Wednesday, December 31, 2008

PR Toolbar Update December 2008

I just have noticed that there is a Google PageRank toolbar update today (31st Dec,2008) however, I am not sure if it's an official PR update but has been analyzed by many webmasters / bloggers got new / updated PageRank for their sites / blogs.

Your updated PageRank (PR) can be seen through the Google Toolbar. You can download it from - http://toolbar.google.com.

And can also be checked through sites like -
http://123seotalk.com/pagerank-checker/
http://www.prcheckingtool.com/

I hope you would all get good PageRank for your sites, forums and blogs.

Best of luck.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Google Happy Holidays Logo 2008

Google Happy Holidays Doodles 2008

Google has jump-started the holidays celebration for this year 2008 with the following doodles on the Google.com homepage -
  • Day 1












  • Day 2












  • Day 3












  • Day 4










  • Day 5











You can also see all doodles here - http://www.google.com/doodle15.html

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Candies in Google Search


Google Christmas Celebration

Just make a search for the word "Christmas" and you will get the candy canes as the separate bar for the Sponsored Links. You will also get the Christmas trees on the same space with the search for Christmas trees.

Well, it's not the first time, when Google surprise us with these festive dividers, we can't forget the rainbow divider on gay pride day 2008 in Google search results.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Google Sitemap Submission More Easier Now

Submitting a Sitemap to Google just became even more easier now.

Now, there is no need to mention the file type (XML, Text, RSS) of the Sitemap, Google will automatically determine the type of data.



Here are the various kinds of Sitemap files that Google supports at the moment mentioned in the Google official blog:
  • XML Sitemap files for web pages
  • RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0 feeds
  • Text files with web page URLs
  • XML Sitemap files for Video Search
  • Media-RSS feeds
  • XML Sitemap files for Google Code Search
  • XML Sitemap files for mobile web pages
  • XML Sitemap files for geo-data
  • XML Sitemap files for News
Google supports three simple ways to submit Sitemap files:
  1. Through Google Webmaster Tools
  2. Listing Sitemap files in the robots.txt file
  3. Using an HTTP "ping"
So, no more hard work on Sitemap files. Just create and submit it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Google trying ads in Google Suggestion

Google has begun testing adwords ads in the Google search suggestions i.e. suggestion you got after typing something in the search column at Google homepage.

Danny Sullivan notes at Search Engine Land that some users are spotting Google AdWords ads within Search Suggest. I also tried to check something like that, but not getting any ads in the search suggestions but one thing for sure, its probably going to be the most expensive place to get ads there.

Will it be effective to get ads there? I don't think if any advertiser would like to get ads there in the google suggestion; most of the clicks would be unnecessary / accidental clicks.

Google launches App Engine dashboard

Google on Tuesday announced a dashboard to detail system status for the Google App Engine.

Google always excited us through making more updates and new features on their sites, product and services. On the Google App Engine blog, the company said that it has launched the App Engine system status site and a quota dashboard to detail items like bandwidth usage and CPU.


The new System Status Site provides a detailed view into the performance of various App Engine components using some of the same raw monitoring data that our engineering team uses internally. This includes:
* up-to-the-minute overview of our system status with real-time, unedited data
* daily overall serving status for each of our APIs, including any outages or downtime
* detailed historical latency and error-rate graphs for the App Engine Datastore, Images, Mail, Memcache, Serving, URL Fetch, and Users components

Quota Details Dashboard
This makes it easier to track how much of the free quota your app is using up across bandwidth, CPU, etc. Use it to get detailed information about all of the resource quotas that affect your application.

Google said it also plans a billing dashboard to preview what happens if you go beyond those quotas.

For more information and details, go to http://googleappengine.blogspot.com/2008/12/system-status-dashboard-quota-details.html

Friday, December 12, 2008

1st page listing with SEO Service Provider

Finally, I got listing on the 1st page for this SEO blog for the keyword "SEO Service Provider" and on 2nd page with "SEO Services Provider" in Google.

