Month: August 2019

Top 6 Global Fintech Trends of 2019

Originally posted on http://blog.ionixxtech.com/top-6-global-fintech-trends-of-2019/

 

While the entire fintech industry is usually less understood by most consumers, it is quite an achievement that fintech companies raised $40 billion in 2018. If there was one trend in the last year, it’s been growth. Considering that the industry is showing exponential patterns of growth, it is important that consumers are always on the lookout for the latest developments.

Here are six global trends to watch out for!

1. Traditional Banks Are Reinventing Themselves

While banks and fintech startups once had an adversarial relationship and then a collaborative one, now banks are doing their own fintech work. Banks have implemented robo advisors to help clients dealing with their financial needs.

In this way, banks are disrupting their own systems and upsetting digital retail banking from within.

2. Niche Services Are No More

Niche service providers were once creating content for one specific service and becoming the best at doing what they do. However, as traditional banks have acquired startups and companies that do things they can’t do, fintech companies are starting to expand.

Fintech companies are “rebundling” services together. They’re enriching their companies by offering more and more services. By becoming more robust service providers, they’re able to attract more customers, creating a rivalry with banks.

3. Blockchain Unbound From Cryptocurrency

While most people associate blockchain technology with cryptocurrency, the two are now of on their own paths. Bitcoin and blockchain were tethered together because one had no purpose without the other. However, as more applications for blockchain have been found, it’s now infiltrated fintech.

Fintech companies appreciate the independence and accountability that blockchain offers. Customers also appreciate the security and transferability of the system.

4. Big Tech is Taking Fintech Global

Whether via Amazon, Chinese firm Ant Financial, or other global giants, fintech is finding a home just about everywhere. All of these companies are finding ways to go around credit card and other financial processors. By developing financial technology on-site, they can save money and customize their solutions.

Amazon has even Amazon Lender that lets platform sellers take out $1 billion a year. Soon there won’t be much of a line between financial firms and tech firms.

5. Financial Regulations Have Unique Solutions

The newest arm of the fintech movement is “regtech”. By focusing on financial regulations, regtech companies can help companies getting into fintech to understand and navigate the regulations.

Financial inclusion is important and breaking barriers is a service that regtech companies are able to provide like no other.

6. New Regulatory Bodies Are Mushrooming

Countries like China and South Korea are ahead of the curve by creating their own regulations on fintech companies. By regulating cryptocurrency and ICOs, they’re able to engage with fintech on their own terms.

It’s a race to the finish line to find out who can be the country to bolster growth while also keeping themselves from being under regulated.

Fintech Trends Are Hard to Predict

Figuring out what the fintech trends for 2019 are going to be, requires keeping an eye on the global market. While it seemed like a niche interest a year ago, the numbers don’t lie.

Before investing in fintech, check out our guide to the biggest fintech companies in America and what makes them tick.

Django security releases issued: 2.2.4, 2.1.11 and 1.11.23

In accordance with our security release policy, the Django team is issuing Django 1.11.23, Django 2.1.11, and Django 2.2.4. These releases addresses the security issues detailed below. We encourage all users of Django to upgrade as soon as possible.

Thanks Guido Vranken and Sage M. Abdullah for reporting these issues.

CVE-2019-14232: Denial-of-service possibility in django.utils.text.Truncator

If django.utils.text.Truncator‘s chars() and words() methods
were passed the html=True argument, they were extremely slow to evaluate
certain inputs due to a catastrophic backtracking vulnerability in a regular
expression. The chars() and words() methods are used to implement the
truncatechars_html and truncatewords_html template
filters, which were thus vulnerable.

The regular expressions used by Truncator have been simplified in order to
avoid potential backtracking issues. As a consequence, trailing punctuation may
now at times be included in the truncated output.

CVE-2019-14233: Denial-of-service possibility in strip_tags()

Due to the behavior of the underlying HTMLParser,
django.utils.html.strip_tags() would be extremely slow to evaluate
certain inputs containing large sequences of nested incomplete HTML entities.
The strip_tags() method is used to implement the corresponding
striptags template filter, which was thus also vulnerable.

strip_tags() now avoids recursive calls to HTMLParser when progress
removing tags, but necessarily incomplete HTML entities, stops being made.

