Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I suspect that Google will breath more life into Chrome with each new enhancement.
Currently the 2 tools I like the best are:
1. Incognito - private no footprint web browsing
2. Web developer tools to see source code including:
- Task Manager - Shows Memory Use, Title and Stats for Nerds
- Improved View Source Code Tool
For more info on Google Chrome: http://tools.google.com/chrome/intl/en-US/features.html
But how do people like Google Chrome?
Alex Solis said, "I've only seen a few problems with the Google Chrome that have bugged me such as:When displaying forum avatar gif's it seems to almost lag and move alot slower then when viewed with Firefox or IE. The scrolling seems a bit off in the browser, hard to describe but it seems to move much faster then with Firefox, which has been bugging me when browsing. When listening to PANDORA, skipping songs causes the window to lag and delays the song from playing by 20-30 seconds. Possibly flash compatability issues?"
Personally, I like Google Chrome but it doesn't work with all my applications. So I use IE and Firefox. I need all three to test new content pages anyway. Also I believe that Google Chrome is very fast. Much faster than IE and faster on some pages than Firefox.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Google Image Search -
Fastest Rising (U.S.)
In compiling the 2008 Year-End Zeitgeist, the Google search team studied the aggregation of billions and billions (Carl Saganesq) of search queries people typed in to the Google search box.
Except where noted, all of these search terms are most popular for 2008.
All of the search queries Google studied were anonymous — no personal information was used.
Monday, December 08, 2008
1. The increase of 55% in Google advertisers is the most significant increase seen in two years.
2. Google has managed to increase ad coverage to about where it was in January, 2008.
3. Q408 will likely end up as the strongest quarter on record for Google.
4. Google's November 2008 Advertisers share is 81.9% (highest all year)
5. Number of Ads per Keyword shot up to 4.38 in November and for the first time all year exceeded MSM. (US and International)
6. Top 3 advertisers for Google are Amazon, eBay and Target.
Full PDF Report:
Mid-Quarter Search Engine Update - Q408
Friday, December 05, 2008
Photo: Warren Whitlock,Co-Author
Here is a retweet from today's Twitter Handbook Blog
How good people make BIG things happen - FAST!
Plan Your Tweets and Blog Post With This Social Media Tool - 2008-11-29 14:55:53-05What if there were a way to plan your blogging and twitter post while planning your other marketing activities? We’ve talked about TweetLater and how a good balance of live, real time tweets mixed with some scheduled tweets about your current promotion can save you time and get results. Now you can co-ordinate these tweets with blog [...]
Seth Godin On Social Networking And Small Business - 2008-12-01 16:37:33-05We been having a discussion on Twitter today about how one determines to follow or unfollow tweeps. My quick answer is always “no rules”.. Follow whoever you want, and don’t feel that you are required to follow anyone. That being said. You will get more followers and keep them if you follow back. But are numbers enough? Here’s [...]
Is Twitter All Just Fun and Games? - 2008-12-04 10:16:37-05I was thinking about the world social and especially what it means in social media.. preparing for my presentation at Increasing Sales With Social Media coming up tomorrow in San Diego. (you can still get your ticket here, or listen to just my segment live at Friday at 9am Pacific on TwitCastRadio). Is this play or [...]
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Monday, November 24, 2008
These new features allow you to re-rank your search results according to how you see fit. By hitting the promote button on a search result that sites will now be featured at the top of the search results whenever you type in that particular search result. You can also remove particular search results all together from the list so that next time you search the same keywords that result will not pop up.
There is also a comment feature that allows you to make quick notes about a result so that next time you search the same keywords you can see what you had to say about each of the sites.
SearchWiki is only available when you are signed in on your gmail account. So if you would like to remove search wiki you are going to have to sign out of your gmail account. Google has also posted a video explaining Search Wiki in further detail.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The entire concept behind personalization is that everybody who enters a search will end up with entirely different results based on past search history. Take for example the search for the word "java" which Bruce used as an example. The word "java" could have several different connotations from someone looking for a coffee beverage to others interested in programming. In practice it is believed that Google will know which search result is desired based on past personal searches.
