Adding New Permissions To Chrome Extension

Wanted to share a quick tip to save you a lot of frustration if you are a Chrome extension developer. Never add a new permission to an existing extension that has “warnings” especially if you have a decent amount of users. If you do, your extension will be disabled for all users. They can reenable but you may lose some users that never reenable the extension. Here is a list of permissions that will disable your extension when updating.

This can be avoided by making the new feature optional and adding new permission updates to optional_permissions in your manifest file. Read More

Link Unshortener

Link Unshortener is a tool to get information about a link before visiting it. As a safety practice, you should always check links that you are not familiar with before you visit them. Link Unshortener shows you the final destination and any security concerns when you expand a shortened link. You never know where a short URL is going to take you. Browsing with Link Unshorten will check the site for malicious content and alert you before you visit a suspicious site. Read More

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

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