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Site Newness Contributes To A Better Blog

Friday, September 29, 2017


AvianQuests.Com Blog Newness Reloaded

Hi guys! Humbly, newness is the new black and so I've decided to give my humble blog site a non-invasive "botox" shot (laughs).

I personally dig the absence of clutter and I love the minimalism which is one factor that made me decide for this neat/clean aesthetic blog change make-over. At the end of the day, there is no substitute to quality content and structure follows strategy. 'Nuff said and moving forward.

HEADERS


AvianQuest.Com New Minimalist Template


The MENU section (horizontal) is straightforward as follows: 

HOME

DESTINATIONS- blog listing by location based in  North Luzon, Philippines; 

BLOG CONTESTS - lists all my blog post starting from the latest blog post and the last blog post that I've made since I started blogging;

PHOTOGRAPHY- lists featured photography topics;

TECHNOLOGY- blog listing dealing with "rocket science";

ABOUT - that's about the blog and myself;

PRIVACY POLICY;

TERMS & CONDITIONS; and

CONTACT US

Underneathe the Menu section is my social media links

and lastly the SEARCH (the blog contents).

AvianQuest.Com New Minimalist Template Slider

With this "new look", you can now immediately get a "heads-up" of the featured blogs based on the label/category I chose for the day/week to display. 

The automated slider automatically plays only once for you and once it's done and you still haven't selected a blog to view, you can use the manual sliders (left/right) to navigate.


AvianQuest.Com New Minimalist Template Slider

Before I have a dynamic featured section but it was very small and I've tried to make the thumbnail images bigger but to no avail. This time around you guys get a featured section which is visually bigger and won't require magnifying glasses (laughs).  

Furthermore, there's a navigation for you to READ MORE for each blog post and social media icons if you want to share the blog to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Google Plus.

And don't be shy, just leave some comments in the comments link (once activated/clicked- a pop-up will be activated for you to add what's on your mind.)

You can also navigate/cycle through OLDER POSTS button.

SIDEBAR

"Sidebar" - Well, it's definitely a 100% non-alcoholic beverage section (laughs).
AvianQuest.Com New Minimalist Template Sidebar  Navigation and Social Media Features & RSS

About Me-  with a shameless mugshot;

Social Media links- Buttons to follow AvianQuest (same as what's up in the Headers section);

RSS Feed (Subscribe via Email) - It's 100% SPAM FREE. Why not give it a try;

Popular Posts- are determined by reader's choice of blogs; 


Pinterest - acts as a "sandwich spread" between my Popular Posts and Recent Posts; 

Recent Posts- my fresh blog posts; and lastly

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE - or related posts now appears to blog posts which are similarly tagged/classified.   

FOOTER

Blog Archive - blogs per month since I started February this year;

Labels - specific categories of my blog posts;  

Pages - is an equivalent to Menu section but this one is presented vertically. Although, this does not include sub-menu listing; and


Instagram feed (NEW) - Whilst I share my images via Instagram, I've decided to join the bandwagon and also share it via this blog page.

DISCONTINUED

The following are blog features which were removed/discontinued:


Floating Back To Top Button - I removed my third party plug-in since my blog template has a built-in code.

Pace - a third party plug-in which automatically show a progress bar when the page is loading.

Google Translate 

BAD BACKLINKS - I applied Google disavow and now they're all gone.


Till next blog. 







Copyright Notice: The visual content, images, videos and articles featured on this site is copyright to www.avianquests.com (unless otherwise stated or if it is a public domain/reference ) and may not be reproduced in any blog or elsewhere in any way without explicit written permission. If you own rights to any of the featured photos or content contained herein and you do not wish them to appear on this site, please contact us via email and it will be promptly taken down/removed.






How Quality Content is King Can Help You Predict the Future

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

avianquests.com the future is looking bright humbly let us wear some shades

I took this landscape sunrise image and intentionally edited the lower half as black & white and the upper part retained its original color which I will use in relation to this blog postOn a monthly basis, I conduct some sort of a recapitulation and look back into accumulated data from Blogger.com and Cloudflare and attempt to make a sort of analysis of gains achieved, lessons learned and the overall "health" of this humble site.