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It was not that hard struggle but yeah! it takes time to come up with this too. One day, I was searching for related terms for the keyword "SEO Service", and got more keyword suggestions on Google homepage in which SEO Service Provider was also there. It's relevant with my blog. So, I decided to pick this keywords as a target keyword for my blog for getting search listing in Google.com. Even, it's still there in the Google suggestion if you type 'SEO service' in Google homepage search bar.

And look what, just have checked that also got listing within the first 5 search results with the keyword "SEO provider" in Google having the competition of 12,200,000 search results.

Now, My target keywords for 2009 is SEO Service / SEO Services.

Wish me luck. :)

Note: Results can be vary due to different Google DCs.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Two broken links in Google India Site

Google has offered many tools for helping webmasters / SEOs to make their websites better for getting good ranks in the Search engines. Now, what about the Google?

If you analyze, Google India site has 2 broken links. I am amazed and shocked to see this bundle mistake as G has very big reputation on the world wide web (www) and has broken links on the About Google Page which is one of the most important page for any site. How irresponsible Google is?

I just have discovered Google blog post for helping website owners to fix broken links and provides Webmaster Tools offers site owners a way to help about broken links. Now, what about themselves?

Following are that 2 broken links which can found on the Google India About Us Page -
  • Click on the Help link in "Our Products" column. You will get the Page Not Found Error -














  • Another one - Click on the Google Logo, That link is also NOT FOUND.


Top keywords googled in India for the year 2008

According to Google’s India Zeitgeist, social networking site Orkut is the most searched keyword in the country and Bollywood charming actress Katrina Kaif is the most searched person online in India.

“Different people find different things to do on the Web, so these lists are a good representation of the unique ways in which users mine the Internet,” said Vinay Goel, Head of Products, Google India.

Following Orkut in the ‘Most Popular Searches’ category; ‘Gmail’ and ‘Yahoo’ have taken the second and third position whereas ‘Indian railways’ got the 7th position whose official site was also the most popular government portal in the year.

"Given the popularity of mobiles, we also looked at what was searched for while on the move," Vinay Goel said. The country can’t seem to get enough of social networking, it seems, as Orkut was the most searched term in this category too.

In addition, the report also looked at the top 10 fastest rising keywords in India, by comparing 2008’s searches with their popularity in the previous year. Video-sharing site ‘Youtube’ won this title, followed by Orkut and Katrina Kaif.

In the list of most popular Bollywood celebrities, Katrina Kaif was followed by Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan. And Jodhaa Akbar edged out Dasavatharam and Singh Is King as the most searched movie.

In other categories, tennis star Sania Mirza outplayed cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo; while Mahatma Gandhi was the most searched politician, ahead of Raj Thackrey and US Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Indian peoples also seems to be healthy and fit, that's how ‘how to lose weight’ was the most searched term in the question based keywords (‘how-to’) category. "Goa" is the most popular search in the list of holiday destinations, and ‘Independence Day’ as the most popular day of the year.

For more information, check http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2008/

Thursday, December 4, 2008

AdWords Tactics for Tough Times by Google

Google also knows about the poor economic times which has really effect probably every business sector. Search engine marketing is also related with making business / getting more sales from the internet users / online visitors.

That's how Google want to help everybody and has recently announced the publication of the Top AdWords Tactics for Tough Times document to make things easier.

The important points which has been placed -
* Focus your ads on low prices and savings.
* Use value-related keywords.
* Make sure your ad groups are targeted and relevant.
* Don't waste money on irrelevant clicks.
* Make it easy for customers to buy.
* Focus your money on your high-performers.

Get the full details here - http://www.google.com/adwords/tactics2008/

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Yahoo! Top 10 Searches for 2008

Yahoo has provided the top 10 searches for 2008 for the different sectors including -
Top 10 NEWS topic, Celebrity Brat Pack, Top 10 Olympians , Top 10 Politicians, Top 10 Influential Women, Top 10 keywords related with Economics and Top 10 Farewells in the Year in Review 2008 Yahoo! buzz page.

Y! Top 10 Searches for 2008 -
1. Britney Spears
2. WWE
3. Barack Obama
4. Miley Cyrus
5. RuneScape
6. Jessica Alba
7. Naruto
8. Lindsay Lohan
9. Angelina Jolie
10. American Idol

To get more information, go to http://buzz.yahoo.com/yearinreview2008/