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1881: new post   Making A Site Mobile and Search Friendly
We've noticed a rise in the number of questions from webmasters about how best to structure a website for mobile phones and how websites can best interact with Googlebot-Mobile. In this post we'll explain the current situation and give you specific recommendations you can implement now.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 22, 2011
1882: new post   Piracy of eBooks: A Growing Problem, Or An Opportunity?
If you're an author with little or no following, surely this is an opportunity. If you're an established author that relies on sales, it's going to hurt.[br][br]Should the established author fight, or ignore, and should the unknown author grasp this as an opportunity to get known.
Content, Writing and CopyrightFeb 21, 2011
1883: new post   Executives at Alibaba Resign Over Frauds
The chief executive of e-commerce group Alibaba.com has resigned after an internal investigation showed sales staff "intentionally or negligently" allowed more than 2,300 fraudsters to set up verified stores.

David Wei and chief operating officer Elvis Lee departed amid what the firm, one of China's biggest internet success stories, described as "systemic breakdown in our company's culture of integrity".
Asia and Pacific RegionFeb 21, 2011
1884: new post   Google Changing Page Titles and Descriptions
Does anyone have a good reason why Google couldn't just leave my home page title and description alone when I put noodp on the page?[br][br]I personally can't think of one. I can understand wanting to let their users know what the site has, but there's NO WAY they know the other titles and descriptions on the SERP pages better than I know them for my niche, and there's NO WAY they know what stands out on that page or results better than I do, so why do they need to mess with my home page title and description, especially when the page contains a noodp robots tag?[br][br]I don't mind if they want to convert ALL CAPS to First Letter Only or truncate it when it's too long, but I wish they would not change the text when I indicate I don't want it changed by using a meta robots noodp tag.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 18, 2011
1885: new post   Google Social Search Integration: Get Ready For Search Marketing Optimization
First, social search results will now be mixed throughout your results based on their relevance (in the past they only appeared at the bottom)[br][br]Second, we've made Social Search more comprehensive by adding notes for links people have shared on Twitter and other sites.[br][br]Third, we've added a new option to connect accounts privately in your Google Account. (After all, you may not want everyone to know you're @spongebobsuperfan on Twitter.)
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 17, 2011
1886: new post   Bing Testing Personalized and Location-Based Search
...something relatively simple: automatically tailoring search results based on your physical location. As 76% of people use search engines to plan trips, events or social gatherings, Bing Local has always provided you with maps to nearby business listings, authoritative reviews and areas of interest. Starting today, we're going a step further with new improvements that take into account where you are and serve locally relevant information directly in the body of the results page.[br][br]Second, we're introducing a feature that helps Bing present the most relevant website based on an individual's previous searches.
Bing Search Engine NewsFeb 17, 2011
1887: new post   Bing Results More Successful than Google?: Hitwise Study Says Yes
More interesting to me is their data on "success rate". Here there is no month-over-month change for any of them. However, the baseline shows a major difference. Success rates on Bing are measured at 81.5% and at Google, 65.6%[br][br]One reason for this is probably the definition of success. The detail isn't made very clear, but it does involve visiting another website. As we've been observing for quite a while, Google SERPs contain a lot of information on their own, and the user often doesn't need to visit another website to have found what they were looking for.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 17, 2011
1888: new post   Google One Pass Launched, A Digital Content Management Service
Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content.[br][br]With Google One Pass, publishers can customize how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them, offering subscriptions, metered access, "freemium" content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps.
Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business IssuesFeb 16, 2011
1889: new post   New Chrome Extension to Report Low Quality AdSense Sites
Google introduces a Chrome Extension for users to report low quality sites, (such as MFACF's: Made For AdSense Content Farms)[br][br]We've been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of the signals we're exploring is explicit feedback from users.[br][br]To that end, today we're launching an early, experimental Chrome extension so people can block sites from their web search results. If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 15, 2011
1890: new post   U.S.: New Do Not Track Privacy Bill Introduced
The bill is the first in this session to specifically tackle the creation of a do-not-track system, according to a spokesman for Ms. Speier. In December, the FTC issued a report recommending the creation of a do-not-track system and suggested that lawmakers use the report as a template for legislation.

