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August 31, 2006

Michael Martinez Launches SEO Consulting

Filed under: SEO General — Connie @ 1:30 pm

I have been acquainted with Michael Martinez for some time through various forums. I consider him to be very knowledgeable in regard to the search engines and search engine optimization.

Michael is a contributor at SEOmoz. Tuesday the 29th he posted at SEOmoz that he had be dismissed by his employer.

Yesterday he posted at Spider Food Forums that he had decided to start a SEO Consulting Business.

Based on my contact with Michael he is someone that I can recommend, if you looking for for any type SEO services.

Michael I congratulate you on your decision, and wish you the best in this new phase of your life.

If you want to know more about Michael Visit these sites:

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tolkien-Studies on the Web

Michael Martinez Web Site

Personal Blog

Reactions on Sullivan’s Departure

Filed under: SEO General — Connie @ 9:48 am

Tuesday Danny Sullivan shook the Search Engine community when he announced he was leaving SEW at the end of the month, and SES around the end of the year.

He has made two blog post about this. Leaving Search Engine Watch and The Day After & Many Thanks!

Rustybrick has a good summary of the SE communities reaction to Danny’s announcement in this post Reaction from the Search Community on Danny Sullivan’s Departure. He also has a comprehensive list of blogs, and forums that are discussing the event. There are around 150 blogs, and 14 forms listed. These are just the ones that he has found to date.

I don’t think Danny’s departure is going to have any major impact on the search community. I seriously doubt that Danny is leaving the field of search. He is only leaving SEW and SES. Danny will simply be speaking from a different platform.

Furthermore, Danny is only one of many leaders in the search community.

On the other hand I do think this could have a big impact on Incisive Media who owns SEW and SES. At least as far as the forum and conference are concerned.

August 30, 2006

Meta Tags and US Law

Filed under: General — Connie @ 7:31 pm

This is an interesting article in theregister. Meta tag abusers face 20 years in prison.

The US has passed legislation which controls what website operators are allowed to put in their site meta tags. The law bans the use of words which might lead anyone to obscene content.

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that “America’s children will be better protected from every parent’s worst nightmare-sexual predators,” thanks to the law’s passage. It has been passed by both houses and awaits the US President’s signature before it becomes law.

I have no idea at this time whether the article is true or not, but I hope so. A couple of links The Register listed are no longer valid. I discovered this from a blog post by Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped.

If it is true I think it will be good news for many, and bad news for others.

Yahoo and Web Spam

Filed under: Search Engine Spam — Connie @ 2:40 pm

In August of 2005 Yahoo filed a patient application in regard to web spam. It appears that the patient may have been granted in May of 2006. Read the actual patient application Link-based spam detection.

Here are some snippets from the patient.

[0003] Searching is useful where an entire corpus cannot be absorbed and an exact pointer to desired items is not present or is not possible. In general, searching is the process of formulating or accepting a search query, determining a set of matching documents from a corpus of documents and returning the set or some subset of the set if the set is too large.
[0004] A typical index of Web pages contains billions of entries, so a common search might have a result set comprising millions of pages. Clearly, in such situations, the search engine might have to constrain the result set further in order that what is returned to the querier (which is typically a human computer user, but need not be the case) is of a reasonable size.
[0005] Since top positions (high ranking) in a query result list may confer business advantages, authors of certain Web pages attempt to maliciously boost the ranking of their pages. Such pages with artificially boosted ranking are called “web spam” pages and are collectively known as “web spam.”
[0006] There are a variety of techniques associated with web spam. One is to make a Web page artificially appropriate for being selected by many queries. This can be achieved by augmenting a page with massive numbers of terms that are unrelated to the essential content and are rendered in small or invisible fonts.
In this regard, authors of spam use another technique: they add to a page many incoming (hyper)links, also called inlinks.

Frankly I’m not smart enough to understand all the legal language of the patient.

One thing is certain. Yahoo is getting serious about Web Spam in general, and Link Spam in particular.

I keep reading that you can increase your rankings with Yahoo based on links even if the same links no longer work with Google.

I think that day is coming to an end.

Way to go Yahoo. Keep up the good work.

Eric Schimdt Joins Apple

Filed under: SEO General — Connie @ 2:15 pm

It was announced yesterday that Eric Schimdt the CEO of Google, has been appointed to the board of directors at Apple. Thanks to SearchNewz for making me aware of this. Apple’s announcement.

What does this mean? It may not mean anything. As the CEO of Google Eric Schimdt is on the board of directors at Google. He is also on the board of directors at Princeton University . Being on the board of Apple may not mean anything.

It does make one wonder though, since Google seems to be going head to head with MS in some areas beyond search.

