Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mozilla Updates Firefox on Schedule (PC World)

Open-source Firefox 1.5 browser is now available for free download.

“The wait is over for the Firefox faithful, as the Mozilla Foundation released the new version of the browser as planned Tuesday.”

Sunday, November 27, 2005

U.S. Senate Goes After Spyware (InformationWeek)

Earlier anti-spyware bills have stalled in Congress

“After several similar efforts in the last two years, Congress is taking another stab at countering the spyware that infests desktop computers around the country.

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation reported the Spy Block Act to the full Senate by unanimous consent.”

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Top Ten SEO Starting Tips
(Search Engine Guide)

”New and Improved 10 Tips to the Top at Search Engine Guide has Jill Whalen of HighRankings taking a fresh look at top SEO things to consider. She's got the details over there, but here's the summary:

1. Stick with an established domain, if you can
2. Optimize for your audience, not search engines
3. Research target terms extensively
4. Design your site with target terms in mind
5. Build a search engine friendly site
6. Use descriptive links
7. Create compelling copy keeping target terms in mind
8. Incorporate target terms into your title tags (YES! Each page should have a unique title)
9. Ensure your site is link-worthy
10. Don't fixate on ranking for one particular term.”

Friday, November 25, 2005

Search Engines and Spam (

Spamming Defined

“The word "spam", in the context of search engine optimization, refers to any unethical practice used to improve a page's ranking in search engine results.

Exactly what is considered spam?”

Thursday, November 24, 2005

A Compilation of Search Marketing Book Reviews
(Search Engine Watch)

“Looking for a book to help you sharpen your search marketing skills? Look no further—here's a compilation of reviews published in SearchDay over the past several years.

- The Buyer's Guide to Search Advertising Agencies, Marketing Sherpa
- The Buyer's Guide to Search Engine Optimization Firms, Marketing Sherpa
- Call to Action, Bryan & Jeffrey Eisenberg
- The Keyword Research Guide, Wordtracker
- Maximizing Search Engine Visibility, Shari Thurow
- Search Engine Advertising, Catherine Seda
- Search Engine Marketing, Inc., Mike Moran & Bill Hunt
- Successful Search Engine Copywriting, Heather Lloyd-Martin
- The Search Engine Marketing Kit, Dan Thies
- Winning Results with Google AdWords, Andrew Goodman”

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Search Engine Forums & Conferences - Are they Really Helpful? (Search Engine Guide)

In this article I look at some of the positives and negatives of online SEM forums and attending SEM and SEO conferences.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Spyware is ‘global pandemic’ (INQUIRER, UK)

“According to the [Webroot’s State of Spyware] report, spyware has spread voraciously across the globe, due mostly to the increase in global access to the Internet.

Not surprisingly, the US had the largest number of consumer spyware infections, with an average of 24.4 spies per PC scanned. Thailand had the second highest infection rate with an average of 18.7 spies per scanned PC and the UK rounded out the top three with an average of 18.1 spies per PC scanned.

Webroot also discovered that the most malicious types of spyware – Trojans, keyloggers and system monitors – continue to infect online users at alarming rates.”

Monday, November 21, 2005

SEO Contracts (Search Engine Guide)

“The other day someone asked me what sort of information should be in an SEO contract.

As I was writing my response, it occurred to me that there were probably a lot of small businesses and consultants who were wondering the same thing.

Unfortunately, many people don't even use a contract, or worse, they may end up blindly signing a contract provided by the client.”

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Make sure you Google it (The Australian, Australia)

Small players risk having their hard fought for brand names whisked away, writes Peter Switzer

Saturday, November 19, 2005

SEO For The New Google (Web Pro News)

For those who's businesses rely on the Internet to produce revenue the latest Google update, nicknamed Jagger, was one of the biggest events in the past couple years (probably since the Florida Update of 2003).

Friday, November 18, 2005

Develop Quality Content to Rule the Web
(Work On Internet)

Fresh content

”The age old question keeps coming up, how do you retain website visitors, how do you make visitors return to your website?

The answer should come as no surprise, fresh content. Content is truly king, the fresher the content the better the site.

What many webmasters fail to realize is that there is an endless supply of content on the web that is freely available to webmasters.”


Thursday, November 17, 2005

PestPatrol Will Detect and Remove Sony DRM "Spyware" (nFHQ)

“Computer Associates, maker of security software, has announced their anti-spyware program PestPatrol will detect and remove Sony's rootkit-enabled DRM software.

Reasons For Retention

• Installs without user permission, presenting only a vague and misleading EULA
• Changes system configuration without user permission at time of change.
• Defends against removal of, or changes to, its components
• Silently modifies other programs' information or website content as displayed.
• Includes mechanisms to thwart removal by security or anti-spyware products.
• Cannot be uninstalled by Windows Add/Remove Programs and no uninstaller is provided with application.”

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Yahoo and Google go mobile (Times, UK)

“Mobile phones may yet fulfil the potential foreseen during the dot-com boom, following reports that Yahoo and Google are to roll out services through wireless networks.”

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Firefox bites into IE dominance ( - cooltech)

“Firefox is taking a bite out of Microsoft's internet browser dominance, with more than 10 percent of web users going online with the open source browser.

According to analysis company One Stat, Firefox's market share has grown by almost three percent since April 2005, to a global average of 11.5 percent.

This is the highest share of the market the Internet Explorer challenger has ever reached. “

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

It Pays to Use Google Toolbar on Firefox

“Mozilla Firefox fans can list plenty of reasons they chose that browser over Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The latest could be that they got paid to.

Google recently expanded its AdSense for publishers programs to include referrals to both its Adsense program and Firefox with Google Toolbar. The new Firefox referral will pay AdSense publishers up to $1 "per referral the first time a user installs Firefox."

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Sorry folks, for not posting!

The last 4-5 days, I was busy with my new-born baby daughter.

Now we are three: Daniel (me), Angela (my wife) and Carina (yep, the cutie).