Friday, September 30, 2005

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93 Factors That Can Effect Search Engine Rankings
(Search Engine Guide)


“Rand Fishkin from SEOmoz has compiled a list of 93 factors that could have an effect on your search engine rankings.

Some of these are common knowledge such as the fact that title tags are one of the most important elements.

Others may come across as speculative such as the use of header tags (H1), bold and other visual tags.

And then there are some that seem to change all the time such as the value of links.”

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

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Why Google Blog Search Matters To Your Business
(Web Pro News)


“According to Google, Google's Blog Search is "Google search technology focused on blogs".

It includes search engine results specific to blogs not just in the Blogger.com community, but across the blogosphere at large.”
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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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Changes in Yahoo Search Results
(First Listings)


“As initially reported on Webmaster World, changes in the Yahoo search results are circulating around datacenters at this time. While it is still rather early in the update process, we have seen major sites with obvious changes in the number of backlinks, pages indexed and positions on SERPs.”
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Monday, September 26, 2005

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Google Announces Winner of the 2005 Google Code Jam (W3Reports)

“Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced Marek Cygan, a student at Warsaw University, as the grand prize winner of the 2005 Google Code Jam, Google's annual computer programming competition.”

“The second place winner was Erik-Jan Krijgsman, a student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and the third place winner was Petr Mitrichev, a student at Moscow State University in Russia. Both received a $5,000 cash prize.”
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Sunday, September 25, 2005

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Anatomy of a Search Engine Crawler
(Search Engine Journal)


“When you go to a search engine and perform a search many people don’t understand how those results end up there. Some people may think that sites are submitted while others know that a piece of software finds the pages.

This article explains one piece of that puzzle: The search engine crawler.”
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Saturday, September 24, 2005

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Search Engines... What They LOVE and HOW TO Get Them To Come CRAWL Your Website (Self SEO)

“Search Engines... one of the MOST tricky marketing tactics of them all online simply because the SE's are forever changing the rules of Website Optimization.

Meaning... what used to work "Yesterday" might not work "Today".”
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Friday, September 23, 2005

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Mozilla Under Fire (internetnews.com)

”The newest Mozilla Firefox update comes as Symantec's latest Internet Security Threat Report, reports that Mozilla browsers have had more vulnerabilities in the first six months of 2005 than any other browser, including Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE).

Symantec's report noted that between January and June of 2005 there were 25 vendor confirmed vulnerabilities in Mozilla browsers, 18 of which were deemed to be "high severity." In stark contrast, IE only had 13 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities in the same period and only eight were considered to be high severity.”

“Mozilla's popularity apparently may also be under attack. A recent study from Web analytics firm NetApplication shows that Firefox may be losing its grip and for the first time since being launched is actually losing marginal market share.”
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Thursday, September 22, 2005

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Opinion: Is Google Losing It?
(Information Week)


“When you use Google Search on consumer and small-business products and services, Google hacks and totally unrelated sites keep popping up to the top.

The problem is getting worse. Meanwhile, Google is fiddling around, creating e-mail, instant messaging and other services.

Is Google losing focus?”
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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

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Myriad Meta Search - Tooled Up for SEO
(Threadwatch.org)


Aaron Wall of SEO ook has launched a tooled-up meta-search engine called Myriad Search.

Not only does it provide research results from the biggest four search engines together - but also allows you to modify the individual influence of each search engine on your results.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

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Threats Against Spyware Detectors, Removers, and Critics (Benjamin Edelman)

“Those who make spyware detection / removal software, or who otherwise write about spyware, have come to receive threats from the companies they detect, remove, and write about.

Often these threats are kept private and confidential, but sometimes they become publicly known.

This page indexes such publicly-known threats, their dispositions, their apparent basis, and related research and discussion.”

