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Servers, oh how i hate thee!

As part of my ‘day job’ I happen to admin the better part of a dozen or more servers that run varying traffic levels from under a mbit to the monster cluster which does about 60mbit for a single domain alone (it runs multiple domains, just that that one is a monster)…

Well, turns out that a power supply can kill a raid card and a raid1 array… at the same time… sigh, lets hope my backup solution hasn’t failed on me in the process… sitting here waiting for the server to upgrade its installed apps and going insane in general. To those out there who trust their hdd’s, think again and do a regular backup, I just lost a hardware raid1 array and im ready to start yelling at people even though its noone’s fault… sigh anyway, back to actual work, venting accomplished

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new respect for akismet

Akismet has protected your site from 235,981 spam comments already.

more drastic antispam measures are now taken :) i’ll actually be writing some content along the line and posting on a regular basis :)

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Google Lied about Manually Changes

The Lie was told here by Udi Manber, and repeated by Matt Cutts. And I quote:

At Google we do not manually change results. For example, if we find for a particular query that result No. 4 should be result No. 1, we do not have the capability to manually change it. We made that decision not to put that capability in the algorithm—we have to go and actually change the algorithm.

Contrast that with the story from 2 days ago from the official Google Blog:

We created about 100 “synthetic queries”—queries that you would never expect a user to type, such as [hiybbprqag]. As a one-time experiment, for each synthetic query we inserted as Google’s top result a unique (real) webpage which had nothing to do with the query. Below is an example:

There is no way to reconcile those two statements. If Google sees someone at number 4 that they want at number 1, they can remove the number 4 result with their manual spam filter, and then manually insert it to number 1.

This is not nitpicking: they have the capability and they have used it. They have used it more than for legality or for spam, they used it at the very least for their recent PR stunt.

This is on par with “Read My Lips, No new Taxes”

They lied. They were caught.

Do not trust Matt Cutts.

Do not trust Udi Manber.

DO NOT TRUST GOOGLE.

They are bold face liars.

They can and do manually change their search results. They can and do manually put whoever they want at number one: regardless of what they have said in the past.

Tags: SEO

Clicksteam For Dummies: How The Ranking Factor Works

Since the majority of people can’t seem to figure out how clickstream data could be used as a Search Engine Ranking Factor, without even scraping the actual page, I’ll give you a hint.

Actually, a pop quiz. Here’s what you know:
User 1 Visits:
http://duckduckgo.com/?q=gyhwesaa
Then immediately visits:
http://www.amazon.com/JL421-Badonkadonk-Land-Cruiser-Tank/product-reviews/B00067F1CE/

Later User 2 visits
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=gyhwesaa&x=15&y=19

Then immediately visits:
http://www.amazon.com/JL421-Badonkadonk-Land-Cruiser-Tank/product-reviews/B00067F1CE/

Later user 3 visits
http://www.redtube.com/mostrelevant?search=gyhwesaa
Then immediately visits:
http://www.amazon.com/JL421-Badonkadonk-Land-Cruiser-Tank/product-reviews/B00067F1CE/

Later user 4 visits
http://www.implantinfo.com/photocenter/visitors/vis_search_comment.aspx?HasComments=y&Comments=gyhwesaa

Then immediately visits:
http://www.amazon.com/JL421-Badonkadonk-Land-Cruiser-Tank/product-reviews/B00067F1CE/

Later user 5 visits
http://www.myspace.com/search/People?q=gyhwesaa
Then immediately visits:
http://www.amazon.com/JL421-Badonkadonk-Land-Cruiser-Tank/product-reviews/B00067F1CE/

Later, you have a user use your search engine and types in gyhwesaa.

Your 20 billion page index of pages does not include the word gyhwesaa anywhere. None of your other signals reveal anything about the phrase.

What do you give the user as a top result?

Tags: SEO

Bing is Just Better

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen the hypocrisy coming out of Google reaching new all time highs. The mud slinging out of the Google camp is a signal:

Google is running scared.

Bing has gotten better. A lot better: and Google has gone from ignoring Bing to character assassination.

The latest hoopla goes like this “Waaaah, Bing is copying our search results!” When we dig deeper, we find that, no, Bing is not copying Google results, they are tracking user searching behavior. But hold on, doesn’t Google’s Privacy policy say (and I quote):

“Some of our services, including Google Toolbar and Google Web Accelerator, send the uniform resource locators (“URLs”) of web pages that you request to Google. When you use these services, Google will receive and store the URL sent by the web sites you visit, including any personal information inserted into those URLs by the web site operator. Some Google services (such as Google Toolbar) enable you to opt-in or opt-out of sending URLs to Google, while for others (such as Google Web Accelerator) the sending of URLs to Google is intrinsic to the service””

So Google Does EXACTLY THE SAME THING and throws mud at Bing for doing it? . . . AGAIN? The part that’s even worse is that people who are suppose to be “Search Engine Journalists” can’t even get the story right, because they’re too busy sucking Google cock and just blindly reprint everything fed to them.

The Fact is that Bing has gotten better. It’s a viable competitor and it’s taking market share from Google in the US. This year will be a repeat: Bing will shave off at least another 3 points of US Marketshare: at the expense of Google.

Google is scared. They call Bing’s Results “a Cheap imitation”, but the fact is that Bing is now consistently delivering better results. For all queries? No, not yet. But for your average, non power user, Bing delivers.

If you haven’t used it in a while, head back over to Bing. Use it for a week as your first Go To search engine. It’s much better than you thought.

Tags: Google MSN

Anti PR SEO – Made Profitable by Google

I know I haven’t posted in forever, but this is just too great to pass up:

Not only has this heap of grievances failed to deter DecorMyEyes, but as Ms. Rodriguez’s all-too-cursory Google search demonstrated, the company can show up in the most coveted place on the Internet’s most powerful site.

