Monday, March 5, 2012

Google Search Requiring Cookies? Google Says No

There are several reports at WebmasterWorld where users using Firefox are claiming that the only way to search at Google is to turn on their cookies.
I've personally tested this in a few Firefox browsers and cannot replicate it. I've turned off cookies but Google still lets me conduct my searches. But at this point, there are just too many people complaining about it to not raise an eyebrow. There are tweets, forum posts and so on.
Google told me this is something they are "not testing or rolling out."
So maybe it is a Firefox issue? Maybe it is a bug in Google that Google is not aware of? Or maybe Google is not telling the truth and they are testing something? I am not sure.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Google's Panda Algorithm Now A Rolling Update?

Ever since Google released the Panda update in February, it has been known that Google carefully and manually pushed out updates to it on cycles that were often months apart.

Back in May, Matt Cutts said that is how they did it for now. Much like the Google bomb algorithm.

I am starting to believe that over the past couple weeks that Google has begun to either push the Panda updates out more aggressively on a manual basis or has set it to roam free on it's own - in the wild.

Yes, I think that Panda is now a rolling update. I can be totally wrong, but based on reading the various threads in multiple forums, it seems like Panda is updating almost daily. Maybe it isn't Panda related but it is hard to tell.
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Anyway, I do not have confirmation from Google on this, nor do I think I would get one. But no one would be surprised if Google did eventually make the Panda algorithm a rolling update of some sorts.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Google Panda Update: Say Goodbye to Low-Quality Link Building

A while back, I wrote about how to get the best high volume links. Fast forward eight months and Google has made two major changes to its algorithm -- first to target spammy/scraper sites, followed by the larger Panda update that targeted "low quality" sites. Plus, Google penalized JCPenney, Forbes, and for "shady" linking practices.
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What's it all mean for link builders? Well, it's time we say goodbye to low quality link building altogether.

'But The Competitors Are Doing It' Isn't an Excuse

This may be tough for some link builders to digest, especially if you're coming from a research standpoint and you see that competitors for a particular keyword are dominating because of their thousands upon thousands of pure spam links.

But here are two things you must consider about finding low quality, high volume links in your analysis:

Maybe it isn't the links that got the competitor where they are today. Maybe they are a big enough brand with a good enough reputation to be where they are for that particular keyword.

If the above doesn't apply, then maybe it's just a matter of time before Google cracks down even further, giving no weight to those spammy backlinks.

Because, let's face it. You don't want to be the SEO company behind the next Overstock or JCPenney link building gone wrong story!

How to Determine a Valuable Backlink Opportunity

How can you determine whether a site you're trying to gain a link from is valuable? Here are some "warning" signs as to what Google may have or eventually deem as a low-quality site.

Lots of ads. If the site is covered with five blocks of AdSense, Kontera text links, or other advertising chunks, you might want to steer away from them.

Lack of quality content. If you can get your article approved immediately, chances are this isn't the right article network for your needs. If the article network is approving spun or poorly written content, it will be hard for the algorithm to see your "diamond in the rough." Of course, when a site like, which has one hell of an editorial process, gets dinged, then extreme moderation may not necessarily be a sign of a safe site either (in their case, ads were the more likely issue).

Lots of content, low traffic. A blog with a Google PageRank of 6 probably looks like a great place to spam a comment. But if that blog doesn't have good authority in terms of traffic and social sharing, then it may be put on the list of sites to be de-valued in the future. PageRank didn't save some of the sites in the Panda update, considering there are several sites with PageRank 7 and above (including a PR 9).
Lack of moderation. Kind of goes with the above, except in this case I mean blog comments and directories. If you see a ton of spammy links on a page, you don't want yours to go next to it. Unless you consider it a spammy link, and then more power to you to join the rest of them.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

What Is Doorway Domain

A domain designed to redirect traffic to a main website located on another domain. .

Friday, March 18, 2011

What is robots.txt

A file on a web site in the root directory of a website that is used to control which spiders have access to which pages within a website. When a spider or robot connects to a website, it checks for the presence of a robot.txt. Only spiders that adhere to the Robots Exclusion Standard will obey a robots.txt command file
There are several specific fields in a robots.txt such as User-agent specifies which User Agents are allowed to access the site and "Allow/Disallow" specifies which directories a spider may access.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Social Media Marketing Improvement

These days the meaning of online networking has changed, online networking means having the ability to tap into hundreds of relevant connections with clicking a button. For in

Social Media Marketing

stance you have the chance to connect with the colleagues in your industry, and make them impressive with your professionalism, and find information that can directly help you. However you should be aware of potential risk of doing it all wrong, alienating potential allies and ruining your chances at career development.

The old important question is which of the factor is more important for having the faithful and real audience in social media? The content or the distribution. They both don’t catch the whole picture as this is the user experience that is more important than these two. Now the question might be what the user experience is? The simple answer is when you navigate from one website to the other or video to other video you are doing it by the experience and it has been missing mostly from the digital media.

Social media world

Some people believe that content is the king! Yes but it is not the hole story, considering the case of a social media, it may offer instant access to great content but that content has become commoditized. Generally it is very difficult to keep this kind of content always novel. Therefore the content alone can’t be the final answer.

On the other hand the distribution models of the digital age are showing their errors. Since the world of digital is introducing the number of media consumption devices (Mobiles, Ipads, etc.), now people have more option to choose what they like. Content itself is no longer describes the option of distribution channel.

This time the experience envelops the content since the balance of power within the digital media is shifting. As distribution and content increase to overpowering the properties, user experience turns into the key to growing a real, faithful audience.

