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Jagger 3

We’re finally starting to see some of the new results from the 3rd stage of the Jagger update bleeding into the Google results pages. Interestingly, I ran a search which produced the new results however when I refreshed the page it had switched back.

The update is beginning and the new results are sure to show up shortly.

Good luck all !

SEO news blog post by @ 5:09 pm on November 3, 2005



Jagger 3 Underway

Looking accross multiple datacenters it appears that Jagger3 (the third and seemingly final stage of the latest Google update) appears to be starting up with new results appearing on more and more datacenters.

This latest update is very significant and appears, from early analysis, to “spank” reciprocal links and place more weight on the specific way sites link to yours.

Keep watching our blog for updated information as further analysis can be performed and for notification as to when the latest update hits the main Google results pages.

SEO news blog post by @ 3:48 pm on November 2, 2005




For those of you who are regular visitors to our SEO news blog you’re remember that back on October 20, 2005 we humourously pointed out that during the PageRank update some sort of glitch (or just the wacky folks at Google pulling an early April Fool’s joke) the MSN website dropped to a PageRank 2 with a whopping 8 incoming links recorded.

Since the Beanstalk site itself links to MSN 8+ times this seemed a bit off. :)

Well MSN is finally back up to a PageRank 9 showing that sometimes the folks at Google can make an exception for a single site (the update of their PageRank did not coincide with a general PR update). So apparently all you need to do if you want some special attention from Google is to get your site up to a PR 9. So what are you waiting for? ;)

SEO news blog post by @ 1:31 pm on



Total Optimizer Pro Changes

Total Optimizer Pro, the fantastic SEO tool that has been mentioned a number of times through the life of our SEO blog is temporarily unavailable. Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning will be taking over the management and promotion of this SEO tool and will be relaunching it with a new price (lower) later this week and a new design later this month.

We are very excited by this fantasic opportunity and would like to thank Shawn and TopNet Solutions for providing us with the opportunity to take over such an excellent tool.

SEO news blog post by @ 3:37 pm on November 1, 2005



Gotta Love Firefox Developers :)

Well I’ve just discovered yet another fantastic extension for the Firefox browser that is a “must have” for people interested in SEO or just easily snooping the links and rankings of your competitors’ sites. :)

First, of course, you’ll need to have the Firefox browser. If you don’t already have it this is reason #74 to download, install and use Firefox over it’s main competitor Internet Explorer. You can download Firefox here.

After you’ve downloaded Firefox and if you’re interested in SEO (which I can only assume from the fact that you’re visiting our SEO news blog) you’ll want to download a bunch of extensions for it. Firefox comes with very few “bells and whistles” but because it’s open source there are developers around the world, many great creations have been built that provide services and information beyond anything that a single company could/would produce.

The extension I’m recommending here is called SEO Links and is available from WebMasterBrain (link removed – resource no longer exists.) I can’t describe it better than they can on their own site so you’ll just have to visit them to find out the great details it can provide.

If you haven’t downloaded Firefox before and you don’t have the other extensions we’ve recommended you’ll want to check out our past blog post on the topic here for links to a number of other great tools for the SEO.

SEO news blog post by @ 1:19 pm on October 31, 2005



A Shuffle On Google

Prepare yourselves for a shuffle on Google. Different results are starting to show up on different datacenters. The rankings showing on these other datacenters will surely not be the finals however they should give a solid indication as to whether you’re moving up or down in the world.

You can check a datacenter I know to have at least some of the new results at

I hope it treats you well. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 8:05 pm on October 27, 2005



TV On Google

Google and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation today announced a joint effort to make the Foundation’s Archive of American Television interviews available for free viewing on Google Video. So far the first 75 of a total 283 films of interviews with the leaders in front of and behind the cameras can be found by entering “academy of television” into the search box.

Interviews can be found with such notables as William Shatner, Alan Alda and Ted Turner, just to name a few.

An interesting resource well worth checking out if you’re a TV buff or if you’re just interested in watching some great interviews with some of the people who made huge impressions on popular culture over the past 75 years.

And as an aside, I’d like to personally thank Google for giving me the opportunity to watch a bit of TV as part of my job. :)

SEO news blog post by @ 11:30 am on October 26, 2005



Gooooogle Base – Online Storage

According to Beta News and various other sources, Google will be releasing Google Base today at it’s invite-only Zeitgeist conference. Business Week and Ars Technica are also running an articles.

At the moment, visits to result in a 403 Forbidden error, but that’s typical of an imminent Google release of a new product.

We’re all quite excited to see what the new service offers in detail and we’ll post a review here later this week.

- Allan

SEO news blog post by @ 2:46 pm on October 25, 2005



PageRank Update … And The Biggest Hit Was …

Well the PageRank update appears to be well underway with many already noticing the new numbers in their toolbars. After doing some surfing for website affected by the update we found that the biggest hit was one that gave us quite the chuckle.

The MSN website ( took the biggest hit and is now a PR2. That’s right, with it’s over 1.4 million backlinks (on that is – Google only shows them with 8) somehow has only earned a PR2 which leaves me with 2 questions:

  1. Is Google purposly deflating the MSN site rankings, or
  2. Is the a ghost in the machine at Google?

Of the two choices I lean towards the ghost theory. While I’m sure the folks at Google would love to see MSN drop off the face of the Earth, I find it unlikely that they would make such a blatantly obvious adjustment to their algorithm just to do it. Oh, I’m not saying someone there wouldn’t be tempted, but to do so would undermine the entire “democracy” of their rankings.

If I had to hazard a guess I’d say that they way they are currently calculating backlinks is flawed (how obvious a statement is that?). Overall the update seems to be fairly decent (though we still haven’t had time to analyze all the changes) but clearly something’s gone awry. I would expect that this will be remedied in the near future but until then it’s good for a chuckle.

SEO news blog post by @ 12:27 pm on October 20, 2005



PageRank Update On It’s Way !

Well it’s finally here … the PageRank update we predicted back on October 17th appears to be starting with new PageRanks being shown on at least on datacenter.

A great tool to watch the update happen can be found on the McDar site at I recommend adding it to your favorites, you’ll want to use it again in about 3 months when the next update begins.

After this pageRank update you’ll want to watch for another algorithm update in the near future. I would personally predict it to occur sometime early next week. Probably Tuesday or Wednesday.

I don’t expect the full PageRank update to propegate until sometime later tomorrow. We’ll probably start seeing PR update on some of the main datacenters at or around 5PM.

SEO news blog post by @ 6:32 pm on October 19, 2005



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