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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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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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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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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