying sites to guest post on to making a successful outreach pitch. We’ll look into whether you should consider accepting guest posts on your blog too. Let’s get started.
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.
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.
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.
There’s a huge amount of data about your competitors available to you. The same data is available about you to your competitors. All this competitive intelligence exists now and is likely used against you in some shape or form.
And this knowledge is power. Especially in the hyper-competitive SaaS startup industry.
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.