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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 http://base.google.com 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

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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 (MSN.com) took the biggest hit and is now a PR2. That’s right, MSN.com with it’s over 1.4 million backlinks (on MSN.com 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

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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 http://www.mcdar.net/q-check/datatool.asp. 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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Press Release Writing & Distribution

Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning is happy to announce the addition of a new service to help you increase your online exposure. Beanstalk today has added press release writing and distribution to our list of services that will help position your website to compete and win in today’s online economy.

This service has been added based on numerous requests and years of experience in writing, publishing and distribution of article and press releases on the web. If you are interested in more information please visit our Press Release Writing & Distribution services page or contact us for more details.

SEO news blog post by @ 4:59 pm on October 18, 2005

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Press Release Writing & Distribution

Beanstalk Search Engine Positioning is happy to announce the addition of a new service to help you increase your online exposure. Beanstalk today has added press release writing and distribution to our list of services that will help position your website to compete and win in today’s online economy.

This service has been added based on numerous requests and years of experience in writing, publishing and distribution of article and press releases on the web. If you are interested in more information please visit our Press Release Writing & Distribution services page or contact us for more details.

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More Updating Down … More Sure To Come

The forum’s are abuzz with the lastest Google update. Early indicators (as noted in the forums by some generally respected posters) are that this update puts a lot more weight on the number of links vs. the actual anchor text.

This move is being blasted on the forums as a move towards rewarding big budgets and big companies. While this does certainly positivly affect the ability for larger companies with larger budgets to attain top rankings it also follows the overall philosophy of links. The more links you have to your site the more vites, the more votes the more popular and thus, the higher you should rank.

Could it be, I would ask those who are complaining, that Google has caught on that as SEo’s we’re running out and building a ton of well optimized text links SOLELY to get higher ranking thus undermining the value of the democracy of links? Links with varying anchor text undoubtedly appear more natural to Google and thus, sites with varying anchor text pointing to their site are being rewarded.

I have not at this time had the opportunity to fully analyze the current algorithm however, I would speculate that this is not the last we’re going to be seeing of Google shifts this month. We’ve still yet to see the PageRank and backlink updates so there’s surely more to come.

Be sure to visit Beanstalk’ SEO blog to keep updated on these events as they occur.

If you’d like more inoformation on this update and just can’t wait until we post again you may want to check out the thread on the WebProWorld forum on the topic at http://www.webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=54379 (Note: link removed as the page no longer exists).

SEO news blog post by @ 6:34 pm on October 17, 2005

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Some Great Tools

I recently found a post on the WebProWorld forums from Chris Richardson, and excellent writer for the same site. In his post he lists off a sleugh of excellent SEO tools and resources. As we’re always ones to not just seek out new clients but to also educate and help do-it-yourselfers (and thus this SEO news blog was born), I felt that this was a great resource to point out to our valued visitors.

There are too many tools given there to list them all of here so you’ll have to check it out yourself. You can visit the forum post at http://webproworld.com/viewtopic.php?t=54254.

For more great tool you may also want to check out Beanstalk’s SEO Tools page at http://www.beanstalk-inc.com/resources/tools.htm.

SEO news blog post by @ 1:48 pm on October 14, 2005

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Microsoft Softening Attacks On Competitors?

Microsoft and Yahoo! yesterday announced a landmark agreement that will help consumers by making the two major IM systems (MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger) interoperable.

This marks the first real cooperation Microsoft has undergone with a major search competitor since launching MSN search. But are they softening their stance on competitors?

In this SEO’s opinion the answer is a resounding “no”. There is an old Arabian proverb that reads, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” And Google is definitely the one to beat on by both involved here.

To be sure, the agreement simply allows for users of the different IM systems to communicate, the real loser is services like Trillian that were created to allow connectivity to the various systems through a single interface.

Will we see more of these types of agrements in the future? Undoubtedly. As long as Google is developing relationships with major corporations to advance thier reach such as the one with Sun Microsystems you can count on Microsoft doing the same.

You can read the press release of this announcement on the Microsoft site here.

SEO news blog post by @ 4:01 pm on October 13, 2005

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Report On OpenOffice

Back on October 4th we announced on our blog the alliance formed between Google and Sun Microsystems. If you’d like to look back for this post it’s titled, “Like Google Earth? How About Google Sun …

In that post I mentioned that I was installing and testing OpenOffice and noted that I would report back as to whether I found it a viable replacement for Microsoft Office. Admittedly it took me a while to get used to it and the way that it functions. Similar to my switch to the superior Firefox browser from IE I found myself trying to do things the hard way out of habit and quickly realized that OpenOffice is built in a much more instinctive fashion.

Once I’d worked through all of that I did find that there were many features absent in OpenOffice that are available in the Microsoft version. I realized this through the absence of as many drop down option however I still have yet to need a feature that isn’t there. :)

It easily dealt with the documents I had produced in Microsoft Office and allowed me to create and work with templates, edit past documents and provides for all the formatting considerations I need.

The spreadsheet (their version of Excel) appears equally strong and again, I have yet to find a function that I need access to that isn’t available.

In short, I will be continuing to use the OpenOffice suite. To replace Outlook (my past email client) I have switched to Mozilla’s Thunderbird and found it to be on par with their browser. An excellent tool. Again, it took a while to get used to doing things the easy way but once I got over that hurdle it’s been smooth sailing. I did find the absence of a calendar in Thunderbird detrimental however I was reminded by Allan here at Beanstalk that Thunderbird is open source and there are tons of extensions developed for it much like Firefox. A quick search and I found a great calendar extension and I haven’t looked back.

If you would like to download and test the OpenOffice suite you can do so here.
If you need to replace Outlook (as I did) and would like to give Thunderbird a try you can download it here. If you need the calendar extension you can find it here.

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Search Engines More Credible Than TV Ads

Our friends over at Yahoo! have recently conducted a study that shows that people place an extraordinarily high level of trust and value into results from search engines:

When it came to trustworthiness, search came in second to family and friends–but by a small margin.

The study, written up over at MediaPost Publications, is enlightening and details some intriguing statistics on what people are searching for online and how they value the results.
More proof that information is power :)

SEO news blog post by @ 6:36 pm on October 12, 2005

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