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Did the Wayback Machine die and nobody noticed?

Ash Nallawalla

24 January 2011

Other

The Wayback Machine or archive.org served a good purpose. In its early years it tried to keep a copy of many pages from websites great and small. People who inadvertently deleted their website were able to recover some of the content through it. More recently (five years ago, not five weeks), it couldn’t cope with […]

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Travel sites fail to rank

Ash Nallawalla

18 December 2010

SEO

When I am searching for a good air fare or want to make a hotel booking, I don’t use Google. I go directly to sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Kayak and their Australian counterparts. That’s because I have found good bargains in the past and have bookmarked them. What chance does a travel portal […]

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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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WhereIs Maps now powers Google Maps

Ash Nallawalla

15 December 2010

SEO

You probably know the streets in your neighbourhood better than other suburbs, so what better way to test your new GPS than to plot a route from your home to some known destination. I have evaluated a few car GPS units and own a couple of Garmin units. The most recent one is a Garmin […]

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Edimax AR-7284WnA wireless modem router firmware upgrade without confusion

Ash Nallawalla

20 November 2010

Hardware

Whenever I have an issue with my Netspace ISP ADSL1 connection, I dread the conversation with the tech support person, as it takes a while to establish that I have half a clue about ISP operations and connectivity. Long story short — I bought an Edimax AR-7284WnA wireless modem router to replace a Billion BiPAC […]

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Unhappy with Cheetah Wireless Internet in Las Vegas

I was one of many who signed up for the special pricing for a Clear 4G/3G USB modem during Pubcon. Cheetah Wireless Technologies Inc (CWTI) has offered this during a few events in the past and they also offer wireless coverage to Las Vegas residents and businesses. I used it at the official Pubcon hotel, […]

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Search terminology – some customers call a spade a bloody shovel

Ash Nallawalla

19 November 2010

Local Search, SEO

In my work as an in-house SEO consultant I sometimes see the client using industry terminology on the website rather than the words you or I might type into a search engine. Case in point — should it be mortgage or home loan? I live in Australia and during casual conversations I hear more people […]

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Google Hotpot heats up the local search scene

Ash Nallawalla

16 November 2010

Local Search

As if the recent release of Place Search wasn’t enough, Google announced the launch of Hotpot in its LatLong blog post. It is a new way to provide your ratings and reviews for any business that is listed in Place Pages.  You can get recommendations of nearby places and involve your friends in writing reviews […]

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Do IYP speed tests mean anything?

Ash Nallawalla

6 November 2010

Local Search, SEO

Having compiled the 2010 USA IYP Rankings a few days ago, I knew that their page load times were quite different. There are a few page speed test tools around but it was important to use one based in the US, so I used the one at Webpagetest.org. As SEOs we have to consider the […]

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Superpages.com tops 2010 USA IYP Rankings

Ash Nallawalla

3 November 2010

Local Search

Just over a year ago I published SEO ranking of US IYPs across 274 cities. Exactly a month ago I took the same ranking measurements, but did not publish them owing to a lack of time. A couple of days ago, Google announced the deployment of Place Search, (a new layout of the results page) […]

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Google SERP with just 5 organic results!

Ash Nallawalla

31 October 2010

Local Search, SEO

The new Place Search by Google is causing a stir in SEO circles. I am still seeing many layouts, not just the fat one which resembles 7 organic results tagged with a balloon and their Place Pages link, with a map to the right. But I didn’t expect to see a SERP with just 5 […]

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How to transfer a domain name to GoDaddy

Ash Nallawalla

30 October 2010

Other

I had an unused domain at Yahoo! Domains (the mechanics of which are operated by Melbourne IT). I had bought it when the price was ridiculously cheap – $0.99 or $1.99. I think I tried to move it to GoDaddy some years ago, which has most of my domains, but gave up. I tried it […]

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