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.

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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.
Bandcamp
– 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.
Pandora
– 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.



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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…


Shew… Google is selling SEM Company Performics

April 6, 2008

 What a great piece of news, don’t you think?
I guess we can all start dancing to show our joy and thankfullness to Google for rethinking the absord situation and deciding to step out of it. Google will sell the SEM company Performics to maintain objectivity, since, as they say, they “do not want to be in the search engine marketing business”.
Good for us who want to stay in this business. 🙂


Google Inspired Websites

March 7, 2008

Google makes the web go round but that’s an old news. I just wanted to share some sites I ran into and are google related in one way or the other:

Google Fight 
A cool site in which you can enter two terms to see them fighting on how many results each one has on Google. Those who have no inspration can use the links on the left to see the classics google fights, the fight of the month, funy fights or the last 20.
This is not a SEO tool but it sure can be used to get a first impression on the competitiveness of your market in compare to others.

Googlified
A blog about google written by quite a young foursome (16, 17, 18 and 21 years old guys)
who likes Google and blogging. Googlified includes news and updates about Google, funny images, summaries of Doodles  and much more.

Google Watch
The Google Watch site offers a criticism of Google, ask questions like “Is Google god?”, saying Gmail is creepy, pagerank sucks and much more. Too bad it is not organized by dates or categories and yet “Google Watch” proves that when you have an interesting content, people will stay and read it, even if your site is not a user friendly one.

Logoogle
This site offers funny fake Google logos as well as images (“With friendly permission by Google“) and links to related sites. Sweet.

Blogoscoped
Blogscoped, edited by Philipp Lenssen, has been covering Google and the tech world for 5 years now. For serious people only.

GoogleWorld
All the information you need about Google, or as the site defined itself: “A quick and easy way to find any type of information about the world according to Google”.

GoogleFan
“Every useful Google link on one page.”

UGFC
The unofficial Google fan club. Last update was made on September 2005, so I guess the slogan of “beause we love Google” is no longer valid…

Are you familiar with other Google related sites?
Please share!


First PR Update in 2008?

January 12, 2008

It seems like there was a Page Rank update as my blog’s home page (https://seosos.wordpress.com) has suddenly got no PR…
Sad but true.
Did anyone notice the same changes?
something?
anything?

These are some of the voices I have just heard (read)…
Daily Blog Tips
WebMasterWorld
Seround Table
Adithya’s Blog
Pixel Head Online


No to Google Knol

December 27, 2007

3 reasons why I won’t use Google *Knol
 – if I weren’t an online marketer 🙂

1. I’m tierd of this “give and get for free” thing.
I think it was my father who told me that when you think about it, at the end – any cheap buying turns to be the most expensive one. I really enjoy using blogger (Google blog platform) and gmail (google free email service) and all the rest of Google’s freebies, but it’s starting to feel like the price for all of this is getting higher and higher each and everyday.
We all heard about Google reader getting into the users’ pants just as we all suffer from overload of adsense on our gmail.

The online world enjoys plenty of sharing-information platforms (which I am sure Google could have purchased). I don’t need another one by Google, especially if it’s going to influence its SERP (See You Tube acquisition by Google).

2. I’m tierd of the world trying to sell me things and I bet the knol platform would be full of not only valuable content but also google ads (rumors say one can decide whether to show or not to show adsense on his knol). No doubt it would be highly targeted and contextual and yet. No thanks. I think am sure I’ll  pass.

3. I’m tierd of people like me (SEO people) who just can’t hold theirselves from not abusing any social platform that comes in their way, especially if it is Google related. 🙂

* Knol = Google’s version for wikipedia focusing on the authors. 
   Still in beta.


I Don’t Sell Links and yet my PageRank Has Dropped…

October 30, 2007

Surprise! It’s Google Pagerank Update
Tons of bloggers, webmasters and “evil” online marketers held their breath while waiting for the Google pagerank update, but when it finally came, after a long period of almost half a year (apparently crawlers can’t run), the surprise cake it came with had no candles but sticky cream that got stucked on almost everyone’s faces.

But Why Mommy, Wasn’t I a Good boy?
The reason? After threathening for so long that whoever sells links will be punished, the execution has been done. Too bad that Google algorithm can “identify” links sellers by the absence of “rel=nofollow” on links to other sites, which is a joke, since lot of people, like innocent bloggers for example , don’t know anything about link juice leaking or the demand of the big engine to mark paid links with “rel=nofollow” – They simply write about things that interest them and from time to time add a link to websites that are relevant to their posts.

Cross my Heart, I Don’t Sell Links! 
As this post title says it: I don’t sell links and yet my pagerank has dropped from PR3 to PR2. The only thing I can think of as the reason for me loosing 1 point is that I have a section with links to blog directories. I didn’t pay any of those directories – I simply wanted my blog to be listed on their platform and they were so nice when they asked me for a linkback that I did it.

Just one question, your honor:
If Google is the link seller of all times, how come its pagerank wasn’t dropped?  🙂