A lot of different opinions can be read in this blog post by people who seem to keep up with this sort of thing.

It will be interesting over the next few months to see how this plays out.

August 29, 2006

Sullivan Steps Down

Filed under: SEO General — Connie @ 1:43 pm

Danny Sullivan announced this morning that he was stepping down and leaving Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies. He provided more detail on his personal blog in regard to the reasons he was stepping down.

Danny is a recognized leader in the Search Engine world. Whether you like him, or agree with, I don’t think anyone with any degree of knowledge of the industry would deny that he is a leader.

In fact Matt Cutts called the announcement a “SEO Earthquake“.

Today, Danny Sullivan announced that he’s leaving the popular searchenginewatch.com site that he built and the Search Engine Strategies series of conferences that he ramped up. For the search industry, this is a nine on the Richter scale and has the potential to shake the whole industry for a few months.

So what does the future hold for Danny Sullivan? Only time will tell. One thing I’m sure of. Danny Sullivan will always be recognized as a leader in the Search Engine Industry. I think Danny will always be a powerful voice.

What ever the problems were that resulted in this Danny’s decision I think they may be regretted by Incisive, the company who currently owns SEW, and SES.

August 22, 2006

RoboForm Pass Word Manager

Filed under: General — Connie @ 1:08 pm

I’ve been meaning to say something about RoboForm for a couple of months. Like many things I put off they never get done. Thanks to a blog post today (by Graywolf) I was reminded that I wanted to say something about RoboForm. Rather than putting it off I decided I needed to get it done.

RoboForm is a great Pass Word Manager and Web Form Filler IMHO. Check out their website at http://www.roboform.com. If you want to manage 10 passwords or less RoboForm is free. For more than 10 there is a one time fee of 29.95. Some of the benefits of buying the pro version.

Order RoboForm Pro today and you will get:
• Unlimited Passcards, Identities, and Safenotes.
Instant Activation of already installed RoboForm Free into RoboForm Pro.
• Free web and toll-free phone support.
• 30-day Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee.

As we would say here in the hills of Missouri, you can’t beat that with a stick.

One of the drawbacks to RoboForm was the old version that I used to have only worked with IE. However, the new version will work with the following browsers in addition to IE. RoboForm Adapter for Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 7, Netscape 8, SeaMonkey, Flock.

If I understood what Graywolf said you can even organize your logins by folder. You can read his article at RoboForm tips

August 21, 2006

Ewebproz.com

Filed under: Search Engine Spam — Connie @ 7:45 pm

Just another sleeze bag SEO site In MHO.

EWebProz.com is the one place to be for webmasters world wide. EWebProz offers free webmaster support, scripts, and rewards that is all that you will ever need to build a perfect website, free. Using our useful forums, you can chat with other webmasters about anything. SignUp free today.

Link Building

Filed under: SEO General — Connie @ 1:43 pm

Aaron Wall (aka SEOBook) recently posted about 101 ways to build link popularity. It appears that the post was a combination of Aarons input and Andy Hagans. There were 71 good ways to build links listed and 30 bad ways to build links.

On a quick read I think the article is worth reading and has a lot of good tips relating to link building. The good (do) and the don’ts (don’t do). I don’t agree with everything in the article, but I don’t agree with everything that anyone says. 😀

I don’t think anyone will devalue the value of good incoming links. One thing that I disagree with is this opening statement.

Because ultimately, it’s still the trump card for higher rankings.

I do not think in most cases links are the ultimate trump card.  They maybe in some industries.  I think the average webmaster who has a few good incoming links, with good page content will probably do just fine, if they have a visitor friendly site.  A visitor friendly site is also going to be a SE friendly site.

August 13, 2006

Blocking Bad Bots

Filed under: Bad Bots,Htaccess,Robots-Spiders — Connie @ 2:09 pm

Previously I provided a definition of Badbots. Now I want to provide you with some ways to block them from your website. You can block by user agent, IP address, or domain name.

Any of these methods will require the use of a .htaccess file. You will also need access to your actual log files.

Blocking by user agent

SetEnvIfNoCase User-agent “8484_Boston_Project” spammer=yes
Order allow,deny
deny from env=spammer
allow from all
You can change env=spammer to whatever name you want.

Blocking by IP address
order allow,deny
allow from all

deny from 66.199.231.202

Blocking by domain name.

This method uses mod_rewrite in addition to the normal .htaccess rules.

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} badsite\.com [NC]
RewriteRule .* – [F]

Or this for multiple domains.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} badsite\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} anotherbadsite\.com
RewriteRule .* – [F]

If you want to learn more about who the bad bots are the two best sites are:

Incredibill’s blog. Bill provides up to date information about bots that every site should be concerned about.

Psychedelix.com is another good resource.

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