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Google Classifying 'Types' of Websites and Search Terms?

Sep 10, 2007 | 1,595 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Is Google Classifying 'Types' of Websites and Search Terms? asks a forum in Webmaster world. The post originates from a Webmaster World September SERP changes forum which said:

"GOOG seems to be trying to do some "web site typing", i.e. trying to find a way to clump sites together in a taxonomy. Maybe they ARE planning to have their search categorized."

Update On Google Penalizing Directories!

Sep 8, 2007 | 4,261 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A lot of discussion is happening in Sphinn, two forums in Digital point and Webmaster World about Google and how it is manually penalizing directories.

In Digital Point, Matt Cutts explained saying:

"I'll try to give a few rules of thumb to think about when looking at a directory. When considering submitting to a directory, I'd ask questions like:

Google Reader Gets A Search And More!

Sep 7, 2007 | 2,719 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google is upgrading many of its products. And here come Google Reader with search capability now! The Google Reader can count higher than 100. There are many informations, but only a few that come form trusted sources, like newspapers, magazines, and of course blogs. Google launched Google Reader to accumulate all the online informations in one place.

Rediscover Reading With Google Book Search!

Sep 7, 2007 | 1,785 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Books have always been regarded as best friends. Even with the emergence of the internet, books are still playing an important role. Google with its digitized Google Book Search is here to bring back the glory of books in a more exciting package, now with a full text search feature. Recently, Google launched some new features to help users search, collect, share, and discover new books in a new exciting way.

Google's My Map Now With Distance Measurement Feature

Sep 7, 2007 | 1,868 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google is truly a search giant. It always tries to bring something new for its users. This time it adds the feature of automatic distance measurement in the 'My Maps'. Recently, in the Google Lat Long Blog, there is a report of this latest feature. Users drawing trail or hiking maps with the help of My Maps line tool will now get automatic distance measurements between points, while creating personalized maps. This adds a new feather to the incremental improvements that Google has made to Google Maps in the recent days. This is a small feature but its usefulness is worth mentioning.

Google Webmaster Central Gets A Makeover!

Sep 7, 2007 | 1,798 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Webmaster Central gets a new look, informs the official Google Webmaster blog. This revamp does not mean old favorites like Webmaster Blog and discussion group have been given the boot.

google webmaster Google Webmaster Central Gets A Makeover!

Here's a brief look at some of the new additions:

First Ever Update Of Google Website Optimizer Beta!

Sep 6, 2007 | 2,236 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Peter Harbison and the InsideAdwords blog officially announces the first ever update of Google's website Optimizer.

Free landing page optimization tool: The first feature is a wizard for creating A/B split experiments. A/B tests are ideal for testing how well different page layouts perform and for pages that don't get a lot of traffic. Although you can perform A/B testing in Google Analytics, using Website Optimizer simplifies the process and makes it really easy to set up experiments and view results. Click here, to get an idea of how to set up an A/B experiment.

Google Webmaster Tool Link Updated For September 2007

Sep 6, 2007 | 1,862 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Threads in both Digital Point and Webmaster World both inform of a Google Webmaster Tools' Link Update.

According to zjacob in Webmaster World, such changes seem to have certain characteristics:

  1. "Almost all of the changes seem to be due to external factors, so that in-site SEO does not seem to matter all that much. Knowing as to what that external factor is would be extremely valuable. DMOZ/Google directory changes do not fit the profile of the likely cause.

Google Advanced Search Now Includes Date Options!

Sep 6, 2007 | 1,735 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google Advanced Search takes a step forward and adds more date options.

google advanced search  Google Advanced Search Now Includes Date Options!

Thats not all, Ionut also mentions that you can also define time-frames.

"The nice thing is that you can change the value of as_qdr to custom intervals. Here are all the possible values of the as_qdr parameter:

  • d[number] – past number of days (e.g.: d10)

Academics Can Access Google's Raw Search Data

Sep 5, 2007 | 3,572 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Researchers who are studying web search behavior will now be able to access some parts of Google’s raw data. To get access to this basic data, academics have to sign up for the Google Research University Research Program for Google Search, which is designed to provide university faculty and their research teams high-volume programmatic access to Google Search. Only authorized users can get information on specific search queries performed by searchers using Google’s search engine. This data have web search results limited by rate, number of results, and daily maximum queries.