Saturday, February 25, 2006

 

Creators of Google Page Creator


One of the authors of the Google Page Creator has been identified.

As Lilly Irani, Google user interface designer and a software engineer writes in her blog, Google Pages has been her 20% project for a year and a half. Good work and yet another proof of the 20% rule usefulness!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

 

Google Tech Talks

If you ever wondered how they actually work at Google, now you have a chance to sneak a little. Several internal tech talks are now available on Google Video.

Original news by Ovidiu Predescu

Monday, January 30, 2006

 

Google Toolbar 4 is out (in Beta)


Matt Cutts just blogged about the new Google Toolbar Google Toolbar 4

It looks like they are going to eat the del.icio.us food with new server side bookmarks
Another nice features are suggestions as you type and great ability to add custom buttons with the custom functionality

Link to the Toolbar itself


Sunday, January 29, 2006

 

Hints about interviews at Google

Some hints about what are the job interviews like at Google

Via Mihai Parparita

Friday, January 27, 2006

 

Results may vary

A brilliant cartoon found by Doctor Awesome. That's exactly what recent Palestinian elections look like to me either.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

 

Googlers' Blogs Syndicated

All the Googlers' Blogs syndicated on a single page

I will have a Winter vacation starting from today and till the 7th of January. It is quite unlikely, that I would be able to maintain the posting rate. So I opened the Googlers' Blogs - simply all the Googlers' blogs on a single page. At the moment there are only blogs listed by Philipp Lenssen, but that's already a lot and I'll add a few more from my own collection as soon as possible.

Enjoy having all the Googlers in your reader!

RSS 2.0
Subsribe on Bloglines

Read more at www.googlersblogs.com/


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

 

SEO Mistakes: crappy doorway pages

Matt Cutts discusses an example of spam web page and how is it treated by Google

Okay, spam-reading posse, ready to roll? This time, I’m going to cover two spammer mistakes in one post. Take a look at www.rosaevelien.com in Internet Explorer. Looks fine, right? Something like this:

Good florist page

No problems? Okay, now load the page in Firefox 1.0.7 or so. Interesting, huh? The page looks like this:

Spammy doorway page

So why do you see a spammy doorway page in Firefox, but not in IE? Because the SEO company messed up the doorway pages, and their sneaky redirects only work in IE! The page loads some external JavaScript from http://www.rosaevelien.com/Principal.js, which looks like this

document.URL=’Html/main.asp?res=’ + screen.width + “x” + screen.height;

In Internet Explorer, this does an immediate redirect away from the spammy doorway page–the user never sees the keyword-stuffed page. But Firefox doesn’t parse that code, so 5-10% of visitors are left staring at a crappy doorway page!

Okay, that’s mistake #1. Mistake #2 is shorter. Look at the bottom of the page. See this text:

Anescu

That’s right, the SEO that couldn’t even get a sneaky redirect right was *also* adding links to itself from the client’s pages. I see this all the time: clients who didn’t know what their SEO was doing can actually get their PageRank sucked away to the SEO or the SEO’s other clients. Classy, huh? That’s why our SEO guidelines tell you that you need to understand what your SEO is doing on your domain. To the SEO that did this to a mom and pop florist site: after your site is removed from Google’s index, your reinclusion process is going to be.. difficult.

Here’s my takeaway points:
1) Do not hire an assclown SEO that makes doorway pages with sneaky redirects.
2) If you do hire an assclown SEO, make sure they don’t half-ass your sneaky redirects so they only work in one browser.
3) If you’re staring at broken doorway pages that your lazy-ass SEO made, go ahead and check if they were hiding links back to themselves or to their other clients.


Original post by Matt Cutts

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