Since the FTCs recommendation, Mozilla Corp. has said it will include a do-not-track feature in an upcoming version of its Firefox Web browser. But so far, no tracking companies have publicly stated that they will participate in a do-not-track system.
Webmaster GeneralFeb 14, 2011
1891: new post   NY Times Article On Paid Links
The New York Times has quite an article about white hat and black hat SEO - entitled "The Dirty Little Secrets of Search." [br][br]It seems that all through the holiday season, Penney's website was at the top for all kinds of retail searches, including single keywords like "dresses". Given the amount of competition for all these keywords. something smelled funny to the Times. So they brought in an SEO consultant firm, and they found a large number of backlinks, strewn around thousands of nearly abandoned websites.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 12, 2011
1892: new post   Amazon in Spat with Yet Another State
As a result of an ongoing tax dispute with Texas, Amazon.com has decided to take its ball and go home.[br][br]The online retailer said Thursday that it would shutter its Irving distribution facility April 12 and cancel plans to hire as many as 1,000 additional workers rather than pay Texas what the state says is owed in uncollected sales tax.[br][br]Texas wants $269 million from Seattle-based Amazon in past-due sales tax. It sent the bill to the company last October.
EcommerceFeb 11, 2011
1893: new post   The Fallacy of AdSense Failing: It's Not Really That Bad!
People are constantly saying AdSense is failing, going down the toilet, and of course everyone claims absolutely everyone is having these problems. The only thing is "everyone" is just the limited finite group of usual complainers constantly complaining which assumes the AdSense universe is only comprised of all of their complaining peers.[br][br]Have you ever wondered about the thousands or most likely millions of AdSense publishers out there that you never, ever, hear complain about AdSense?
Google AdSenseFeb 11, 2011
1894: new post   Microsoft and Nokia Team Up Over Smartphones
Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal would see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.

Microsoft's Bing will power Nokia's search services, while Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft's mapping services.
Smartphone, Wireless, and Mobile TechnologiesFeb 11, 2011
1895: new post   Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Released
Microsoft said today that it had sent the first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to original equipment manufacturers, with a consumer release to follow later this month.
Microsoft Windows 7 Operating SystemFeb 10, 2011
1896: new post   Your iPhone Passwords Can Be Stolen In Under Six Minutes
Researchers in Germany say they've been able to reveal passwords stored in a locked iPhone in just six minutes and they did it without cracking the phone's passcode.

The attack, which requires possession of the phone, targets keychain, Apple's password management system.

