Google Updates And The Disavow Tool

I've been getting all these emails lately from people wanting to remove links to their sites from comments left on my blogs. I had a bit of a chat from the author of one of those emails and apparently he's been paying someone to leave comments on blogs for the purpose of getting backlinks. Unfortunately those comments weren't of the best quality and now because of Google's latest "Penguin Update" he and a lot of other web-masters are scared shitless because Google is now penalizing them for too many poor quality and "SEO Optimised" links. You see, this is why I do all my own work when it comes to commenting on other blogs. That way I get to choose the blogs and I make sure that only leave good comments and I don't over do any SEO optimised key words. Those of you who are my regulars know how I've always said that you need to take control of your own blog and how paying someone else to do your posts or write your comments means that you lose a fair bit of control. Only you can police the type of comments and the blogs that they are left on. The problem now is that not everyone will take the time to remove those comments. Heck, I'm not so sure that I will continue to do it unless I'm compensated for my time. I suppose Google realizes this and that is why they've recently come up with their Disavow Links in their…

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Another Search Engine For The Masses Other Than Google?

Even though Google would have to be the #1 search engine out there I’m always happy to know that there are still pioneers out there willing to grab a foothold in the search engine market. I remember way back in May of 2009 when I wrote a post called Are Google’s Day’s Numbered where I introduced my readers to a search engine of a different sort, one that has achieved a PR8 ranking which shows even Google respects it.  :thumbup_ee:

A couple of months after that I wrote another post called Search Engines Both New And Old & How They Affect You which featured a video comparing Google and Yahoo with Bing and Wolfram Alpha. Well, almost three years later and I’m happy to report that another search engine has entered the fray. Although the guys behind it refer to it as a web application I’m of the opinion that it can be a lot more than that.

I Now Give To You WordOnTheWire

wordonthewire was brought to my attention by Dave McMillan, one of the developers. OK, so let’s not call it a search engine, let’s call it a ‘Web Application’, truth be told it is a truly remarkable site. Rather than rehash what it does I reckon that Dave says it best.

 Basically, the app serves up the latest results from a range of trending
platforms based on a users search query. It is not intended to be an
“opposition” to Google, but rather a tool to get a quick, latest
“scoop” on a topic, and be able to easily share the results. It picks
up on your browsing language of choice, and serves up the results in
that language, making it really universal (without having to have a
unique URL for each language).

It focuses on doing all of this one page, and has a responsive layout.
We haven’t tried to over-complicate things, or serve up too many
results. It’s only version 1.2, so we have a long way to go, but we’re
obviously very keen to get it out as much as we can.

Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it. (more…)

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How To Make The Best Use Of Google

I don't think anyone would argue about how important Google is to most people, whether they're an advertiser, blogger or the multitude of users who rely on the accuracy of Google's search engines. As far as bloggers or web masters are concerned there's basically only two of Googles services we're interested in and strangely enough they are interrelated. As you've probably guessed I'm talking about traffic and the income generated from their Adsense account. Even if you don't use Adsense on you're site I'm sure you're very dependant on the traffic Google sends you, otherwise you wouldn't be spending so much time with SEO, now would you?  :smoke_tb: Which brings me to what this post is all about, how not to piss Google off because doing so can hurt you, like it did me some time ago when Google stripped my PR4 blogs of all their ranking, which just happened to inspire me to write this poem about Google :devil_tb: . Anyway, as most of you know I've been blogging for several years and in that time I've come to learn a bit about Google and what the big boy wants from us and I'm about to share that with you. Google, Seo And Keywords Image via CrunchBase I have to admit I never used to bother too much about keywords because it was all to hard and it ruined the whole blogging experience. That was before I bought Market Samurai which now does all the hard work for me. I'm sure most of you…

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