Subdomain or Subfolder for Blog?

When deciding if a blog for T.LY link shortener, should be on a separate domain, I reached out to IndieHackers to get their opinion. I originally was going to use my tdotly.com domain for the blog and marketing site but decided to just use blog.t.ly and /blog redirects on T.LY from all the feedback. This is primarily for SEO reasons to consolidate authority to a single domain. Google claims that sub-domains are not worst/better compared to a subfolder if this is easier for your server setup. Just make sure you add both sites to Google Search Console. Read More

OhSnap Grip Review

In the search for the perfect iPhone case accessories, I came across the OhSnap grip. They offer a variety of accessories for their magnetic grip such as a car charger and stand. They also come in a variety of colors. OhSnap was kind enough to send me their grip and accessories to try out. Here are my thoughts.

Pros

  • Excellent build quality
  • Strong magnets
  • Wireless charging works
  • The stand works great

Cons

  • I wish the grip came built into a case so that is was flush with the back of the phone

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iRobot Roomba i3+ Review

After lots of research and waiting for Black Friday deals, I decided to get the iRobot Roomba i3+ robot vacuum. After using an older Deebot for several years, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Roomba created the original robot vacuum back in 2002 and has been the leader in robot vacuums ever since. They were the first to come out with a self-emptying robot vacuum and they have several patents that keep them ahead of the competition. The + in their line up means they come with a self empty base station. They sell the i3, i7, and i9 without it, but if you are going to spend this much on a robot vacuum, I highly recommend getting the self empty station. Read More

Can You Trust Amazon Reviews?

When you are considering buying a product on Amazon, how much do the reviews matter to you? Most people see lots of 5 stars and assume that the product must be great! Unfortunately, this may not be the best solution for validating Amazon reviews. Often people are sent free products for positive reviews or they are given refunds if they leave 5-star reviews. If I am ever suspicious of a product, I will use ReviewMeta to check how valid the reviews are.

Review Meta allows you to paste in a link from Amazon to verify if the reviews are valid. I recently purchased a headlamp from Amazon that had almost 3,000 5 star reviews. I received the headlamp and it came with a card that if I left a 5-star review, I would receive a $15 Amazon gift card. To see if this was legit, I left a 5-star review and followed the instructions to email proof of the review. To my surprise, I received a $15 Amazon gift card for an $18 flashlight. When checking the flashlight on Review Meta the adjusted rating was 214 Reviews with 69% potentially unnatural reviews. Read More