SEO tools and technologies - typical subject matter would include RSS and CMS systems

Cloaking - Search Engines & Tricks of the Trade

Thread Title: Cloaking 101 - Questions and Answers Thread Url: Thread Description:

Im not waiting for somebody else to post this at Threadwatch, so im breaking my ideal of not posting my own threads again!

Fantomasters original post was somewhat buried in an odd thread about 302 redirects. The somewhat legendary industrial strength cloaker, Ralph Tegtmeier of kindly allowed me to quote his post in a new thread at SEW and ask some questions.

Never mind the bollocks, here's a quote to whet your appetite:

On SE's detecting professionally cloaked sites:

detecting cloaking reliably typically requires quite a bit of manpower. Sure you can pre-filter cloaking indicators automatically, e. g. by accessing and saving the site first as a search engine spider and following this visit up via some unknown IP not identified as a search engine spider. However, simply comparing the content automatically isn't reliable: there's so many sites out there displaying dynamic content, it can be real nightmare discerning what is actually legit by the SEs' standards and what isn't. Moreover, there's browser specific content delivery, printer-friendly pages, etc. etc. All this will incur massive overhead in the personnel department and, hence, will blow up costs. Considering that you'd have to cover billions of pages to weed out all cloakers, it only stands to reason that the search engines, while certainly not endorsing the practice, prefer to view cloaked sites as just so much tolerable white noise in their search results.

So while the risk is indeed real, to all practical purposes it's more of an academic scenario.

Do yourself a favour, take that damn hat off, whatever color it may be and get on over there and read it, facinating stuff, thanks Ralph!

Google Desktop Search - Major Security Threat?

Thread Title: Google Desktop Search: Security Threat? Thread Url: http:// Thread Description:

Check this out:

Using Google's new software on a shared computer at the Google booth at the Digital Life trade show floor I was able to easily search for, find, and read private Yahoo e-mail sent on the computer by previous users earlier in the day.

Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer Web products, told me she wasn't surprised. "This is not a bug, rather a feature," she says. Google always intended people to be able to index and search Web-based e-mail viewed and composed on PC, she says. Google Desktop Search is not intended to be used on computers that are shared with more than one person, she says.

Whether or not Google intended this, I take great pause at knowing any e-mail I write or read on a PC with Google Desktop Search could be called up and read by a complete stranger.

Thanks to inlogicalbearer who posted the link in this thread over at SEW

Ranking, Spanking and......

Thread Title: Ranking Reporting Software Thread Url: Thread Description:

Looks like Jill over at is as fed up as I am with bloody rank checkers...

Really, they're 2 a penny and half arent worth bothering with but hey, some people like this stuff. HighRankings just moved *all* the ranking tools threads into one big monster sticky one. So, if you wanna play, check it out.

Personally, if i get any more toys to play with I'll never get any real work done at all... these things bore the crap out of me.

Firefox/Mozilla Google Toolbars

Thread Title: Mozilla firefox PR bar Thread Url: Thread Description:

Nice list of available toolbars for Mozilla/Firefox users. Personally i like Search Status but i may well have to try the others listed in this SEO Chat thread. Thanks to member darksat for starting this one way back in August...

Pssst, Want a SE Friendly CMS?

Thread Title: SE Friendly Free CMS Round Up Thread Url: Thread Description:

Okay, so Nick does not like promoing threads he starts, but having used a CMS that I liked but didn't spider worth a darn, I found this list of CMS scripts that will spider well very useful.

Stop Competitors Probing Your Network

Thread Title: Some very mild blackhat magic Thread Url: Thread Description:

A very nice tip from *nix expert littleman. Heres what it does:

It is just a way of turning off the ping response, but it is an essential step if you want to keep your *task* server hidden. Doing such a thing on a public web server would be nearly meaningless because all one would have to do is make requests to standard ports and see if anything happened.

Google Desktop Search

Thread Title: Google Desktop Search Thread Url: Thread Description:

Includes a link to DS's article on same.