In a nutshell, avianquests.com achieved its 100K plus page views starting in the last month of the 2nd quarter - June 2017 with July and August also at pegged 100K plus page views. That's three consecutive months at 100K plus page views.
avianquests.com February to August 2017 Monthly Page Views
On June 14, 2017, the increase of threats stopped (bad browsers) was attributable to the effects of the global Wannacry ransomware  (starting from May 2017) and also my compromised browser and an unrepaired Windows OS. I provided a link below as it may serve your security interests : 


Thus, a record breaking of 126 bad browsers was logged by Cloudflare. Upon the implementation of permanent technical solutions in my desktop browser plus ...
GRC fingerprinting checking is a must via :

Multi-millionfold thanks and Kudos to Steve Gibson of GRC.com

Enter Go Daddy

I started a naked website with Blogger.com as avianquests.blogspot.com on 22 February 2017. Whilst my site generated 30 blog posts for March, my traffic/page views were totally in the abyss. This is one of the reasons which prompted me to invest in own domain name and fully transition with Go Daddy on March 26, 2017. Without the proper guidance and knowledge in blog post indexing using Google, Bing, and Yandex, etc., blogs will move at a snail pace in the web. 

Enter Cloudflare

On April 17, 2017, I got something going with Cloudflare and the resulting difference is a 180 degrees - night and day shift which started to be realized in May where my monthly total page views were pegged at 88,839 an increase of 229.41% from April or an increase of 61,870 page views.


Enter Cloudflare HTTPS

May 11, 2017, I implemented Joram Teusink's Solution - Blogger cum Cloudflare HTTPS which contributed to a 13.54% increase of 12,032 page views and ending the month of June at a total of 100,871 page views. 

The overall net effect in implementing site security (Domain name + Cloudflare HTTPS & SSL) in my humble blog site is a 100K plus level month-end total page views for June, July and August 2017.

I also experimented in re-purposing/recycling all of my other past blog posts in the month of August 2017 which proves that quality content is king of the hill. Targetted niche plus quality blog content generates increased traffic. In addition, avianquests.com never experienced downtime and achieved zero outages for the month of August.


avianquest.com pingdom stats august  2017



The amount of malicious traffic to avianquests.com categorized by country of origin.
Note: Cloudflare uses a GeoIP database to map IP address to countries. “Unknown” means that there wasn’t a record for in our geolocation database for an IP address.

For August, Cloudflare data reported 35 Top Threat Origins which were all stopped originating from France - 28 instances, Spain - 6 instances and US 1 occurrence.


Total Threats Stopped measures the number of “suspicious” and “bad” requests that were aimed at your website. Requests receive these labels by our IP Reputation Database as they enter Cloudflare’s network:


Legitimate: request pass directly to your website;

Suspicious: request has been challenged with a CAPTCHA page or JavaScript challenge page; and


Bad: the request has been blocked because of Cloudflare's Browser Integrity Check, or because of user-configured settings like WAF rules or IP range block. All threats stopped by Cloudflare were bad browsers which originated from different countries.


avianquests.com Traffic Served Over SSL August 2017
Avianquests.com via Cloudflare's Traffic Served Over SSL generated 59% or 184,063 SSL secured requests.

Note:
A total number of encrypted 'HTTPS' requests sent using SSL/TLS. Redirects from HTTP to HTTPS are still counted as unencrypted requests, so even with a page rule or origin server redirect to HTTPS, a percentage of unencrypted traffic is normal

https://www.avianquests.com/2017/05/security-ninja-and-performance.html

https://www.avianquests.com/2017/05/https-ssl-security-blogger-and.html


avianquests.com August 2017 Web Traffic Total Unique Visitors

A total of 10,799  monthly total unique visitors visited avianquests.com. 


avianquests.com August 2017 Top Traffic Origins by Country


Avianquests.com generated Top Traffic Origins for August 2017 from the United States (Rank 1) at 150,664; followed by Germany (Rank 2) at 21,693; France (Rank 3) at 16,628; Ireland (Rank 4) at 15,691; and lastly United Kingdom (Rank 5) at 14,784. 