Remember that absolutely NO guarantee is provided about the results of
strip_tags() being HTML safe. So NEVER mark safe the result of a
strip_tags() call without escaping it first, for example with
django.utils.html.escape().

CVE-2019-14234: SQL injection possibility in key and index lookups for JSONField/HStoreField

Key and index lookups for
django.contrib.postgres.fields.JSONField and key lookups for django.contrib.postgres.fields.HStoreField
were subject to SQL injection, using a suitably crafted dictionary, with
dictionary expansion, as the **kwargs passed to QuerySet.filter().

CVE-2019-14235: Potential memory exhaustion in django.utils.encoding.uri_to_iri()

If passed certain inputs, django.utils.encoding.uri_to_iri could lead
to significant memory usage due to excessive recursion when re-percent-encoding
invalid UTF-8 octet sequences.

uri_to_iri() now avoids recursion when re-percent-encoding invalid UTF-8
octet sequences.

Affected supported versions

  • Django master development branch
  • Django 2.2 before version 2.2.4
  • Django 2.1 before version 2.1.11
  • Django 1.11 before version 1.11.23

Resolution

Patches to resolve the issue have been applied to Django’s master branch and
the 2.2, 2.1, and 1.11 release branches. The patches may be obtained from the following changesets:

On the development master branch:

On the Django 2.2 release branch:

On the Django 2.1 release branch:

On the Django 1.11 release branch:

The following releases have been issued:

The PGP key ID used for this release is Carlton Gibson: E17DF5C82B4F9D00

General notes regarding security reporting

As always, we ask that potential security issues be reported via
private email to security@djangoproject.com, and not via Django’s
Trac instance, Django’s GitHub repositories, or the django-developers list.
Please see our security policies
for further information.

Data Story: Shark Attacks Rise as Humans Increasingly Impact Oceans

Data Story: Shark Attacks Rise as Humans Increasingly Impact Oceans

shark attacks

Originally posted on https://www.dataquest.io/blog/shark-attack-data-rise-humans-impact-oceans/

 

An analysis of over a century of reported shark attack data shows that attacks are on the rise. But it also offers some hints at the reason why: increasing human influence and interference in the oceans.

Reported shark attacks since 1970.

Shark attacks are on the rise in general, and provoked attacks — incidents in which a shark was confronted with some sort of human interference — are on the rise as well.

The pattern of attacks is also changing. For example, attacks involving tiger sharks and bull sharks — two of the most aggressive species — seem to be moving northward as climate change warms ocean waters. Below, we can see that the percentage of yearly attacks occurring north of the latitude 32 line (blue) appears to be on the rise for both species.

tiger-shark-attack-databull-shark-attack-data

Collectively, tiger and bull sharks account for roughly half of all reported shark attacks in most years. And the rise in more northern attacks by these species reinforces what marine biologists have already observed. Bull sharks, for example are mating further north in response to warming waters. Many other shark species have shown similar movement patterns.

Our analysis did not find any significant change in the number of “northern” shark attacks involving white sharks (including the famed great white). But there’s an interesting biological reason why white sharks might not be moving north in response to rising water temperatures when other species apparently are.

Most sharks, including tiger sharks and bull sharks are cold blooded (ectothermic), which means that their body temperature matches the water around them. Because of this, they may be particularly sensitive to changing water temperatures. White sharks, on the other hand, are warm blooded (endothermic), and thus may be less likely to alter their behavior based on ambient water temperature changes.

Since most sharks are cold blooded, though, the data suggests that as ocean temperatures rise, swimmers, surfers, and boaters in more northern climates can probably expect an increase in the number of sharks — and consequently the number of shark attacks — in their seas.

Of course, it’s worth remembering that shark attacks are still tremendously rare. You are far more likely to be struck by lighting, for example, than attacked by a shark. Fatal incidents are rarer still. The data set we analyzed, which contains data on more than 6,000 human-reported shark attack incidents, includes just a few reported fatalities each year. Given that humans reportedly kill about 100 million sharks per year, it’s pretty clear that sharks have more to fear from us than we from them.

