Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Best practices guide for Bloggers

It's for bloggers now. After the SEO guide, Google added a new page for bloggers to their best practices section under Webmasters/Site owners Help providing tips for making a blog.

Google says -
"If you have a website but don't have a blog, consider creating one: A blog is a great way to connect with people who share your interests, or to publicize your site or product. Blogs are easy to create and update, and rich, useful, and original blog content will encourage readers to come back to your site".
It clearly means the blog will help in Google to gain more popularity for a site or a product but it should be with unique content although half of the things are just copy and paste used by most of the bloggers in the blogs in order to get more clicks for their Ads by Google application by Google.

I have read the tips for bloggers by Google and I must say, really useful. Points given by Google like -
  • A frequently updated site encourages people to return - as long as your content remains relevant and engaging. So write well and often.
  • Follow the webmaster guidelines. Well it's always necessary in Google.
  • Categorize your posts - Use of Labels in blogspot and tags in wordpress.
  • Make sure users (and crawlers) can easily find your blog.
  • If necessary, limit comment spam.
  • Google recommends that all webmasters create websites with original content that adds value for users. This is particularly important for sites that participate in affiliate programs. If you do participate in an affiliate program, there are a number of steps you can take to help your site stand out and differentiate it from the crowd.
  • Create descriptive titles for each of your posts.
  • Connect with your online community.
  • Strong Recommendation of publishing a feed of your content.
  • Use Webmaster Tools - Add your blog to GWT and verify it. Also Submit a Sitemap.
If used by any blogger out there, he will definitely be the one in his/her blogging area.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wonderful Themes by Gmail

Google mail, Gmail has just been reloaded with colorful themes now.

I have been discussing about spicing up the Gmail account by themes in WebCosmo Forums from yesterday as members keep saying about getting new themes in their Gmail account. I was curious to see the update in my Gmail account, and today I got this colorful customization.

These themes allows you to customize the look and feel of your Gmail account. To choose a theme, you just need to click on theme thumbnail on the Themes tab of your Settings page. You can also asked to fill your location (city) after choosing a theme as some themes changes during the day (changes with your local sunrise, sunset, and/or weather).

So, it's no more to tired out of the blue on white simple Gmail way. You can customize your Gmail anytime by choosing any theme; just need to go to Settings > Themes.

But I also like the default one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Google SMS Search - Newer Version

Google India has launched a newer version of its SMS Search service that allows users to SMS their query to 9-77-33-00000 at the cost of a regular SMS and get instant answers. You don't need to pay a premium charge for any of this.

According to the giant search giant Google Inc., this new SMS Search service is available across all operators on both GSM and CDMA mobile phones across India; even to those who have mobile phones but do not have Internet connections.

A mobile users can SMS query to 9-77-33-00000 and get automated answers on many topics like cricket scores, Indian Railways, stock quotes, local business search, movie showtimes, currency conversion, flight status, weather, horoscope, taxi service and ATM. Incoming messages from Google are not charged.

Requirements for the service: SMS enabled mobile device; All GSM/CDMA mobile operator networks are supported (Aircel, Airtel, BPL, BSNL, Idea, Reliance, Spice, Tata, Vodafone).

So, Save 9-77-33-00000 in your mobile's phonebook for quick and easy access to this fantastic Google SMS Search.

For more information, go to www.google.co.in/sms

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sitelinks for Sub-directories in Google

Google is now showing Sitelinks for big sub-directories too in the search results.

For example, just type "iphones" in Google.com and you will find -

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Google On-demand Indexing Service

"Power your Website Search with Google" That's what Google says on its Site Search Service.

What is Google Site Search?
Google Site Search is an edition of Google Custom Search specifically designed for businesses looking for a hosted, extranet site search solution. This product lets businesses harness and customize the power of Google search for their own websites. The cost starts from $100 and more depending on how many web pages you need to search.

Now, Google has added a new feature "On-demand indexing" that lets their customers of its Google Site Search service more rapidly include new web pages in search results.

To check, how it works? click here

Friday, November 14, 2008

India Celebrating Childhood

In India, Today 14th November, we are celebrating the Children's Day. The day markes the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the 1st Prime Minister of India.

Jawaharlal Nehru was born on November 14, 1889 in the city of Allahabad city in Uttar Pradesh. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ji was very fond of children and that's how known as Chaha Nehru in India. This day is celebrated throughout India in recognition of his lifelong passion and work for children. Children’s Day is a day for children to engage in fun and frolic. School children have many cultural activities and cultural programmes in the schools.


Let us pledge today to make the dream of Pandit Nehru a reality by spreading the message of education and social equality throughout the India and worldwide.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Amazing Gmail Voice and Video Chat

Gmail (Google mail) has got integrated with Voice and Video Chat now.

Gmail is already a well known and popular email for its simple look and amazing features like integrated chat within the mail box. Now, it's going more nicer and nicer day by day. And that's how Google got more popularity, by updating and offering more and more new free features to the web users.

To use the voice and video chat, Gmail users will have to install a plugin from the URL - http://mail.google.com/videochat.

For more information, you can also visit http://gmail.com/videochat. And yeah! Google is also offering high quality Logitech webcams at up to 30% off with free shipping until November 30th, 2008; can be found here - http://www.google.com/mail/help/videochat/learnmore.html.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wordtracker New Keyword Questions Tool

Well-known Keyword Research tool site, WordTracker releases new tool provides the questions which has been asked by visitors in the search engines.

This is not only the one word keyword or phrases that people search on search engines like Google, Yahoo Search and Live. People also often type complete questions into search engines. This tool can be really effective in getting good idea to check what exactly people are looking for on a particular word? By just entering a single or a short keyword in the tool, we can find the questions people are asking in the market with the number of times that the question has been asked.

Below is an example -

We can also download the keyword questions results in the format of .csv in our computer with the Download link.

This tool definitely help website owners and search engine optimisers (SEOs) to get more traffic for their website and blogs by using these questions as the targeted keyphrases. This can't be big traffic but yeah! a targeted traffic.

You can check this (Bookmark it) tool from the URL - http://labs.wordtracker.com/keyword-questions

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Gmail on Android

Now, it's easy to check your Gmail account Anywhere, and any time as it's freely available on Android with the features including -
  • Push email - Without doing refresh or 'check mail', it shows new messages in your inbox when they arrive.
  • Email Notifications on the status bar.
  • Address autocomplete - you can enter long email addresses using just a few keystrokes.
  • Open message attachments including photos, Microsoft Word™ documents, MP3s and PDF files.
with obviously spam filtering, search option, labels, stars - and lots of storage space when we already enjoying in our Gmail account.



For more information about Google Android, check www.android.com

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Aishwarya Rai turns 35 today

The most beautiful, charming and blue-eyed-girl actress, Aishwarya Rai turn 35 today (November 1st).

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the most searchable actress in India have been told by an annual Google Zeitgeist report for India in the most popular queries of 2007. The Google Zeitgeist, which means spirit of the times, is calculated by looking at the aggregation of the most popular and fast-rising search queries submitted to Google by Indian users.

She has also got the 27th position in TOP 99 Women 2008 Edition managed by AskMen.com Online determined by the value of her Desirability Score; the higher the value, the higher her place on the list.

In her career spanning 11 years, Aishwarya has acted in over 40 movies in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English. Her English projects included Bride & Prejudice (2003), Mistress of Spices (2005), and The Last Legion (2007). After her wedding in April last year, Aishwarya has cut down on her projects and has become choosy on movies too.

And simply at 35, Aishwarya Rai is still on top.

Happy Birthday Aishwarya Rai Bachchan