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Google Discontinues Public Service Search: Promotes Custom Search Engine

Feb 14, 2007 | 1,394 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Public Service Search is a service that enables non-profit, university, and government web sites to provide search functionality to their visitors without serving ads.

Google Loses Case Against Belgian Newspapers

Feb 14, 2007 | 1,130 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has received a set back in its prolonged fight with the Belgian newspapers. Reuters reports that:

A Belgian court ruled on Tuesday that Google may not reproduce extracts from a variety of Belgian newspapers, imperilling one of the web search leader's most popular services if other courts follow suit.

Google, Live Digital Hand Over User Info

Feb 14, 2007 | 1,847 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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According to ASPnews Google's YouTube and another company Live Digital will disclose the identities of two individuals who illegally uploaded the videos of their popular shows. In one instance, four episodes of the show "24" were uploaded on both the sites a week before the show was to be aired in USA. In another instance, 12 episodes of "The Simpsons" were made online.

Tips On Successful Site Architecture By Vanessa Fox

Feb 14, 2007 | 1,038 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Vanessa Fox on Official Google Central Webmasters Blog has compiled some tips for building crawlable sites.
Vanessa has explained pretty well how to make sure that visitors and search engines have access to the content.

The key step is to ensure the above are:

  • Check the Crawl errors section of webmaster tools for any pages Googlebot couldn't access due to server or other errors. If Googlebot can't access the pages, they won't be indexed and visitors likely can't access them either.

Google Updates Sitelinks

Feb 13, 2007 | 1,728 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has updated their Sitelinks. Google Sitelinks were previously comprehended as Web Categories. Google has explained Sitelinks in their Webmaster help center.

The links shown below some sites in our search results, called Sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. Our systems analyze the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they're looking for.

Ask Advertising For Yahoo! Searches On Google

Feb 13, 2007 | 1,372 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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It is indeed a search love triangle as reported by Search Engine Land. Ever heard of a search engine advertising for those looking for another search engine on a third search engine. This is exactly what has happened. A search for yahoo.com on Google results in an advertisement from Ask.com directing Yahoo! searchers. Yahoo! has been one of the major searched term on Google.

Google Benefited From Film Piracy?

Feb 13, 2007 | 996 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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It is apparent that the complicated acquisition of YouTube by Google will become more and more tense. According to a report published by Wall Street Journal, some of major media companies have impeached Google for providing business support to two websites that allegedly allow illegal video download. Google is also accused of offering such sites with advertising keywords, for which registration is required, to assist them to market their services. 

Google Analytics Authorized Consultant (GAAC) Program Announced

Feb 12, 2007 | 2,747 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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The official Google Analytics blog has announced the Google Analytics Authorized Consultant (GAAC) Program for 2007.

Google's Agent Rank Patent To Transform Ranking Methods

Feb 12, 2007 | 1,098 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Google has filed a new patent titled "Agent Rank" which will enable differentiation of content based on its author and assignment of a score to the author. Thus pages which have multiple authors, advertisements or comments will be broken down to an author based ranking before deciding upon the page value.

Google Says: Controlling Outbound PageRank Not Recommended!

Feb 10, 2007 | 1,320 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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A query posted on WebmasterWorld thread inquires about the way to preserve PageRank value one has on the pages without spreading it out too much.

The query is:

I have around 60 links to my other pages from my home page. Is that too much, will that cause my PR to leak? Also I need to ask you what about linking to other sites from home page, will that cause the PR to leak?