How to use the Google Shortener API

The Google url shortener allows you to take a long url and convert it into a shorter one. This is really useful when you have a url with a really long query string that you need to send to someone, or when you have a character restriction, for example when using Twitter. Google also provide an API for their shortener so that you can integrate this with your web applications, this post takes a look at how you can implement this.

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Stop Google from indexing a page

Stopping Google from indexing one of your pages is simple using either the meta tag or robots.txt file.

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Protect your email address from spam bots

Adding your email address to one of your web pages makes it easy for spam bots to pick up that address and, well, spam you. In this code snippet we'll look at converting each character to its ASCII equivalent so that bots can't read it, but to your visitors it looks exactly the same.


How much does Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) cost?

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides an online repository for files, all running on the same infrastructure that Amazon uses to run it's own network of sites. Files can just be stored or made available on a url to download. This makes it great for anything from backing up all your photos and documents to serving up media files on your web site. In this post we'll look at the benefits and costs of using Amazon S3.


Protecting your email account from being hacked

What happens when someone steals your password and gains access to your email address? Hacked email accounts and identity theft are all too common these days, and being a victim can cause you all sorts of problems. This article looks at some steps you can take to protect yourself.


Google's Two factor Authentication

Keep your Google account safe with their two step verification process. This article looks at what it is and how to set it up.


Google shared endorsements using your credibility to promote products

This month Google rolled out 'shared endorsements', the concept of using your credibility to market products to your friends. The concept is that Google helps your friends make more informed decisions by displaying your reviews and recommendations against products and services shown in search results. What information will Google actually use, how will they use it, and how you can opt out if it isn't for you?


Ignore your IP address in Google Analytics

Repeatedly accessing your own web site can skew your analytics statistics, especially for new sites where the traffic may still be low. This post gives you a step-by-step guide to blocking an IP address in Google analytics to ignore certain users.

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