Among passwords that could be revealed were those for Google Mail as an MS Exchange account, other MS Exchange accounts, LDAP accounts, voicemail, VPN passwords, WiFi passwords and some App passwords.
Smartphone, Wireless, and Mobile TechnologiesFeb 10, 2011
1897: new post   Rumor of The Day: Potential Twitter Buyout by Facebook or Google
Twitter has been holding talks with potential suitors, including Facebook and Google, which could value the micro-blogging site at $10bn, reports suggest.[br][br]The new valuation would be a significant leap for Twitter. Last December it raised $200m in funds from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and existing Twitter investors. The deal valued the firm at $3.7bn. But since then investors have shown a fierce appetite for the new wave of internet companies and the valuations of its peers have soared.
TwitterFeb 10, 2011
1898: new post   Preventing Mail Server Hacking Attempts
It seems like automated spies, programs or whatever are accessing sender page and sending testing mails once or twice a day.[br][br]How can I avoid those people even sending test mail?
PHP Server Side ScriptingFeb 10, 2011
1899: new post   The Single Best SEO Strategy
If you were to choose only one SEO strategy as the most recommended, what would be it?[br][br]It is common knowledge that multiple factors play in multiple possible manners to affect SERP, but you are to recommend only one.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 9, 2011
1900: new post   Adobe Announces Flash Player 10.2 For Windows, Mac and Linux
Today, we're launching Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. We're especially excited that this release introduces Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for best-in-class, beautiful video across platforms and browsers.
Flash and ShockwaveFeb 9, 2011
1901: new post   comScore: Online Sales Grew 9.8 pct in 2010
Bouncing back smartly from the recession, online retail sales increased 11% in the fourth quarter of 2010 from the previous year, and full-year 2010 sales were up 9.8% over 2009,[br][br]Fourth quarter e-retail sales totaled a record $43.432 billion, versus $39.045 billion a year earlier. For the full year, online retailers sold $142.491 billion worth of merchandise, up from $129.797 in 2009.[br][br]Retail e-commerce had a strong fourth quarter, growing 11% versus last year as holiday season spending was bolstered by an improving sentiment among some consumer segments and by retailers' discounting and promotions,"
EcommerceFeb 8, 2011
1902: new post   Big Changes Promised Shortly at Google
We've been working on this issue for a long time, and made some progress. These efforts started long before the recent spat of news articles. I've personally been working on it for over a year. [br][br]The central issue is that it's very difficult to make changes that sacrifice "on-topic-ness" for "good-ness" that don't make the results in general worse. [br][br]You can expect some big changes here very shortly though.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 7, 2011
1903: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - February 2011
"WebmasterWorld's monthly SERP monitoring and update thread for February 2011."
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 5, 2011
1904: new post   Creating Your Own Backlinks Helps Ranking In Google
Last week, a competitor that is normally on page 3 to 4 on Google has started to rank number one or 2 for a highly competitive term.[br][br]When i was evaluating their backlinks, 85% of the 20 links they have are all from blog / low content sites they own. When I say low content I mean one post on a blog with a unique url over 6 months ago. The other 15% are from low quality directories.[br][br]I thought Google was trying to get rid of this type of spam links, not reward them...
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 4, 2011
1905: new post   Answers.com Acquired for $127 Million in Cash
today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by AFCV Holdings, LLC, a portfolio company of growth equity investor Summit Partners, for a total cash consideration of approximately $127 million.[br][br]"This is a great outcome for our shareholders," said Bob Rosenschein, Founder, Chairman and CEO. "After an exciting six years as a public company, we are very pleased to achieve considerable value for our investors."
Community Building and User Generated ContentFeb 3, 2011
1906: new post   Do Glass Ceilings Exist in AdSense?
Always reading about the so-called "glass ceiling" where AdSense won't earn any more than that magical amount where earnings are capped.[br]br]Are you sure the glass ceiling isn't your imagination and creativity instead?[br][br]I almost fell into the glass ceiling mindset trap once, years ago, when I couldn't seem to get the site over the $100/day ceiling, just wouldn't budge. Then I realized I was looking at it all wrong, the site and AdSense units as-is (as-was) caused the cap, so I set about to change things up. Couple of months later I was looking at a theoretical $200/day earnings cap, but having broken the $100/day ceiling I was sure I could bust it and did.
Google AdSenseFeb 3, 2011
1907: new post   The Best Way to Tell Google a Page No Longer Exists
What do you think it's the best way to tell googlebot that a page does not exist anymore.[br][br]Simply delete it and let it 404 until googlebot gets bored and stops trying, or return a 410 code everytime it tries to download it?
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 2, 2011
1908: new post   Google Finds Bing Using Google Serps as Ranking Signal
Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google's results, then uses that information to improve Bing's own search listings. Bing doesn't deny this.[br][br]As a result of the apparent monitoring, Bing's relevancy is potentially improving (or getting worse) on the back of Google's own work. Google likens it to the digital equivalent of Bing leaning over during an exam and copying off of Google's test.
Bing Search Engine NewsFeb 1, 2011
1909: new post   Canada To Get Metered Internet
Metered Internet usage (also called "Usage-Based Billing") is coming to Canada, and it's going to cost Internet users.

While an advance guard of Canadians are expressing creative outrage at the prospect of having to pay inflated prices for Internet use charged by the gigabyte, the consequences probably haven't set in for most consumers.

Now, however, independent Canadian ISPs are publishing their revised data plans, and they aren't pretty.
Professional Webmaster Business IssuesFeb 1, 2011
1910: new post   Making the Most Of The Page Title For SEO
WebmasterWorld Members discuss latest thinking on page titles for SEO purposes.[br][br]Are you limited to 70 characters, what about page title case, or special characters?
Google SEO News and DiscussionJan 31, 2011
1911: new post   Microsoft Releases a 'Fix-it' For Scripting Vulnerabilty In IE
...we're releasing Security Advisory 2501696, which describes a publicly disclosed scripting vulnerability affecting all versions of Microsoft Windows. The main impact of the vulnerability is unintended information disclosure.

The vulnerability lies in the MHTML (MIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML) protocol handler, which is used by applications to render certain kinds of documents. The impact of an attack on the vulnerability would be similar to that of server-side cross-site-scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. For instance, an attacker could construct an HTML link designed to trigger a malicious script and somehow convince the targeted user to click it. When the user clicked that link, the malicious script would run on the user's computer for the rest of the current Internet Explorer session. Such a script might collect user information (eg., email), spoof content displayed in the browser, or otherwise interfere with the user's experience.

