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30Jun/100

Block Adult Content with Free Family Internet Filter

I talked about the advantages of using a third party dns provider, such as OpenDNS back in December. Last week, they released a new free service targeted at families.



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

23Jun/100

Google Personalized Search – How to turn off when you are signed out?

Even though I am logged out of Google personalized search, my search results on my laptop are different from those on my desktop computer. I want the ability to see results that the vast majority of users are seeing regardless of location. Google personalized search is definitely the future of search but it can be a problem to get results from a typical user compared to you. Personalized search is done via a combination of factors including web history, geographic location, and browser preference (if you are logged in or out of Google accounts such as Gmail). While personalized search is meant to be a good feature, it is not useful when you need to gauge what others are seeing (like SEOs do).



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

15Jun/100

Google First Webinar – Place Pages

In April, Google changed "Google Local Business Center" to "Google Places".
The reason behind this change is to better connect Google Place Pages with the place where local business information is claimed, entered and enhanced.

There are some additional changes:



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

8Jun/100

Microsoft Releases Office Web App Suite

Microsoft has released Office Web App Suite http://office.live.com in four countries, Canada, USA, UK and Ireland. Similar to its desktop version (but limited in features), users can now use a web browser to start viewing, editing, and sharing Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and One Note documents. All the documents are saved in the cloud at Microsoft data centers. Their cloud is called "SkyDrive". I like it more than Google Docs as it allows seemless document transition from desktop to web without breaking the formatting. These developments put Microsoft's Office Web Apps in contention with other similar online application suites such as Google Docs (docs.google.com), and Zoho's (www.zoho.com). Best of all, it's free.



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

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6Jun/100

Google Algorithm Change Affects Long Tail Keywords

During the first week of May, Google's new look was released. This included a minor change to their homepage Google logo plus new links on the left menu bar on the SERPs (search engine results page).
Also, during this time, a lot of webmasters saw a drop in Google traffic for long tail keywords. Long tail keywords (3 to 4 words) are searches that may not individually produce significant volumes of searches but combined can make a very large portion of overall traffic and income. Before the changes, if your site had lots of lower quality pages but high relevance, they would rank well for long tail keywords. But now, relevancy is less important with more emphasis of high quality pages. Ecommerce sites were the ones most affected since most pages contain product description with few incoming links and less unique content. If you want to find out if your site was affected, login to Google Analytics and check late April to early May to see if you suffered any noticeable drops in traffic during the May Day algo update. Here's quote from Google employee Matt Cutts:

"This is an algorithmic change in Google, looking for higher quality sites to surface for long tail queries. It went through vigorous testing and isn't going to be rolled back."



Kevin Liang
CTO / SEO Guru
Canadian Web Hosting

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