In addition to behavior based search results, which will work off of past searches utilizing third party cookies, search engines will also be utilizing intent-based searches by analyzing your IP and revising your search results based on location. If they know where you are located search engines will be able to make assumptions about the intent of your search.
In the words of Bruce Clay, "Ranking is dead". In the very near future we will be seeing more implementation of the intent based searches from search engines, which will lead to the mindset of "ranking is dead". This will cause a shift shift towards SEOs monitoring overall sight traffic instead of page rank as an indicator of success. Bruce suggests that SEOs will have to go back and look at analytics for overall traffic, bounce rates, and site action in order to analyze results.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Well now that is has been almost two months since Google Chrome has came out I think we can all say it did not sweep the nation by storm like many of us thought. Google has not seemed to be able to apply their monopoly of the search engine world over to the browser world.
Google Chrome included a faster browsing experience, a whole new java script engine, each tab has its own process, a new simpler browser look, and the browser would be open-source for anyone to look at. The problem is they changed everything I would say too much. What they forgot is the fact that most people have their browsers set-up the way they want them to be. For instance when I use my firefox browser I have about 5 different ad-ons that I cannot go without. The fact is the majority of people are not capable of downloading google chrome and abandoning their old browser just to see a subtle performance gain.
The vast majority of people first tried Google Chrome, but after a week or so decided they liked their old browser better, including I. When I first tried Google Chrome I really liked the new look and the fast web browsing. It all sounded great at first, but then everything would just seem to crash on any pages with videos. So I had to switch back to my old browser. I have not tried to fix the problem because well I am satisfied with my Firefox browser and I am not going to take time to try and fix my broken Chrome browser when I am already very content on Firefox. I feel many people ran into the same thing. Once they ran into the slightest problem they just went straight back to their old browser. As you can see though my opinion is very biased since my browser does not function properly. In fact a fellow employee at work uses chrome and he loves it saying its just simple and fast. The fact is Chrome is faster and simpler, but that is pretty much all it has to offer so far in the already dominant field of IE and Firefox browsers. It will satisfy a small niche of the web community. Pretty much everybody will have their own experience with Google Chrome. I recommend that you just try it yourself since it only takes about a couple minutes to install and seeing how you like it.
To learn more about Google Chrome make sure to read their quirky comic they made explaining the advantages of Google Chrome.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
"The company's algorithms are trying to find the most relevant search results." But he adminted, that is not always happening. Instead there are companies out there trying to 'game' the system resulting in high ranking false and misleading information.
The best way to overcome this is to have the most relevant information appear at the top of the search results.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
In order to improve upon the "Projector Rentals" search term, and also ensure "Plasma Rentals" stays number one, we plan to SEO these pages with the intention of making them grow and increasing their page rank. To do this we hope to create new on-domain content, relevant to Plasmas and Projectors, with the intention of these new pages one day receiving page rank and passing them on to our target pages.
In order to ensure these new pages will one day generate page rank, we will write useful, relevant, and on topic articles that many people will enjoy reading and at the same time educate them about the subject. By creating relevant articles that people will find in Google, we will be generating traffic to these new pages and showing Google that these articles are useful. We plan to speed up this process by using social marketing techniques to get these new articles exposure and traffic, and hopefully sustaining this new flow of traffic by creating dynamic content which new viewers will find helpful to read.
One thing to note about SEO work is that results are never immediate. It will take several months to even begin to see whether or not our endeavors are bearing fruit, and to show us which techniques are working and which ones are going nowhere.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Camerasecuritynow.com sells more than just bullet cameras, but they thought to try something different and make a blog specifically for the popular little CCTV Bullet Camera.
They tell us bullet camera's are the personal favorite of may of their csutomer so I could see why they would want to make a blog dedicated to the bullet cameras.
If you did not know a bullet camera is unique in the security camera market because it seems to offer everything you would ever want in a security camera. It is small, light, discrete, inexpensive, and very easy to maintain set-up and install.
Check out the Bullet Camera blog today if you want to learn a little more about these wonderful security cameras.
Friday, August 08, 2008
But today I have the opportunity to compare, or more to the point measure, Google vs McDonald's.
