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SEO for the Semantic Web - A History of Web 1.0 to Web 3,0
Very interesting depiction and story boarding of how the web was and how it should be moving - as proposed by web 3.0 specifications. I think there are some great examples in this presentation of how data is interpreted by search engines, a good read indeed.
1TB in 68 Seconds - New Google Data Sorting Record
(image) Google has recently announced
new strides in its race to process the world's information - they've been able to sort 1 terabyte of data across 1 thousand computers in a only 68 seconds. The previous record of the the same data (1TB) was sorted across 910 computers and took 209 seconds. For one petabyte of data, it took Google 6 hours and 2 minutes to do the sorting, and the sorted data gets moved to 48,000 hard drives!
Google also acknowledges that they had triple redundancy and the data was backed up on 3 hard drives. Could it be that if you reduced that redundancy, this would all be much quicker? Not necessarily, since storing may not be part of the sorting algorithm that was recorded (and storing the data could have still been ongoing after the sort had been completed).
What's next? I guess the exabyte would be a huge step towards instant live data sorting...
Old Games and Reminiscing
The games being created now are phenomenal for sure, especially when we talk about graphics and video realism. But, there's no comparison to retro games when we talk about game play and enjoyment. Everything after Nintendo 64 games
can be considered "lacking" in the same comparitive quality gameplay.
I remember playing golgo 16, gumshoe and super mario brothers on the NES, and street of rage, robocop and eco the dolphin on Sega. I found a site where I could get some used SNES games
, especially given the economy right now.
Sites like JJGames
allow folks like us to reconnect with our 80's and 90's favorites without too much problem. Games help divert one's mind and occupation, specially after Google algorithm updates experienced in the past couple of months which have led to more undue occupational stress.
The Rarest Words - Semantic SEO Project by Lone Russian Programmer
(image) It's interesting when you come across a beta website like this. The site, therarestwords.com
, scans whatever website you place for words it deems opportunistic from a search engine marketing perspective. While these rare words are indeed "rare" and theoretically offer the possibility of being opportunities, the reality may be quite different.
That being said, the site is fun and can be quite useful - most of its usefullness depends on its future applications. My favorite feature is the "SEO fight" where you compare one site to another to see who wins the round for unique and rare words. This is a pretty gamable idea, knowing how SEO's tend to take opportunities like this and make them theirs. Why do I say this? Simple. The site encourages users to add terms that describe the sites or to edit what is already described. Simply click and edit any floating box to tag words and add descriptions, thus boosting "rare" words and adding to the database of terms and descriptions that therarestwords.com has for use on collected websites.
Another reason SEO's will take advantage of this tool is that they have incentive. The top 50 websites with the largest collection of rarest words gets a spot on its homepage and a free link that Google, Yahoo! and MSN adore.
I originally came on this
article by techcrunch and got interested enough to try the tools.
I do like the site, and it is impressive that one lone Russian programmer built this, but not quite sure how feasible the concept is just yet. Try it out and let me know what you think. Oh and by the way, the Russian programmer has wanted to lay low without exposing his name or any details about him... Sensationalism? Anticipation or suspense building? Who knows.
Google Local Voice Search - 411 Service From the Search Engine Giant
When I read that Google has a free 411 phone service, I just had to give it a shot. It turned out for a beta, actually pretty good. The system is based off of it's local results database and maps, with a very cheery set of male and female voices. The number is 1-800-GOOG-41 1 and aptly responds similarly to the 411 operator - all except the fact that is it completely automated. No voice operators here!
Albeit, a bit strange callign a phone service provided by Google instead of an online service, as one expects from the search engine - it could prove quite useful and it's free.
The servive is in beta and is called, Google Voice Local Search (GVLS), and according to Google, if the business is part of the Google Maps database, you should be able to get connected.
If there's only a single listing available, it offers to connect you; if more than one, you get a numbered list to choose from. And the best part is you can keep searching and trying other businesses to see how accurate the system is.
Google Unveils, "Web History"
The post explains the benefit of having access to all of your search information from a daily and longterm prospective. While extremely useful for finding your own trailings about the web, it now becomes a major privacy concern, since all of that info is housed on Google. Yes, one can make the point that it has always resided on Google and was never available to the user, but now it is just that much more targetted.
While I am a proponent of harvesting useful data and being able to track your own endeavors (mainly because my memore sucks...), this is problematic, because the web user has no control over the data or any particular situation tied into it... a problem in my book. Nonetheless, this is the advent of a new realm and advancement in user searches - thank you Google!
