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Will Experts Exchange become a victim of the new Chrome extension?

Google just released a new extension for its Chrome browser. Initially I wasn’t sure what it is called, as it seemed to be “block sites from Google’s web search results”. On closer inspection, it is “Personal Blocklist” and here is the official description: The personal blocklist extension will transmit to Google the patterns that you […]

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JC Penney followup: Doug Pierce’s research for the NYT expose

A few blogs have picked up the story about the paid links allegedly obtained by JC Penney’s former SEO company SearchDex. Vanessa Fox’s detailed article in SearchEngineLand led me to Doug Unplugged, the blog of Doug Pierce, of Blue Fountain Media. An interesting find by Doug was SearchDex’s client list, which has now been taken […]

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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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Google index cap – 1 result for “Twin towers are no more”

Some weeks ago I read Rand Fishkin’s post about Google capping its index and retiring a lot of old content. I didn’t think any further about that topic until I was writing my monthly column for APC Mag (April 2010). I was checking some search counts for some old news and found the numbers a […]

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Firefox hangs when loading clients1.google.com – Solutions

I found that Firefox 3.5.6 was not loading Google.com in spite of trying a few times. I noticed in the bottom left of the browser (the status bar) that it was stuck at loading clients1.google.com. This was a new subdomain to me, so a quick search brought up a Google web discussion. The initial suggestion […]

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Australia is going Google – or nuts!

Deepak Ramanathan of Google Australia has blogged “Australia is going Google … along with millions of businesses around the world” in the official Google Australia blog. It’s a rosy picture – companies such as Konica Minolta, Rentokil Initial, De Bortoli etc have switched to Google Apps for their company operations. They no longer have to […]

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Does Bing Search know Bing?

While doing my tests on Bing Local Search for IYPs, I noticed something odd. I was reading up on the Microsoft Bing onebox – the panel of eight local results and a map you get at the top of the SERP when you search for something including a place name. e.g. “Denver florist”. First, I […]

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Google testing Preferences link

While using the Google NZ and Google AU search engines today I noticed the preferences link had disappeared from its usual location to the right of the basic search box. It was replaced by a new Search Settings link at the top right. Here is the new home page: Compare it with the Google.com home […]

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Bing Maps for Mumbai are seriously flawed

I will let the pictures do the talking here. I looked at Bing Maps for my childhood home in Bombay, India, which is in the area known as Thakurdwar, South Bombay. Compare the Bing map on the left with the Google one on the right. Click the images to enlarge. Look particularly at the streets […]

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Google Maps adds real estate search

As of today, you can search for your next house on Google Maps.  To do this, begin at http://maps.google.com.au. Click the link to the right of the Search Maps button, labelled Show Search Options. Once you do so, the link will change to Remove Search Options and you will see a drop-down menu, where you […]

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Google’s Wonder Wheel

Google Search has announced two new features that may interest some people. The first is Related Searches, which appears below the SERP and the other is a longer snippet if the search term is four words or longer. Not exciting enough for me. However, Google Blogoscoped reported some testing of new features that were more […]

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Charlie Rose interview with Marissa Mayer

There is a shorter version on YouTube, but it is worth hearing all 54 minutes of this interview by Charlie Rose with Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Product and User Experience, Google. He next interviewed Eric Schmidt, CEO, Google:

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