Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Revolutionizing Search Results and Favoring SEO

Google, if you haven't noticed recently, has favored SEO in their efforts to make more meaningful search results available to their readers and the internet savvy for internet answers. How?

Well haven't you noticed recently that Google incorporated another special feature to their search results by giving another good opportunity for webmasters and the internet savvy to be able to put in a notebook their favorite results or the results that people find interesting.

Aside from the previous links, cached and similar pages, there is now a way for people looking for results to put their favorite answers from the search lists into a notebook service put up by Google. I just recently noticed this new service being available for all sorts of internet savvy including webmasters and SEOs all over the world.

I tried it yesterday and probably enjoyed the user-friendliness of the new feature (at least for me it is a new feature) because I was able to put up a pool of my favorite results in one single notebook.

You can get the access to the Google Notebook by signing in to your Google Accounts and clicking on the link that states Notebook. From there you can organize every search result that you like or find interesting and put them all in one place. There is also a chance for you to put some tag which adds up to the user-friendliness of the new feature.

If you guys out there haven't tried it yet, I suggest that you ought to start it now as it also has some SEO friendly features like the tagging system and I believe it has an advantage for people who use the feature.

Remember thought that this service is very prone to abuse and therefore it is for sure that Google has implemented guidelines for the users to follow, otherwise, a penalty is to occur, just like in the Google pages which I have personally tried and took a chance in using.

SEOs Join Campaign for the Tubbataha Reef and 3 More

SEOs, bloggers and webmasters all over the Philippines have joined the campaign for a vote to 4 of the best bets of the country to the new 7 wonders of the world listing. The biggest part of the pie must be coming from the bloggers all over the Philippines who are joining their forces in some way by helping the entries, Chocolate Hills, Mayon Volcano, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and the best bet which is the Tubbataha Reef become widespread to all the internet users all over the country and urging them to vote for the 4 best bets.

I for example has had a good time trying to contact friends in the internet world today just to let them know that I have my own blog about the voting and about the Tubbataha Reef which is my first personal bet on my list among the four. I urged friends by trying to send a few e-mails and through my Yahoo Messenger and I am happy that some of them had already voted for the 4 bets of the country.

This is going to be great for the Philippines and I can see it from here because my personal bet, the Tubbataha Reef is already in the 7th position after last night's post about the very beautiful and breath taking place in Palawan. It was way back last night at 9th but I am really very happy to see it come up since up to the 7th today.

Vote here for the Philippines big 4 in the new 7 wonders of the world listing.
Viva the Tubbataha Reef!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Experience the Wordpress 2.5 Release

Have you ever experienced Wordpress 2.5? Well if not, you should upgrade now because it is by far the most interesting release ever.

I didn't think that Wordpress can come up with such a user-friendly and manageable workplace for their users and for the internet savvy.

Indeed this is the best release ever that I really love for my Wordpress blogs and this will surely go to the books for many bloggers and webmasters all over the world.

This is something that's so very manageable and very good in almost all aspects and I simply love the navigations of the options and the manageability of the structure.

Congratulations to the Wordpress admin for being able to come up with such a good improvement in their platform.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Just an SEO Thought for an SEO Matter

The Search Engine Algorithms

Search engine algorithms and results pages are probably the most scratched destination in the web today yet nobody seems to take notice how they have changed so much since the Google Slap happened. What about you, have you noticed lately how the search engines work their way to give results? That these results are all supposed to be most likely in accordance to the old promise that the results pages where all the information are displayed for a search query by an internet user has to be "user friendly"?

Optimizing and Forgetting About the Old Days

I guess nobody remember anymore how a user-friendly content looks because we all seem so busy with optimizing and implementing keyword density that we sometimes get to the point where we, over optimize or for some harsh terms, "spam" the search engines.

I remember in the early days where the search engines would base their results pages with the number of times that a meta is repeated or in short, this is what we call today as spam (forgive me if I'm wrong with this one because I did not find any relevant result trying to query for the early ways of how the search engines give results an advantage over the others with the same target keyword).

Anyway, back in the year 2000, the internet is not this much well known here in the Philippines and the user has to buy a card that we call during those times as internet access cards before he/she can access information in the web. This is a very hard thing to be in but nevertheless, we were able to pass on it. We're lucky!

Big "G" Up to Something Again?

So back to the original discussion, today it seems the big G is again up to something and the changes seem so drastic that we even all have to go through some very big changes in the way the search engines see the pages that we make and see how they are important for the users.

According to an interview that I can only half remember on Matt Cutts when he was asked about the future of search, he said that in a few years, it will be better for the users just like it is supposed to be.

Forums, Press Release and Social Media

Well, take a look at how the search engines have changed. Say for example, I remember it used to be that the "press releases" are very highly regarded as an important part of search engine marketing but now they were replaced by "social media". Forums on the other hand have their own say in the authority of links that a webpage gets but now it seems a little bit different.

Links were not used to being sold but now links are cautiously and carefully being either traded or sold in a secrecy that only humans will know and the search engine bots will not by avoiding common terms related to advertising and buying links.

But look at how it is now, Google is even rumored to have hands on people taking care of spam and spam sites simultaneously like the way the search results algorithm changes.

The Google Slap!

Everything truly has changed and this is all because the webmasters too have changed and evolved. Everybody seems to have no time while the search engines are trying to give more time to give great results in their index. The search engines learned how to be a little bit smarter now with a few tweaks in their rules and regulations making faulty webmasters pay in away they will never forget like the latest "Google Slap". WOW!

Who would forget such a drastic measure to take away the changing algo of the webmasters on how they treat link buying and link selling.

So what's next? Yahoo and MSN merging to build the next titan engine (Yicrosoft Directory)? I'll just watch on the side and take sides when matters come. For short, I'll just cross the bridge when we get there.

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