Some Of Digg’s Ban Domain List

The 10e20 blog complies a list of the sites they know are banned from Digg.com. There has been a recent wave of Digg bans, and reportedly, once your banned, you cannot get back in. Here is a current list of banned sites as per 10e20's post. Online Marketing Blog DigitalPoint Forums John Chow Squidoo by Seth Godin Text Link Ads SEO News Blog Ecademy Search Bliss Connected Internet Real Estate Webmasters Rock My Monkey Paul Stamatiou Paula Mooney Good to keep tabs... [...]


A Google Holiday Update Or Data Refresh

Google Data Refresh - Rankings Fluctuations Before Christmas by Ben Pfeiffer at the Search Engine Roundtable notes a very possible Google update is taking place. He references a WebmasterWorld thread that is currently three pages deep. Most in the thread believe that this is a true update and based on some of the comments at the Search Engine Roundtable post, really respected SEOs are claiming this to be the real deal. But without confirmation from Google, we won't know for sure. Is this a good time for an update? I suspect most people by now have finished buying online, so hopefully any m [...]


Google Says They Won’t Ask For Help In China To Compete

In Google sticks to solo plans from the Shanghai Daily, Google said it won't work with a local partner in China to gain marketshare. Google's vice president of China operations, Kai-fu Lee said that they "have confidence in our current approach" in China. Currently, Baidu has 50 percent share in China, compared to Google's 16 percent share, according to one estimate. Baidu's share is expected to increase, while Google is expected to remain flat. Yahoo has made partnerships in China to try to expand their reach, with the Alibaba.com investment. Note that Google did announce a partnership de [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, Dec. 21, 2006

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web: From Search Engine Land: Wish List: Interactive Help From Google's Matt Cutts & MattPasses I've been making up a Google wish list to update from my earlier one this year. Pandia just came out their own wish list, as did David Wallace more generally. And for whatever reason, it came to me. I want an interactive Matt Cutts to provide Google webmaster assistance. Think Ms Dewey meets Matt Cutts. Plus, I also want MattPasses to be issued for fast support.... Why Did Google Sto [...]


Google AdWords Special Holiday Dividers

Nathan Weinberg reports that searches on Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa bring up a special holiday divider between the organic results and the AdWords results on the right. Google did the same thing last year, but last years candy cane has been replaced by Christmas trees. Also make sure to track Google's holiday logo doodles. [...]


Wish List: Interactive Help From Google’s Matt Cutts & MattPasses

I've been making up a Google wish list to update from my earlier one this year. Pandia just came out their own wish list, as did David Wallace more generally. And for whatever reason, it came to me. I want an interactive Matt Cutts to provide Google webmaster assistance. Think Ms Dewey meets Matt Cutts. Plus, I also want MattPasses to be issued for fast support. Picture it. You head over to Google Webmaster Central with some type of listing issue. There's a little picture of Matt, superstar of Google assistance. He's got a little speech bubble coming out of his mouth -- or text near him [...]


Why Did Google Stop Supporting The SOAP API?

Earlier this week, Google dropped some support for the SOAP API, finally making a formal announcement about it here. New sign-ups aren't allowed, but the API calls will continue to be served. Why did they drop sign-ups? Google doesn't explain, and so others are speculating. Techdirt feels they did this for business reasons over technical reasons. John Battelle quotes Tim Bray's [...]


Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom Signs Mobile Deal With Google

Chunghwa Telecom, Google Sign Agreement from the Associated Press reports Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom has signed a mobile deal with Google. Google will provide mobile web search services to Chunghwa's user base starting this January. According to the story, Chunghwa Telecom is the largest phone company by revenue in Taiwan, with 840,000 3G users and is aiming for 1.5 million in 2007. They have 8 million mobile phone subscribers to-date. [...]


Yahoo China Wins Suit Against Hongyi’s Qihoo For Unfair Competition

Reuters reports Yahoo China has won a lawsuit brought against Qihoo search engine for unfair competition. The lawsuit first came to light back in September. The court found that "Qihoo's 360safe software prompted users to de-install the Yahoo Toolbar by making users believe the toolbar was malware -- software that users download unknowingly and is difficult to remove." [...]


Screaming About The Search Tail

Over the years, I've done many introduction to search marketing sessions where I talk about the value of having good, descriptive pages. Those let you tap into the search tail, the "onesies and twosies" terms, as I've called them, that might come up only once in a month. Add all those up, and they can outweigh or be as important as the top terms you deliberately target. Today, I had to chuckle at one particular query that brought us a visitor that illustrates the search tail concept: why did google have the scream That was the query that brought one person in from Google. We c [...]


