Friday, 3 September 2010

Blekko

The world of SEO is undergoing one of those 'things' at the moment, we have a new toy! There is a new search engine out there and it is impressing us SEO-ologists in numbers, it's called Blekko,

Wait! Wait! What the hell is this, me writing a post on something related to SEO on an SEO blog... ach I've been wittering and twittering about Blekko for a while on LinkMünki holds Court, but i need to go on more about the Blekko, so...

In the way that people think that google is 'just' a search engine, well it is, but it's rankings have been SEO-ed to ****, Blekko is so malleable, Blekko gives control to the user [you can cut spam out of your SERPS [by clicking 'spam']] Blekko gives the user so much information at the drop of a hat that sometimes it's nearly overload. I love the fact that when you check inlinks it gives you a graphic illustration of both location from where the links derive, but it also breaks it down into most popular anchors, and gives you percentages. Then if that was not good enough, when you check the list of inlinks [a bit like siteexplorer, but...] it tells you whether they are follow or nofollow, the anchor and some new info I've yet to decipher.

I know what you are all thinking, -wow-LinkMünki-this-is-fantastische- but I haven't finished yet, with a little click you can move onto a bar graph oriented multiple [between 2 and 4] website comparison [again a lot of the info I am yet to decipher, but...], bar charts rule.

For the non geek, well... for the geek too, you can create your own ways of searching [called slash tags], which is like searching for an angle on your search term, so a search might be "hotel /edinburgh" or "edinburgh /hotel" giving a different result depending on which was the more relevant to you, both giving a different result to "edinburgh hotel" or "hotel edinburgh", which you just can't do in google [plus you can add sites to the slashes, and you can create your own slashes, and make them public].

But calm down, google isn't quite dead yet, the size of the google index is ridiculous, no other search engine is likely to come close to it for well ... ages, google is still so popular and Blekko [so far] helps people look for stuff that can be so specific. But I can tell you that it is yet to be SEO-ed yet so for the moment it still gives you helpful results, not just results from companies with the best SEO's, Ima love playing with Blekko for the time being, and just pray that google doesn't get their big fat chequebook out quite yet [sorry Blekko can you wait a couple of years till you get very, very rich!]

LinkMünki @ Work

PS I'm kinda new at this stuff so don't go on at me about getting over-excited over new search engines

PPS if you want an invite you only have to ask them try here for starters, but testing will be over soon and you will all have your chance

Monday, 9 August 2010

Blekkoed

Well today I was allowed access to Blekko, I'm not sure yet what to do with it. It certainly has aspects to it which allure. But I'll tell you this: it ain't google.

As a searcher who has searched mainly by google it is weird, I liked the default slash-tags, and I liked the fact that you can create your own slash-tags. However, like all young things it has its 'teething troubles', for example I am not 100% sure how to fully utilise the slash-tags, also I am so indoctrinated into using google's site commands that I just do it naturally. There is also the question of the size of its index, it will not for a while be able to compare itself when put up next to the breadth of the google index.

This is not, however, a review, just telling you that I now have access to it, I will have to play with it for a while before I can faithfully make a judgement, but even then, it took me a while to get off Firefox and on to Chrome, now I look back at that person as rather foolish, the future is the undiscovered country.

LinkMünki away to play with Blekko

Monday, 26 July 2010

Twtkr

Yes you're not reading that incorrectly, it says twtkr not twitter. Twtkr is a very strange thing that I noticed once whilst bored and searching for traces of myself in google. It seems to be a clone of every single twitter account [don't even think about the numbers], it seems to be Korean, and unlike twitter it does 'dofollow' links.

I wondered about it for a while and then I decided I'd start to link to it from here and there, then the other day I just noticed that it is now starting to get picked up by Site Explorer, which is very interesting as this means that it must be either getting rank, or has now been fully indexed by yahoo [thus presumably bing too]. Mmmm, I don't know how much use this will turn out to be, but I'm going to keep an eye on this one.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Yahoo, Google & Blekko [and 30boxes]

What is happening with yahoo? What is it there for anymore? With the fact that yahoo and Microsoft [you won't catch me linking out to msn] will be working ever more closely together, does this mean that the yahoo search engine will just wither on the vine, with bing taking over all search between the two. Internet savvy people still find a lot of yahoo's facilities very useful, I have a yahoo pipe for my blogs, at the moment there is nothing quite comparable to siteexplorer, I certainly have a yahoo mail account [or two], and many websites are fundamentally linked to yahoo, disqus & flickr for example.

