Australian SEO Forum rejects my application

Ash Nallawalla

27 March 2009

SEO

I recently discovered the Australian SEO forum and registered. They approve manually and today I received the following email: Unfortunately your registration at Australian SEO Forum did not meet our membership requirements. Therefore your registration was deleted. Sorry, Australian SEO Forum I don’t recall ever being rejected by any forum. Have you? Anyway, it seems […]

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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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Democratisation of the Web or Copyright?

Ash Nallawalla

8 March 2009

General

Two news stories a world apart remind me that doing something quickly and cheaply is not always appreciated, at least by some vested interests. The first story is about the first CIO of the United States. Indian-born, but raised in Tanzania and the US, Vivek Kundra. Apparently this wunderkind has impressed Barack Obama enough to […]

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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. [googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docId=2130473232539454111[/googlevideo] He next interviewed Eric Schmidt, CEO, Google: [googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docId=8240499345320964787[/googlevideo]

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Close down your competitor via Google Maps?

Search Engine Roundtable has an interesting post by Barry Schwartz about how Google Maps makes it easy for anyone to edit a business listing to say that it has closed permanently. I knew that Circuit City will shut its doors forever tomorrow and I looked for one that had already been marked “Place Closed” in […]

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Looking for local results?

This is not news in North America, where Google introduced last July an input field for your postcode or suburb presumably so that subsequent results would be localised for you. I just saw it for the first time in Australia. This appears to be a test, as I could not reproduce it for other words […]

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SEO is getting harder

Ash Nallawalla

25 January 2009

SEO

WebProNews reports yet another Google experiment for selected users where they see a “My preferred site” link to the left of the URL in a search result. The idea is that users who are constantly choosing certain sites will prefer to see results from those sites over others that might rank above it. Users need […]

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Google Testing Enhanced Listings, Pagelinks & Auto-Spelling Correction

Ash Nallawalla

15 December 2008

SEO

Danny Sullivan has made a thought-provoking post concerning possible changes to the Google Search engine. It is about some testing that has been seen by some users. Do visit his site to read the details and see the images, but here is why some of these changes could be relevant to SEO: Enhanced Listings. Citysearch […]

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Wynn Las Vegas Promo Code during CES

Ash Nallawalla

13 December 2008

General

If you haven’t booked a room for your visit to CES 2009 in Las Vegas, you can’t go wrong at $139/night (plus taxes) at the Wynn. The discount coupon code is RHHED07. [No, I don’t get a commission from them] Here is a direct link to the Wynn Reservation form. The rates are valid for […]

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CntrStg at CES 2009

Ash Nallawalla

13 December 2008

Marketing

CntrStg is a big improvement (at least in terms of location) over other blogger activities held in previous years. The venue during CES 2009 is the Wynn hotel, just a short walk from the LVCC. Check out the CntrStg site for details. It’s a place where bloggers can blog (obviously) using a fast connection and […]

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Clever HP campaign (and chance to win a prize)

Check out Mauricio Freitas’ Geekzone.co.nz and look for the HP competition that he’s running along with a bunch of my other friends from the Windows Featured Communities gang. The competition doesn’t require you to visit all “50 of the world’s top bloggers”, but you increase your chances of winning up to 50 prizes if you […]

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Webmasterworld conference day 4 – Pubcon

The major networking event of the conference was Pubcon, which was held in the Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas, at 4510 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169. It ran from 1:30 to 5:30 pm. Beer flowed freely in large, heavy steins and was tempered with snippets of sausages. This was a great place to meet other attendees […]

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