Still, if you want to minimize your chances of bumping into a shark, the data suggest you should put your surfboard in storage. Surfing has been the single activity most associated with shark attacks every year since 1980. Swimming and fishing are the second- and third-most common activities associated with reported shark attacks, respectively.

shark attack data by activity

However, surfing and fishing shark attacks were quite unlikely to be fatal. Swimming, bathing, and various diving activities (diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, spearfishing, etc.) had a significantly higher percentage of fatal attacks.

shark in the water sign

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Data Story: Shark Attacks Rise as Humans Increasingly Impact Oceans

Data Story: Shark Attacks Rise as Humans Increasingly Impact Oceans

shark attacks

Originally posted on https://www.dataquest.io/blog/shark-attack-data-rise-humans-impact-oceans/

 

An analysis of over a century of reported shark attack data shows that attacks are on the rise. But it also offers some hints at the reason why: increasing human influence and interference in the oceans.

Reported shark attacks since 1970.

Shark attacks are on the rise in general, and provoked attacks — incidents in which a shark was confronted with some sort of human interference — are on the rise as well.

The pattern of attacks is also changing. For example, attacks involving tiger sharks and bull sharks — two of the most aggressive species — seem to be moving northward as climate change warms ocean waters. Below, we can see that the percentage of yearly attacks occurring north of the latitude 32 line (blue) appears to be on the rise for both species.

tiger-shark-attack-databull-shark-attack-data

Collectively, tiger and bull sharks account for roughly half of all reported shark attacks in most years. And the rise in more northern attacks by these species reinforces what marine biologists have already observed. Bull sharks, for example are mating further north in response to warming waters. Many other shark species have shown similar movement patterns.

Our analysis did not find any significant change in the number of “northern” shark attacks involving white sharks (including the famed great white). But there’s an interesting biological reason why white sharks might not be moving north in response to rising water temperatures when other species apparently are.

Most sharks, including tiger sharks and bull sharks are cold blooded (ectothermic), which means that their body temperature matches the water around them. Because of this, they may be particularly sensitive to changing water temperatures. White sharks, on the other hand, are warm blooded (endothermic), and thus may be less likely to alter their behavior based on ambient water temperature changes.

Since most sharks are cold blooded, though, the data suggests that as ocean temperatures rise, swimmers, surfers, and boaters in more northern climates can probably expect an increase in the number of sharks — and consequently the number of shark attacks — in their seas.

Of course, it’s worth remembering that shark attacks are still tremendously rare. You are far more likely to be struck by lighting, for example, than attacked by a shark. Fatal incidents are rarer still. The data set we analyzed, which contains data on more than 6,000 human-reported shark attack incidents, includes just a few reported fatalities each year. Given that humans reportedly kill about 100 million sharks per year, it’s pretty clear that sharks have more to fear from us than we from them.

Still, if you want to minimize your chances of bumping into a shark, the data suggest you should put your surfboard in storage. Surfing has been the single activity most associated with shark attacks every year since 1980. Swimming and fishing are the second- and third-most common activities associated with reported shark attacks, respectively.

shark attack data by activity

However, surfing and fishing shark attacks were quite unlikely to be fatal. Swimming, bathing, and various diving activities (diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, spearfishing, etc.) had a significantly higher percentage of fatal attacks.

shark in the water sign

Learn to do this kind of analysis!

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Bulletproof Confidence! How To Create It, Feel It & Live It!

Originally posted on https://timshurr.com/bulletproof-confidence-how-to-create-it-feel-it-live-it/

 

Bulletproof Confidence is a state of mind that requires developing an inner sense of security and strength. It’s fueled by a belief that you are good, smart, and resourceful enough to make bold decisions and course corrections, without needing to belittle oneself if things don’t work out on the first try.

Bulletproof Confidence doesn’t come from saying nice things to yourself, although this is useful and encouraged! Instead, it’s forged from continually challenging yourself to take action even when you’re scared, so you can discover that whether the decision was correct or not, it wasn’t as bad as you feared. Or that you were actually more resilient, creative, and powerful than you gave yourself credit for!

My clients don’t just achieve Bulletproof Confidence, they gain a greater sense of self, reduce their stress levels and perform at levels higher than they ever thought possible! Here’s how you can get bulletproof confidence, and start seeing those benefits in your life!