This story starts with the typical Friday rush to get things done, get to lunch, get back, get some more work done, and then get the heck out of the office. So at approx. 1:15 I finished a new blog post on my Words of Freedom blog and quickly hit the submit button. Then, you guessed it, headed for McDonald's.
McDonald's is no more than 5 minutes away, but it’s still basically lunch time and the drive through is pretty busy, so it was not just a drive up and order sort of thing. But soon enough it’s my turn at the giant order board and I place my order for a BBQ snack wrap (a chicken tender in a tortilla shell) and a small fry. Artery clogging fat and cholesterol in hand I drive right back to the office. By now 19minutes have gone by as I sit back down at my desk.
Being addicted to Google more so than my snack wrap I instinctively go to Google and search on the title of my latest blog post, the post I made second before going to lunch. Which I think was something like “Richard M. Nixon on perseverance”. Ok, that’s a pretty specific search term and it looks like I may have been the first to have ever strung those five words together in the history of the internet. But that’s not the point. The point is that Google had already found my post, and at the bottom of the Google search result it said “13 minutes ago”
So with my trip taking 19 minutes and Google indexing my post 13 minutes before I got back that means it took Google only 6 minutes to find my post out of the entire internet and serve it up in a search result. Comparing that with my visit to the drive through, and excluding drive time, I see it took McDonald's 9 minutes to fill my order of a BBQ snack wrap and a fry.
By this simple experiment I believe I am not only the first to ever write “Richard M. Nixon on perseverance “ but that I am also the first to have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Google is faster than McDonald's. So it is a good Friday indeed.
One last thing: When I finally took a bite of my snack wrap, I quickly discovered that McDonald's had botched my order and gven me Ranch instead of BBQ.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Apart from blogging and and working on our latest web project, Tara is also a resident of Preble Country and a full time student. She is currently attending Sinclair Community College where she aims to major in Visual Communications in order to improve and expand upon her skills from Miami Valley. She also coaches a little league soccer team in her spare time, and has become very involved with the community.
With the skills and experience Tara has brought to table, she has made a fine addition to the Xponex Team and we expect great things from her, and the future to come.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
These online hosting sites also offer a number of unique features which make it that much more convenient to host photos online for history keeping purposes. Users can create as many photo albums as they wish and upload as many pictures as they want to each photo album. The popular trend to keeping track of history is to name the album something significant with a date on it, and upload all related photos to the event. There is also the ability to comment on the photos and users can type the exact description of what is happening in this picture and history is beginning to be kept in this similar fashion.
Another interesting aspect of these online photo storage sites is the ability of user profiles as well as pictures to gain page rank. Flickr has enabled users to create a social network around their profiles and pictures and create something positive out of it.
As the digital age continues to advance and high grade technology becomes more easily accessible to people of all ages, we expect to see similar trends throughout the years as these.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
A.P. vice president Jim Kennedy says they will issue guidelines telling bloggers what is acceptable and what isn’t, over and above what the law says is acceptable. They will “attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.’s copyright.”
Bloggers that break these guidelines will risk the chance of being sued or fined by the A.P. On A.P.’s website it says that if you quote just 5 words you will be fined $12.50.
TechCrunch said “They are trying to claw their way to a set of property rights that don’t exist today and that they are not legally entitled to.” So what exactly does this mean for bloggers out their like me. Well basically plain and simple A.P does not want you quoting anything about their stories, at all. If you are seen quoting their stories they will send you a take down notice and issue a fine or even try to sue you.
Apparently A.P does not understand how the internet works and it looks like they pretty much just killed their own website if they actually try and enforce this new law they made up.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Though ranking in the top 5 for both the search terms “Iowa Computer Service” and “Louisiana Computer Service”, the customers own internal data shows little traffic derived from such general terms.
The real life experience the customer reports more closely matches the data we see for the individual cities where the search term most often originates from.
This then begs the question do you ignore valid generalized marketing data that you cannot verify in the real world or do you trust your source and devote some resources to the market in hopes of capturing some potential revenue that is of yet unrealized?
