Warning: The Shocking Truth about 1WD Behind the Scenes Unveiled

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We have gone through so many changes and now I feel really bad about not letting you know the details sooner! 1WD has been struggling a lot lately and that’s why we are busy reorganizing the site, taking a leap of faith and hoping that after all the changes we’ll come out better than we are now. Now you’ll get a peek behind the scenes of 1WD!

In this post I will explain what has happened behind the scenes for the last three months and what we are working on now.  We really believe that by narrowing our focus, working on our own products, and really listening to your feedback, we will make everyone love this design blog!

You know how I like to share what I’ll be covering before I start? Here are the things I’ll be covering throughout this article:

  • Survey results where we got more than 1,000 responses
  • Slap from Google and the actions we took to recover and improve the reading experience
  • Changing host in process
  • Completely finishing 1WD redesign, call for feedback!
  • 1WD Ebook launch summary
  • 1WD Labzip product, learn what it is all about
  • FounderTips website for web design marketing advice
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Annual Design Awards 2012 Now Open For Entries

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This is a release from Annual Design Awards, an organization aimed towards discovering and recognizing outstanding individuals who have proven themselves within the Design Industry.

Do you want to get your hands on over 30,000 Pounds of prizes while displaying your design skills? Join now and help spread the word!

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Revised Google SEO Guide 2012 Edition: Big Changes in Algorithm

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Everybody is buzzing all around now, how latest changes Google did affected their search traffic greatly! Chances are if you monitor your own properties on Google Analytics, you will see significant drop in your traffic in March!

1WD was seriously affected as well from March 20! Besides Google Panda release, there were 2 rounds of changes Google did, hurting almost every site search traffic:

• Panda 3.3 – Search quality highlights: 40 changes for February
• Panda 3.4 on March 23 – Search quality highlights: 50 changes for March

So what exactly do these changes mean? Do you need to be worried and what can you do to be prepared and be more likable in Google’s eyes?

In this Google SEO guide I will show you the behind the scenes on how 1WD was affected, explain how to monitor your traffic better and how to be more prepared in the future. A lot of websites were hit hard, even high authority websites. We always have been focusing on high quality content here, never used spammy link building techniques and we believe our social presence is very strong as well.

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Facebook Buys Instagram. How Will Microsoft React?

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Instagram is a free photo editing and sharing application which was launched in October 2010. It allows its users to take photos and apply one of the many digital filters available, then share it on social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. When the application was launched, it was only available for Apple mobile users (iPod, iPhone, iPad) but in April 2012 they made it available for Android as well. The application is being distributed for free via App Store and Google Play. Because of the application’s popularity, many social networks made modifications and tweaks on their websites for Instagram users because only after one year of existence, Instagram had 10 million users already.

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Google+ Gets a Make-over: Will it Become the Apex Social Network?

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Ever since its inception, Google+ has had its share of (rightfully deserved) attention. Hailed as the Grim Reaper for the likes of Facebook by some, and another (soon-to-be-abandoned) experiment like Google Buzz by others, G+ has always been in the spotlight, ever since day one of its existence.

Now, loving (or hating) a particular social service depends on personal preferences. However, that does not mean we can take the goodness that G+ brings to the table, away from it. Recently, Google+ has undergone a massive revamp, facelift, redesign. Here at 1WD, even though we aren’t generally intrigued enough to denote an entire article to a particular website’s redesign, with the level of attention that G+ tends to receive, it makes sense to take a deeper look at it.

However, before we take a look at the new G+, let us first spend some time discussing the old one. As most of you must’ve seen, earlier, G+ was divided into three columns – and a horizontal bar on top for search, profile, etc. Clean, simple, minimal – and so on. Truth be told, the old Google+ reminded us of Facebook’s layout, of course without the blue color.

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ACTA: The Global Attempt At Anti-Piracy

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Today it is not a common occurrence to have powerful nations across the globe to act on a single issue, outside of war and relief for a tragedy stricken country of course. However, there seems to be a need to add countering counterfeiting goods and enforcing copyrights online of course. This past month there was nothing more popular Stateside on the net than SOPA and PIPA. These bills were of course met with a great backlash to the U.S. House and Senate, even more so for those that originally proposed them. However, it is quite troubling to find out that these bills are actually just a small fraction of the global government attempt at stopping online piracy. Well since the introduction is over, let’s put no more time rambling in the introduction. The point of the article is ACTA(Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), and by the end hopefully you will be more informed on this matter.

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Eenox: Design HTML5 Websites for Desktop and Mobile without Coding

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The death of Adobe Flash for mobile was not shocking news for the majority of its proponents, we all saw it coming. With that, HTML5 will definitely gain control of both mobile and desktop websites in a few years. Right now there are a lot of HTML5 template generators, making it easy for designers and developers to create an HTML5 website.

A French startup, Eenox, has developed a platform to help create dynamic HTML5 websites without writing a single line of code. If you are familiar with Wix, a Flash website builder with drag-and-drop features, it basically works the same.

Eenox is an application that you can use right in your browser. Designing an application/website is easy. It is literally a drag-and-drop, draw and place, kind of application.

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An Interesting Debate on Browsers

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Browser Wars. That is one boring discussion. Isn’t it? IE lovers (if they exist) will ignore such discussions because they continue to favor IE (for reasons unknown) till death do them apart. Firefox users will always have something which will give Firefox an edge when compared to Chrome. Lastly, Chrome lovers will continue to love Chrome no matter what. But, this discussion isn’t about IE, Firefox or Google Chrome (not even Safari). It isn’t about their features. It isn’t about how they perform and how (dis)honestly were they coded. This discussion is about something totally different. It is about surrendering to the ever-changing browsers or give up supporting them. It is about two different schools of thought, those that believe the browsers should change, and those that believe the users should. It was sparked by interesting discussion between Aral and John.

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Current Trends in Social News Website Design

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Trends don’t happen overnight. It is the gradual process of change in an industry that initiates new trends silently. We might not notice the “new” trends in an industry unless they actually become new trends. I covered the trends behind hotel web designs just because I could see a pattern emerging amongst all the well known hotel web designs. Nowadays, community based news sites have become very common. Such sites push the end user to share news and vote for news articles that are worth it. Digg lost its fan following but Reddit is still killing it. Somehow such news based community websites have followed a set pattern which has always been the success formula. This discussion will focus on such trends that have kept the community based news sharing websites going since a long period.

From The Archives - While you are here, don’t forget to check 45 Best Social News Websites To Garner More Traffic that we did on 1WD a long time back. Most of them are still as effective now as they were back then.

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How the Landscape of Affiliate Marketing Has Changed and What to Do About It

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If you’ve been an affiliate marketer you have probably noticed a few major changes in the past couple of years. Many affiliate marketers have watched their earnings tumble due to a couple of major changes. Here is what you need to know if you are going to keep running an affiliate marketing business this year.

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