Note: Cloudflare uses IP addresses to identify where requests originate and map these requests by country. Includes real requests, crawlers, and threats.

Avianquests.com makes it a priority that blog site security is a premium whilst optimizing its resources at zero cost.


avianquests.com-Qualys-SSL-Labs-SSL-Report-September-5-2017-4-Grade-A
Here's a SSL Report of our blog site which I generated today 5 September 2017 and that's humbly flying colors of four (4) A grade results on all servers. You can get a free SSL report from Qualys here :

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/


Moving forward, the future looks so bright as I continue on a day to day basis to optimize this humble blog site and continue to churn out quality content. No crystal balls needed. 


Till next blog. 



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Site Optimization Makes A Better Blog July2017

Thursday, August 3, 2017



AvianQuests.Com Site Optimization Makes A Better Blog July 2017


As I have committed last month, here's July 2017 "AvianQuests.Com Site Performance Report" which I culled from my Cloudflare's monthly report which will mainly dwell on the site optimization progress that we've made so far in terms of blog site security, performance, etc.,

In a nutshell (AvianQuests.com for July 2017):

A very significant 98.41% decrease in web Threats caused by Bad Browsers for July 2017. 

% Change Total Monthly Unique Visitor's        =   44.24% (Increase)
 8,535 visitors (June) - 12,311 visitors (July) 

% Change  Maximum Monthly Unique visitors = 177.14% (Increase)
700 visitors (June) - 1,940 visitors (July)

% Change Total Monthly Page Views               =     8.32% (Increase)
100,871 views (June) - 109,261 views(July)

% Change Traffic Served Over SSL                       =  8.2% (Increase)
169,739 (June) - 183,657 (July)


June 2017
AvianQuests.Com June 2017 Threats - Total Threats - Top Country - Top Threat Type



July 2017

AvianQuests.Com Web Traffic Total Threats July 2017 Top Country Top Threat Type Bad Browser
(This is not a paid endorsement by Cloudflare)

Thanks again to Cloudflare's Browser Integrity Check looks for common HTTP headers abused most commonly by spammers and denies them access to our page. It will also challenge visitors that do not have a user agent or a non-standard user agent (also commonly used by bots, crawlers, or visitors).

Cloudflare classifies the threats that it blocks or challenges. To help you understand more about our site’s traffic, the “Type of Threats Mitigated” metric on the analytics page measures threats blocked or challenged by e.g., : 

Bad browser: The source of the request was not legitimate or the request itself was malicious. Users would see a 1010 error page in their browser. AvianQuests.Com traffic originating from France were users classified with bad browsers. 

In summary, here are the comparative figures:

June 2017
AvianQuests.Com logged a total of 126 Top Threats (Bad Browsers) which originated from the following countries: 
France = 78; Ukraine = 32 = Philippines = 10; Hong Kong = 3 and United States = 3.

July 2017
AvianQuests.Com logged a total of 2 Top Threats (Bad Browsers) which originated only from the USA.

Bottomline : A very significant 98.41% decrease in web Threats caused by Bad Browsers for July 2017. 


AvianQuests.Com Security Total Threats Stopped Traffic Served Over SSL Types of Threats Mitigated July 2017

When you visit AvianQuests.Com rest assured and that's also a guarantee that our blog site is 100% secured since we're SSL and https compliant. Traffic served over SSL is 60% comprised of 183,657 SSL secure requests for July 2017.

Total Threats Stopped measures the number of “suspicious” and “bad” requests that were aimed at your site. Requests receive these labels by our IP Reputation Database as they enter Cloudflare’s network:

Legitimate: request pass directly to your site

Suspicious: The request has been challenged with a CAPTCHA page or JavaScript challenge page.

Bad: The request has been blocked because of our Browser Integrity Check, or because of user configured settings like WAF rules or IP range block.

Cloudflare uses Threat Scores gathered from sources such as Project Honeypot, as well as our own communities' traffic to determine whether a visitor is legitimate or malicious. When a legitimate visitor passes a challenge, that helps offset the Threat Score against the previous negative behavior seen from that IP address. Our system learns who is a threat from this activity.

