Friday, June 30, 2006

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Google Censoring Google Answers?
(Search Engine Journal)


"Peter Da Vanzo at V7N’s SEO Blog covers a story on Google Answers pulling some Q&A sessions which it does not approve of.

Here is the question : “What percentage of Google searches are contextual?”

And the Google Official response : “We’ve removed your question because you can find the answer on our main site, free of charge.”

However, as Peter points out, the answer to this question is no where to be found in Google."
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Thursday, June 29, 2006

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Biggest mistakes with do it yourself SEO
(Internet Search Engine Database – ISEdb)


“I have taken some of the most common mistakes and will explain them for you here. Hopefully, this will help you correct any problems on your site.

Keyword research
Bad web design
Hidden text
Repeating words too often


This is just a.small portion of problems I see. Hopefully, you can learn to avoid common SEO mistakes. Unless you are SEO savvy, it's almost always better to hire a professional if you can afford to. I know that isn't always possible. Also, try to get your information and tips from reliable sources. It will save you a lot of back tracking.”
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Why Google's still searching (ZDNet India)

Google recently rolled out a wave of new products designed to provide consumers with a more personalized search experience.

Unfortunately for Google, its quest to know and understand its users misses the mark.


Until search engines embrace the importance of understanding both consumer preferences and the content they seek, the promise of personalized search will remain unfulfilled.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

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Search Engine Promotion: No Strategy. No Success
(Internet Search Engine Database – ISEdb)


“Whether you're planning the launch of your first site, or wondering why your site counter is actually moving backward, stop.

You need a strategy to promote your site to search engines and to visitors.

A plan of action based on five key factors, all of which should be weighed carefully before you take another step.

Here are the five, most important considerations in the development of any search engine promotion.

1. The Site's Objectives
2. Market Analytics
3. Techno-Factors
4. Plan Your Presentation Layer
5. Promotion and Optimization

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

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Search wars: Is mighty Google vulnerable?
(The ChronicleHerald.ca - Canada)


"The Google brand has taken on a life of its own," concedes Jim Lanzone, the boss of Ask.com, the fourth-largest but fastest-growing search engine, and this simultaneously frustrates and delights him.

It frustrates him because people say they "google" things even when they go to Ask or other engines to search the Web; because Google is considered, for no good reason (in his opinion), "the safe choice under pressure;" and because many people "don’t seem to want choice" and stick to Google out of mere inertia.”
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Saturday, June 24, 2006

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Search engines need to start finding (Computer Weekly)

“Typing “woppit” into Google provides 507 results. In Yahoo, 350. In MSN search, 528. I have no idea what a woppit could possibly be, or what I would do with one – I just chose a made-up word to see what came of it.

That such a word produces many results is strange enough – that we get hundreds does not bode well for when we are searching for something..”.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

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Are You a Search Engine Spammer?
(Search Engine Journal)


Are you an SEO spammer and didn’t even know it?
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Thursday, June 22, 2006

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Google First In U.S. Search, But Lags In China
(Personal Tech Pipeline)


“The Mountain View, Calif., company in May accounted for more than 49.1 percent of all Web searches, compared to 22.9 percent for second-place Yahoo Inc. and 10.6 percent for third-place MSN, which is owned by Microsoft Corp., Nielsen/NetRatings said.”

“In China, however, the landscape was quite different. In the first quarter, China's homegrown Baidu led the market with a 43.9 percent share, seconded by Yahoo with 21.1 percent, according to Chinese consulting firm Analysys International. Google was third with 13.2 percent.”
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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What Are The 200 Signals Google Uses To Rank Pages?
(Search Engine Watch Forum)


“I was going about my daily work load and I was reading an article about how there were about 100 onpage and off page factors that the algos consider for SEO. So over the last few weeks I took about an hour out of my busy day to try to list all the 100 factors involved with SEO. I got to about 37. It made me ask this question "Do I know what I am doing?”
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Monday, June 19, 2006

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New Competitive Intelligence Survey Available (beSpacific)

"The Competitive Intelligence Foundation's State of the Art: Competitive Intelligence Research Report ($) helps chart the progress of the competitive intelligence (CI) field.

This report provides CI practitioners significant information on how competitive intelligence can support their organizational environment – information that can be used by all practitioners to improve their effectiveness."


• Free executive summary (16 pages, PDF)

• See also Got Competitive Intelligence? Tips, Tools, Techniques for the Savvy Marketer, by Donna Cavallini and Sabrina I. Pacifici.
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

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Google unveils U.S. Government Search

“Looking to keep up on White House feeds or the Weather around Washington, DC? Google has come out with a new search service and customizable homepage targeted towards US Government employees and contractors called Google U.S. Government Search.

Read the complete story here (SearchEngineJournal)"
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Saturday, June 17, 2006

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Yahoo's Chinese Search Engine Found To Be Biggest Censor (InformationWeek)

A press advocacy group says Internet companies can still access the Chinese market without betraying their ethical principles, but it claims Yahoo is a big offender in censorship.
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Friday, June 16, 2006

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Google's Secret Project a Supercomputer Network
(MarketingVOX)


“In a hush-hush project, Google has been building a huge computing center on the banks of the Columbia River in The Dalles, Oregon, to expand it worldwide computing network, which already encompasses an estimated 450,000 servers, more than twice as many as Microsoft's 200,000, reports the New York Times.