In this case we will urge the customer to approach and answer this question from several angels. First we recommend that they increase their efforts to build links and traffic to the landing page for the generalized search for Iowa and Louisiana, at the same time we believe that within that general area, that specific pages targeting the product within the city should be developed or strengthened.
Also, it goes without saying that main focus of this effort should be spent on the specific cities that turn up as the most common originating location for the search term. Which luckily as we mentioned earlier were the more common large cities that already derive a good deal of traffic from search terms such as “San Antonio Computer Service”, “Austin Computer Service” or “Dallas Computer Service”. Ok three of the top 5 cities are in Texas but that we can believe.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
In 2007 spam email accounted for 90 - 95 percent of total e-mail sent across the web and into users Inboxes. As time has gone by, spam attackers have changed and updated their methods to bypass conventional spam detection securities. These evolving spam techniques have been seen in the form of PDF and zip files, Images, URL spam, automated spam variants, and spoofing.
One of the most effective ways to counteract these constantly evolving spammers and their attacks is to integrate your protection system with the Barracuda Spam Firewall. This firewall is an integrated hardware and software solution developed for the complete protection of your e-mail. This firewall constantly changes and updates to keep up with the current trends in spam attacks by automatically downloading and updating virus and spam definitions hourly. Since the Barracuda Spam Firewall is a 3rd party hardware and software solution there is no need to change existing e-mail and server configurations and the firewall integrates smoothly with all current spam protection methods.
Whether you work from home, are part of a small or medium business, or large corporation, there is no doubt that you will immediately see the benefits of the Barracuda Spam Firewall. These firewalls can come equipped for as little as 1-10 e-mail accounts or as many as 30,000 and can be bundled for even greater capacity and a single barracuda can be used for the protection of multiple mail servers and domains. Protect not only yourself and your employees but also your clients and customers as well with this must have spam protection method.
Also see the Barracuda E-mail Message Archiver to compile and archive all ingoing and outgoing e-mail to protect the integrity of your business.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Its always important to keep your site secure from any type of attack on your website. There are several different methods of hacking into someones website so its important that any programming that is done on your website, is protective and secure. A hacker will try to discover any exploits in the system and obtain unauthorized access to the system through their knowledge of programming.
Take for instance the new Mass-SQL attack thats become and epidemic for many websites. It hit several of our domains and has caused a lot of problems for us. One site, SBMnow.com, happened to be indexed by Google after it had been hacked. So now Google says "This site may harm your computer" for our site, which is devastating to the traffic that SMBnow was seeing. Although we know the site is safe, Google sees it as harmful.
So when it comes to having programming done on your website, make sure that it is secure to avoid things like what happened to SMBnow.
Monday, June 09, 2008
Recently with the increase in travel costs the convention industry has been holding its breath and hoping that attendance numbers don’t take to hard of a hit. However there is another school of thought that says higher travel costs are leading some to look even closer at the conventions and shows offered right in their own metropolitan areas.
To help educate the convention going public and to facilitate the entire convention exhibitor and convention vendor experience, which is all the more critical in light of the ever increasing travel costs, the folks at ConventioVendor.com have committed to making their site a one stop information source, with a commitment to add one new convention venue per month. In time the site will host hundreds of articles and reviews of the nation’s largest convention venues as well as information provided by local convention vendors. Hopefully, through the web, a more effective method of matching the needs of the convention going public to local convention vendors, the industry as a whole will be better able to withstand the ups and downs of today’s economy.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
This week at Xponex we have been working on RentOurLaptops.com. Rentourlaptops has seen a great increase lately in the number of laptop rentals. A laptop rental is great for a business trip that will only take a month or so and you do not feel like buying a laptop because of the price. We at xponex have been making a website for each of the 50 major cities within the U.S. This pages just give you some basic information on the city and help you schedule your laptop rental in the city. Go check out the pages if you are interested in a laptop rental for a business trip to a city or if you just need one for any occasion.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Today, Yahoo Term arrived. According to the email, "
I have 2 weeks to figure out what the below terms means. If anyone can help me understand if this is a good deal or not, please post a comment.
I am posting them not so I can go back and read these terms. Just cut and paste into notepad so you can read them too.
Master Terms and Conditions and Program Terms