Google Spam Technique Uncovered
SEO Today - Search is Dead? - Doubtful
While Dave Pasternack (did-it.com) has some valid reasoning as to Yahoo!'s Subscriptions - their new beta service engine, in my opinion, Dave loses me on his thoughts that search will transition because of Yahoo!'s decision to put stock into their Yahoo! Subscriptions Service. After all, we all know Yahoo! is quite monetarily motivated, not user experience motivated, second, Yahoo! is losing market share to Google, the unreputed victor in search engine technology.
While Yahoo! in essence seems to be admitting defeat in the search engine space when it comes to natural search (organic), Yahoo! is just looking to monetize yet another approach to search. Google is making search better through it's many offerings - enhancing the usefulness of the results and user experience. While Google is in no way perfect, and quite frankly, churns out some very useless results, this is a complicated technology and with experience, testing and experiementation - search engines will remain organic in most.
Organic (natural search) may change when the algorythm improves to a level of proficiency within the best 10 results, making the SEO process intense, however, competition will remain and boost the need to know search engine technology inside and out.
SiteProNews is a free newsletter and webmaster resource site
(image) Site Pro News
is a great source for website / SEO information, and I would emplore you to signup for their SEO tips newsletter (especially if you are new to SEO). Many of their articles are useful, and best yet, they keep things simple and cite sources for direct information.
Of all the SEO or website development newsletters by email I receive, Site Pro News is one of the better ones. Fo instance, at the time of this writting (06.20.06), Site Pro News has on its home page 25 ways to add quality content to your website (part 1). This article makes its way into some fresh and not-so fresh ideas however, all of them are excellent for SEO and also making your content useful to users. While there are quite a few ads and sponsored links available on their website, the content is always useful and written to inform.
Google Coop Learnings
Great thing, this Google Coop offering. I was playing around with it an actually learned quite a few useful things regarding the usefulness and utilization of the service. Here are a couple of bits in the way of public knowledge and observation:
1) Google Coop is subscription based - Meaning, only users logged in and subscribed to Google Services will be able to view Coop listings (not coop refinements in the SERP)
2) Google Coop is flexible - The feeds that are provided for subscriber based searches allow for variants and even dynamic rulesetting. For example: If you own a blog at site.com/blog and you wanted anyone looking for [Color]+ site widget, the feeds can be "smart" enough to be found without too much difficulty - such as: "purple site widgets", "blue site widgets" or "green site widgets" (Take a look at the screenshot provided to see what I mean).
3) Google Coop feeds gain more visibility through popularity - Feeds that have high subscriber counts within their industry, gain more visibility through subscriber searches, and also place into the category "authority" sites listings within the Google Coop home website (whether or not someone is subscribed or logged in to Google Services).
Much more to be unveiled soon, however this is certainly a great start with regards to service understanding and knowledge for Google Coop.
Let me know if there is anything else to be added, or perhaps your findings about this service.
Google Spreadsheet - Web-Based Mayhem?
Banter and rumors are flying concerning Google Spreadsheet, a new web based application which allows users to create spreadsheet displays online (rumored to be included directly off of Google Toolbar with an additional partnership with Sun).
I am always curious to try a new offering, particularly when it has the potential to be really useful or if it competes against a product I deem inferior within the same class (IE: Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Program). Although Microsoft's spreadsheet program works to a degree and has helped me create ton's of useful documents, The way it works is... well... a bit clodgy. Web-based may not necessarily be a good thing eaither, unless it offers the potential to be linked into intranet applications using an API... think about this Google Spreadsheet developers (if you haven't already).
We can wish for the best, however in reality, all we can do is wait for Google Spreadsheet and at the current time, it is quite a tease for many in industries which utilize Spreadsheet technologies such as analytics, financial and SEO. Given all of the tools that Google develops and releases, it is amazing at times at the rate in which they are churned out (all in beta mind you).
Google Music: Part of the Search Engine Suite?
Although I have spoken about Google Music in the past, I've just had the chance to see it in action in the serps. Take a look at the above screenshot and you will see what I mean. I got a Google Music result off of the term "Foxy".
Although this to me is all a part of the Google search engine suite of tools, including but not limited to: Google Maps, Google Local, Google Desktop, Google Toolbar, Google Base, Google Trends, Google Finance and Google Coop. Of course there are many more, butg these seem to be the latest core of applications for the search engine giant, and this particular selection of tools seems to fit the bill when it comes to user search refinement and quality searching.
One thing in common is the logic behind the search engine applications, but they are all unique in the functionality and accessibility they offer to their users and sources. There is much more potential coming from these tools than Google has implemented, but this is certainly a great start. One could easily say that Google has the brain power, money and talent to continue scaling up the mountain of challenge to reach the apex of search engine success (hard to imaging right now as they are humungous and quite prosperous...
Let us all eat cake and the king shall reign for a thousand more years.