Wikis and Personal Workspace - Uses for Wiki Software

Thread Title: Uses for Wikis? Thread Url: Thread Description:

Like many of you I suspect, although I consider myself a seasoned pro with the CMS im a bit lost if asked the question "What could I do with a Wiki?".

Cr8 member Brad kicks the thread off with this question:

I'm sort of having trouble brainstorming possible uses for wikis, does anyone have any ideas?

Some insightful and intelligent suggestions and personal experiences from some of cre8asite's best CMS guys.

This gem from rcjordan:

For those who move between machines, I heartily recommend setting up a wiki as your workspace. I'm always accessing mine to get info or to pass a project from one machine to another. Within the coming weeks/months you're going to see a number of services to help an individual catalog the web (some similar to the bookmark engines of '99-'00), but if you have server access wouldn't you rather roll your own?

Software to Manage Links - Great List of Tools

Thread Title: Software for Managing Links Thread Url: Thread Description:

DP member Ajeet asks for links and recommendations on link management software.

It's a young thread but there's a fantastic list of tools provided by Will Spencer at msg5 Thanks Will!

Spiderable Directory Script Roundup

Thread Title: Best Directory script Thread Url: Thread Description:

If like me, you've ever spent time searching for a good spiderable directory script you'll know it's total pain in the arse. You will have to wade through the chatter in this thread but there are some good links, good suggestions and decent commentary on the various scripts available to SEO's.

Member nandini starts out with these requirements:

1. Multi-level category system 2. Search engine friendly pages. Can generate plain HTML or atleast staic URL pages . 3. Apache search engine friendly URL rewriting. No .php extensions catgories should be like "" like DMOZ listing. 4. Integration with Paypal or 2checkout. (although not a very important point) 5. A good control panel (This is one thing, on ething which is common in all scripts). 6. Cross-references. 7. No tracking of clicks on links. like which is done in . All link should be static in nature. 8. Not too expensive

Personally? - Gossamer, great script, bit pricey, but great.

Sidenote: I do hope that's her real pic, cute eh?

RSS 101 - Get with the Program!

Thread Title: Rss Feeds, Is RSS a good avenue to brand your site? Thread Url: Thread Description:

If you're not using RSS in your SEO efforts my question to you is: What is wrong with you?.

Member dlinger asks:

1.) How would I make an RSS from my site, so others could use my info.

2.) How do I set it up so I can have live feeds from select sites to mine.

3.) I am looking for good RSS feeds... for my site... outdoor sports news, and Christian news. I have not found any good RSS feed directories.

which are all answered and more...

There's no black magic voodoo to RSS, it's absolute childs play with all the tools and programs available these days. There are links to some truly fantastic resources in this thread so head on over and get yourself up to speed.

Related: XML - RSS & SEO

Worried About Plagiarism? - Try Copyscape!

Thread Title: Plagiarism Software In Copywriting, Looking for cheap software Thread Url: Thread Description:

Most of this thread consists of thankyous and congratulations for the find for member chrishirst, and rightly so. Copyscape is a website plagiarism tool that's not only free, but damn good too. Try it...


Thread Title: XML Feeds Thread Url: Thread Description:

Some useful links to XML/RSS feeds and tools and an interesting new product called Feed for All makes a promo in the thread (not that there's anything wrong with that..)

I've asked Sharon Housley of Notepage Inc to stop by and give some details...

Alexa Beta Their New API

Thread Title: Alexa Web Information Service (beta) Thread Url: Thread Description:

Ahhh... nice to finally post someting from Cre8asite - Now, i've learnt how to use the Spamazon API, im pretty good with the Google API, what fun and mayhem will we find here i wonder? Seriously, if you can just learn a little PHP then you can do some amazing things with the first two, now there's a new toy in the cupboard...

Online Privacy - Proxy Discussion

Thread Title: Online Privacy - How Strong is Your Kung Fu? Thread Url: Thread Description:

In the future, i wont be publishing threads i've personally started but it's early days. If you're concerned or interested in online privacy, here's a good primer on proxies, and what to look for in a proxy service. littleman and ppg add some strong points to the discussion.