Do Search Engines Recognize META refresh as a 301 redirect?

This thread seems to think so!  Therefore, I intend to implement a meta refresh of zero seconds on at least some of the pages of this blog, in order to test the theory and to ultimately move this blog, meager traffic and all, to its new domain which I mentioned a few days ago.

Typepad Support assured me that just by setting up and activating the new domain here at Typepad, search engines would recognize the new domain and it would start ranking, but I am not so sure it's that easy. So what if the site begins responding to DNS in a new way? The search engines will likely see this as duplicate content.

If this meta refresh approach works, perhaps I can keep a little bit of traffic while moving to the new domain. Unfortunately, this blog would probably have to have the second (target) set of files living on another Typepad instance or on another host entirely to prevent a circular redirect.

Doing so on a sitewide basis will only require a quick template change.... I may need to sleep on this as it's a pretty big step, yet it will be very interesting to see if the engines really do look at meta refreshing as the same as a 301 redirect.

Posted on February 12, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Connect 2400 is Moving...

A quick announcement - this blog is moving! I found a couple of minutes to set it up as a subdirectory on my personal domain. Hopefully as a result of this move, I will be able to give the blog more of the attention it needs. I'm leaving it hosted on Typepad for the time being, so as to maintain traffic, so the new domain is simply pointing to this location. Once I've worked out all the details, I may move the entire blog to another host. I'm undecided on that aspect for now because there are many considerations to take into account such as broken links and search engine traffic.

The new home will ultimately be

The blog will respond at that address now, so please update any links in anticipation of Connect 2400's internal linking being updated.

Posted on February 5, 2008 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

ThinkFree Office Write - Post to Typepad?

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Testing the ThinkFree blog integration. It looks like this will be posting the Write doc as an attachment, not really what I had in mind, as in using ThinkFree as the editor. More testing is in order.

Posted on February 25, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Performancing - New Group Weblog for Pro Bloggers

I'm far from being a pro blogger and I don't play one on TV as I have a day job that I'm very happy with, but this new  site is going right into my RSS list:

Straight from the horse's mouth: is a group weblog written by professional bloggers, for professional bloggers. The emphasis at Performancing is commercial blogging.

Launched by  Nick Wilson of Threadwatch and Patrick Gavin of Text Link Ads Inc., Performancing was launched already loaded up with content (there's a meta-hint for pro blogging right there, I'm sure) and it's very promising. I find that Threadwatch is a singularly indispensable site to keep up with technology and marketing; I have no doubts that this will come into the top ranking as well.

Posted on November 8, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

SixApart Announces Social Blogging Features in 2006

Just got an interesting announcement email from SixApart. They are developing a comprehensive upgrade to the Typepad service, to be launched in 2006, which appears to be centered around adding social features.

From the announcement:

Community Aggregation: Gives you the ability to create individual blogs and share sections of them with other users in an elegant and customizable way.

Multiple Streams: Provides a single place to keep everything that is important to you. A record of your life is created by incorporating streams from various media, like music, photos, videos and other blogs into a single customized blog with an identity of its own.

From this language, it seems like they are going to be using more RSS technology, along with some kind of content management and aggregation features. Additional information gleaned from their site alludes to their learnings from LiveJournal and will include permissions-based content management of some sort.

I've always wanted some aggregation features built into Typepad. It would be nice to be able to hit your own site, see outside content that perhaps you want to comment upon, and begin writing. So your site becomes more than a publishing medium; it's a resource for yourself. Kind of like what's going on with the Backpack site.

Posted on September 23, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack