The key to attracting traffic to your Web site is a high ranking by the major search engines, which deliver more hits than any other means. Attracting the attention of search sites usually means paying a consultant or other outside expert for the service. Fortunately, there's a less expensive option: SEO Administrator by FlamingoSoft. It can help get your Web site noticed. It's a search engine optimization (SEO) package that provides all the tools you need to optimize your Web site for maximum visibility and traffic. Its ranking monitoring tool checks major search engines and displays the most … Read more
Once again on this edition of the Top 5 video, we count down the highest-rated products of the past three months. Watch to find out which of the blistering summer releases was rated the highest by CNET editors. There's some stiff competition out there, and some big surprises.
Also remember to post an answer to the trivia question below for a chance to win the retro CNET thumb drive.--so retro it's less than a gigabyte in capacity. It is called "lame prize" after all.
Update: Many below have guessed "Sony PS3 Slim" as … Read more
Pikker is a program designed to help users navigate the stock market by simulating stock trades. This isn't a program for those new to trading, though, as it requires just as much knowledge as the real thing.
This program is as complex as reading a stock ticker. There are a world of terms, abbreviations, and fields that need to be meticulously entered to get a strong picture of your proposed trade. By entering trade allocation info, price, commissions, long rules, short rules, and more, a user can replicate an actual trade. This flexibility and freedom will appeal to those … Read more
As its name suggests, SitePopularity is a program that allows users to check a specific Web site's ranking using top ranking systems. It comes with two trial restrictions, but we found that it still managed to perform well during our tests.
The user interface is extremely easy to navigate. Large, self-explanatory command buttons reside at the top of the window, and URLs are listed in the main window, along with their ranking among such ranking sites as Google Pagerank, Alexa Traffic Rank, and Altavista. Novices will especially appreciate the wizard that walks you through the process of entering the … Read more
Google has penalized the clout that its own Japanese site has in search results after a promotion that violated the company's own search policies.
Earlier this week, Google canceled a promotion in Japan that paid bloggers to write about a new feature that showed popular new search terms on Google's Japanese home page. Now Google is administering the same punishment to its Japanese site that it hands out to others who similarly violate its policies.
"Google.co.jp PageRank is now ~5 instead of ~9. I expect that to remain for a while," said Matt Cutts, … Read more
The question which brands are the best at “socializing” with their audiences is often asked, but rarely answered. Now Vitrue, a social media advertising solutions company, has attempted to capture a snapshot by releasing a Top Social Brands of 2008 list. The ranking is based on the Social Media Index (SMI), a measurement system the company launched to help track brands' share of voice on the social web. The Top 100, which range from the iPhone, CNN, and Disney at the top of the list, to Jet Blue, Puma, and Sears at the bottom of the list, were drawn from … Read more
Ever since Apple stopped listing exact sales numbers for iPhone App Store applications, developers have been seeking some sort of guide to how sales rank translates to actual unit totals. One developer, Joel Comm, has released rank-to-sales stats for his dubious "iFart Mobile" application, as follows:12/12 - 75 units - #70 entertainment 12/13 - 296 units - #16 entertainment 12/14 - 841 units - #76 overall, #8 entertainment 12/15 - 1510 units - #39 overall, #5 entertainment 12/16 - 1797 units - #22 overall, #3 entertainment 12/17 - 2836 units - #… Read more
So we talked about a lot of serious news today including the Justin.tv suicide, the new Google wiki search, and the unauthorized access of Barack Obama's Verizon calling records. But really, Rafe's description of Net-connected Deer is what I'll remember about this episode. How about you?Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 858
19-year-old Commits Suicide on Justin.tv http://newteevee.com/2008/11/20/19-year-old-commits-suicide-on-justintv/ http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10104716-93.html
SearchWiki: Make search your own http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/searchwiki-make-search-your-own.html http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_to_turn_search_into_wik.php http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081120-roll-your-own-search-results-with-googles-new-searchwiki.html… Read more
It's a pity the National Security Agency can't talk about its computational challenges, because it's leaving a lot of the boasting rights to Google.
In a blog posting on Friday the company shared some detail about the challenges of one aspect of its search operation, the Web indexing and processing that must take place before the results are delivered to users. The short version: Google has no choice but to think big.
First comes surfing. "We start at a set of well-connected initial pages and follow each of their links to new pages. Then we follow … Read more
Though a distant third place to Google, Microsoft thinks it can teach its rival a thing or two about searching the Internet.
A big part of Google's rise to search engine leadership was an algorithm called PageRank that assesses a specific page's importance by how many other Web pages link to it and by the importance of those linking pages. Microsoft researchers and academic collaborators, though, detailed an idea this week it calls BrowseRank that seeks to bring more of a human touch to that assessment.
Essentially, the researchers tested out a system that replaces PageRanks' link graph--a … Read more