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Coding Australian 13 and 1300 “tel:” numbers – 404 errors

Australia has six- and ten-digit local numbers that begin with 13 and 1300 respectively. The 13 xx xx numbers connect you to a local number in your city so it is a local call. The 1300 xxx xxx number is similar but is usually a single destination for the price of a local call. A […]

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When Google Images can land you in trouble

Ash Nallawalla

24 September 2015

Google Search

WGN-TV, a Chicago TV station did a story on the Jewish Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and mistakenly used an inappropriate image – the yellow star that Jews had to wear in German ghettoes. A bunch of my friends started discussing what might have gone wrong.

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Creating a Google-proof persona

A persona is a fictitious person that has certain defined attributes. In product marketing, we create personas for major groups of users who will use the product. For example, a word processor’s set of personas might include a high school student, a university student, a generic office worker, a specialist author, a manager, and so […]

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Now Google demotes overstock.com

Ash Nallawalla

24 February 2011

Google Search, SEO

Recently, I wrote about Google demoting JC Penney for getting links from dubious places. Now it has demoted Overstock.com for getting links from very prestigious websites – .edu to be precise. Amir Efrati writes in The Wall Street Journal: Google Inc. is penalizing Overstock.com Inc. in its search results after the retailer ran afoul of […]

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Google demotes JC Penney; JC Penney fires SEO company

Ash Nallawalla

13 February 2011

Google Search, SEO

The New York Times has published a well-informed account of how a major US retailer was using alleged paid links from dubious websites. Entitled The Dirty Little Secrets of Search, writer David Segal outlines the process of searching for household items and then is surprised that: in the last several months, one name turned up, […]

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Solution: unable to save 100 results in Google search?

Ash Nallawalla

18 December 2010

Google Search

I prefer to get the maximum number of results in a Google Search, namely, 100 results. For the past few days I noticed that I was getting only 10 results even after I went to the Search Settings (Preferences) and changed the number from 10 to 100. My preference was not sticking. Why was this […]

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