Using the latest academic research, Google apparently plans to build a network of supercomputers that can process more data, more quickly and less expensively than rivals.”
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Thursday, June 15, 2006

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Vista goes public (WXPNews)

”Techies have been testing it for months, but up until now, consumers had to wait.

There's been plenty of hype about Microsoft's new operating system, from both sides of the fence. On private newsgroups, beta testers have posted horror stories, glowing reports, and everything in between.

Some industry pundits have ragged on Microsoft for omitting some features as Vista has rolled closer to completion and for pushing the final release date back.

Meanwhile, members of the computer-using public have reacted in ways ranging from ho-hum apathy to eager anticipation.


Now those who want to (and are brave enough) can try it out for themselves. Last week, Microsoft released the first public beta of Vista.

You can download the "Customer Preview Edition" at:
http://www.wxpnews.com/060613-Vista_Beta
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Saturday, June 10, 2006

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House rejects Net neutrality rules
(Tech News on ZDNet)


”The U.S. House of Representatives definitively rejected the concept of Net neutrality on Thursday, dealing a bitter blow to Internet companies like Amazon.com, eBay and Google that had engaged in a last-minute lobbying campaign to support it.

The concept of network neutrality, which generally means that all Internet sites must be treated equally, has drawn a list of high-profile backers, from actress Alyssa Milano to Vint Cerf, one of the technical pioneers of the Internet.

It's also led to a political rift between big Internet companies such as Google and Yahoo that back it--and telecom companies that oppose what they view as onerous new federal regulations.”
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Friday, June 09, 2006

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Searches Increase For Top 5 Engines (Forbes.com)

“Google had the strongest results across the board, Schachter wrote in a note to analysts Thursday, with a 29% quarter-over-quarter and 54% year-over-year increase in searches.

Yahoo! also had a solid April, when searches on the site increased 5%, month-over-month, and 23%, year-over-year.

Results were slightly more mixed for MSN, which saw remained flat, year-over-year, in searches, decreased 1% month-over-month, but increased 11% quarter-over-quarter.”
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

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Brin Admits That Google Has Made A Compromise in China (Softpedia, Romania)

“After claiming that they haven’t compromised their principles when accepting to censor the results returned to the Chinese, one of the founders of the Mountain View company has admitted that a compromise has been made.”

“In order to operate from China, we have removed some content from the search results available on Google.cn, in response to local law, regulation or policy. While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information, or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information - is more inconsistent with our mission," Andrew McLaughlin, senior policy counsel, told the Associated Press at the time.”

“The Google official emphasized that the search engine accepted censorship only after the Chinese authorities blocked the service.”


We were evil, Google founder admits
(The Sydney Morning Herald, Australia)


“Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin acknowledged the dominant internet company has compromised its principles by accommodating Chinese censorship demands.”

“Google's China-approved web service omits politically sensitive information that might be retrieved during internet searches, such as details about the 1989 suppression of political unrest in Tiananmen Square. Its agreement with China has provoked considerable criticism from human rights groups.”

"We felt that perhaps we could compromise our principles but provide ultimately more information for the Chinese and be a more effective service and perhaps make more of a difference," Brin said.”


Google's Mr. Brin goes to Washington (CNNMoney.com)

"Our reputation certainly suffered" from reports that Google's Chinese site -- www.google.cn -- did not show search results on topics critical of the Chinese government, he [Sergey Brin] said.

But he said only 1 percent of Chinese users use google.cn, while the majority uses the unfiltered www.google.com.

"We are not actually censoring in China," he added.”



China turns up the heat on Google.com (PC Pro)

“China has turned up the gas on the great firewall of China, cutting off access to Google.com almost completely, according to Reporters without Borders (RWB).

'It was only to be expected that Google.com would be gradually sidelined after the censored version was launched in January,' RWB said. 'Google has just definitively joined the club of western companies that comply with online censorship in China.

Makers of software such as Dynapass, Ultrasurf, Freegate and Garden Networks, built to get around Chinese controls, say that the increase in problems being experienced by Chinese users can only be put down to extra resources being poured into blocking Net access within China.

They say they are using information from these users to develop the software so that it still works effectively.”
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Monday, June 05, 2006

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The Top Ten Best Firefox Extensions
(Web Search – About.com)


“Firefox extensions "are small add-ons that add new functionality to Mozilla applications. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the application to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features, while minimizing the size of the application itself" (from the official Firefox Extensions site). Here are my picks for the Top Ten Best Firefox Extensions:

1. Tab Mix Plus
2. Scrapbook
3. Google Toolbar for Firefox
4. MyCroft
5. SessionSaver
6. CacheOut
7. BetterSearch
8. FoxyTunes
9. GMail Manager
10. Yahoo Mail”
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Thursday, June 01, 2006

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Check Search Engine Ranking In Google, Yahoo, and MSN Search (Web Search - About.com)

“Looking for a few search engine optimization tools you can utilize to monitor your search engine rankings in Google, Yahoo, and MSN Search? Read this article titled Check Search Engine Ranking In Google, Yahoo, and MSN Search for more information.”
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