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July, 2010

  • 27 July

    Yahoo Japan switches to Google

    Yahoo Japan

    Yahoo has used Bing.com’s search results for some time, but this is about to change in at least one country. Yahoo Japan announced today that it has signed a deal to use Google instead of Bing. Daniel Alegre, vice president of Google’s Asia Pacific and Japan operations, stated: Yahoo Japan …

  • 9 July

    Bing market share up by 7%

    bing market share

    According to a report by Experian Hitwise, the market share of Microsoft’s Bing search engine increased by 7% in June. Meanwhile, Google saw a drop in market share of -1%. Bing’s May market share was 9.23%. With the 7% increase, its new market share for June was 9.85%. Google’s market …

April, 2010

  • 26 April

    User agent validity

    One common usage analysis data tool you can use to get a snapshot of your website users is the “user agent” string provided by web browsers. Generally speaking, the user agent will tell you what browser and operating system the user is running. It should also give the versions of …

  • 8 April

    Yahoo's market share increases… marginally

    For those of you counting Yahoo Search’s last breaths, it seems as though the search engine may not be heading for its last gasp after all. According to a report from HitWise, Yahoo’s market share has increased a small amount– from 14.62% to 15%. Where did these users come from? …

January, 2010

  • 12 January

    Google Caffeine

    Webmasters, take note! Google is now in the process of launching Caffeine, a new search algorithm that will introduce some big adjustments. Among them is a new ranking feature that will change which sites get the top ranking. Google will now put a great deal more emphasis on how often …

November, 2009

  • 4 November

    Avoid disaster with a simple web search

    If asked about a particular hosting provider, the first thing I will tell someone to do is conduct a basic web search. There are tens of thousands of web hosts out there, after all, and more than a few will go out of their way to cheat you. Thankfully, it’s …

September, 2009

  • 29 September

    Search Engine Friendly URLs

    In a previous post, we learned about dynamic websites. One of the drawbacks of dynamic websites that we did not mention was the incomprehensibly long URLs that often result. The URL to a page might looks something like: yourdomain.com/indep.php?reallylongname&somethingelse&sid003234. Content management systems like Joomla, provide a solution that works fairly …

  • 24 September

    What is a robots.txt file?

    Question: What is a robots.txt file? Answer: The Robot Exclusion Standard allows a website owner to exclude certain parts of a website from being accessed by search engine spiders and other types of automated tools. This is useful if you have something internal or used only for testing that you …

  • 2 September

    Should you pay for search engine submission?

    Search engines are the largest source of traffic for most websites, so it’s no surprise that webmasters want to rank as well on them as possible. Before good rankings can be obtained, however, first search portals need to find the site. The good thing is this usually happens automatically without …

August, 2009

  • 17 August

    Use Bing to determine how crowded a host is

    Shared web hosts are notorious for overcrowding their servers. To save money, they are known to put thousands of customers on a single machine. The problem is, this may not be immediately apparent upon signing up and you may not run into problems for several months– after it is too …