The workaround we are recommending customers apply locks down the MHTML protocol and effectively addresses the issue on the client system where it exists. We are providing a Microsoft Fix-it package to further automate installation.
Microsoft Internet ExplorerJan 31, 2011
1912: new post   Facebook Places Deals Launches In Europe
Facebook made a significant move into the potentially lucrative local business advertising space on Monday with the launch in the UK and other European countries of Places Deals, which gives users discounts and benefits with nearby shops, restaurants and venues through their mobile phones.[br][br][br]Facebook says millions of users are already choosing to check in to venues, and its app is already the most popular in Apple's iTunes Store....[br][br]Through deals with partners announced today, the first 30,000 Facebook users to check in at Starbucks stores in the UK can claim a free coffee, the first 1,000 to check in at Debenhams will receive a free mascara and makeover, and the first four to upgrade their contracts and check in at O2 stores will win a free Xbox or Playstation.
Facebook MarketingJan 31, 2011
1913: new post   Training a Link Development Team
Creating campaigns, choosing the direction to move forward should be handled by a point person for the link building account.[br][br]The grunt work can be done through scripted responses by employees who do not need to know the higher level information, who may not be able to handle higher level information, but are perfectly capable to handle the routine scripted responses.
Link DevelopmentJan 29, 2011
1914: new post   Matt Cutts: Google Algorithm Change Launched
Last week, Google's Matt Cutts was talking about an algorithm change that would try to address low quality content in the SERPs - especially content farms, with a side helping of scraper sites.[br][br]Today Matt announced on Hacker News that a new algo had been pushed live "rank scraper sites or sites with less original content lower". Is that the same thing as content farms?
Google SEO News and DiscussionJan 28, 2011
1915: new post   'The world is going to run out of internet addresses within weeks'
The event that triggers their distribution is widely expected to take place in the next few days.[br][br]When that happens each of the five regional agencies that hand out net addresses will get one of the remaining blocks of 16 million addresses.[br][br]The addresses in those last five blocks are expected to be completely exhausted by September 2011. [br]
Website Technology IssuesJan 28, 2011
1916: new post   Microsoft Reports Record $0.77 Earnings Per Share in Second Quarter
Microsoft Corp. today announced record second-quarter revenue of $19.95 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $8.17 billion, $6.63 billion and $0.77 per share, respectively.[br][br]"We are enthusiastic about the consumer response to our holiday lineup of products, including the launch of Kinect. The 8 million units of Kinect sensors sold in just 60 days far exceeded our expectations," said Peter Klein, chief financial officer at Microsoft. "The pace of business spending, combined with strong consumer demand, led to another quarter of operating margin expansion and solid earnings per share growth."
Microsoft CorporateJan 28, 2011
1917: new post   Running Google Shopping For The First Time
Can't explain why, but we've never used Froogle/Google Base/Merchant Center. Seems that not many sellers in our niche use it either. Perhaps low-ball pricing of some sellers may discourage others.[br][br]Anyway, tonight I trudged into the instructions for submitting a feed and uploaded about 100 products.
EcommerceJan 27, 2011
1918: new post   Experimenting With Interest Based Advertising and the New AdSense Performance Report
WebmasterWorld Members experiment with IBAs now that the stats are broken out.[br][br][i]We have just launched a new feature in the AdSense interface that now shows interest-based targeting type earnings broken out. Previously these were included in contextual earnings.[br][br]You should see data broken out by contextual, IBA, and placement.[/i]
Google AdSenseJan 26, 2011
1919: new post   Facebook Adds Social Authentication and HTTPS Login Capability
A key part of controlling information has always been protecting it from security threats like viruses, malware and hackers.

Starting today we'll provide you with the ability to experience Facebook entirely over HTTPS.

At Facebook we strive to put people at the center of all of our products and to design every experience you have on the site to be social. This is obvious in products like photos, where pictures are organized around the people that appear in them. We also want to bring the benefits of social design to experiences where you wouldn't traditionally expect them, like account security. Social authentication is our latest effort toward this goal.
Facebook MarketingJan 26, 2011
1920: new post   Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Page Hacked
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page has been hacked by an unknown person who posted a status update suggesting that the site should let people invest in it rather than going to the banks.

The message left by the hacker read: 'Let the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn't Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way?...
Facebook MarketingJan 26, 2011
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