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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

 
Choosing a good domain name is key to getting traffic to your site. The link goes to an excellent one page summary of what not to do when choosing one. 10 ways to ruin your online business with an inferior domain name.
 
If you've had an email telling you that you've won a lottery you didn't know you had taken part in, I'm afraid that it's a scam. Just ignore the email. More details at: Urban Legends Reference Pages: Whole Lotto Stealing Going On

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

 
A new search engine designed with business people in mind. Find.com - True Business Search
 
The BBC has launched their BBC Motion Gallery with access to thousands of shots from their archives.

Monday, June 28, 2004

 
Really silly little thing, but amusing. Type in 2 terms, choose your search engine, and see which term has more results. You can find it at Search Fight

Friday, June 25, 2004

 
I recently ran a couple of seminars for the London e-Business Club entitled e-Business: 'Successful Websites: What Pulls and What Flops'. If you want a copy of the presentation, which is on Power Point, you can download it from the link.
 
A nice graphical utility allowing you to compare results from search engines. It's called the Comparison Engine and it provides access to 15 search engines. Type in a search or URL and see the positioning as given by those engines. Very useful.
 
Excellent article on how large sites make errors when it comes to the accessibility of their sites. Take a look - you'll be surprised at which large sites are in the dock!

Thursday, June 24, 2004

 
Nice short article entitled To Blog Or Not To Blog and how to start. (I think the answer is 'to blog')
 
Well now here's something I didn't know - the average lifespan of something on the web is 44 days, which is the same as the lifespan of a housefly. The UK Web Archiving Consortium is attempting to do something about this by selectively archiving UK websites.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

 
Interesting new news service from: Newslookup.com: News Lookup Service It allows you to limit by type of media, location, words in the document, sort by relevance or date and group by site. If you're into news, it's worth looking at.
 
Interesting article comparing Spybot and AdAware from: WindowsDevCenter.com: Easily Purge Spyware, Adware, and Other Malware. The best solution appears to be to use both.

Monday, June 21, 2004

 
Various points to take into account when evaluating websites. Very useful.
 
Nice listing of RSS sites you can add to your aggregator from various library sites.

Thursday, June 17, 2004

 
Very interesting article on how adults search, entitled The web search behavior of adult learners Worth reading - not very long.

Monday, June 14, 2004

 
How to check how many links are coming to your site from Yahoo. Link search with Yahoo! and Google It's not as easy as you'd think to find this out.

Friday, June 11, 2004

 
Nice article from CNET News.com that talks about the increasing rise in domain name registration. Interesting facts are that two thirds of all domain names are now owned by businesses, and about 1 in 100 people own a domain name.
 
Very interesting article:Web Developer Information - Beautiful Web Sites Seldom Make More Sales which goes into some detail about what works with a commercial website and what doesn't. It makes some interesting conclusions that are worth taking a look at, though you can guess what they are from the title of the piece.
 
A nice collection of information on Googlebombs. Googlebomb Watch. A Googlebomb is where Google has been manipulated into giving certain websites a high ranking when the page in question either doesn't deserve it, or it's inappropriate.
 
A nice short article from the BBC technology pages entitled Inside the Google search machine that explains a little about the way in which Google works, together with some facts and figures.

Monday, June 07, 2004

 
No update on Tuesday I'm afraid, since I'll be speaking at the UKOLUG conference I'm an Information Professional - Get me out of Here! in London.

Friday, June 04, 2004

 
All the news on search engines for May that's worth reading. Search Engine Milestones for May 2004 Click on the link for instant updatedness!

Thursday, June 03, 2004

 
Some excellent suggestions on how to re-write your webpage so that you don't provide your email address to spam catchers. Don't Catch a Virus from Your Web Page
 
50%+ of UK homes now have internet access and 15% have broadband. Article from: BBC NEWS | Technology | Broadband hits four million mark
 
The always excellent Mary Ellen Bates writes an interesting article on the Decline of Boolean searching and makes a good argument for the fact that we perhaps don't need Boolean in the way that we always used to.
 
Delphi surveyed 300 companies and found that users spend a day a week searching and they're still dissatisfied with the results. The article entitled Not So Simple Search - Metrics - CIO goes into more detail.

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

 
Links to everything to do with Google. How to search it, information about it, information from it... lots of links.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

 
A new regional search engine for Europe is now up and about. It's called Euroclips -> Definitive European Directory. and seems to be quite useful.
 
Following closely on the heels of the Google Weblog Ask Jeeves now has a Weblog which details what the search engine is up to.