Talk Less, Do More 

I talk about this topic on my blog and it applies when it comes to getting bulletproof confidence as well. “Talkers” are wishful thinkers. Like the hopeless romantic, they pine for what they don’t have…but don’t take any consistent action to get it. A “doer” knows what they want and they go out and make it happen.

If you want to be more confident, don’t wish for it. Start working towards it! Bulletproof Confidence is rooted in accomplishment. When you set small goals for yourself, and achieve those goals, it builds the confidence to go after those bigger goals. Remember, little steps turn into great leaps!

Stop Comparing Yourself To Others 

This one’s worth repeating. Stop comparing yourself to others! One of the biggest killers of self-confidence is comparison. If you’re looking for how to gain confidence, or get it back, focus on making progress and being better today than you were yesterday! You are in a race only with yourself!

When you compare yourself to others, it results in envy (one of the 7 Deadly Sins.) When you feel jealous of someone, it can make it seem like your impressive accomplishments are suddenly sub-par, which is a false belief (False Evidence Appearing Real.) Or  worse, you might get trapped in self-pity by telling yourself how unfair life is rather than using that time to take a few more steps towards what matters most in your life. Those with bulletproof confidence use the successes of others as inspiration. “If they can do it, so can I!”

The next time you find yourself comparing yourself to a friend, or worse, someone you only know on social media, remember you’re only seeing what they want you to see. You have no idea what’s really going on in that persons life. Instead, use the energy to charge towards your goals with even more determination. The only competition you have is with yourself!

Use Fear To Excel Forward

Fear can be debilitating. It stops us from pursuing our dreams, taking chances, and living life to the fullest. Yet, you can also use it to drive you into taking proactive action! (Feeling Excited And Ready!) In most situations, once you get moving in a certain direction, things get easier.

The first time I presented a Leadership Keynote to a live group, I was terrified. My heart was pounding so hard, I could barely catch my breath. But I had prepared my material and knew what I was going to start with, so I decided that I only needed to be brave for 30 seconds and the rest would fall into place.

(Bulletproof Confidence Secret) I also decided to love and accept myself regardless of what happened on stage. This helped me feel safer inside because when I stopped judging myself so critically, it felt like others would be more supportive of me as well.

(Bulletproof Confidence Secret) I also switched the goal of my talk from making it about my performance to adding tremendous value for those in the audience. I thought, “Even if they don’t like me, at least they will feel like they got something valuable from the time we spent together, which will hopefully keep them from throwing rotten tomatoes at me!” This image made me laugh, and that provided the courage to go out on stage and deliver!

Within the first 30 seconds, I got a collective laugh from the audience and it felt much easier to continue forward. This taught my nervous system to associate more pleasure and confidence to public speaking, which made it easier to do the next presentation. Now, after providing hundreds of talks on stages across the US and abroad, when I think about presenting to a live audience, I fill with excitement instead of fear, and I want to run onto the stage…rather than run off of it!

People often assume those with confidence are unafraid. This is false. We have just learned to use our fear rather than allowing it to use us! To acquire Bulletproof Confidence, you must embrace your fear and take action anyway! You can’t have courage without fear and real confidence almost always emerges from overcoming insecurity and self-doubt. Get used to moving through your fear, instead of being paralyzed by it, and soon you’ll be using fear as one of your many tools to launch forward in life as well!

One of my personal mantra’s is, “If I can’t, I must!” This mantra has served me well and it will do the same for you because your biggest breakthroughs are hidden in the places you don’t want to go. When you realize this, and begin going to those places on purpose, extraordinary breakthroughs will occur in your life!

You Deserve Bulletproof Confidence 

Apply these Bulletproof Confidence insights as quickly as possible because “You Are Awesome!” and the quicker you realize this, the better it will be for all of us! So many hold themselves back from excellence and living with purpose because of a false idea that they “aren’t good enough.” This is a bold lie and the faster you realize “You are MORE than enough, the more bulletproof confidence you’ll have!

If you’d like a step-by-step checklist for building Bulletproof Confidence, download my Mesmerizing Mindset Secrets Checklist!