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Monday, September 19, 2005

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Google Alerts Banned Sites (Outer Court)

“Now, when you’re breaking the Google guidelines and your site is going to get axed, Google may at least inform you about it. Threadwatch writes:

“Ooooooh, what fun! Google appear to be sending out “you’ve been whacked” notices to SEO baddies by email to generic addresses such as webmaster@ sales@ etc.”

I suppose this service is more aimed at those webmasters who unassumingly did something wrong, or for those who hired a shady SEO company which implemented blackhat techniques...”
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Saturday, September 17, 2005

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Making Windows Run Faster (Ask Bob Rankin)

"Is your PC taking forever to start? Is everything running slower than it used to? Try my special recipe for Cyber Sludge Remover to clean that icky goo out of your computer's pipes, so Windows will start quicker, run more reliably, and go faster on the info-highway.”

See also:

Turn Off Unnecessary Windows XP Services
(JasonN.com)


Process List (Process ID)
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Friday, September 16, 2005

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Google Launches Industrial Strength Blog Search
(Search Engine Watch)

“Google has introduced its long awaited blog search service, becoming the first major search engine to offer full-blown blog and feed search capabilities.”
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

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End user's spyware prevention checklist
(Search Security.com)


- If you're using Internet Explorer as your browser, change its settings to block Active X objects. Go to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level. There is a section near the top of the dialogue box devoted to Active X controls. At the very least, disable downloading of both signed and unsigned Active X controls and those marked as unsafe. Some Active X objects are spyware. This will block them.

- If you're workstation is running Windows XP SP2, then turn on the pop-up blocker feature in Internet Explorer and activate the firewall now bundled as part of SP2. The pop-blocker is listed under Tools in Internet Explorer's menu bar, and the firewall can be turned on from the Windows Firewall icon in Control Panel. These actions won't stop spyware altogether, but they can help.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

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Cerf's up at Google (Google Press Center)

Vint Cerf, a Founding Father of the Internet, Joins Google as Chief Internet Evangelist
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Monday, September 12, 2005

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Coping with Search Engine Penalties (Part I)
(Search Engine Watch)


"Search engine penalties are present and pervasive, and are a primary method used by search engines to control webmasters. Unless webmasters understand what they are and what to do about them, their websites could easily trigger a penalty, losing traffic and revenue."

Search Engine Penalties at Yahoo & MSN (Part II)
(Search Engine Watch)


"In the second of a two-part article, we look at search engine penalties applied by Yahoo and MSN, and how webmasters can avoid them, or get them removed once sites are in the penalty box."
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Saturday, September 10, 2005

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Google loosing ground in China
(Business Week)


"A survey by a Chinese Internet research group has found that Google is losing market share to its biggest Chinese rival, Web search engine Baidu.com.

The survey, conducted by the Beijing-based China Internet Network Information Center, reported that Baidu.com Inc. boosted its market share in Beijing by 10.8 percentage points to 52 percent.

Google Inc.'s share was at 33 percent, as the American Internet search engine kept its customer base steady while the overall market grew, said the survey, seen Tuesday on CNNIC's Web site."
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Friday, September 09, 2005

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Spyware Hits Business
(MSNBC - Newsweek: International Editions)


Spyware used to mean annoying pop-up ads at home. Now it's a tool of corporate espionage.
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Monday, September 05, 2005

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Seeing Into Google's Future
(Web Pro News)


Google may plan to redefine the term PPC to mean "pay-per-call" as it focuses on dominating local search markets.
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Saturday, September 03, 2005

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Evolution of Search Engine Marketing
(Search Engine Journal)


“The world of search engine marketing (SEM) is in constant evolution. With increased numbers of search engines, and evolution in the techniques and technologies used, SEM is becoming a tool industries cannot afford to do without.

Trends all over the world show that the pressure for SEM services is starting to come from their customers. Indeed, SEM is quickly evolving as the buzzword in a new, technology-driven advertising and on line marketing space.

As a result, companies that are serious about their internet presence are making search engine marketing a key component in their advertising campaign.”
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