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Let's redefine the question. What can be the possible problems (not what is there but what can be there) of using google toolbar? Once we define it then we will analyze how big is the risk and will let the member decide whether they want to avoid the risk (if at all any) or not.
I like having the tool bar for research though. I use the 'search this site' function a lot and on long articles I use the highlighter to find the information I'm needing.
Good point, Adam. I apologize for overlooking Google's Firefox offering in my zeal to get a jab in at IE. And I suppose I should apologize for taking the cheap shot at Microsoft, too.
As I said, my "browser of preference" is Opera -- got anything cooking?
And lots of folks -- including Googlers -- like and use Opera. I don't have any info on if/when we'll build a toolbar for it, but it surely wouldn't hurt for Operites (Opera-onis? Operaistas?!) to make their interest known via our Toolbar feedback pages.
We try to allocate our internal resources where there's not only the most demand, but also the most opportunity (e.g., to fill in a gap), and eventually I'd expect us to support more and more browsers, platforms, etc.
[edited by: Adam_Lasnik at 12:29 am (utc) on Nov. 6, 2006]
My boat gets floated by leaving the toolbars off of my computers.
I need nothing going on behind my back or under color of fine print.
It is bad enough that tons of folks insert urchin calls and that a lot of click tracking from serps takes place.
Adam, it is nothing against Google, in general, I resent intrusion.
BTW what are "seo activities"?
I have a great example. We all know that pages browsed with the toolbar installed can get recorded and crawled by Google's bots.
Not a real problem, but I had a case where I was browsing a .cgi script through a "browser view tool" and Google saw that sucker and sent the bot around!
Needless to say when he decided to spider it it caused some horrible problems -- seemd Google got his spider in a loop on the script! My host suspended my account for over cpu usage until we got all the issues worked out.
P.S. Guess I forgot to mention I had not excluded bots from the cgi-bin!
I always use it, but my definition of SEO is:
Good Meta Tags
Good Description Tags
Good Title Tags
and last but not least
Adding good content.
For the web developers it is a must these days.
I used google for PR stuffs and that was few years back when I entered this field. Now I no longer use it. People say that google also uses the data for search engine result improvements, I am not sure of it.
[edited by: tedster at 1:20 am (utc) on Nov. 7, 2006]
I discovered this after finding the pages in Google's index and kept wondering how they got there in the first place. As soon as I figured it out, bye bye toolbar.
I agree with jbgilbert. I removed the toolbar because it causes googlebot to discover pages or sections of my site that might not be ready for prime time or are merely there for testing purposes.
I think googlebot and toolbar are not related. Toolbar can be used for user experience analysis.
IMO google toolbar is like browser google analytics for collecting sample for various site user experience.
"Can this happen? There may be some other reasons like a accidental link from some other page."
Yes after all you just told Google about the page by using the toolbar, and the other is also a possiblity, however you should give some measure of reliability to the folks saying it happens because of just the toolbar.
The only thing that hasn't been mentioned is that puting any adsense code in a page also gets the attention of the Googlebot.
Do you use google toolbar with seo activities?
Hey AjiNIMC (and others!), What kind of stuff would get you to use the Firefox toolbar?
Adam, I'd like to see the supplement pages also included in the page info section. I just installed toolbar to check the new features. I will have to explore more.
[edited by: tedster at 3:09 am (utc) on Nov. 8, 2006]