Tag Archives: search engine

Search Engines Not Stopping Hackers Using Automated Search Queries

After reading the latest report from Imperva about search engine vulnerabilities and hacking, I am pretty disturbed that the search engines are not doing enough to stop hackers from finding web vulnerabilities. In this latest test, hackers were able to perform more than 80,000 search queries at Google in one day that revealed sites that they could hack into. The search engines are not doing enough to stop hackers.

Google Quietly Stops Indexing Google Plus Posts

Previously, I wrote on my blog about how to get your Google+ Plus posts ranked in Google, and how you can get them to show up in the Google search results. Up until recently, Google was indexing about 200 to 300 new Google+ Plus posts that were marked as Public. However, Google has now stopped that. Posts are no longer being indexed in Google, only Google+ Plus Profiles are getting indexed.

Search Engine Market Share for May 2011

Every month I watch the search engine market share amongst those web properties (mainly the search engines, Google, Yahoo, Bing.com) to see where all the searches are. comScore reports the search engine market share every month, which is interesting to watch. Google is still ahead with 65 percent of the search engine market share and Yahoo is 2nd, with Microsoft Bing third. What’s interesting to note this month is that overall the number of search queries is up 5 percent.

Are you Infringing On a Search Engine Patent?

Schema.org is a new collaboration by Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo! to start standardizing website code. They are trying to help you code your website in a better way so that they can understand your site better and its contents. But did you know that by using code on their site you may be infringing upon a search engine patent? They specifically state, in the terms service, that even though they are granting you a license to use that code, you may be infringing on their patents. I really don’t have a problem with that, but you should be aware of this.

Google has 90 Percent Market Share in Latin America

comScore data for the month of March 2011 shows that Google has 90 percent market share when it comes to search queries conducted in Latin America. 9 out of 10 searched conducted in Latin America are conducted on a Google-owned website. The Google market share is at 90 percent in Latin America while Facebook and Microsoft’s sites are at about 2.8 percent. In the past year, search queries in Latin America surged up 21 percent to more than 18.5 billion queries in March 2011.

Is SEO Different than SEM?

What really is the difference between search engine optimization and search engine marketing? I know it can be confusing, but since the internet marketing has matured lately so much, there really is a big difference between SEO and SEM.

How to Block Domains from Appearing in Google Search Results

Google is now allowing you to block web sites — at the domain name level–from appearing in the search results. Previously this feature was only available via an add-on to Google’s Chrome web browser. But now, it appears that Google has begun rolling this feature out for all users.

Real Time Social Media Search Engine

On my blog, I wrote a blog post about a new real time social media search engine called The Babel. Read a bit about what made me write about this particular real time social media search engine and why I gave it a failing grade.

Google Search Quality Still Needs Improvement

As you are probably aware, Google has been in the media spotlight lately about the Google search quality. I took a look at a recent topical search result and compares the Google search results with the Bing search results. Google’s search results are filled with a duplicated PR Newswire press release. Bing, on the other hand, shows unique content with unique news articles on the subject. The Google search result shows a duplicate press release over and over, Bing shows unique news articles. Hmmm, which search engine is delivering better search results?

Namecheck Online Name Search Engine Launched

I just posted on my main blog about Namecheck, a new search engine for online names. You can actually search at one place and discover if a name has been registered as a domain name, on a social media site, or if it has a trademark. Namecheck is a pretty useful tool if you are searching for a unique name online.

Google Warns of Hacked Websites in Search Results

In the Google Webmaster Blog today, Google has announced that they are now showing warnings that say “This site may be compromised”.

Google has traditionally provided this type of warning to searchers (it shows up in the Google search results) for malware for several years now. However, now, Google has expanded the search results notifications to help searchers avoid web sites that may have been compromised and altered by a third party. In other words, helps us stay away from hacked web sites. By the way, if you have search engine ranking problems with your website, I may be able to help.

Problems with Google Places Uncovered

Google’s recent search update where they have pulled places listings into the organic results is generating errors in accuracy. The Google Places Integrated search results have problems. Rob over at Standing Dog has uncovered some pretty interesting issues regarding Google Places and their integrated search results. Read the Google Places Problems blog post to earn exactly what the problems that have been uncovered in the Google Places integrated search results.

Infoseek Search Engine Trademark Auction December 8th

Want a chance to own the trademark and domain name of Infoseek, a former internet search engine? Here is your chance. The Infoseek trademark and domain name will be part of a trademark and brand name auction being held on December 8, 2010. Learn more about the auction of this former search engine by reading my latest blog post about how you can own the Infoseek trademark and domain name.

Why You Should Use Google Before Asking a Question

I have to admit that I have not seen this particular comic before, but it definitely is a good one. I laughed out loud when I saw that today. You should definitely use Google before you ask a dumb question. Or at least take the time to use the Google search engine before you ask someone else a question, as it may save some time.

But don’t rely too much on Google, as after all, Google might give you the wrong answer to your question.

Google Instant Previews in Search Results

If you’ve utilized the Google search engine these days, you may have observed a new function that they have recently rolled out, known as Instant Previews. This new feature allows you to totally preview a internet web page from inside the Google search results before visiting really visiting the web page.

Google also reports that from their testing they’ve found that “people who use Google Instant Previews are about 5% more likely to be satisfied with the results they click”. Is 5 % really a large sufficient quantity to warrant adding such a function to the Google search results? I’m not so sure.

How You Can Allow Search Engines to Index Your Private Facebook Account

As you may be aware, Facebook has, very publicly, said that they don’t want search engines like Google and Bing to index your private Facebook profile. I have written prior to about how Facebook has had e-mail privacy problems and all sorts of other privacy problems when it comes towards the information that we place on our Facebook profiles. Facebook merely does not want Google to index their website. Now you can fight back if you would like: I recently wrote on my blog about how how to permit the search engines like Google to index your personal Facebook account.

This is a screen capture of my very own Facebook profile that I just told the search engines to index.

Why Your Website Has Search Engine Ranking Problems

As a search engine marketing expert, I see a good deal of internet sites that haven’t been optimized for the search engines. Over the years, I continue to see the very same issues with what I call non-optimized sites. Generally, the biggest troubles tend to be standard internet site layout factors that are not integrated when a web page is developed, not poor net layout. Most search engine ranking problems could be fixed by generating positive nothing is overlooked when making a world wide web web page.

Did you know that there are generally four major reasons why a web site has search engine ranking problems? Duplicate content, not enough content, search engine spidering issues, and a lack of link popularity are the reasons.