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Google Webmaster Help Center Updated

Jun 14, 2006 | 1,464 views | by Candid SEO
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The Google webmaster help center has been updated recently. There are two new sections which may prove to be particularly useful are:

Using a robots.txt file

New topics have been added in the How Google crawls my site section. These topics include information on:
How to create a robots.txt file
Descriptions of each user-agent that Google uses
How to use pattern matching
How often we recrawl your robots.txt file (around once a day)

Understanding HTTP status codes

Submitting Your News Site To Google News

Jun 14, 2006 | 959 views | by Candid SEO
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Google News is being seen as a good source of traffic to a site. There has been an increasing interest in how to get sites included in Google News. There is a post at Seoroundtable that details on the process involved. The technical requirements for the inclusion are:

Duplicate Content Issues

Jun 13, 2006 | 2,815 views | by Candid SEO
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Duplicate content is a persistent and nagging problem with many webmasters. Employees of Yahoo, Google, and IBM jontly presented a paper at the 10th International Conference on Extending Database Technology conference in Munich this March. Titled Indexing Shared Content in Information Retrieval Systems (pdf), it discusses how to limit index sizes of search engines by reducing the amount of duplicate content contained in their indexes.

High Rankings In Google Image Search

Jun 13, 2006 | 2,032 views | by Candid SEO
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Amit Agarwal has offers some nice tips to increase your chances of listing your images high in Google Image Search. The tips include;

  • Use a descriptive and keyword rich file name
  • Use seven to eight keywords in your title and alt text
  • Place a short one line description of the image directly below the image
  • Wrap the content around the image

Major Announcements On Geo Developer Day

Jun 13, 2006 | 1,187 views | by Candid SEO
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Google announced major imagery update for Google Earth, new tools and innovations in mapping at Google's first Geo Developer Day. Google Earth news announced today includes:

Satellite imagery update: A significant high-resolution imagery update for Google Earth increases the product's index of high-resolution imagery by four times. This makes sub-meter high-resolution imagery available for more than one third of the world's population.

Google Geo Developer Day

Jun 13, 2006 | 1,462 views | by Candid SEO
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Google is hosting its Google Geo Developer Day for major Google Earth API developers, local search gurus, and also to announce Google Earth 4.

According to Greg Sterling,

30K developers using the Maps API and 100 million downloads of Earth. Also, Maps and Earth, formerly separate, are being integrated — “different browsers on

the same database for different use cases."

Happy Birthday, Google Earth

Jun 13, 2006 | 1,156 views | by Candid SEO
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Google Earth, on its first birth anniversary, has launched a brand new Google Earth 4. It has been released simultaneously for PC, Mac (universal binary for full performance on both Intel and PowerPC based Macs) and for the first time ever, native support for popular Linux distributions. Google Earth is now fully localized for French, Italian, German and Spanish users. It also offers local search, driving directions, geo-coding, and unique local information layers for these countries. The official Google post has all that you need to know about the new service.

Got data?
Google Earth now covers more than 20 percent of the landmass of the entire globe with high-resolution satellite imagery. Google Earth has already helped save tsunami, hurricane, and earthquake victims, not to mention find a lost Roman villa, track severe storms, discover new meteor craters…

Keyword Tip: When Soccer And Football Mean the Same Thing

Jun 12, 2006 | 1,002 views | by Candid SEO
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The game known as as "soccer" in U.S. has many names around the world. This concept also applies to AdWords. Here keywords in the same language can mean different things to different people. A good example of this is prominently highlighted during the World Cup, when millions of fans outside the US refer to their favorite sport as "football".

The Sitemaps Google Group

Jun 12, 2006 | 920 views | by Candid SEO
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Google is improving upon the service aspect. Matt and his new associate were seen as testaments to the responsiveness of Google. Now Vanessa in a post has asked all the Sitemaps users to get in touch with the Sitemaps group. Here is the whole of her post-

Trailing Slash Issue Resolved

Jun 12, 2006 | 1,028 views | by Candid SEO
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Google has finally got rid of the trailing slash problem. Vanessa Fox recent announced in the official blog post-

We've fixed the issue with the trailing slash in site: operator queries. Queries for site:www.example.com and site:www.example.com/ should now return the same set of results.