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Wolfram Alpha Launch: The Dawn of a New Era for the Web?

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

wolfram2Wolfram Alpha is an intriguing new search engine which is based on building a large set of facts into a system and making it computable. On May 15th at 7 pm, WolframAlpha became public. Initial queries like “What is the meaning of life?” Answer: 42 were quite hilarious. (fyi, references the age-old Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy)

After a few more queries, it became clear that there are a lot of facts which the system does not yet know about. However, we believe that it will quickly change.


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Caution:Blog Scrapers

Friday, May 8th, 2009

paws1There has recently been a lot talk about the importance of blogging for SEO purposes. Many experts agree that a blog is a dynamic and interactive tool which allows you to effectively address vital issues and share relevant and useful information with readers both inside and outside the industry. But as blogging increases in popularity, more websites are facing the alarming problem of content theft.
My first encounter with this issue happened a while ego when I posted my first blog on Data Feed Optimization. In a matter of a hours the word-by-word copy appeared on multiple sites. A few days later the original blog was completely knocked out of search results. What happened to me is not uncommon. Scrapers also known as content scrapers or feed scrapers are computer programs that go out onto the web and copy the content from other sites with unique content.

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Local Search Optimization, the new SEO for small businesses?

Monday, April 13th, 2009


Earlier last week Google released a statement announcing that effective April, 6th local search results will be included by default on all queries. How does this change anything? Here is why we believe it will have a huge impact on the way many SEO companies build their strategies.
Let’s start with the benefits for the immediate consumer. Before this change occurred, users had to request local search results by typing their geographic location in the search box. With the new technology they won’t have to do it any more. Google will identify where users are by using their IP-address thus people can get to the most useful and relevant results a lot faster. This is also great news for mobile phone holders whose devices have a trackable GPS module. No more tedious I-phone typing in the cold! Mobile search is about to get a lot easier.

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Rank checking tools blocked by Google

Monday, October 20th, 2008
rank-checking-blocked-by-googleMost people don’t know the sordid history of automated query tools with Google.

WebPosition Gold and Google- The SAGA:

Penalize you for using web position gold: (April 2003) http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/12118.htm
Google and position checking software: (Jan 2003) http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum3/8573.htm

Whats the status of Google vs WPG Users? (July 2002) http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum5/1231.htm

What exactly gets banned using WebPositionGold; (June 2004) http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum5/4799.htm
Web Position Gold & Google IP bans (May 2009) http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum39/3337.htm

By the way, it isn’t just web position gold.  It seems that every rank checking tool out there has been affected by this.  There’s a number of people who think it’s silly for Google to be blocking access to rank checkers.  But I’m pretty sure I know why they are doing it now.  Rank Checkers have a huge impact on “impressions” and skew the search data significantly.  As Google uses this data more and more, they have a strong motivation to make sure their impression data is more accurate for search results.

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