Friday, October 20, 2006

Google Website Optimizer

Google releases another unprecented PPC tool to help advertisers.

Read full review (with screenshots) here: http://www.systematicseo.com/optimizer.htm

Thursday, October 19, 2006

IE 7 - First security hole found

You can read about it here

Description:
A vulnerability has been discovered in Internet Explorer, which can be exploited by malicious people to disclose potentially sensitive information.

The vulnerability is caused due to an error in the handling of redirections for URLs with the "mhtml:" URI handler. This can be exploited to access documents served from another web site.

IE 7 - "We heard you!"

Internet Explorer 7 is released now.
"We heard you!" - is the campaign Microsoft is launching it under & is funny, since this exactly how I felt. I didn't want to switch to damn Firefox.

Google - hold on. Don't discount MS just yet. They will catch on & pass yahoo probably by end of 2007

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Phone Spam!

I have been promoting our new SEO site in past 2 weeks. Registered with few major directories, few vertical dirs and all Local search players (separate post about that).

I get a phone call today. From enhance.com. And it goes like this.
rep: "hey, we noticed you haven't completed registration. did the site die on you?"
me: "chmmm..., who are you? Let's see your site. OK, enhance.com. A, ok, i remember looking at it" (while thinking, this already sounds fishy and so 1990s) "so, you do advertising, what can you do for my site?"
rep: "we'll advertise you on 100,000 domains for 5-6 cents a click for search engine optimization industry"
me: "say, what? my keywords go $1 range!! Give me an example!"
rep: "websitedirectory.com"
me: "chmmm, this looks spammy. did i type it in incorrectly? do you have one more?"
rep: "Sure. try ged.com"
me: "ok, it looks exactly the same, so must be you. So you have 100,000 of these?"
rep: "yep, it's a great value. people comming in already very intrested in buying, blah blah blah..."
me: "thanks, not intrested"

Clearly this is pretty spammy & will only work for certain businesses. We stay away from questionable practices & gonna take a pass. Thanks.

This is email after the conversation:

Hi Mark,

Here is my contact information. Feel free to contact me in the future if you have any questions or if your would like to give us a try. A $50 deposit will get an account open and allow you to see what we can do for you. That money will go towards your traffic. There are no fees.

Here is a link that will give you an idea of what this network can do for you. Maybe I did a poor job of presenting the network. (http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2006/september.htm) Best of luck!

Tyler XXXXXXXXXXXX

Client Developer

E. XXXXXX@enhance.com

T. 800.840.XXXX x XXXX

T. 801.705.XXXX x XXXX

F. 801.705.7138

Enhance Interactive, Inc.

Delivering search marketing value.

www.enhance.com

Monday, October 16, 2006

Personlized search engines

I went ahead and checked what's "custom search engine" fuss is all about. While building few custom engines.

Yahoo beats eurekster.com IMO, but not by much. It would have been nice if yahoo's tool mentioned that all it can handle is 25 sites.

Eurekster.com - gives you straight URL - which is nice, where Yahoo only gives you HTML code to embed into page, which is way too complicated if you want this tool to take off.

Since blogger.com doesn't allow "script" tags in posts, yahoo example will have to wait for another time. Will have to think of something. Yahoo, any clues!?

Man, it's going to be nighmare for SEO guys like me, once this customization takes off. Everyones rankings will be DIFFERENT! Maybe I'll have to set up another 200 profiles for Web Position to run :)

Systematic Search Engine Optimization, Inc. launches new site

Few weeks back we launched Atlanta based Search Engine Opimization web site. Check news section for some useful SEO tools comming up.

Friday, October 06, 2006

My first blog post

So finnaly I got through procrastination & started first blog post.