In addition, to threat analytics, we can also monitor search engine crawlers going to our websites. For most websites, threats and crawlers make up 20% - 50% of traffic.

WEB TRAFFIC : TOP TRAFFIC ORIGIN



Top Traffic Origins (AvianQuests.Com)

USA                 -  141,807

Germany         -    20,429

UK                   -    16,249

Philippines     -     15,171

Australia        -     14,816 

Cloudflare uses IP addresses to identify where requests originate and map these requests by country.

With information regarding our web crawlers/bots (we've pixelated the sources as this information is for AvianQuest.Com internal use only)

Web Traffic : Unique Visitors


AvianQuests.Com Web Traffic Total Unique Visitors July 2017


June 2017
Total Monthly Unique Visitor's = pegged at 8,535;
Maximum Monthly Unique visitors = at 700; 
Total Page Views = 100,871
Traffic served over SSL is 58% comprised of 169,739 SSL secure requests.

July 2017
Total Monthly Unique Visitor's = pegged at 12,311;
Maximum Monthly Unique visitors = at 1,940; and
Total Page Views = 109,261
Traffic served over SSL is 60% comprised of 183,657 SSL secure requests for July 2017.

July 2017
% Change Total Unique Visitor's = 44.24% (Increase)
% Change  Maximum Unique visitors = 177.14% (increase)
% Change Total Page Views= 8.32% (increase)
% Change Traffic served over SSL = 8.2% (Increase)


Pageviews are calculated when someone visits AvianQuests.Com and loads the entire page. If you are visiting the site for the first time in that interval, Cloudflare will also register as a unique visitor.


If something is linking to content on AvianQuest but is not actually visiting and loading the entire page (bot, plugin, app pulling data, etc), then this would only count as a unique visitor and not a pageview.

SIDE BAR

We've added a collapsible and floating Side Bar feature (Thanks to Cloudflare) for all desktop and/or mobile users. 

AvianQuest.Com Sidebar July 2017


Avianuest.Com Side Bar Menu Expanded July 2017

The Side Bar acts as a support to the blog menu.

The Side Bar can expanded by clicking on it/pressing on it as shown above. It has the following menu:

Home- Prompts you back to the blog page.

About - Describes AvianQuests.Com

Support - Support the Blog

Contact - Email the webmaster.

Twitter

Facebook

DHS Widgets- Dept. of Homeland Secutiy widgets

Privacy Policy

Terms and Conditions

Site Map- A one page chronological order/list of all blogs which were posted from the beginning.

Sign Up To Ride- UBER ride services


AvianQuests.Com Implements Floating Back To Top Button

We've maintained the Floating Back To Top Button which will aid you to efficiently navigate our blog site.   


In addition, one big help in decreasing instances of bad browser threats is my blog link below dubbed:


implementing Google Chrome's Certificate check with GRC fingerprinting security 

At AvianQuests.Com we will make sure that your blog experience and access to our information/resources/products/services is well secured and it follows world class standards/laws/regulations and we will continue to implement security/performance improvements on a month to month basis.


Multi-fold thanks to everyone who visited our site. Do keep visiting and support our blog. Till next blog. 😎

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Battle For the Future of the Internet

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


battleforthenet this is a battle for the future of the internet


We at AvianQuests.Com- REPRESENT! We're publishing this mirror page in support of the battle for the future of the internet. On July 12, 2017, websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality.

Free Press will contact you about future campaigns. 
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battleforthenet they comcast verizon time warner cable atandt want to own and control the web for their own devices


battleforthenet defend the internet become one with us

battleforthenet join us

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For Press inquiries, please contact us at:

All other inquiries, contact [email protected]


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This is not a paid ad/endorsement.



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Site Optimization Makes A Better Blog

Monday, July 3, 2017

AvianQuests.Com June 2017 Site Performance Report

I.  CLOUDFLARE

Hi guys! Let me start this as an auspicious precedent which will likely repeat every month. This is humbly dubbed as "AvianQuests.Com Site Performance Report" which I culled from my Cloudflare's monthly reports which will mainly dwell on the site optimization progress that we've made so far in terms of blog site security, performance, etc., 


AvianQuests.Com June 2017 Web Traffic

Multi-fold thanks to everyone who visited this humble site last June 2017. Do keep visiting and support our blog. 