On another tack, I was looking at google sites the other day, interesting linking policy, it seems that on many of the sites it had nofollow links in the main text, except if you linked to anything google. I don't know if this is automatic or not, I have a website, but it's still empty, and will be until I get the time to put some nonsense on it.

- NB since I wrote this, and just to confuse things further, it has come to my attention that from now on yahoo japan will be powered by google. But that is quite a different case.

New google images is a bit disconcerting at first, but after a day, I think I quite like it, maybe even prefer it!

I have to say I'm quite sad and get a bit excited when a new search engine comes out, so I am quite miffed by the fact that no matter how many times I have asked, the kids over at blekko haven't invited me for a shot. It's not there to really compete with google, but from what I read some of the functionality kicks the ass out of google's site commands for getting into serious SEO websearch, come on blekko, give us a shot!!!

In an addendum to a previous post, I came across another site which is great for syndicating your stuff, not only does 30 boxes give you a home URL with links to your homepage etc, if you submit a blog to it, it automatically syndicates it for you, fantastisch!!

Friday, 16 July 2010

BING

I can hear the cries of derision already, before I've typed a single word, but I'm going to say something that perhaps we SEOs think about. When are we going to think about thinking about taking Bing seriously?

I personally dislike the thing, but in the short time that it has been in existence it has continued to grow, even though it is still a gazillion [technical term] miles behind the big G but it is growing.This comes mainly from the fact that people get a computer, they just continue to use the Microsoft default settings [people are lazy].

Some of my friends have ridiculedme about thinking about this and I can't completely disagree with some of their statements "bings doubled its marketshare - 2 X 0 = 0" but I still think that we lose sight of the fact SEOs only worship at the altar of google because it is so big, and that we are 'search engine optimisers' first, and only temporarily 'googlemonkeys'.

Don't get me wrong I would much rather use Search or KartOO even teoma than touch microsoft with yours, but sometimes things are taken out of our hands. Maybe we should keep an eye on bing, it may be rubbish, but people are using it!!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Twitter, RSS Feeds, Yahoo Pipes, Syndication

I've been doing this for a short while now, and whilst in no way could I be compared to those around me, I am learning some tricks of the trade.

This last couple of weeks I have been learning some of the arts involved in spreading my post as far and as wide as is possible. Now we all know onlywire, here we spread our stuff across lots of social bookmarking sites, we twitter things, yeah, then I started putting rss feeds of blogs on other blogs, it was spreading the word, then thanks to buzzblogger I learned about yahoo pipes, and how to make these mega rss feeds, submit them to every free news site and watch your in links grow.

But I recently thought of something new for twitter, I know all of us hate these twitter no follow links, but we have to put up with them, or do we?

We all know that there are twitter clones out there, here is a clone of SEOMOZ's twitter account, the first thing that all good seo's should notice is [no not the foreign language bits], that this has real links rather than nofollow. Second, it has an rss feed, but you can create one anyway if it wasn't there. Add this to your yahoo pipe, whatever, provided you have enough key words in the title, whala [in-joke] real links to real links.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Links - to link or not to link

I have been reading lately about the effect of multiple links in the body of a blogpost. It seems that not everyone out there can likes to read through multi-layered pieces of text [that is what hyper-text is after all], and that an article can lose readers forever after the first click.

Among the ideas put out there are that if you want to it is still possible to put links on the page, however keep them out of the actual body of the text, and put them at the end, in a footer, in a similar way to footnotes work in an scholarly text.

I am trying this for the first time here, I don't know why I never thought about this before, after all it was the structure I was brought up with, in university and books etc. I'm going to see how this does.

Can You Handle On Page Links by Debra

Experiments in Delinkification by Nicholas Carr

The Case Against Links by Marshall Kirkpatrick