Thanks for reading and make your day a Shurr ! Success

12 Best SEO Tools You Should Be Using in 2019

12 Best SEO Tools You Should Be Using in 2019

12 Best SEO Tools You Should Be Using in 2019 1

You can get from A to B in an hour on foot, but if you have a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, it takes 100 times less. Some will say that the result is the same, but if you have to cover the same distance every day, you better use some transportation.

Search engine optimization (SEO) includes lots of monotonous tasks like keyword research, on-page analysis, traffic analysis, etc. All of them can be optimized to some extent with the help of the right tools.

Here’s a list of the best SEO tools every digital marketer should have it their toolbox.

Google Analytics

Pricing: free.

Google Analytics is the most used web analytics in the world, which provides with the deepest insights into website traffic and user behavior. The tool allows you to understand what sources drive the most traffic, which landing pages convert best, and how your audience looks like.

Audience Overview report in Google Analytics

It consists of seven main reports: Home, Customization, Realtime, Audience, Acquisition, Behavior, and Conversions. All of them contain dozens of subsections showing unique and beneficial data.

For those who want to solve any specific tasks, there’s an option to create custom reports in the Customization section. All the data is presented using various graphs, charts, and interactive tables.

Tip: You probably have several critical steps in your marketing funnel like an email subscription, registration, purchase, and others. Google Analytics allows setting custom goals and tracking their completion.

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Setting custom goals in Google Analytics

Google Search Console

Pricing: free.

Provided by the leading search engine, this tool is an absolute must-have for every website owner. Using it, you can track website performance, find technical issues, analyze keywords your pages are ranking for.

Getting notifications about any issues straight from the horse’s mouth is another crucial feature the tool provides. If for some reason your website has been penalized, or there are problems with crawling and indexing, you can check the details in your account.

Tip: Use the Performance report to find low-hanging fruits. These are keywords ranking on 10-20 positions of search results. Sort all the keywords you rank for by positions and select those having the most impressions. Optimizing pages ranking for these keywords and pushing them to the first page is the easiest way to increase traffic.

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Performance report in Google Search Console

Pricing: free.

Google Trends is a free tool that shows trending searches over a specific period. You can add your keyword and see how frequently it has been searched for recently or since 2004, check interest volumes by countries, see related queries and topics.

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Exploring the search term popularity by region in Google Trends

The ability to analyze keyword popularity trends allows predicting its future search volume and makes this tool an irreplaceable element of keyword research.

Tip: You can add up to five search terms to compare their results. Use this feature to compare demand for products you want to sell, analyze your competitors, find profitable niches, check what questions people search the most.

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Comparing the results of five search terms in Google Trends

Netpeak Spider

Pricing: $19/mo with no limits, 14-day free trial.

A regular technical SEO audit is essential to keep your website clean from broken links, indexing issues, duplicate meta tags, and so on. Netpeak Spider is a web crawler that scans your site, checks more than 50 SEO parameters, and detects 60+ on-page issues.

Scanning a website with Netpeak Spider

Unlike other technical tools, it is highly customizable. You can select specific parameters you want to check and use various filtering options. Each detected issue contains a detailed description and recommendations on how to fix it.

Tip: If you crawl a massive website, use the Segmenting feature to focus on a certain part of the data. For instance, you can segment the results by a specific issue like Broken Pages or any section of your website from the Site Structure report.

Segmenting the results by a specific issue in Netpeak Spider

SEOquake

Pricing: free.

SEOquake is a browser extension that displays a handful of useful SEO parameters for each page. The tool shows a number of pages in Google and Bing indexes, backlinks according to SEMrush, Facebook likes, domain age, and more. You can set it to show data under each result in SERP and as a custom bar on each page.

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SEOquake plugin in action

Tip: Most people use SEOquake only as a sidebar to quickly check key metrics, but it also shows internal and external links, conducts basic on-page audit, and analyzes keyword density. To see these reports click on the extension icon in your browser.

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Checking SEOquake reports

Serpstat

Pricing: free limited version, paid plans starting from $69/mo.

Serpstat is an all-in-one SEO platform that contains several modules such as website analysis, keyword research, backlink analysis, rank tracker, and site audit. The tool offers data from 200+ country-specific databases that contain more than 5 billion keywords in total.

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Domain Overview report in Serpstat

You can find what keywords your competitors are ranking for and you don’t, get a list of keyword variations and search suggestions, analyze referring domains, and obtain lots of other useful data.

Tip: Along with essential data on each keyword like search volume, keyword difficulty, and competition in PPC, Serpstat also shows special blocks and social domains that appear in SERP.

Examining special blocks and social domains that come up in search results in Serpstat

Ahrefs

Pricing: paid plans starting from $99/mo, 7-day trial for $7.

Ahrefs is another advanced platform for complex website analysis. AhrefsBot is the second most active robot after Googlebot and crawls more than 6 billion pages each day. It offers data on 16 trillion links and 170 million root domains.

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Ahrefs Site Explorer in action

Competitive analysis, keyword, content, and backlink research, rank tracking, and web monitoring — all these tasks can be easily done with Ahrefs.

Tip: Link Intersect tool allows finding sites that link to your competitors but don’t link to you. With the database of such size, it’s an amazing way to uncover missing link opportunities.

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Ahrefs Link Intersect

AnswerThePublic

Pricing: free Starter plan, $99/mo for Pro plan.

AnswerThePublic is a tool created by CoverageBook to get more content ideas based on people’s searches. The tool shows Google and Bing search suggestions based on your keyword.

There are four sections: questions, prepositions, comparisons, alphabeticals. All of them come with next level visualization and an ability to download both data tables and visuals. The Pro plan allows switching locations to get location-based results.

Tip: Search suggestions are one of the best sources for content ideas since they are what people actually search for. Search by main keywords of your pages and extend them, adding more relevant phrases from the tool.

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Analyzing search suggestions for ‘seo tools’ from AnswerThePublic

Keywords Everywhere

Pricing: free.

It’s a free browser extension that provides users with keyword metrics based on Google Keyword Planner values and Clickstream data. The addon shows search volume, cost per click, and competition for keywords on 16 websites, including Google, Amazon, YouTube, Answer The Public, and others.

Moreover, it also displays two more handy keyword lists containing ‘related keywords’ and ‘people also search for’ for every query you make on Google.

Tip: You are googling profitable keywords every day. This extension makes sure you won’t miss them.

Related Keywords and People Also Search For results by Keywords Everywhere

Yoast SEO Plugin

Pricing: free limited version, Premium version for €79 for one site.

If you are a WordPress user, this plugin for WordPress is a gift from above. It’s the most downloaded SEO plugin used by beginners and experienced webmasters all over the world.

Yoast lets you improve your optimization across the board from keyword optimization to schema implementation. It allows controlling crawling and indexing through tweaks in robots.txt and .htaccess files, setting redirects, specifying canonical pages, and many other SEO essentials.

Many SEO beginners falsely assume that installing a Yoast plugin makes their site more optimized automatically. While this isn’t true, if you learn the ropes, it will significantly ease the process.

Tip: My favorite features are Search Appearance and Breadcrumbs. The tool allows generating title and meta description using custom templates and configuring breadcrumbs for better navigation.

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Checking snippet preview in Yoast SEO

Netpeak Checker

Pricing: $19/mo with no limits, 14-day free trial.

Netpeak Checker is a real SEO swiss army knife. The amount of data it provides is impressive. The tool checks URLs by more than 300 SEO parameters of your choice, including traffic, number of links, Domain Authority, Domain Rank, Trust Flow, Citation Flow, and others.

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Netpeak Checker in action

This SEO tool aggregates data from services like Moz, Ahrefs, SEMrush, Serpstat, Whois, various Google services, collects a handful of on-page parameters and contact info like emails, phone numbers, social links. The data table is highly interactive and allows filtering and grouping cells by certain parameters or set of parameters.

Tip: Another key feature is the search engine scraping. You can add a list of search queries and scrape as many search results as you need with a bunch of additional data on each of them. Use it for SERP analysis to discover why your competitors rank in top-10. For those who want to get geo-targeted results, you can specify country and language in settings.

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Checking results for specified queries in Netpeak Checker

SimilarWeb

Pricing: free limited plan, custom enterprise plans.

SimilarWeb provides with profound insights into website traffic, audience, and competitors. On the contrary to Google Analytics, where you can get data only on your site, with this tool, you can analyze any website.