Here's a breakdown: 
Total Unique Visitor's = pegged at 8,535;
Maximum Unique visitors = at 700; and
Maximum Unique visitors= 390.

Total Page Views of AvianQuests.Com June 2017 is 100,871.

Pageviews are calculated when someone visits AvianQuests.Com and loads the entire page. If you are visiting the site for the first time in that interval, Cloudflare will also register as a unique visitor.


If something is linking to content on AvianQuest but is not actually visiting and loading the entire page (bot, plugin, app pulling data, etc), then this would only count as a unique visitor and not a pageview.



For our search engines from four and with a recent one more addition, last month changed how our unknown and newbie site is being distributed globally to reach audience/readers. This is one of a webmaster/site owner's optimization objective. Sorry, we're not at the liberty to disclose our crawlers/bots but just the number of pages crawled. 

AvianQuests.Com June 2017 - Security

When you visit AvianQuests.Com rest assured and that's a guarantee that our blog site is 100% secured since we're SSL and https compliant. Traffic served over SSL is 58% comprised of 169,739 SSL secure requests.

Total Threats Stopped measures the number of “suspicious” and “bad” requests that were aimed at your site. Requests receive these labels by our IP Reputation Database as they enter Cloudflare’s network:

Legitimate: request pass directly to your site

Suspicious: The request has been challenged with a CAPTCHA page or JavaScript challenge page.

Bad: The request has been blocked because of our Browser Integrity Check, or because of user configured settings like WAF rules or IP range block.

Cloudflare uses Threat Scores gathered from sources such as Project Honeypot, as well as our own communities' traffic to determine whether a visitor is legitimate or malicious. When a legitimate visitor passes a challenge, that helps offset the Threat Score against the previous negative behavior seen from that IP address. Our system learns who is a threat from this activity.

In addition, to threat analytics, we can also monitor search engine crawlers going to our websites. For most websites, threats and crawlers make up 20% - 50% of traffic.



AvianQuests.Com June 2017 - Top Threat Origins - Top Traffic Origins - Top Crawlers Bots

Cloudflare's Browser Integrity Check looks for common HTTP headers abused most commonly by spammers and denies them access to our page. It will also challenge visitors that do not have a user agent or a non-standard user agent (also commonly used by bots, crawlers, or visitors).

AvianQuests.Com logged a total of 126 Top Threats (Bad Browsers) which originated from the following countries: 
France = 78; Ukraine = 32 = Philippines = 10; Hong Kong = 3 and United States = 3.

AvianQuests.Com June 2017 Threats - Total Threats - Top Country - Top Threat Type

Cloudflare classifies the threats that it blocks or challenges. To help you understand more about our site’s traffic, the “Type of Threats Mitigated” metric on the analytics page measures threats blocked or challenged by e.g., : 

Bad browser: The source of the request was not legitimate or the request itself was malicious. Users would see a 1010 error page in their browser. AvianQuests.Com traffic originating from France were users classified with bad browsers. 

AvianQuests.Com June 2017 - Fewer Servers needed - Bandwidth Served - Content Type Breakdown

The “fewer servers needed” percentage is a rough estimate of how much less capacity we need in order to handle our site’s traffic because we are using Cloudflare. This number is based on the requests and bandwidth saved by Cloudflare.

II.  Google Translate & A Better Browser

Newness is our constant motto here at AvianQuests.Com and we've just added two most important blog site features.
AvianQuests.Com  Blog Implements Google Translate

Google TranslateGoogle Translate is a free multilingual machine translation service developed by Google, to translate text, speech, images, sites, or real-time video from one language into another. It offers a website interface, mobile apps for Android and iOS, and an API that helps developers build browser extensions and software applications.

This will break language barriers for you to fully enjoy our blog content.


A Better Browser- Warns users with a simple message at the top of Avianquests.Com website if their browser version is too old.

III.  Other Implements


AvianQuests.Com Implements Floating Back To Top Button

A Floating Back To Top Button will aid you faster navigate our blog site.   

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