I use LinkedIn quite a bit and would like to have the LinkedIn search box on my own Web page rather than having to go to their site to do searches. Doable?
Well, thereâs the easy part and the hard part. The easy part is to have a search box on your page that lets you enter a pattern and take you to LinkedIn to have the results displayed. The really hard part would be to duplicate all the suggestions that naturally show up as youâre typing in a search on an actual LinkedIn page. That involves some fancy programming, both on the display side and behind the scenes.
I have a new HP Elitepad running Windows 8.1 and itâs great, but I canât figure out how to switch my default Web browser back to Internet Explorer 11 from Chrome?
One of the big things to get used to with Windows 8 is that the search feature is now super useful (curiously, that same change in user behavior is also true for the next version of Mac OS X Yosemite, with its beefed up Spotlight feature). One big reason for this is because help information is now included in the search results so your query for âdefault programâ can now match a tutorial on how to set your default program, not just look for files with a matching name.
Since there has been a lot of talk and controversy in the SEO communityÂ about guest blogging, and howÂ guest blogging is either dead orÂ not dead, a lot of people have been looking for other platforms where they can post their articles. Well, now there is a great new platform (site) where you can post article: LinkedIn.
I just posted a link to a particularly good blog post onÂ myÂ Facebook page and someone said that my permalink URLs, that are of the form â?p=39âł, are bad. Whatâs wrong with them and how do I fix it in WordPress?
I donât know if I agree that your permalinks are âbadâ, per se, but I will agree with them that the link is suboptimal.
Thatâs a smart and timely question because of two factors: first, as you likely known, Windows XP is dead. Microsoft is no longer supporting theÂ operating system, no longer releasing system patches, etc. Time to upgrade because of the second reason this is a good question:Â hackers have figured out an exploit in the Flash system within MicrosoftÂ Internet Explorer and itâs dangerous for all Windows users, but especially dangerous for people running WinXP.
Well, thereâs a little bit of HTML coding involved, but yes, you can definitely add a search box toÂ yourÂ site, though it wonât have all the fancy bells and whistles (read âsuggested searchesâ) that youâd see on theÂ home page of theÂ Etsy site, because thatâs a considerably more complicated coding task.
Thing is, most searchÂ systems onÂ sites are really easy to duplicate because they use the same âmethod=GETâ style ofÂ query, so you donât even need to look at theÂ sourceÂ code to the page to know how itâs done. You can tell because, as weâll see in a moment, the URL of the search results page includes your actual search pattern as one of the variables.
But letâs start at the beginning with the Etsy search box itself.
Go on the site and youâll see this along the top:
Type in a search term and press âSearchâ.
Now in theÂ addressÂ bar of your Web browser youâll see a URL like this one I got for a search for ânose ringâ:
Why ânose ringâ? Why not?Â
Looking closely at the URL and armed with the knowledge that everything after the â?â are name=value arguments, we can disassemble the search into:
Those are theÂ defaultÂ values, a gallery view and vendors that ship to the US.
With a tiny bit of experimentation, it becomes clear that the view_type and ship_to values are unneeded and that the URL below produces exactly the same search results:
This means that in the language of HTML, we have the followingÂ simple form:
<input type=âtextâ name=âqâ />
<input type=âsubmitâ value=âsearch Etsyâ />
Simple enough, and if you look, you can see how the âqâ shows up as the search variable name and the Etsy search URL shows up as the action in the form tag.
Hereâs how it looks:
Try it, though you might search for something other than nose rings.
So thatâs it. Simply copy and paste the above code and add it to your site. There are, of course, a zillion different ways you can tweak and tune the search box, particularly using CSS, but thatâs your functional starting point and Iâll let you experiment from this point.
I heard that LinkedIn is letting certain members post articles on their profiles through a blog tool called âPostâ. Cool. I want in. How do I get started?
I had read about the Post tool on LinkedIn a few weeks ago, but it took a while until one day when I went to check on my LinkedIn account status and got a notification that I was hooked up and ready to go, able to access the Post tools. If you donât get the notification, the way you can tell that LinkedIn blogging tool is available to you is by looking for the little pencil icon on the status update entry box.
But letâs back up a second. The system, formally called Publishing Power, started as âinfluencer postsâ and has actually been available for a while on LinkedIn, but only for a few hundred top executives and celebrities. So why open it up? I think itâs best answered from aÂ Mashable quote: LinkedIn staffer Ryan Roslansky explained thatÂ âthe more content we have, the more content thatâs going to be consumed.â Content. More content. BecauseÂ theÂ Internet needs more stuff.Â
The tool itself is fairly rudimentary, about the same level of sophistication as the built-in editing tools in WordPress.
To demonstrate, hereâs what my LinkedIn status box now looks like:
Youâre used to seeing the paperclip, but the pencil icon is new. If you have it, you have access to Publishing Power / Post.
Click on it instead of entering a status update, and a clean, uncluttered edit window appears:
With the magic of superfast typing, Iâll enter a title and a few paragraphs of text:
To add a graphic â always a good idea when youâre writing online! â move theÂ insert cursor to the desired spot (in this case, Iâll place it just before the first word in the prose) and click on the camera icon in the very right of the toolbar.
A windowÂ popsÂ up:
Pretty easy from here, click on âChoose Fileâ to pick anÂ imageÂ file on your computer, then click âSubmitâ to upload it.
Note that there are no image resize tools I could find in the Publishing Power system, so youâll probably want to resize the image on your computer before you upload it.
Once included, it looks like this:
The image is still a bit big for the piece, but Iâm going to ignore that problem and proceed.
LinkedIn recommends youÂ preview your article to ensure itâs ready to go, a good idea, so click on âPreviewâ to clean up any layout issues. Then click âPublishâ to proceed.
You sure about that?
Since the tiny Twitter box was checked in the edit window, the next thing that happens is that a tweet box appears, pre-filled with a shortened URL and all:
Looks good? Click on âTweetâ or just close the window if youâve decided you donât want to share this missive with your loyal Twitter following. Either way, done.
Now on your profile and for those who follow you, hereâs the snippet theyâll see:
Notice it did a niceÂ job scaling the image down and producing an attractive summary, etc. Nice.
Now letâs see if itâs worth the time to publish exclusively on LinkedInâŠ