Archives: Google

Google user-agent detect fail

April 6, 2009 by reuben | 1 Comment | Filed in Google

So I was using Chrome to check my gmail account and noticed a message at the bottom of the page by the stats that I could download the latest Google toolbar. I was pretty excited to see this and give it a go, so I clicked the link, which took me to this page: Ok […]

Google’s Speech Recognition Fails

November 26, 2008 by reuben | 3 Comments | Filed in Google

I used the Google for Search app on my iphone tonight for the first time. I wanted to look up the names of the three tenors, so I tapped the voice icon and said “the three tenors”. Unfortunately it did not fully understand my accent and instead thought I was wanting to find “history tennis”. […]

Google TrustRank Myth Busted!

July 1, 2008 by reuben | 10 Comments | Filed in Google, SEO, Work

I will show you that there’s no such thing as Google TrustRank, which many SEOs believe is a mechanism that Google uses to determine the trustworthiness of a website. Included here is a transcript from Matt Cutts and snippets from the US Patent and Trademark Office documents.


My Thoughts On Google knol

December 16, 2007 by reuben | 3 Comments | Filed in Google

Google could be heading down a slippery slope with Youtube and now knol. Their organic search results are meant to be unbiased and provide the most relevant results for any given query. In 2000 Google launched Google Adwords and we started seeing sponsored search results. That was ok, the ads were clearly marked and listed […]

SEO Client Story

December 13, 2007 by reuben | 5 Comments | Filed in Google, SEO, Work

I used to work for an SEO agency in Pittsburgh and dealt with a number of interesting clients in a variety of industries, with large and small sites. There were a number of funny incidents that I encountered, which I’d like to recount here, although names will be withheld. No Google Traffic After taking on […]

Thoughts On Google Sitelinks Update

October 21, 2007 by reuben | Comments Off | Filed in Google, SEO

Google webmaster tools was updated on Thursday with some new features. The one that caught my eye was Sitelinks located under Dashboard > Links > Sitelinks. Here’s a screenshot showing the new feature, see if you can spot where I think another updated is needed. Hint: Hmmm… looks like the developer didn’t have English as […]

Related: Results Changed For Me

September 20, 2007 by reuben | Comments Off | Filed in Google

I used to write about my Volkswagen Beetle on this site before I turned this into an SEM blog at the end of 06. Interestingly enough, within the past few weeks Google decided to change the results for the search query [] Not long after I changed the content to a completely different topic, I […]

Website Optimizer Is Search Engine Friendly

June 19, 2007 by reuben | Comments Off | Filed in Google, Google AdWords, PPC, Tracking, Web development, Work

Website Optimizer by Google AdWords is a multivariate testing tool, that is to say, it takes A/B testing one step further. Instead of testing 2 versions of a page, you can test multiple page elements and the various combinations. When you create an experiment you can specify page elements that you want to test, for […]

Smashing Magazine Google PageRank Article Misleading

June 6, 2007 by reuben | 2 Comments | Filed in Google, Link Popularity, SEO

Through mybloglog, I came across the smashing magazine community and an article entitled Google PageRank: What Do We Know About It? The article does a very good job of explaining Google PageRank and has 15 points listed under how PageRank works and 13 factors impacting PageRank, but also does a good job of confusing content, […]

Google Analytics Authorized Consultant (GAAC) Requirements

June 1, 2007 by reuben | Comments Off | Filed in Google, Google Analytics, Work

I looked into this a while back and wrote to Google Analytics support. They responded with this set of requirements for becoming a Google Analytics Authorized Consultant: In business for 1 year At least one dedicated person for Google Analytics support Must provide full service i.e. setup, support, training, and consultation for Google Analytics Must […]