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Traffic Overview by SimilarWeb

It shows total visits, traffic by country, traffic sources, top referring sites, organic and paid keywords, social traffic, audience interests, competitors and similar sites, advertising, and related mobile apps. Make sure you install Similar Web browser extension as it allows getting traffic estimates on the fly.

Tip: If there’s no data on a particular site (usually it’s because it’s new or doesn’t drive much traffic), try using another addon called SimilarTech Prospecting, which is a SimilarWeb spin-off showing some additional techy data.

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SimilarTech Prospecting in action

Final thoughts

Using the most advanced SEO tools in the galaxy doesn’t guarantee you high rankings in search. Though, if you add the second component of the secret formula which is knowledge, you will be several steps ahead of the game.

Most of the tools from the list offer a free trial, so go test them yourself instead of taking my words at face value.

What are your favorite SEO tools? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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2000 contributors

2000 contributors

Today when I ran the script that counts the total number of contributors that have helped out in the curl project (called contrithanks.sh) the number showing up in my terminal was

2000

At 7804 days since the birthday, it means one new contributor roughly every 4 days. For over 21 years. Kind of impressive when you think of it.

A “contributor” here means everyone that has reported bugs, helped out with fixing bugs, written documentation or authored commits (and whom we recorded the name at the time it happened, but this is something we really make an effort to not miss out on). Out of the 2000 current contributors, 708 are recorded in git as authors.

Plotted out on a graph, with the numbers from the RELEASE-NOTES over time we can see an almost linear growth. (The graph starts at 2005 because that’s when we started to log the number in that file.)

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Number of contributors over time.

We crossed the 1000 mark on April 12 2013. 1400 on May 30th 2016 and 1800 on October 30 2018.

It took us almost six years to go from 1000 to 2000; roughly one new contributor every second day.

Two years ago in the curl 7.55.0, we were at exactly 1571 contributors so we’ve received help from over two hundred new persons per year recently. (Barring the miscalculations that occur when we occasionally batch-correct names or go through records to collect previously missed out names etc)

Thank you!

The curl project would not be what it is without all the help we get from all these awesome people. I love you!

docs/THANKS

That’s the file in the git repo that contains all the names of all the contributors, but if you check that right now you will see that it isn’t exactly 2000 names yet and that is because we tend to update that in batches around release time. So by the time the next release is coming, we will gather all the new contributors that aren’t already mentioned in that file and add them then and by then I’m sure we will be able to boast more than 2000 contributors. I hope you are one of the names in that list!

Daniel Stenberg: 2000 contributors

Daniel Stenberg: 2000 contributors

Today when I ran the script that counts the total number of contributors that have helped out in the curl project (called contrithanks.sh) the number showing up in my terminal was

2000

At 7804 days since the birthday, it means one new contributor roughly every 4 days. For over 21 years. Kind of impressive when you think of it.

A “contributor” here means everyone that has reported bugs, helped out with fixing bugs, written documentation or authored commits (and whom we recorded the name at the time it happened, but this is something we really make an effort to not miss out on). Out of the 2000 current contributors, 708 are recorded in git as authors.

Plotted out on a graph, with the numbers from the RELEASE-NOTES over time we can see an almost linear growth. (The graph starts at 2005 because that’s when we started to log the number in that file.)

Daniel Stenberg: 2000 contributors 3
Number of contributors over time.

We crossed the 1000 mark on April 12 2013. 1400 on May 30th 2016 and 1800 on October 30 2018.

It took us almost six years to go from 1000 to 2000; roughly one new contributor every second day.

Two years ago in the curl 7.55.0, we were at exactly 1571 contributors so we’ve received help from over two hundred new persons per year recently. (Barring the miscalculations that occur when we occasionally batch-correct names or go through records to collect previously missed out names etc)

Thank you!

The curl project would not be what it is without all the help we get from all these awesome people. I love you!

docs/THANKS

That’s the file in the git repo that contains all the names of all the contributors, but if you check that right now you will see that it isn’t exactly 2000 names yet and that is because we tend to update that in batches around release time. So by the time the next release is coming, we will gather all the new contributors that aren’t already mentioned in that file and add them then and by then I’m sure we will be able to boast more than 2000 contributors. I hope you are one of the names in that list!