KartOO visual meta search engine
I have to say, this search engine is a great implementation of design, interactivity and search in one website. Although it doesn't use it's own blended algorithym, this meta search engine taps into results from a variety of sources and brings them together into a map generated by top twenty results and then "maps" them into a keyword/theme cloud.
This is not only fun, but can also provide guidance for those new to the web, or for practicianers of SEO or website optimization for search engines. By viewing the easily related words per website, one can determine that these words stick out at a search engine (good search engine simultation), posing keyword optimization issues or strengths.
Google Coop Profile and Onebox Listing
Testing Google Coop has turned to be quite a bit of an unknown, as I have involved several XML feeds... Trying out a combination of elements, outlined in the Google Coop developer pages. I still haven't asked anyone to subscribe to my links just yet, but I am hoping since you are reading this (Hint, Hint), that you would want to subscribe to my SEO Google Coop
I would think you (as a Google Coop subscriber) will start seeing advanced notice of any activities related to bloging, SEO, search engines and of course, any updated info on the Google Coop project (mine indubitably). Let me know what you observe given a subscription to my Google Coop Profile
And feel free to post relevant and useful Google Coop profiles here as well, the more SEO research oriented or at least early discovery based, the better.
Google Base, Local, Co-op and Screenshots
Google Base, the frontier for Local continues to pop-up in the SERP's in very distinct and unique ways. We've all seen by now the drop downs for selections based on recipes, real estate and jobs, but there is a new intregue upon the horizon.
Enter the specific search below for "Monte Carlo Las Vegas", bringing a travel inlay unlike the usual suspects... I've also included the nifty screenshot for the benefit of making this blip useful. In making this observation useful, I also searched based on the pattern for other "known" hotels in Las Vegas, namely "Paris", "Luxor", "Bellagio" and "Venetian". Funny thing is, that while "Paris" and "Luxor" hotels came up in the Las Vegas search, Bellagio and Venetian inlays were non existant - rather they led directly to the standard SERP listing on Google for the official hotel websites.
When I ran a parallel search on Google for "Las Vegas", I got what appeared to be Google Co-Op, providing a selection of drill-down links to narrow the search down for relevance. This was a very positive thing to me as the more options/filtering of results in Google (easy to run and use of course), the better their future engine will be and ultimately the best user experience when searching.
Take a look at the screenshots provided and let me know if there are ny other searches of interest or perhaps other features and uses. Thanks!
Niche Search Engine Results - Kosmix SE
Kosmix is bringing a new flavor to search - niche results specifically.
Practically, this is a refined search engine looking up relative topics and information across a select vertical set. Namely, Health, Travel, Finance, US Politics and Video Games.
It is refreshing to see how information is laid out at Kosmix, a combination of ASK.com and Superpages.com, giving refinement categories / key terms once a search is performed.
Although the Kosmix search engine is small right now, I could see where it has it's strengths, certainly specified searches in it's verticals can provide essentially more useful results than in a generic search like MSN or Yahoo!
Snap Search Engine - New Interface, New Search
Snap has come back into the race with a new interface and also a nifty new search engine. While I don't think it will win any following as of yet, it really is quite easy to use and may in fact beat out www.live.com
(MSN's offering) without much difficulty. There are far less bugs and with a couple more features added to Snap.com, the search engine might be a serious contender.
Definately check Snap's search engine out, I had fun testing several searches and using the in-browser, browser, lol. There in fact seems to already be a way to "suggest" a website without them actually having any link to it... As a matter of fact, it looks as if Snap uses an ASK.com approach - Using results that it spiders without recommended URL's then if they exist in the database and someone searches on those sites that aren't yet popular, it votes it into caching a thumbnail and other relevant visual and textual info.
I like that Snap is using the Google Suggest functionality with a twist. The inlaid browser that displays a thumbnail and information regarding that site being looked at, makes it easy to compare result descriptions with actual page content, making the life of a search that much more efficient.
Once again, check it out!
AlltheWeb - Google Suggest Clone?
I am sure this search has been around for a while on alltheweb, but I found it to be a very good implementation of a "Google Suggest" clone for search. It's slightly buggy, but for the most part fund and useful. If the engine also moves into being more targetted, perhaps a niche discovery search engine, I think alltheweb might gain popularity and play with the big boys...
Check it out for yourself.
Google Trends - Released for Search Marketing
Now this tool is quite useful when comparing terms due to consistancy of searches, seasonality of a search and also to determine popularity of terms. So in addition to keyword frequencies, this tool can certinaly help pinpoint the stress-points of an campaign or strategy to optimize it even further. Google Trends also displays regional, language and top cities that conduct the search. Talk about search intelligence!
Furthermore, Google Trends can do wonders for SEO and SEM in external site side optimization and keyword / trend research. It also comes with nifty and easy to use line and bar charts (which can go very well within research, sales and presentation documents). Another note to take in is the viability of ad posting and even related search terms inclusion into results in the future release of Google Trends.
