April 14, 2013
Hide from cache
If you don’t want web searchers to be able to access a cached version of your page, use the
noarchive meta tag like this:
<meta name="robots" content="noarchive">
The page will still be crawled and indexed by Google, but users will not see a cached link in search results.
Similar to your website
related: operator displays websites similar to the site you are looking for. It returns the same results as clicking
Similar pages next to a result on the search results page.
I was curious about the results returned by
Similar pages, as its intent is to return overlapping resources. Specifically, I was worried whether it indicated anything potentially detrimental, for search engine optimization purposes. According to Google, there’s no need for SEO concern, not for the moment:
The quality of the sites returned has no impact on your ranking or on how Google indexes your site.
Another find: Google recently updated its References for Webmasters.
December 29, 2012
This is an especially short post, as it is a high-level summary of an even higher level summary. Of course, we all know how meaningful THAT is :~
Zeitgeist is a borrowed word, from an English language point of view. It means “signs of the times”. Yes, I realize that zeitgeist is singular, but somehow we seem to have made it plural in the process of adoption from German. Or maybe not, as it is sometimes capitalized, as a proper noun, the Zeitgeist. Perhaps it is one of those mysterious, uncountable words?
Quartz News looked a little more deeply into the annual Google Zeitgeist survey, with thankfully human, not machine, translation and analysis.
Quartz took the top results for the 34 countries for which there was data for the Zeitgeist “How to…?” category. He then rank ordered by frequency, chose the most common result for each country, and asked around, to assure that everything was translated correctly.
Do the results accurately capture each country’s national character?
In most instances, I think the answer is, “Yes”.
The number one “How to….?” query for The Netherlands was “How to survive”.
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September 22, 2011
Google offers search on different regional domains, to give users the most locally relevant results.
These are two examples of regional domains
- google.fr for France
- google.dj for Djibouti
In March 2011, Google introduced two more domains, google.iq for Iraq and google.tn for Tunisia. This brings the count of local Google search domains, worldwide, to 184. According to the Official Google Arabia blog, 15 of these domains are now in Arab countries.
Curious to view the internet from the view point of these domains? Or any other Google local domain?
The GoogleSystem Blog gives a step-by-step explanation for changing Google’s search domain from the default associated with your physical location.
August 16, 2011
Google Enterprise Search now has a lab of its own ! Actually, I first noticed this in February 2011, but just got around to writing about it. I was too busy collecting cool images of Google Enterprise hardware to put together a post.
What does Google Enterprise Labs offer?
Recall that Google Enterprise refers to these products:
- the Google Search Appliance (GSA)
- Google Commerce Search for larger online businesses
- Google Intranet search, and
- the Google Mini, a less powerful, blue-colored version of the yellow GSA.
Google Enterprise Labs offers many enhancements such as open source connectors to improve GSA connectivity with file systems, databases or SalesForce.com documents. Cross-language Enterprise Search is an interesting project too.
GSA enabled for open search also caught my attention. OpenSearch is a collaborative venture led by Amazon, and includes the major search engines. Its goal is to set up common standards for internet search. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of activity at the moment, but that’s just my personal impression. Google gives this description (via the Enterprise Labs page that goes on to describe how to implement open search with browser integration):
OpenSearch is a collection of simple formats for the sharing of search results. OpenSearch… format can be used to describe a search engine so that it can be used by search client applications. Such search client applications include all major browsers.
In other words, you can send search queries right from your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome), after registering your GSA as a search provider.
GSA and Open Search
The same sort of browser integration is possible for Intranet Search (with Windows 7):
If your Intranet content e.g. Windows file shares or SharePoint, have been indexed by a GSA, all Windows clients will be able to submit search queries from Windows Explorer.
Be careful, though, as Secure Search cannot be used from within Windows Explorer.