Daniel Stenberg: 2000 contributors

Daniel Stenberg: 2000 contributors

Today when I ran the script that counts the total number of contributors that have helped out in the curl project (called contrithanks.sh) the number showing up in my terminal was

2000

At 7804 days since the birthday, it means one new contributor roughly every 4 days. For over 21 years. Kind of impressive when you think of it.

A “contributor” here means everyone that has reported bugs, helped out with fixing bugs, written documentation or authored commits (and whom we recorded the name at the time it happened, but this is something we really make an effort to not miss out on). Out of the 2000 current contributors, 708 are recorded in git as authors.

Plotted out on a graph, with the numbers from the RELEASE-NOTES over time we can see an almost linear growth. (The graph starts at 2005 because that’s when we started to log the number in that file.)

Daniel Stenberg: 2000 contributors 4
Number of contributors over time.

We crossed the 1000 mark on April 12 2013. 1400 on May 30th 2016 and 1800 on October 30 2018.

It took us almost six years to go from 1000 to 2000; roughly one new contributor every second day.

Two years ago in the curl 7.55.0, we were at exactly 1571 contributors so we’ve received help from over two hundred new persons per year recently. (Barring the miscalculations that occur when we occasionally batch-correct names or go through records to collect previously missed out names etc)

Thank you!

The curl project would not be what it is without all the help we get from all these awesome people. I love you!

docs/THANKS

That’s the file in the git repo that contains all the names of all the contributors, but if you check that right now you will see that it isn’t exactly 2000 names yet and that is because we tend to update that in batches around release time. So by the time the next release is coming, we will gather all the new contributors that aren’t already mentioned in that file and add them then and by then I’m sure we will be able to boast more than 2000 contributors. I hope you are one of the names in that list!

Justin Trudeau seeks to highlight climate policy in visit to Canada’s Far North

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Canada’s Far North to witness some of the more dramatic effects of climate change, part of an effort highlight his Liberal government’s record on climate action ahead of the federal election.

Trudeau plans to announce the creation of a new marine protected area near Arctic Bay – an Inuit hamlet on the northwest corner of Baffin Island.

Melting sea ice and increased shipping traffic have posed increased threats to many important local species, including sea birds, narwhals and bowhead whales.

Trudeau will use the backdrop of shifting Arctic terrain and endangered sea life to cast himself and his Liberal party as best-placed to serve as stewards of the environment.

He is expected to drive home his campaign messaging on climate policy – already shaping up to be a key ballot box issue – and contrast himself with his political opponents by highlighting his government’s commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in part through carbon pricing.

Canadians got a pre-election preview of how the divisive political debate over climate policy is likely to play out on the campaign trail last month when a spat erupted over the Liberal plan to introduce a clean-fuel standard.

The fuel standard would require cleaner-burning fuels as a way to reduce overall carbon emissions by 30 million tonnes a year.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer accused the Liberals of plotting to levy a “secret fuel tax” on Canadians by enforcing a standard that would increase the cost of gasoline. The Liberals wasted no time firing back, accusing Conservatives of hurling smears, while also calling the Conservative environment policy “anti-climate action.”

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, says climate change has already had devastating impacts on local infrastructure in the territories – a trend that is projected to continue if emissions and global temperatures continue to rise.  

A recent report by Canadian scientists warned that most Canadian Arctic marine regions will be free of sea ice for part of the summer by 2050 and that most small ice caps and ice shelves in the Canadian arctic will disappear by 2100, even if emission reduction measures are enacted.

That’s why Obed says he hopes political parties will not simply bicker about the merits of a carbon tax as they debate climate policy during the campaign, but rather that they will look more broadly at the real-life, “drastic” effects of climate change on northern communities.

“Fixating on one or two pieces of a climate action policy sometimes overshadows the larger picture,” he said.

“People should be very concerned about the reality of the Canadian arctic and the fact that it is a part of Canada. Just because somebody might not see massive changes in their backyard today doesn’t necessarily mean that there shouldn’t be urgent concern from all Canadians about the arctic and the Inuit portion of the climate discussion.”

Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press