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Who Still Uses Windows XP? (Or Why Ohio is Totally Doomed)

As you may already know, support for Windows XP has officially ended today, April 8, 2014. This has spurred a frantic rush to update PCs all around the world as many banks, hospitals, and other businesses maintained their use of this popular operating system for over 10 years. But like any other important update, there are some stragglers who haven’t quite taken notice.

At WebFX, we like numbers. In fact, we have access to over 1500 Google Analytics profiles that allow us to see lots of numbers. This week’s buzz about the death of Windows XP (RIP) made us wonder: who is still using this?

By analyzing more than 7.8 million web visits since January 1, 2014, we have compiled the percentage of each state that is still operating and surfing the web from Windows XP.

Earning Backlinks In Real Life: 5 Links Every Small Business Should Have

Link building still matters. If you’ve been part of a successful link building campaign in the past, you most certainly will agree. Despite any tweaks Google has made since Penguin waddled onto the scene in 2012, Google’s algorithm is still largely based on the link graph and will be for the foreseeable future.

Penguin has changed the way that you need to acquire links, but the idea that a link from an authoritative website can help improve search engine visibility is still accurate. While on-page SEO can easily be summarized in a best practices document, link building isn’t as easy to neatly fit into a single page.

Still, there are some quick wins out there for businesses both new and old to link building. Remember: links are a sign of trust and authority to search engines. There are things that real businesses do that naturally and efficiently earn links and build trust online. Successful businesses can and do earn plenty of links without knowing what SEO stands for.

How the Internet is Getting Younger [Infographic]

Even as smartphone and tablet usage rates continue to rise, with 91% of adults in the US now owning a cell phone, the “age” of the internet just keeps getting younger. Children now begin consuming social media at an average age of only eight, and teens are now spending approximately five hours per day online. As the World Wide Web celebrates its 25th anniversary, we’re taking a look at how usage has changed over the years, and how teenagers — many who have never known a world without internet — are adjusting their online habits and behaviors. Check out the infographic to learn more!

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Who Controls The Internet? A State-by-State Look

At WebFX, we monitor about 1,500 different Google Analytics profiles across a large number of different industries. This allows us to do some in-depth analysis based on all the data we can bring in. We’ve already analyzed search engine usage and (not provided).

Upon seeing the recent buzz about Comcast buying out Time Warner Cable, we decided to examine how large of an impact this would have on the ISP landscape. Using more than 56 million visits from 2013, we took a look into the current ISP outlook. Below is what we learned about the ISP marketshare. Check it out!

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Hashtag Sunday: Social Media Analysis of Super Bowl Commercials

While this year’s Super Bowl excitement was, as usual, greatly hyped before the kickoff, the actual game lacked let’s just say… good football. This gave plenty of focus to a second tradition that is equally expected on Super Bowl Sunday: the commercials.

This year’s commercials were just as humorous, moving, and exciting as always, but it was obvious that brands were trying to tap into a third element of television and football. Social media was a buzz as the Broncos struggled in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters, but also in between downs and time outs as nearly every single brand’s commercials highlighted a distinguishing hashtag at the end of their commercials.

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