Germany Leaves Quaero To France, To Start Theseus Search Project

Threadwatch points to a PC Advisor report that the euro search engine project Quaero between France and Germany is now being split up. France will continue developing Quaero to help counter American-based search giants like Google and Yahoo. Germany is to start their own search technology project called Theseus. The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology spokesperson said, "We will still see cooperation but in another form, such as workgroups. But the consortium between the German and French governments is over." Past coverage of Quaero: Exalead CEO Warns Of "Google Monster" [...]


New Delicious Tagometer Badge

Yahoo's Delicious has rolled out a new Tagometer allowing people to better bookmark your pages plus see how they have been tagged. In addition, it shows the number of others who have save a page -- reminiscent of Digg's Digg Count button. [...]


Yes Virginia, SEO Is Rocket Science – Defending Search Engine Optimization Once Again

Like Greg Boser, I saw the articles and counter-articles emerge from Did-It's swing at search engine optimization back in October, rolled my eyes and moved on. The argument's been done before, done to death. But Greg's got his back up now, and he provides an excellent read in The Half-Truths of Talking Frogs. I'll highlight part of his post defending SEO plus jump in along with him. I read Kevin Lee's ClickZ column that got Greg fired up and didn't personally take it as saying all organic results are spammers. Kevin wrote: There's no reason organic search should be more relevant than paid s [...]


Search Patents Filings from 12-20-06 – Reranking on Information Redundancy and on Searcher Affinities

Some processes covered in patents granted last week by the US Patent and Trademark Office: Microsoft reranking results based upon redundancy of information, Ask reranking pages based upon affinities between searchers, Hewlett-Packard creating queries for searchers to investigate from scanned documents, and; Exalead forming dynamic query refinements from words found in documents located within search results. A number of new patent applications were published also, which involve search in some manner. Microsoft describes targeted contextual advertising in alerts, and debuts two versions of [...]


Search Blog Awards By Search Engine Journal

Loren Barker's Search Engine Journal is running his annual Search Blog Awards contest. You can vote for your favorite blog over here. The categories available for you to vote for include: SEO Blog of the Year Search News Blog Best Search Marketing / Contextual Ad Blog Best Link Building Blog Best Search Agency Resource Blog Best Search Engine Blogger of 2006 Best Social Media Optimization Blog Best Black Hat SEO Blogs Best Local Search Blog Best Affiliate Marketing Blog Best Web 2.0 Blog Best Search Engine Marketing Community / Forum What's your favorite Search Podcast? Now, Search Engin [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, Dec. 20, 2006

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web: From Search Engine Land: Battle For Books: Evil Google Versus The Altruistic Open Content Alliance Google Book-Scanning Efforts Spark Debate from the Associated Press is an excellent look how the rivalry between Google's library scanning project and that of the Open Content Alliance -- backed by Yahoo and Microsoft -- is getting more heated. Google pretty much comes off as the evil company trying to lock up books for its own commercial goals. I'll try to restore some balance to t [...]


Battle For Books: Evil Google Versus The Altruistic Open Content Alliance

Google Book-Scanning Efforts Spark Debate from the Associated Press is an excellent look how the rivalry between Google's library scanning project and that of the Open Content Alliance -- backed by Yahoo and Microsoft -- is getting more heated. Google pretty much comes off as the evil company trying to lock up books for its own commercial goals. I'll try to restore some balance to that. But then again, perhaps the rhetoric is the only thing that will make Google decide it should figure out a way to better assure people that the scanning will be as open source as possible. The OCA, [...]


Google Pushing New Blogger In Search Results

Now that Blogger is officially out with a new version, I guess Google's ready to get behind the service in a big way. The screenshot above shows a new promotional "tip" I just got in my web search results. I've never seen anything like that before for Blogger nor that I can recall for any other Google products. Not like this. The tip reads: Tip: Want to share your life online with a blog? Try Blogger It seems to be triggered by any use of the word "blog" in a search. For me, all of these will make it come up: blog blogger blogs suck blog about google closing its [...]


The Lies Of Top Search Terms Of The Year

I wanted to make some time and dive deep into the issue of why all those top search terms from the various search engines don't match. Others have thankfully been doing that. The short answer, as I've written before, is that they are all heavily filtered. That's why you don't see popular terms like "sex" and "porn" and navigational queries like "google" showing up. I might try to come back to this in more depth, but here's a summary of the lists and what people are saying about them. Plus, I'll explain that chart above and how it shows that list from Google doe [...]


Diller Touting Ask And Centrality Of Local

Barry Diller keeps talking about Ask as the "glue" of his empire and more specifically about the importance of local. Ask and the new AskCity are thus in the hot seat. ClickZ has a piece today about the forthcoming introduction of financial and real estate data into AskCity. The site quotes Diller from an investor call: "If you’ve road-tested Ask City, you’ve seen how special it is. The way the information is lined up inside the site is quite powerful. That’s the way it’s going to be all the way through, [...]


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