On Jan 8 2007 Adam Lasnik of Google acknowledge a problem that Google has been having with root pages of .com’s that are hosted outside the US. Matt Cutts also of Google, also acknowledge the problem and described how it manifests itself (paragraph 8). In summary though, if you search "site:yourdomain.com" on Google.co.uk you will most likely get the root home page back in the search engine results page. However, try "site:yourdomain.com" on Google.co.uk with the radio button checked "pages from the UK" the root page is generally filtered out. This causes ranking issues if your home pages ranks for important keywords such as your brand on generic USP keyword. However, our belief is that the proportion of people using "pages from the UK" is small so traffic should no be greatly affected.
Our advice is to sit tight until EOP 17th of Jan. If problems still persists a comment on Matt Cutt's blog or at the Google Group thread would be advisable.
Tuesday, 16 January 2007
Friday, 12 January 2007
So Time magazine voted "You" as person of the year:
The gist of the article and award being that social networking is beginning to shape social history. Here's an extract
"The tool that makes this possible is the World Wide Web. Not the Web that Tim Berners-Lee hacked together (15 years ago, according to Wikipedia) as a way for scientists to share research. It's not even the overhyped dotcom Web of the late 1990s. The new Web is a very different thing. It's a tool for bringing together the small contributions of millions of people and making them matter. Silicon Valley consultants call it Web 2.0, as if it were a new version of some old software. But it's really a revolution."
Interestingly, I think, Time Person of the Year has included :
"Previous winners have often sparked controversy - including Adolf Hitler in 1938 and, in 1979, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini."
It supports all we are being told by such people as Chris Anderson in his book "The Long Tail" which he orignally supposed in his Wired article in October 2004.