Tech finds of the week: Advice on SEO; tools for research and data viz

No one truly has a secret formula for search engine optimization. There are some logical things you can do to make sure a site gets noticed and indexed properly, though. These three articles provide checklists for things to think about with SEO. Via a larger list from Smashing Magazine, “45 Incredibly Useful Web Design Checklists and Questionnaires.”

Common Sense SEO Checklist

The Ultimate SEO Checklist

Google Ranking Factors — SEO Checklist




An experimental project from the New York Times that allows users of to delve deeper into the subject of a story, helping them find related articles from the Times.


Charts and graphs


A new data visualization tool that describes itself as a “browser-based platform for exploring data and creating charts.” It promises to help you create graphs and charts by dragging and dropping labeled boxes representing data. It’s still under development and is available by invitation only. You can request an invitation and, the site says, “we’ll let you know as soon as we’re ready.” Via @visualisingdata.


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Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas.
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