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Would You Groan if Google’s Feeling Lucky Button Was Gone?

Barry Schwartz of SearchEngineWatch recently highlighted an article by The Washington Post on the “Google Feeling Lucky Button”, pointing out that while the button is rarely used, Google executives understand that removal would bring an onslaught of protest. But the company has no plans to evict “I’m Feeling Lucky,” which whisks users directly to the […]

Integrating Google Gadgets Into WordPress Themes

As if you weren’t satisfied with all the WordPress Widgets, you can also incorporate a wide variety of Google Gadgets into your full version WordPress Theme. Google Gadgets are, well, anything. They are services, searches, feeds, games, toys, information, and anything. Basically, they are tools, utilities, and games you can add to your web pages […]

Official Google Webmaster Central Blog

Google now has it’s own SEO specific blog, Official Google Webmaster Central Blog, dedicated to helping you help yourself to search engine page ranking success. Matt Cutts recently shared “How to verify Googlebot” when it visits your site. “Debugging Blocked URLs” helps you undertand how to debug your robots.txt for crawl errors and URL restrictions. […]

Google Releases Tesseract OCR Open Source Software

SearchEngineWatch announces “Google Opens Tesseract OCR Software”, which is exciting news for those of us who scan or want to covert a lot of documents to text: The Google Code Blog announced that Google has “re-released” the Tesseract OCR software to the open source community. OCR, optical character recognition, is the technology for converting text […]

Google the Brand Name or google the word?

Joanna Tidball pointed me to some news stories on Google attempts to prevent the use of “google” as a generic and general reference for searching the Internet. According to The Independent: In June, Google won a place in the Oxford English Dictionary, while “to google”, with a lower case “g”, was included last month in […]

Hate Google: 25 Things to Hate

Danny Sullivan’s rant on “25 Things I Hate About Google” is worth a look. While Google is fast becoming a verb, there are somethings it gets right, but a lot it gets wrong. Remember, just because there’s much I hate doesn’t mean there’s not a lot I love. In fact, anyone in a relationship knows […]

The Changing Face of Search Engines: Try Not Searching Google for a Change

Abhijit Nadgouda has written another awesome article, “The Changing Face Of Search Engines”, explaining why you should consider trying a non-Google search engine for a change. Still, lot of quests end in frustration and dissatisfaction, sometimes because of the user’s mistakes or sometimes because the expected information is either never thrown up or are buried […]

Google Patent News You Need To Know

I’ve discussed much about the patents and technology of how Google gathers information from websites, ranks and rates them, and generates search results. Well, there is new news about Google’s recently received patents you need to know about. Google’s World reports on two patents Google won today, and I’d like to call your attention to […]

Beyond Earth – Google Mars and Google Moon

I know a lot of you have been playing around with the many toys and gadgets offered by Google, including Google Maps and Google Earth, but did you know that you can also Google Moon and Google Mars? Google Mars is fabulous fun, a wonderful way to bring Mars up close and personal. Similar to […]

Google Analytics and Feedburner Reports Plugin for WordPress

If you are using the full version of WordPress, and you are becoming obsessed with blog statistics and traffic, consider adding the Google Analytics and Feedburner Reports Plugin for WordPress from Tan Tan Noodles. WordPress by default doesn’t come with any sort of web site reporting tools (and it really shouldn’t). So if you want […]

Custom Google Search Feeds

Update: While this was a great idea, GooRSS is now defunct. GooRSS is a new custom feed generator in beta testing based upon Google search results. It’s really wonderful and something Google should implement. From the front page, enter in your search keywords and click SEARCH. At the bottom of the first page of results […]

Search Engine Friendly: Helping Googlebot Crawl Your Blog

I’ve talked about Google, how search engines search your site, and how people use search engines to find your site, so check out Scribbling.net’s “Help the Googlebot Understand Your Website, a step-by-step look at how Google’s spider crawls through your blog or site gathering information and storing it in its database for the world to […]

Google Maps Web Cams

I’ve written about many of the cool tricks, tips, and things to do with Google in the past, and I have another to add to the list. Butterfat combines Google Maps with live web cams in a neat way. Arrive at the main page and you are greeted with a map of the world with […]

Google Buys Some of AOL

In an attempt to bring two Internet monsters together to tackle the gorilla monster, Microsoft, Google has bought $1 Billion for 5% of AOL stock, says BBC News. Online search engine Google has confirmed it will invest $1bn to take a 5% stake in Time Warner’s AOL unit as part of a major strategic alliance. […]

Google Page Rank Uses Domain Age to Score

As reported in my post on how Google ranks websites, Link Building Blog reports that Google does indeed pay close attention to the age of the domain. It seems Google has intensified the ranking factor of one key data point that is very tough to manipulate: the age of your domain name. I have been […]

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