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Wine and Sesame Streetablegrapeberternie

Sun, 24 Apr 2011 21:34:44 +0000

Look carefully at the bling in the zoom of this cover photo. Just one question: is that a tastevin that Bert is wearing? Sort of remakes my idea of Sesame Street. (Photo from the cover of “Sesame Street Fever,” 1978). Advertisements(image)

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Search Engine Optimization for Wine Writers and Wineriesablegrape

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:08:54 +0000

In building Able Grape I’ve looked at some 20,000 of the more than 50,000 sites we index. From the point of view of “search friendliness” I’ve seen all kinds of designs, good and bad, and every flavor of mistake imaginable. I really, really want people to be able to find great wine information on the […](image)

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Able Grape West Coast Conference Tourablegrapeboston park in wintersunny day in park

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 19:54:28 +0000

Boston has been beautiful this winter, my first “real” winter in 25 years. No doubt this was in part because I didn’t bring my car, and thus missed out on the dubious daily pleasure of digging one’s car out of a snowdrift, or fighting for the parking spot one has just cleared. But mostly it’s […](image)

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A little Tuesday funablegrapeAble Grape Wordle

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 19:47:28 +0000

Almost every day as I work on Able Grape I look at hundreds or thousands of queries to try to understand how people are using the search engine and how I can make it better. Today, on a lark, I took about ten thousand recent queries and put them through Jonathan Feinberg’s excellent Wordle tool […](image)

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Able Grape Update is now Live!ablegrapewachau

Tue, 02 Nov 2010 23:19:41 +0000

I’m very excited to announce that after months of work, Able Grape‘s first major update in a year went live last week at the European Wine Bloggers Conference in Vienna (whence comes the picture of the beautiful Wachau, at left). Though the site looks the same (for the moment!), behind the scenes there are many, […](image)

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Can you hear the banging and clanking?ablegrape

Sat, 24 Jul 2010 18:48:58 +0000

You may have noticed that Able Grape has gone a few months without any significant changes. That’s because I was off working with the fine folks at Twitter building some new search technology. During that time, of course, the wine world has changed quite a bit, meaning that sometimes Able Grape has had missing or […](image)

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Optimizing your Blog or Winery Website: WBC 2009 Presentationablegrape

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 22:14:51 +0000

Thanks to the many of you who attended my talk on search engine optimization at the 2009 Wine Bloggers’ Conference, in Sonoma. As promised, here are the slides from that talk. For those of you who weren’t there, I presented my view of search engine optimization (SEO), which I prefer to call “Search-Friendliness.” I talk […](image)

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Happy Canada Dayablegrapemaple_syrup

Wed, 01 Jul 2009 16:40:45 +0000

Happy Canada Day! A big thanks to Able Grape’s significant community of Canadian users, who have been dedicated supporters of our project. We really appreciate it. For fun, a few links to Canadian wine resources, and related viticultural topics, on Able Grape. They’ll open in a separate window – please try them! As always, we […](image)

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Able Grape Is Not Googleablegrapeduvernay

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:56:44 +0000

Pardon the silly title, but with all the buzz on Bing (“Bing Is Not Google”) I just couldn’t help myself. And please, no silly questions about whether or not I’m going to change Able Grape‘s name to “Aging…” It’s been unbelievably busy here at Able Grape central, and I’ve been quite remiss on my blogging. […](image)

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Come see us at Wine 2.0 this Thursdayablegrape

Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:12:35 +0000

Able Grape is excited to be demoing our search engine for trustworthy, in-depth wine information this Thursday at Wine 2.0 in San Francisco, hosted by the fine folks at Crushpad. Want to learn more about Able Grape? Want to learn secret tips and tricks for finding great, in-depth online wine information? Have feedback or suggestions […](image)

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