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Friday, April 30, 2004

Useful little article entitled Search engine optimisation and web accessibility that covers the ground quickly, with a link to a longer PDF version.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Compare your positions in a number of search engines. Ranking allows you to input a search, with an option to highlight a particular site, and then see the results that you get from different engines. An absolute must see.
If you think you get pretty much the same results from all the search engines, think again. This article, entitled Exploring Search Engine Overlap explains that there's actually very little overlap, and sites that rate highly in Google fare poorly in Yahoo, and vice versa.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

An item from the BBC news entitled BT broadband to reach almost all says that BT will be able to provide broadband to just about everyone, with the exception of remote locations by next year.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

I've written a brief comparison of the Google and A9 toolbars. In short, continue to use the Google one if you're mainly a searcher, but consider swopping to the A9 version if you use Amazon a lot.
The article from the BBC news entitled 'UK libraries out of use by 2020' suggests that if the trend for visitor number continues as it has been since 1984, people will stop using libraries completely within 16 years. Interestingly, although there is comment from Libri, there's nothing from CILIP - I wonder if the BBC asked?
Amazon's new search engine, A9 is proving popular as Traffick | The Book on's A9 Search Engine demonstrates.

Monday, April 26, 2004

It's not an easy thing to do, and can generate more spam. This article - Spam Slayer: Opting Out is Hard to Do goes into a bit more detail.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Very good article on the fact that the Google safe search filter doesn't work well. Entitled Google's chastity belt too tight the article explains how the filter blocks a lot of perfectly innocent sites.

Friday, April 23, 2004

UK based multi-search engine called Linkspider UK though it does give global results.
This does what it says on the tin really. Rick E. Bruner's Business Blog Consulting is all about business and blogs. Lots of useful information and links, and of interest if you're involved with business information.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Short listing of genealogical databases provided by The New York Times. Nothing new for anyone who knows much about the subject, but worth a quick look if you're new to the area.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

I've just updated my Country search engines and Regional Search Engines web page, and added in another dozen new engines.

Monday, April 19, 2004

RocketNews Current News and Business Information Search Engine only goes back 5 days, but it calls on the 10,000 resources, and can supply the data as an RSS feed. Interesting for the news junkies out there!
Very nice short article on how to get a great Google Description when someone searches for phrases on your site. Nice and simple, and something we should all be doing!
An excellent little utility here which allows you to test your site in different window sizes. Just put in your URL, click on the appropriate window size and voila! All done.
Very short article, but an interesting one on Frames and Search Engines which explains how, if you're using frames, you can still get search engines to index at least something on the pages. Better yet, just don't use frames, but that's just my opinion!
Interesting snippet here from beSpacific: Survey Confirms Search Engine Loyalty which states that over 50% of internet users use the same search engine all the time, while another 30% use a few specific engines. The rest use different engines for each query.
There's a new site called New PBS Kids Arthur Site Explores Cultural Diversity which is designed to inform and educate children about people in other countries. Looks like a good site from what I've seen.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Amazon has now entered the search engine arena with > A9 which is still in beta testing. They take the results from Google and add their own twist to it. Worth a quick look.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Excellent roundup, as usual, from Chris Sherman. Search Engine Milestones for March 2004 is a must read to keep up to date with what is going on.
If you've a couple of minutes to spare, take a look at the Top 500 Search Engine Keywords Of The Week. Fascinating stuff, seeing what people search for, and it just confirms what we already know - people usually search for just single words, or a very short combination.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

A tecchie weblog entry from on the amount of computing power Google has to have available to do everything that it does. Very interesting if you want to know exactly what powers Google.
There were no updates to the weblog last week, basically because I was out with the British Council in Oman running a series of courses for their Alumni and the Ministry of Education in Oman. I'm back again now of course, though I'm away over easter at the 2004 Science Fiction Eastercon. Full service will be resumed when I'm back.
Anyone else noticed this? If you used to run a search at AlltheWeb for the number of links a site had, you used to get a lot of results; I had over 8,000. However, if you try the search Web results for "link:" it only retrieves a small fraction of that number. This brings the search engine much more in line with the Google result. What's happened to all the rest though?
Interesting article here on how people actually run searches called Inside the Searcher's Mind: It's a Jungle in Here! A full paper is available (link on site), but if you just want the brief conclusions, follow the link and read happily.
Nice article at Search for Tomorrow - Computerworld which makes various predictions about how search engines will be changing in the future. Top of the list is more personalisation.
For those parents and teachers looking for good websites for children, you might want to explore which provides several different categories - arts, entertainment, computers, games, news, our world, science, sport and other cool stuff. Not brilliant, but it's going in the right direction.
Another in the series of articles that are appearing that knocks Google. The BBC News report "Life beyond Google" draws the (IMO correct) answer that 'Google is not the only way to find information online'.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Create a profile of what you're interested in, and the Google Personalized Search will rank appropriate items higher in the results than they would have done otherwise. Makes sense, but why did it take so long?
It's about time Google got their act together on this one. You can now get Google to create a Google Web Alert. The search engine will run your search and send you results every day or every week. I'll try it out and let you know what I find...
I defy anyone to read this BBC report without smiling.BBC NEWS Nigerian jailed for e-mail scam
You'll have heard by now that Google is going to be offering an email service, and as usual, there has been a lot of discussion about it. CNET has a good article, pointing out that it's yet another area of expansion for the search engine, but has linked it to fears of a loss of privacy.
Nice facts and figures article from Searchenginewatch which shows that Google still has 40% of search referrals, Yahoo has 27%, MSN 19%, then there's the rest of the engines bringing up the rear. It seems that the change Yahoo made to their search engine of choice hasn't been a failure.