Extreme SEO panel Q&A at A4Uexpo 2009

April 28, 2009


Who was there?
Dave Naylor (Bronco)
Ciaran Norris (altogetherdigital)

Marcus Tandler (Mediadonis)

Joost de Valk (Orange Valley)

Dixon Jones (Receptional)

Bob Rains


Who talked more than anyone?
Dave Naylor (of course!) and Dixon


What were the highlights?

* Dixon is in favor of Yahoo! answers as a free links source that is well indexed by Google.

* have just bought some expired domain? Dave recommends not to change anything  (content, design, hosting company etc) right away but to do it gradually, after a couple of months, otherwise search engines realize that something is happening.

*Black hat is:
– Messing up with someone else’s site (Dixon).
– Buying even a single link from authority site like newspapers website.

* Canonical Tag:
– Works better than 301 at the time (Joost).
– Doesn’t work in cross domains (Dave).

* Google knows almost everything so don’t use the same IP or PC to login for different accounts.

* Using Wikipedia for SEO can work only after participating (writing articles, adding comments etc) and joining the Wiki spam team (Joost).

* Although the links on Wikipedia are nofollowed, removing them can hurt the site’s ranking (Marcus).

* Mobile search is important when advertising offline simply because this is when people tend to use their mobile for search. Ciaran said that he saw an ad of Samsung on a train station that said: “Search for any deal on Google” but once he did a search about it he found all of Samsung competitors on the search results but not Samsung. J

* Use http://www.majesticseo.com to check the links that lead to your competitors and then try to get those links to yourself.


Google Music Search

April 5, 2009

google-music-search I guess I’m a late waker (I blame the lack of time behind the 24 hours limit) , but only today I’ve noticed the option of Music Search by Google and was really thrilled by it.
I know that the vertical search is “live and kicking” and yet I haven’t noticed this “search music” button and / or link until now.
God bless whoever it was that created the music and at the same time pat Larry Page and Sergey Brinand on their shoulder for their Google’s music search feature.

How can you get into Google Music Search?
You just need to search for the name of a singer or a band, say Britney Spears, and you’ll see the blue link of “Music” on the bluish top bar, just right below the search box.


Clicking the “Music” link will get you into a deeper search results page in which you can browse several categories such as artists, albums and songs.

Clicking on the artist name will send you into a page with a list of all albums that can be sorted by popularity or by release date.

Clicking on specific album will give you the name of the artist, album and the year it was released plus the full list of  tracks and links to online shops where you can buy the album. Below the album’s image you can find links to related web-pages such as the artist website, photos and latest news.

Clicking on specific song we’ll give you the name of the artist, the name of the album, other performers, song length, a link to all other versions of the song, its lyrics and an option to buy the song via iTunes.

Very nice, you must admit it!

Looking for other music websites? Check the following
(and please feel free to keep me posted on others I don’t know):

Free Music Listening Sites:
Soundpedia – Music discovery community. Great thing is that you can listen to full albums and get suggestions for other artists and bands of the same genre.
– The place for artists to offer their music, including full albums, for free or for money.
DeezerFree music platform in which you can create lists of your favorite music.
– Free internet radio.
Last.fm – Free music listening (internet radio) plus music catalogue.

For those who are into reading about music and artists, check the following music portals:

Musicpedia – Your favorite music in pictures.
Mog – Discover people through music and music through people.
Yahoo! music portal – info, downloads, videos and much more.
All music – All about music – reviews, new releases and artists biography.

How long for a New site to get indexed by Yandex?

December 31, 2008

yandexI guess most of you know that yandex is dedicated to the Russian market and as such tends to show in its search results Russian sites, but not only.
What about indexing a new site in the Russian language?
Yandex.ru is known as “a unique product for indexing Russian-language resources” and yet I have a friend who started a blog in Russian not too long ago and he says that he has waited for more than a month for his blog to be indexed in yandex but nothing happened, ‘though it was written in Russian and had some backlinks from other Russian sites.

Two important things to note are:
1. His blog had a Russian hosting.
2. His blog had .biz extension (my-view.biz ).

After discussing this issue and searching the subject on the web, noticing there are others who had the same problem, he decided to buy a .ru domain and to perform 301 redirect of the old domain name to the new one. 6 days after making this 301 redirect his blog was indexed by yandex!!!

I wish he was a little bit more patient so we could test the time that takes yandex to index a new site with .biz extension, but he didn’t care for SEO tests and I understand him J
In any case, there are some questions left:

1. Is yandex, like most search engines, not in favor of .biz domains?
2. How much time does it take for yandex to index a biz domain vs. com or ru domain?

I’d be more than glad to hear your thoughts and experience on this one.
Спасибо и до новых встречь 🙂

Google Adwords’ Run for the Money

December 10, 2008

google-alcohol-adwordsTwo months ago we were announced that Google adwords allow gambling ads in the UK
Now it says the same about advertising alcohol on Google adwords in US.

Does any of you share the same annoying feeling that in the face of the world economic threat Google decided to loose its moral restrictions?

Please don’t misunderstand me – I’m in favor of this new policy of advertising “tricks and treats”,I just think that Google shouldn’t pretend to be something it’s not.
Does democracy really work on the web and can you really make money without doing evil, as Google claimed philosophy says?

I don’t think so, but maybe I’m in minority…

Nice Post about Link Development by Sugarrae at WebmasterWorld

December 8, 2008

Sugarrae at Webmasterworld.com
For all of you who haven’t read this post by Sugarrae already – just wanted you to know that I’m 100% heterosexual
and yet I fell in love with this heavenly bright creature.
Excellent writing (especially the instructions for changing the year on your PC calendar)
and great things to think about.
Please do read the post and the discussion following it:


I’m following sugarrae on twitter and I think you should too.

Barry Schwartz is Snooping for SMX Israel

November 18, 2008

Last year it was the first time “evar” for the sphinncon session in Israel and it was great. Now it looks like good old Barry Schwartz is snooping around for some real SMX conference in Israel.
So, for all of you who are a little bit like me and would like to be apart of this event,
check this link, answer the small list of questions (positively) and then hold your fingers tights we’ll all get together sometime around January near Tel Aviv. 🙂

**The short survey can be answered anonymously.**
** The event is somehow already announced, as can be seen here, but I guess it won’t happen unless enough people will demonstrate their enthusiasm**

“Making Life Easy” and the World Usability Day 2008

November 12, 2008

Wworld Usability Day 2008I haven’t written for ages, I know, and I have no excuse but the fact that I probably work too hard (and maybe sleep too much?!). In any case, just wanted to let you all know that I’m about to go to the “world usability day” conference tomorrow, in Israel, Ra’anana.
Unfortunately, Jakob Nielsen won’t be there, but still I really look forward to hear about “reading on the digital era” and “business effects of the user interface”.

For those who’d like to get some more background information please visit:
Worldusabilityday.org – The international site of “world usability day”.
UPA Israel – The Israeli site of “Usability Professional’s Association”.
UPA international – The international website of “Usability Professional’s Association”.

Usability related sites:
Usability first – A good online collection of usability resources.
Useit – Jakob Nielsen site on web design and usability. My top guru on the subject!
Cre8pc – All about SEO and usability. 
Usability news – Updates from the world of usability and human-computer interaction.
Userfocus – Usability consultancy and training.
Webcredible – Includes articles and reports about user experience, usability and accessibility.

This is a video of Bill Gates at the “world usability day 2007”: