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Launch of Shane McDonald PhotoBlog

Launch of Shane McDonald PhotoBlog

I have just launched a Photography Blog, I decided that although I use Flickr and Picasa for storing photos, I wanted something extra for displaying photos and discussing everything to do with Photography.

The link is PhotoBlog Photo Blog (screenshot)

Is it PhotoBlog or Photo Blog?

When doing my research I was curious to the naming – is it “Photo Blog” or “PhotoBlog”. Using Google Insights for Search and Google Trends I was able to see which was most used.

It turns out that PhotoBlog is a growing search term which is 2 or 3 times more popular than “Photo Blog”.

If you are doing SEO work and you have a photo blog then this information might be useful. The Google trends system is a great way to find out which term is more widely used and also if terms are growing or declining in search.

Hope you enjoy my site – still only a few posts on it but I hope to have at least 15 posts by the end of the year, – Site Design Updated – Site Design Updated

After about 2 years of the same design the Site Design has been Updated. I have decided to update the design of the website to reflect a better and more up to date design.

New Design

New Design

I have used the design of the Blog (iTheme), as a basis for the design and have opted for a more CSS styled website.
There are still a few design bugs, some optimisations not yet done but the hard work of doing the transition has been done.

Using the Server Side Inicludes the transition to the new design only took about 9 minutes for the whole website.

Hard to believe the site is going nearly 10 years now and averaging about 1,900 visitors per day and about 4,500 page views daily. It still doesn’t come close to the 35,000 visitors per day which got at its peak.

There is also a small widget on the bottom of the site to help with social media, search, twittering, rss feeds, site translations etc.

Relaunch of

The website which I ran from 1999-2008 is back up and running…  in some form at least.

No longer the alumni site it once was … thanks to Linked In and Facebook it died a death over a few years. Now I am running a blog style site with humour jokes and the content which made it so popular.

At one stage in 2008 I got 102,000 visitors over a 3 day period, then some hacker placed some SQL injected code and the site was removed from the Google index. So when I saw this happening I decided to pull the site and do a clean down of the content – as it was beginning to get hard to maintain etc.

So if you want to take a look – visit