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Search Query Sunday, 27th Edition

August 24th, 2008

search-traffic-27.jpgThe usual proportion of about 70 percent search traffic was reduced somewhat this week by an influx of 775 unique visitors from StumbleUpon, most of them going to my page on How to Stop Websites from Resizing Firefox Windows. The various quotes pages are also doing well in the search engines; I will probably branch these off to a separate category soon after I come up with a suitable category title. Meanwhile, after browsing through the list of keywords, I have selected the next group of eight that are due to receive answers:

apostrophe in atms? — In most cases, no. If you want to write the plural of ATM, just add the s so it reads “ATMs.” You only need the apostrophe if you are using the abbreviation as a possessive such as “I wanted to find a way to access the ATM’s cash, but just could not figure it out.”

have you heard of linkshare — Yes! Linkshare is a rather large affiliate network that encompasses a wide variety of merchants, most of which are established brick-and-mortar entities that now have an online presence and are trying to benefit from the affiliate marketing model. You can sign up for Linkshare here and then apply for approval by the various merchants, after which you can link to them from your website and receive commissions on any sales.

is putting an apostrophe at the end of its gramatically correct — No. There is no such word as “its’.” You can, however, use the its or it’s forms depending on the context. For more information see Correct Use of Its and It’s.

why can’t a writer simply use opinion when writing an argumentative paper? — While it is certainly possible to just use your opinion, from a credibility standpoint it is better to come up with some sort of facts to back up your assertions if you want to be taken seriously (or receive a better grade if the paper is being written as a school assignment). Whenever possible, try to avoid using controversial sources like Wikipedia as your sole source of information and citations. You will generally do much better if you can find some respectable scholarly or scientific research-based sources to back up your arguments.

axiom teach a man to fish — I believe the original axiom goes, “Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime.” Most sources that I have read list it as a Chinese proverb.

the date of the last leap year in the 21st century — It will be 2096. The year 2100 is the last regular year of the 21st century, but it will not be a leap year because it is not divisible by 400.

need website to redeem coke rewards points — Here you go: My Coke Rewards. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to register at the site and then log in to begin entering your reward codes. You will receive points in your account for each code that is correctly entered and valid. After you accumulate the desired number of points, you can redeem for a variety of prizes.

1704 leap or not — 1704 was a leap year, but 1700 was not. For more about the exact rules on leap year calculations, see Leap Year Rules, Facts, and Trivia.


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