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SEO Tip: Facebook Groups ARE indexed by Google

Ash Nallawalla

19 September 2010

Facebook, SEO

This isn’t breaking news, but Google definitely indexes Facebook Group pages and has done so since October 2009, as reported by AllFacebook.com in Google Now Indexes 620 Million Facebook Groups in February. I discovered it recently by accident and then went looking in Google to find out why I hadn’t heard earlier. Yahoo also indexes […]

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SEO for the Android Market

Ash Nallawalla

18 September 2010

SEO

It’s obvious that the designers of Android Market website have given no consideration for SEO. Check for yourself: Bing – site:www.android.com/market 16 results Yahoo – site:www.android.com/market 1 result Google: site:www.android.com/market 22 results Page Titles Most of the page titles are unimaginatively useless “Android Market”. The Meta Descriptions nearly all say “Browse and search for applications […]

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Stephen Elop is the right man for Nokia

Ash Nallawalla

11 September 2010

Mobile

Nokia Corporation Stock Exchange Release September 10, 2010 at 08:30 (CET+1) Espoo, Finland -Nokia’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Elop President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia as of September 21. Elop currently heads Microsoft’s Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Elop held senior executive positions in a number of US-based public companies, including Juniper […]

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Can’t see Google Instant?

Google Instant is the latest “innovation” from Google engineers. You know Google Suggest, which starts showing you search suggestions as you type – this starts showing you a SERP that changes as you type. As you can see below, until I typed the whole phrase, I got irrelevant results:

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URL for cancelling delivery of printed Yellow Pages & White Pages

Ash Nallawalla

5 September 2010

Local Search

Sensis has launched a website where you can cancel delivery of the printed Yellow Pages® and White Pages® in Australia. I am quite happy to use the iPhone apps and the online versions, so my 2010 sets lie in the shrinkwrap. Go to: https://www.directoryselect.com.au/ds/

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Telephone phishing targets TurboTax users

Ash Nallawalla

4 September 2010

Phishing, Security

On Friday, September 3, Orange County PC User Group (ORCOPUG) member “L” took a phone call from a male who said he was from Intuit’s TurboTax. He asked if he had received an email from them concerning an error that affected 2008 and 2009 returns. Allegedly, the errors produced an erroneous calculation for pensions, Medicare […]

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20% Discount code for Webmasterworld Pubcon 2010

Quote this code by 20 October 2010 to get 20% off: rc-1837415 Event URL: www.pubcon.com The registration price jumps from US$799 to $1299 on 11 September (shades of 9/11), and it gets more ridiculous on 16 October and totally absurd on-site. This is the longest-duration tech conference for digital marketers. Be there! 🙂

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How to get a Facebook Username (aka vanity URL)

Facebook allows you to set a friendly URL for your Facebook Page (also known previously as a fan page). If you ask me, a fan page is a better name for it, otherwise you have to explain that your FB Page isn’t your own FB page, but a “capital P page” you created for your […]

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Global 2010 SME Technology Purchasing Survey Results

Last month I alerted you to a global survey of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), which the Americans refer to as Small-to-Medium Businesses (SMBs) conducted by IvyWorldwide. Top-level findings are as follows:

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Does your social media expert use social media?

When I observe a random large company I sometimes see the work done by so-called social media experts. Most of Corporate Australia is trained to outsource most of its marketing and advertising work. Well-known digital agencies are always hiring experts to tap into this market. You can read about these comings and goings in B&T […]

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Goodbye blogcatalog, you did me a favour.

Ash Nallawalla

13 August 2010

Directory

I submitted my latest site, a review site called CEviews.org, to blogcatalog.com after moving some reviews from this site to it. It was rejected with the following email: Dear Ash Nallawalla, Thank you for submitting your blog CEviews (http://www.ceviews.org) to BlogCatalog. Unfortunately upon reviewing your blog we are unable to grant it access to the […]

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Why people fake profiles in social media

Techworld and ComputerWorld recently reported an incident that shows the risks of engaging with strangers via social networks. Thomas Ryan from security company Provide Security (with a generic name like that I feel for their SEO person) created a fake profile for a woman named Robin Sage, who posed as a Navy cyberthreat analyst and […]

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