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I don’t like Google anymore

Jan 13th, 2012 | By
I don’t like Google anymore

I have blogged before how I don’t like Google’s growing monopoly on the web, and how they increasingly block non-Chrome browsers when you use their own web applications. It looks like Google is now moving into more unsound web practices, using their web crawling power and abilities to unfair, unethical and illegal purposes.



Google Pagerank update: June 27

Jul 5th, 2011 | By
Google Pagerank update: June 27

While Google continuously updates the pageranks for webpages for internal use, the only external sign we have is the update of the Google Pagerank toolbar. As I have quite a number of blogs, I can notice any pagerank changes quite rapidly, but I always check this site for a confirmation of the last update. And (…)

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How to monitor your brand on the Internet

Jun 14th, 2011 | By
How to monitor your brand on the Internet

In the old days, public relations people would save clippings of newspaper and magazine articles mentioning their company or organisation. Even though nowadays, news travels much faster and spreads wider, it seems public media people often no longer have their ear on the ground. It sounds like a contradiction to me: In the current age (…)

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“How to evaluate a blog” – The Online Manual

May 3rd, 2011 | By
“How to evaluate a blog” – The Online Manual

Several months ago, I wrote a series of blogposts, turned tutorial, about “How to evaluate a blog”. The series helps people improve blogs on key criteria such as traffic, speed, usability, use of real estate, graphic presentation and SEO. For all intents and purposes, it can also be used as a list of hints and (…)

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Help! My server performance went down!

Apr 1st, 2011 | By
Help! My server performance went down!

A few months ago, I migrated 7 blogs with 350,000 blogposts from Tumblr to WordPress on my VPS server. Together with some other blogs and websites, that server happily processed about 50,000 visitors per month, with a steady increase of about 10% per month. All sites and the SQLserver were properly tuned, and the server (…)

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How to make search engines discover more posts on your blog

Mar 28th, 2011 | By
How to make search engines discover more posts on your blog

As I explained in my tutorial “How to analyse your visitors’ traffic figures”, the search engine traffic is important to have people discover your blog. So we have to do everything we can to make search engines discover our blog’s content, through SEO or Search Engine Optimization. While there is much written about SEO, any (…)

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Tumblr and WordPress: a crawler’s difference

Feb 10th, 2011 | By
Tumblr and WordPress: a crawler’s difference

Mid January, I moved Aid News, one of my news aggregator sites from Tumblr to WordPress. After the move I activated the Google XML sitemap plugin which submits the blog’s sitemap automatically to different search engines.



The difference between shared hosting and dedicated hosting

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By
The difference between shared hosting and dedicated hosting

After a year running on Godaddy’s shared hosting, I moved BlogTips to its new HostGator VPS hosting end of October. Look at the Google crawler statistics showing the average download speed for a page. See the difference? While on shared hosting, it took up to 25 seconds to load a page, the performance on the (…)

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Google did a PageRank update.
Well… kinda.

Jan 21st, 2011 | By
Google did a PageRank update.<br/>Well… kinda.

Well, whatdoyaknow… Google hardly waited after I gave them bad rating for postponing their pagerank updates , and here we go: On January 20 Google started a new pagerank update. It is hard to find exact information on the pagerank update, but there is a lot of buzz in the SEO world going on at (…)

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How to block indexing of Blogger archive pages

Jan 9th, 2011 | By
How to block indexing of Blogger archive pages

Here is a quiz question for you: What is the difference between the top and the bottom Google search result of the one and the same Blogger hosted blog? Answer: The top is the actual post, while the bottom is the monthly archive page. It seems by default, Blogger will allow the Google crawler index (…)

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How to evaluate a blog – Part 7:
SEO or Search Engine Optimization

Nov 28th, 2010 | By
How to evaluate a blog – Part 7: <br/>SEO or Search Engine Optimization

Do the test yourself: Google the main keywords which should be relevant to the blog you are evaluating. Does the blog feature on the first search page? If so, cool! That’s what we want! How about Googling a key phrase, or key title, or some key issues which have been well covered in the blog (…)

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