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HTMLfixIT Archive for the ‘Search Engines’ Category

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Don

In one of the most disjointed rambling pieces I have read in a while, author David Donnelly aparently criticizes Google for playing the game of politics in Washington. It is hard to figure out exactly what is going on from his piece.

Assuming he is unbiased and giving objective facts (well I guess those two could exist one separate from the other … so assuming objective facts at least), one wonders if his statements are true, Google employees gave predominantly democratic (read minority) in Federal campaign contributions. Is it any wonder than that they are having trouble advancing their net neutrality campaign then? At least it sounds like they now recognize their mistake. Always side with the more powerful … even packs of dogs recognize that. Google is smarter than the average dog so they’ll get it handled.

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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006 by Don

I like Google! There is rumor that Google may be moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan … oh boy I sure hope so. One of its latest Google Lab Projects has been something called Google Page Creator. It is really a cross between static web pages I suppose and blogging. It allows someone to create pages in a what you see is what you get format. The pages are then hosted on Google (

What is the advantage over a blog type of format? Nothing I can think of other than look. It seems to be the new geocities of the net to me. They allow you 100 megabytes of space. Certainly enough for most people.

This will be great I suppose for non-profits and others, especially as you can buy a domain name for under $10 and then point it to your Google Pages site.

One other interesting thing is the section on how to make your pages work well with Google Search. Well worth the read!

Need help setting one of these up? Contact me … and for a modest fee, I’ll talk you through the process.

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006 by Don

In an article that I find hard to follow at MSNBC, it appears that a judge has ruled that Google may be infringing on another’s copywrite by showing certain thumbnails in response to image search requests. I don’t find the article clear in that it appears what we may be talking about is thumbnails of wrongfully acquired copies of the images by third parties? I’ll hunt for more information I guess when I get a minute.

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 by Don

Google today hired a significant figure from rival Amazon’s K9 search team. Head of that division at Amazon, Udi Manber, will become an engineer at Google. This is just the latest in a number of high profile hirings over the past few years by Google. Working there must sometimes feel like you are in the internet hall of fame. Hey guys, I am available if the price is right. Please contact me …

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006 by Don

Besides hiring me of course, you can spend a lot of time figuring it out. We have had good success in getting pages ranked well in Google quite quickly. We do not use any “word spam” techniques to do it either. In fact we wouldn’t do it. Anyway, we have tried in the past to share our thoughts on SEO – or search engine optimization – with others. We hope others have found it helpful.

Let’s get “Scientificish”

I regularly read Mike Industries as I find he has a lot of good information. He sort of wants to be the number one “Mike” in Google. Can he make it? To figure out how the rankings work (or don’t work) he tried an experiment that was a bit scientificish (I figure we have a shot at going one/two for that term). His research on what Google did with some newly generated web pages concerning the word “lodefizzle” generated some very interesting results.

Validate that Code

Go validate the code on your page, and then, have a read because as he says:

Conclusion: It’s not clear that validity helps search engine ranking, but it’s definitely true that certain errors in your code can get you completely removed from indexes.

I remember the first time I looked for my name in Lexis/Nexis back in the early 1980’s. The name Don was tough to find because of many sub-parts under the ancient indexes available at that time because I could be found under either Don or Donald, so you had to leave it open. I got donut, don’t, etc. Eventually I had to construct a better way to search for Don or Donald and my last name, allowing for the fact that I might or might not have an initial or middle name in there as well. It took a bit, but I did eventually find myself. I am sure Google has raised the search bar … and suffice it to say I am no Mike. I doubt I could count far enough down to find myself. So I’ll just toil on in obsurity.

Goodnight as I go cry myself to sleep…


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 by Don

After several years of beta status, Google has finally removed the news feature from beta status. It has been working fine for years. Do you think that Newsvine is what pushed them to end the beta status. As we have reported previously, some believed the issue was making news a paying proposition. Whatever the reason, welcome to Google News (not beta — the yellow beta is no longer in the site logo).

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Thursday, January 19th, 2006 by Don

The United States has requested numerous records of searches looking to see what is being requested by users on the search engine. Google, to it’s credit I think, is opposing that move vigorously in an effort to protect the privace of it’s users, and in the interest of protecting Google’s own marketing information. The reason the government wants the information is because it is challenging the rejection of The 1998 Child Online Protection Act that intended to require you to log in before you can see “objectionable material”.

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