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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December 19, 2011
GoogleSharing is a special proxy service that doesn’t hide what you are searching from Google. Instead, it obscures where the requests are coming from. GoogleSharing is not a full proxy service designed to anonymize traffic. It is exclusively intended for certain aspects of your communication with Google. So there are no “alternative” websites to visit. Your use of the web need not change at all.
How does it work?
How does it work?
The GoogleSharing system is a custom proxy with a Firefox Add-on.
The proxy generates a pool of GoogleSharing “identities,” each containing a cookie issued by Google and an arbitrary User-Agent for one of several browsers.
The Firefox add-on watches for requests to Google services from your browser… and will transparently redirect them to a GoogleSharing proxy. There your request is stripped of identifying information and replaced with a GoogleSharing identity. Then this request is forwarded to Google, and the response is proxied back to you.
If your next search is given a different identity,
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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.