Good domain name to get high on Google
These threads are usually both boring and somewhat amateur orientated when found on the forums but it doesn't mean the subject isn't worthy of discussion. This thread over at SEW takes a more advanced look at not just ranking factors in the choice of domain name but also:
Great stuff from the boys and girls over at SEW Forums including this from bwelford:
Another reason for buying the com is that several browsers will serve up you the .com version if you type in only the domain name without the extension.
You know you've done it right when you "own" the name on the Internet. In other words, however someone tries to find the domain name without the extension, they end up at your website. Of course if you've chosen the name right, there will be no other websites in the SERP's for a search for your domain name. However that really is tough.
Your take on control panels!
Outstanding debate on the various pros and cons of using a pre-built solution for hosting control panels like:
versus rolling your own to suit.
This, from the original poster Ashish:
the reasoning behind going ahead with a customised panel was that, many hosting companies that use third party panels like CPanel, Helm, plesk etc. etc. and as these panels are basically as is, they do not really fit hand in glove to the services offered by a hosting company, you basically have to work around it and try and modify your services according to the control panel you use. Many times hosting companies are not able to answer questions regarding control panels as they do not have in depth knowledge of these CP's. They know only what came in the manual.
And if you are not able to solve a customer problem then you are as good as gone.
by the way, has been running a couple of months but is still active - man i need to check the damn dates on these things heh!
Linux server sales top $1 billion in Q3
Quarterly sales of servers running the Linux operating system topped $1 billion for the first time during the third quarter of 2004, analyst company IDC reported Wednesday. With year-over-year revenue from Linux server sales up 42.6 percent, Linux accounted for more than 9 percent of the $11.5 billion in servers sold worldwide during the quarter, which ended Sept. 30, the research firm said.
Nice. Anyone that knows anything about server software wouldnt touch an M$ setup unless their life hung on it, and bearing in mind that your biz might indeed hang on a robust, server setup....
Hurricane Blog reports in the threadlink above that joining the ranks with flickr and text america comes Busythumbs.com
Moblogging - essentially sharing and storing pics taken with your phone is gonna be (is) hot biz - The busythumbs website is a mates so it's especially nice to wish them well as they join the race for market domination in this fast moving sector of the technoblogosphere <-- i made that up.. heh!
MS uses Firefox screenshot (not IE) in PR, then denies it
It appears those lemons over at the Microsoft PR department have dropped another gaff.
How about this:
This is funny. It would seem that Microsoft's PR firm uses Firefox rather than IE. The company recently provided the press with a screenshot of MSN Search displayed on the open source browser.
Digitalpoint members thrash out the options available to merchants when they want to look to affiliates to sell their gear.
Tapanti gets the ball rolling with:
I have a great product that I’ve just started to promote for a client, and I would like to see some opinions on what would be the best and most effective Affiliate Recruiting method or procedure, viewing it from the Merchant perspective.
and some great discussion on the various ways in which this can be done follow. Nice stuff from the dp boys and girls..
SE's now offering SEO services?
Interesting speculation on some some SE's (in lycos's case i use the term very loosely..) - namely Ask and Lycos that offer organic search optimization from the Search Guild boys and girls.
This one's been building steam since early yesterday and after checking with a few mates I've managed to confirm my thought that this isn't exactly new news. However, i cant seem to find a single thread on it either lol! So, let's have it out again shall we?
Could SE's providing SEO spell a death for the industry?
I really cant see why some seo's might still be chasing reciprocal links, most of the savvy seo's i know stopped that nonsense a year or more ago, but then i also cant understand the utterly senseless obsession some still have with PageRank...
This SEW thread looks like it might be a cracker. DBernstein kicks off with:
Ok if reciprocal links are bad and we should be trying to only get links to us how do we do that without buying them. Unless we create the most relevant site with the most bounty of beautiful content it aint going to happen. So do we all buy? Or do we develop the trading "one way" links network? Still sounds evil. We will never win when everyone buys links on these expensive networks. Once again the little guy can't win.
Fun and mayhem will surely follow as the debate kicks into gear...
Crossing the Line with Advertising in RSS Feeds?
Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo! talks about the enevitable onslaught of rss ads and how it will effect syndicated content and how it might be dealt with:
I've been thinking about this a lot in the last few months (big surprise, right?). I'm of two minds on the issue.
1. Publishers who depend primarily on advertising to make a living should offer two feeds: a summary-only feed without ads and a full-content feed with ads. That leaves the choice up to the user.
2. I don't want to have to choose between ad-laden full-content feeds and the pain in the ass summary only feeds. Anyone whose ever tried to catch up on their reading while on an airplane or train gets this.
There is already some early buzz about rss ad blocking which i think is an obvious path to take regardless of what form we eventually settle into with rss ads - with that in mind, from a search marketer and publishers point of view i think those of us that welcome the idea of another way to generate revenue for our sites will have to get smart.
Jeremy suggests that publishers provide 2 feeds, a summary feed that's ad free and a full content feed that has ads, though he acknowledges that it's unlikely to be adopted by the majority. I think text ads (untraceables) will prove a winner.
I can imagine monetizing feeds by linking content like intellitxt does for example. Or by placing leading/trailing ads that are tracked by landing pages that provide no footprint for blockers to target.
Whatever strategies emerge, one thing is clear: Unobtrusive will be key to not getting blocked.
Loophole into the Yahoo! Directory
Barry Schwartz spotted a fun thread over at HighRankings detailing a way to cheat your way into the Y! directory.
Wonder how this sits with the more zealous "holier than thou" members over there? Smells like fruad to me... but like Barry pointed out, this wont last long so hurry hurry hurrry! while stocks last! :-)
Personal Attacks Make Google News
Yesterday Threadwatch reported on teh bizzare case of Psycho Boy Jacek Rutkowski's disturbingly insane obsession with Russell Beattie. Russell is a well read blogger who likes to mess with mobile phones and was recently hired by Yahoo!
Following Russell's post, Threadwatch and countless others reported the story and linked Psycho Freak's name to the post Beattie was forced to put up to defend himself. see the results here. -- that's a name bomb okay? Right, well it turns out that the psycho boy (that's a name bomb to) website is indexed by google news.
So, we now have Google News Bombs - see the damage here. This new twist on the classic name bomb is a little more disturbing as Dave Winer writes as it can add a note of real legitimacy to results pages.
This site, like Dave's is not indexed by G news (GG, you wanna lend a hand here? lol..) which is a shame, Dave's is because (presumably) it is news only written by one person and thus falls outside of their incusion criteria (i couldnt find a link for this but was once rejected for the news source only being written by one person) This site is probably just to new and i've not tried to suggest it.
Any opinions on LookSmart traffic?
Well, is it?
According to the boys and girls over at searchguild no, sticking your head in a bucket would probably bring in more $$$'s
awall19 experienced exactly the same thing that I just found out the hard way. Luckily it was only $45, but their traffic quality is about as good as putting banner ads for Bible sales on a porn site. Pretty bad!!!
Let me start by prefacing this post with the obligatory this is my personal opinion.
I am not Satisfied with the current forum offerings
Im a member of many seo / webmaster forums and none of them are providing me with what i feel i need at the moment. Possibly my needs could not be met, they're more than a little demanding of even the best of the bunch but, i can't help feeling a little let down by what's currently on offer for people like me that want to talk shop in a safe, pleasent environment. Follow the title link above for the full post.