Which means the owner of DecorMyEyes might be more than just a combustible bully with a mean streak and a potty mouth. He might also be a pioneer of a new brand of anti-salesmanship – utterly noxious retail – that is facilitated by the quirks and shortcomings of Internet commerce and that tramples long-cherished traditions of customer service, like deference and charm.

Nice? No.

Profitable?

“Very,” says Vitaly Borker, the founder and owner of DecorMyEyes, during the first of several surprisingly unguarded conversations.

“I’ve exploited this opportunity because it works. No matter where they post their negative comments, it helps my return on investment. So I decided, why not use that negativity to my advantage?”


19 pages, but an interesting story
. You can get the jist of it by reading the first 5.

How’s that old saying go? No publicity is bad publicity.

Tags: Google

Epassporte Dropped by Visa

This was pretty surprising to see:

Dear ePassporte Account Holders,

Please be advised that, at 12:00 PM PDT today, September 2, 2010, we were notified that effective immediately, Visa International has suspended our banking partner’s (St. Kitts Nevis Anguilla National Bank) ePassporte Visa program. The ePassporte e-Wallet program continues to be up and running, except funds cannot be transferred between your Visa Account and your e-Wallet. At this time ePassporte can no longer issue Visa Cards, and the ability for our Account Holders to make point of sale purchases and withdraw funds from ATMs has also been suspended.

At this time we do not know why this drastic action was taken by Visa. To us, it is unconscionable that such action would be taken without the opportunity for ePassporte to fully understand Visa’s reasons and to be able to take all steps necessary to keep our program running the way it has so successfully done for over 7 years. But that is what Visa has done.

As soon as we have more information we will be in contact with you.

In the meantime please be assured that your funds are safe.

We are very sorry for the short notice and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The ePassporte team is working diligently to rectify this situation.

We kindly ask you to bear with us while we work through this issue.

Please feel free to contact us via the message center or at our call center, should you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank You,
Christopher Mallick

Pretty amazing the did that all at once like that: leaving epassporte high and dry.

Tags: SEO

New Business

I want to start a new business worth of 10 Million Dollar but i am a bit confused that which business i should start. Please give me your valuable suggestions.

Thanks

Affiliate Program Network

How i could be entered into Affiliate Program Network ?

Blog

What does a "Blog" exactly means, please let me know.

Thanks
Tags: Blogging

Marketing Articles

I have some different articles about marketing, if some one needs them please let me know.

LAZY Way: GET TO Page 2 of Google ( and sometimes page 1 ) Read on...

I was not sure where to place this possible tip, But BH SEO seems the right place.

I f**king hate SEO :), I am probably lazy but I have other things to do like making a few bucks to waste adding links so here is my tip which has worked well.

I use sites such as scriptlance, freelancer and lots of others to "outsource" SEO.
Okay, and......

Well I basicly say " get my site, XXXX.com to page one of google, using xxxx keywords " , " payment is made one completion of the job ". Timescales are important. Payment is when the Job is completed


I usually get 10 - 15 people undercutting to get my business.
Timescales are important. I usually say 3 weeks or people offer less time.

9 times out of ten they NEVER get me to page 1 of google but page 2. Obviously if they dont get me to page 1 then no payment. BUT all I have to do is make some tweaks. I usually dont SEO onpage to make to job harder, and when they dont manage to get me on page 1 then all I have to do as sort out the onpage seo and I jump 7 places to page one ( above the fold ).

I have used very hard keywords and people have got me to page 2 and I have dont the rest.

Dont get me wrong, when someone has managed to get me to page one I ALWAYS pay up ( bastard :) )

This works well on NEW domains that have been indexed and thrown onto a few SB sites to push them onto page 100 or so :)

Thoughts................

Owned



I have a solution but I cannot mention it here on BHW. Please no PMs (they will get deleted); thanks.
Tags: FaceBook

Best URL Shortener

For those of you doing big scale mailing, what is the best bet for a URL randomizer? Whenever i use Goo.gl i get blocked too fast

How do you get your Site to Rank? Tools/Strategies and How long does it take?

How do you get your Site to Rank? Tools/Technique and How long does it take to get an average site to rank with medium competition.. I'm talking about getting it on the first page of google and be in top 5 atleast? Come on guys share your experience, techniques and stratagies please. Looking forward to it. Thank you!

Best Rewriter/Spinner On Here?

What is the best article spinner(s) in the Member Downloads section?

how is this guy doing it?

I have been doing SEO for only 4 months and I cant figure it out, maybe you can. how is this guy showing up for so many keywords? can you please do an analysis and let me know?

since i am new i cant post links, but take a look at this:

h**p://img186.imageshack.us/img186/5283/russian.png

for "russian translation los angeles", his website shows up as "Russian Translation"

and take a look at this:

h**p://img257.imageshack.us/i/germanh.png/

and this:

h**p://img825.imageshack.us/i/arabic.png/

Any ideas guys?

Who Knows How To Use xSitePro?

My homepage is showing the websites in the left side, but after adding some adsense and such today, on the other web pages, it does not show the links, only the ad. Does someone mind taking a look for me? PM me.

Twitter Proxies

I am looking for Twitter proxies. If anyone here have them please let me know.

PPC combos

hello ppc gurus...

I have been reading alot on this forum about blogging and stuff...but ppc has caught my attention and I think I am going to give it a try...

but before I need your tips on what is the best combination of PPC softwares...

I have heard of speedppc and (something)junky go well together...I will definitely look into that but I would appreciate if you suggested some other tips.
Tags: Adwords
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