Is it difficult to make your freshman blog/site noticeable among the others, even though it has fresh unique contents? The reason is huge amount of old and established blogs exist. Having visitors with such competitors is a big deal. I don’t want to make you frighten but you should get noticed. So if the visitor of your blog is just you, you can increase it by using social media marketing in efficient way. That would be a real shortcut for having more and more targeted visitors.

Simple principals for having successful social media marketing

  • Knowing the online social platform
    • There are so many different social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, etc). Through these social media you are connected to verity of different people; friends, colleagues, bosses, university friends, business men, teachers and even people who you have not seen face to face or just once at party. So this is very important to understand the platform you are using, thus the relationship you have with a specific person before leave any content for professional achievements.

Social media platforms

  • Be more specific
    • Currently it has become common to approach someone for job help via social media, and being more specific in questions means that you have searched for that. For instance asking a question “I need more explanation about this job! Can you explain it for me?” Such questions are too wide that is difficult to provide an appropriate response.
    • Try to make it easy for people to help you with your massages or requested by being more specific. An appropriate question like: “I need more explanation about job offer GIS programmer! Would you explain the tasks more?”
  • Don’t miss the offline interactions
    • Social media are great for setting up a relationship but don’t miss the traditional face to face ways of interactions, be offline sometimes. Face to face interactions let you to build a stronger relationship with more confident. You can ask from the person who you meet through social media which way of contact is preferable for them.
  • Make your communication customized and targetable
    • For any of the social media you should customize your communication massages with regards to your niche. Be honest and open when asking for communication, it shows that you respect your connection with the recipient.
    • You can explain why you want to build a certain connection with particular individual. You should know about this person background which means you have searched about him/her which is valuable.
  • Show appreciation
    • Show respect, say Thank You when someone does something for you. Try to catch up on with friends and people in your network whenever possible. Don’t back to them just when you need them.
  • Role of Media Info-graphics on social networking
    • Info-graphics help delivering the information straightforward. Having a nice info-graphic has a potential capacity in expressing social web information in visually appealing manner. Variety of info-graphic types exist which any of them is suitable for delivering particular information, like; Social Web Involvement, Social Marketing Range, Social Landscape and Web Trend Maps.
  • Location Based Social Networks
    • Location based Social Networks are nowadays getting a great deal of attraction. Adding location data to social networks can increase the visitors as it is the most important characteristics of social media. Social networks should look at the motivation of their users for share their locations.
    • For example when you want to take a photo, it’s because you want to capture a moment which is beautiful and you want to share it with others. So the aim is to sharing an experience with others in social networks. The facility to geo-tag that photo should be considered maybe someone else wants to experience it as well. These days companies are using location as improvement, rather than an aim, though their specific functions are wildly different. As part of an extensive experience location can provide a rich layer of social experience.
  • Make fun by Twitter
    • One of the best social media for having traffic is twitter. Well it only needs a quick look to see the most favorite tweets are funny ones. If you follow the comedians you see how they increase their followers by their humor tweets. A nice 140-character tweet is so valuable that can deliver the massage as clear as possible to the followers through humor.

This is a fact that if you miss social media for marketing your business you miss great benefits. If you've got any additional ideas, let's hear them!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What is "XML sitemap"?

Sitemaps are an easy way for webmasters to inform search engines about pages on their sites that are available for crawling,They allow you to specify the importance of each page, the frequency which they should download them and the last time you modified them. or The Sitemaps protocol allows a webmaster to inform search engines about URLs on a website that are available for crawling. A Sitemap is an XML file that lists the URLs for a site. It allows webmasters to include additional information about each URL: when it was last updated, how often it changes, and how important it is in relation to other URLs in the site. This allows search engines to crawl the site more intelligently. Sitemaps are a URL inclusion protocol and complement robots.txt, a URL exclusion protocol.
Sitemaps are particularly beneficial on websites where:
The webmaster can generate a Sitemap containing all accessible URLs on the site and submit it to search engines. Since Google, MSN, Yahoo, and Ask use the same protocol now, having a Sitemap would let the biggest search engines have the updated pages information.

Sitemaps supplement and do not replace the existing crawl-based mechanisms that search engines already use to discover URLs. Using this protocol does not guarantee that web pages will be included in search indexes, nor does it influence the way that pages are ranked in search results.Google first introduced Sitemaps 0.84 in June 2005 so web developers could publish lists of links from across their sites. Google, MSN and Yahoo announced joint support for the Sitemaps protocol in November 2006. The schema version was changed to "Sitemap 0.90", but no other changes were made.
In April 2007, and IBM announced support for Sitemaps. Also, Google, Yahoo, MS announced auto-discovery for sitemaps through robots.txt. In May 2007, the state governments of Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia announced they would use Sitemaps on their web sites.
The Sitemaps protocol is based on ideas from "Crawler-friendly Web Servers".
The Sitemap Protocol format consists of XML tags.Sitemaps can also be just a plain text list of URLs. They can also be compressed in .gz format.
The File format of XML Site Map is shown below in image:

Sitemap Index
The Sitemap XML protocol is also extended to provide a way of listing multiple Sitemaps in a 'Sitemap index' file. The maximum Sitemap size of 10 MB or 50,000 URLs means this is necessary for large sites. As the Sitemap needs to be in the same directory as the URLs listed, Sitemap indexes are also useful for websites with multiple subdomains, allowing the Sitemaps of each subdomain to be indexed using the Sitemap index file and robots.txt.
Sitemap limits
Sitemap files have a limit of 50,000 URLs and 10 megabytes per sitemap. Sitemaps can be compressed using gzip, reducing bandwidth consumption. Multiple sitemap files are supported, with a Sitemap index file serving as an entry point for a total of 1000 Sitemaps.
As with all XML files, any data values (including URLs) must use entity escape codes for the characters : ampersand(&), single quote ('), double quote ("), less than (<) and greater than (>).

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