Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Is Search Engine Optimization legit?

Michael from Gadsen, AL

Episode 1200

Michael has a home based business and would like to have his search results pop up higher. Will Search Engine Optimzation help? Leo says no -- it's snake oil. And it could cause Google to penalize him by downranking him or removing him from search entirely. SEOs overpromise and under deliver.

Leo recommends following Google's tutorials at google.com/webmaster, and he will learn everything he needs to know to get better search engine results.

US Government Subpoenas Website Over User Comments

Episode 1197

The US Government issued a subpoena to Reason.com for the information on six commenters on an article about the Silk Road. The article was about the judge's harsh ruling on Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. The government also issued a gag order that kept Reason.com from disclosing anything about the situation. Reason.com successfully had the gag order lifted with help from the US Attorney's Office.

Read the full story at Reason.com

Why is my Microsoft account sending me to an Outlook.com inbox when my email is with AOL?

Bob from Atlanta, GA

Episode 1198

Bob has a Microsoft account that he created using an AOL email address. He was checking his email and inadvertently got into an Outlook.com environment. He's wondering if he can back out of that without affecting his One Drive, Skype, and other Microsoft apps associated with that account. Leo says that by default, anyone with a Microsoft account, even if it's tied to another email address, has an Outlook.com account. Leo says he can just ignore that. He doesn't think there's any harm in that.

Is "domain investing" a good idea?

Aiden from Hobbes, NM

Episode 1198

Aiden wants to know if investing in domain names is a good idea. Leo says that domain investing is just a fancy term for domain squatting. Leo doesn't think this is a legit practice. It's also risky as the ICANN can award trademarked domains to the trademark owner for free, leaving him out in the cold. Generic terms can be a risk, but he'd only need one to pay off for it to succeed.

How can I use my company logo in my emails?

Scott from Newport Beach, CA

Episode 1197

Scott says that when using Office 365 with a mobile device, the images within the letterhead end up as attachments instead of being embedded. Leo says that inline imaging in Office365 is a convenience that Microsoft offers, but it's not a standard, and it ends up as an attachment. He can't control that. There is no fix other than to stop using images in email. The only time that an inline image is displayed is in an email reader that supports it, and he can't control what people use. Email is designed for people to use text and it's just best to stop using corporate logos in emails.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1197

Johnny Jet

Johnny's app recommendation is SkyZen. It was created by the International Air Transport Association, and supposedly helps with jet lag. It's supported by Jawbone, monitors your sleep patterns, tells you when to eat and what to eat, all to help you minimize jet lag.

How can I stop my video from buffering?

Jim from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1196

Jim is frustrated because he'll be watching a video on his phone and it'll buffer. Leo says that's a speed/bandwidth issue. Streaming will buffer about 30 seconds of video before starting to get ahead. Then if the packets come out of order or slow down, the buffer is there. If it happens a lot, the buffer will just run out and rebuffer. So it has to do with connection, bandwidth, and the ability of your system to keep up. Faster internet will solve the problem, as will a lower resolution stream.

How can I extend the range of my Wi-Fi to the second floor?

Matthew from Virginia

Episode 1196

Matthew is having issues with WiFi when he moves to the second floor. Leo says it's important to remember that WiFi is about 150' in distance. But things can get in the way and dilute the signal, especially metal. An extender will help but you want an extender that is made by the same as your router. Leo has three of them. ActionTec is what Matthew's router is and they do address extenders here. That's the most affordable option. Then there's powerline networking that uses the electrical cable in your walls as networking cables.