How to Add Search Shortcuts to Google Chrome.

Last week Danny Sullivan twittered he was looking for a creative commons image to use. Christine Churchill poked a little fun at me wondering how I was able to get that so quickly. The trick is using search shortcuts, and I’m going to show you how to do it.

FeedProxy.Google.com What The Heck is That

So What the heck is feedproxy.google.com why is it out there, what’s it being used for, why is google letting it be indexed, why are 164,000 pages in the index [site:feedproxy.google.com] and why is it ranking? it’s not like google places to much value on domain authority or anything … photo credit: dannysullivan

How Google Plans to Steal More of Your Traffic

At the SMX Advanced Conference in June of 2014, Danny Sullivan had a Question and Answer session with Matt Cutts. During this session, Matt did a live search demo that, in my opinion, demonstrated that Google wants to take the search traffic it’s currently sending to other websites and keep it for themselves.

Duplicate Text and SMX

One of the people I finally had the chance to meet at SMX was Vanessa Fox of Google. We’ve been twittering for eva (ok maybe 6 months but on the internet that is forever) and I think we’re really close to becoming BFF.

Google Love Affair with Wikipedia

Much has been said about Google algorithmic favoritism for Wikipedia. I was working on a project this weekend about celebrities, and wikipedia’s dominance in the SERP’s was nothing less than astounding.

Google Onebox with Maps Gone AWOL

So I was looking at something last week and I was getting onebox results with a map and three listings for [local town service]. Today I went to someone’s office and show them the onebox and the map with three local results were gone. Tried a bunch of others I know used to work in the past and they are … [Continue reading Google Onebox with Maps Gone AWOL]

Google Bombs Defused … Not

So coming back from SMX (more on that later) I see a trackback from SEL about GWB ranking for [who is a failure]. GWB also ranks for [who is a miserable]. While Scientology no longer ranks for [dangerous cult] they do rank for [cult dangerous] and [dangerous is cult] Now of course you can’t really expect Google to fess up … [Continue reading Google Bombs Defused … Not]

Why Big Brand Media Sites Are The Real Cesspool of the Internet

Eric Schmidt of Google famously remarked last year that “The internet is fast becoming a cesspool where false information thrives” and that brands were the way out. Well Eric I’m going to show you not only did you get it wrong , but you got it very wrong, not only are big brands just as responsible for the pollution of … [Continue reading Why Big Brand Media Sites Are The Real Cesspool of the Internet]

Side Effects of a DMOZ listing

Much has been said about having a listing in DMOZ, whether it’s important or not, whether it’s necessary, or how much time and effort it’s worth to get in. I was reviewing a potential clients site and I suspect the DMOZ listing may actually be doing them more harm than good. The company has been around for a few years … [Continue reading Side Effects of a DMOZ listing]

Using Google Checkout Buttons Doesn’t Increase Adwords CTR

If you don’t believe that using that button from Google Checkout gives you a higher CTR and an advantage over your competition give me a call I’ve got some beach front property in Vegas I’d like to sell you 🙂

New Ad Format For Image Search

Had to redact the terms (sorry) but here’s a new advertising format I cam across while doing image searchs

Google MFA and No Way Out!

I know Werty showed something similar to this at pubcon, but this is as bad as I’ve ever seen it. 12 sponsored ads on a page and almost no way out but to click the ads. Yes I know there are two links in the upper right but well seems a bit like an MFA site to me (screen shot … [Continue reading Google MFA and No Way Out!]

Prisoners of War in the Battle for Paid Links

Yesterday I came across a post from Dazzlin Donna entitled Matt Cutts, Why Am I Still Being Punished, there are several points in that post worth noting and discussing in more detail.

Blue Widgets – Google and CSS Files

With all this talk about Google Crawling CSS files I thought it might be nice to get an idea what’s within guidelines and what’s not.

The Only Real Hoax is that Google Treats Everyone The Same

Lately there’s been quite a bit of brouhaha over a fairly popular bit of hoax marketing involving a teenager, stolen credit cards, and prostitutes. I’m no stranger to hoax marketing in fact I advocated it back in 2006 and have been debating it with Matt Cutts for at least as long. While I don’t expect either of our viewpoints will … [Continue reading The Only Real Hoax is that Google Treats Everyone The Same]

How to Turn Google Knols into an MFA Scraper

The following is purely hypothetical and should not be taken as advice or a suggestion.

Google is Scarier than Facebook on Privacy

In the past few weeks Facebook has been publicly criticized over privacy policies; however, when Google invades people’s privacy, the offenses don’t receive the same level of scrutiny or public outrage.

Adwords Quality Score – Why It Won’t Roll Back

I’ll admit that when I first saw the new adwords quality score I thought they were crazy, they’ll have to roll this thing back, and was not alone in this belief. However after poking ad proding the beast a little I say it’s here to stay.

Peek-a-Boo in the Sandbox

First off let me say Google’s constantly updating non synchronized data centers are actually becoming quite annoying. Big Daddy data centers not being in sync with anything even more annoying. Anyways, I’m starting to see some sites coming out of the sandbox in the past week or so. Let me clarify that I’m starting to see pages not entire sites … [Continue reading Peek-a-Boo in the Sandbox]

Behold the Power of Authority

It’s been interesting to watch [Eco-Friendly Flip Flops]