Is professional SEO certification a state of mind?

Ash Nallawalla

2 January 2010

SEO

I liken SEO to the early days of medicine. In every forum where SEOs congregate, sooner or later someone brings up one of two topics: Is it worth my while to get SEO certification from XYZ academy? My SEO client was ripped off by some amateur posing as an SEO. The discussions usually mention: Examples […]

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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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Auschwitz sign stolen while Drowsily Manifold sleeps

Ash Nallawalla

19 December 2009

Other

It’s a sad indictment of the times when the print media can’t hire competent humans to proofread the galleys but resort to spell checkers. But sometimes, the result can be funny; sometimes it is apt. From the Melbourne, Australia Herald Sun, 19 December 2009, page 43: With my unusual Indian surname I can sympathise with […]

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Local shopping with Google QR codes

Ash Nallawalla

14 December 2009

Local Search

Following on from my previous post How to SEO for Google PlaceRank, I was delighted to read Bill Slawski’s discovery of a new patent: Machine-Readable Representation of Geographic Information, which was published two days ago. It isn’t easy to read, but head over to Bill’s post to get a human friendly rendering. (Aside: I can’t […]

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Google PlaceRank in the wild

Ash Nallawalla

8 December 2009

Local Search

Google has sent QR Code stickers to about 190,000 businesses across the US that have been tagged as a Favorite Place (they have a mobile version of their website). Favorite Places are the mobile equivalent of Place Pages (aka Google Places). [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuVSpG-ZdkU[/youtube] Google Video explaining Favorite Places TechCrunch has quoted Google Earth VP John Hanke, […]

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Reputation Trend added to Google Maps – significance to Yellow Pages publishers

Ash Nallawalla

20 October 2009

Local Search

Thanks to a post by Tom Crandall in Smallbiz Central, I was alerted to yet another addition to Google Maps Place Pages.  For certain listings that have a rating and review at Judy’s Book, a new field entitled Reputation Trend is shown, with a value of “Reputation Trend” (I presume this will eventually show an […]

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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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Two Microsoft add-ons for Firefox blocked

Ash Nallawalla

19 October 2009

Security

I fired up Firefox 3.5.3 this morning and was greeted by a strange popup that said that two of the Microsoft add-ons had been blocked: Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.1 Windows Presentation Foundation 3.5.30729.1 This was unusual, so I searched for other reports and was led to a TechRepublic .com blog post by Chad Perrin: […]

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Garmin nuvi 1390 GPS Review

Ash Nallawalla

16 October 2009

Hardware

The Garmin nüvi 1390 GPS is a slim, 4.3-inch screen beauty that is currently vying for my attention, but will I succumb to its electronic charms? Features 4.3-inch touch screen Whereis map Bluetooth Lane Assist Spoken street names Route Options Junction View ecoRoute Traffic (1390T model, not tested) Navigation Includes a comparison with TomTom GO […]

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A better Google Maps from Yellow Maps NZ

Ash Nallawalla

29 September 2009

Local Search

Yellow Pages Group NZ has done the seemingly impossible – it has delivered a better Google Maps for New Zealand with a beautifully rendered integration with Yellow (Pages) content. The clean interface is devoid of ads (so far). Ensure that JavaScript is enabled and head over to Yellow Maps for a look. You will find […]

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TomTom GO 730 Review

Ash Nallawalla

17 September 2009

Hardware

One of my employer Sensis’s other business units is Whereis.com, which supplies maps to some big GPS vendors such as Garmin, TomTom and Hewlett-Packard. I have been thinking of buying one for a while, as I am doing a lot of “Dad’s taxi” duties in unexplored parts of Melbourne. Last Christmas our family drove around […]

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Take screenshots of TomTom GPS

Ash Nallawalla

13 September 2009

Hardware

To capture screenshots of your TomTom GPS (at least works in a GO 730), do the following: Connect the device to your PC Use Windows Explorer to view the device root folder Create a folder called screen Go inside that folder and create an empty text file using Notepad.exe called capture (no extension). Restart the […]

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