Keep them coming Google.
Why Redirects are Bad
Yes children, it is important to play nicely with the search engines, particularly when getting into linking strategies and redirects.
The article over on Vilesilencer goes into the very basic, highlevel of what to do and what to watch out for when trying to secure links during link building activity. I would say this is a breakdown built for someone who wants to lear SEO or who hasn't worked much with link building.
Check it out and as always, feel free to share your opinions and feedback.
How to be a StopBouncer
In theory, this is a good concept, but it seems like in every implementation, it goes to sites like these to ruin the viability of relevant results for users, after all, these are commissioned and can certainly be irrelevant. Figured I would speak on this topic since it's a rare implementation and it's just way to simple an exploit of website visitors...
Yahoo! Search Places Yahoo! Buzz on SERPs
While this SEO round table article doesn't favor Yahoo! placing Yahoo! Buzz results in it's SERP, I have to say there is one very positive thing coming out of Yahoo! and Google for that matter.
There seems to be a surge in search engine tool integration directly into the SERPs. While Yahoo! Buzz may not be best suited in this fashion, it's nice to see that Yahoo is taking search a bit more seriously and making a move on enhancing results.
Yahoo! Buzz would certainly help some users and for some particular searches, could be valued, but I am sure Yahoo has other tools which can be even more effective... to better follow in Google's footsteps with Google Local and Google Base.
I will certainly keep my eye on this movement and see if any new suprises appear.
Flash Optimization and Website SEO Best Practices
Anyone interested in using flash and also creating a successful SEO campaign - Check this article out. It's a must.
Although I hate eye sores, you know, those websites made all of text with about 30 colors, many of them do extremely well and it is not because of their design. Think about it for a second, those websites are extremely thin, little to no hinderances in terms of code and visible content, thus search engines can better read and spider (AKA: scan) websites. This in turn improves the success of an SEO campaign or effort.
Read the article for a bit more insight into this topic. I know you will find it useful and perhaps a great learnings opportunity.
Google vs. Microsoft Round 2: IE7, Firefox, Google & MSN
This story, fresh off the press from Search Engine Watch, involves a treacherous plot followed by reveling in absolute horror and finally topped with incredulous mayhem! Just kidding, its the ongoing Google VS Microsoft battle involving a buch of whining, software debates and the neverending fight for market share.
Thing is, Google's bundled into firefox and now Microsoft intends on integrating MSN (Live) search into IE7. Of course Google has a problem with this move on Microsoft's part and has filed complaints, however is it fair that they do the same with firefox? Essentially We understand a couple of things that also make this unfair:
1) Microsoft sells everything under the sun (OS's, Search, Electronics, software) whereas Google is purely search (working on getting other offerings, clearly)
2) Google dominates the search market share, something like 45% VS MSN's 11%.
So this cannot be considered apples to apples, but on the search landscape, Google clearly owns it. As has been mentioned on other blogs, the two should shift from default settings to an initial user setup to determine which engine they want set up as default. Personally, they should just set the default to clusty, just to agree that neither will be favored ;)
I left this comment on the page as an opine relation to the subject and companies:It's pretty incredible how easily the tide turns. Microsoft, just recently, in the public's eyes, was considered the big brother / evil corporation and now Google's being put into that role.
The difference I believe is that both Google and Microsoft are the worlds mega corporations and it would seem perception has made them equal. Although users are somewhat married to Google search and Microsoft Windows, most refuse to let go to adopt new software, and perhaps with good reason. It costs alot and also requires a good bit of learning shifts and perhaps even paradigm altering.
Despite the battle between the goliaths, so long as they perform at least to par, we are certainly talking business.
By the way, I don't agree with Microsoft most times, but they are certainly using a strategy followed by tactic that will raise their search market share.
Let me know what you think, love to get feedback on these topics.
Niche Web networking sites chase MySpace ad dollars
A friend introduced me to myspace years ago, but it has really gained steam in the media as of late. As a matter of fact the "Social Networking" website has brought my best friend a fiance, and they are extremely well matched. I couldn't believe that Myspace could be a way to communicate effectively since to me it seemed like a college micro-site and nothing more, but once again, its how people use it and think of it - not how basic or advanced.
Well on to the actual story at hand. The article at CNN Money goes into a couple of new companies poised to make money off of the social networking space - based all on topics and subjects in business and personal fields. Everything from joke sharing to business collaboration.
Realizing that this is precisely what the Internet was envisioned to accomplish, these sites should do phenomenally well... Looks like the big boys have it in a vice at this point, but as always, the 'net gives the little folk quite some leverage...
Like the old saying goes, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for days, give a man a fishing pole and the man can live for years." , or at least somewhere along those lines. You get the point.