Growing number of "Potentially dangerous results"

Tue 29 September 2009 09:30, Bas van den Beld

Growing number of "Potentially dangerous results"

It was amongst others Jason Calacanis who a couple of years ago started the discussion on the pollution of search results. He claimed that most results in Google were spam. In a presentation he held in Paris he showed several malicious Google results. One of the reasons he pointed this out was his then new searchengine Mahalo which because it was all done by people, wouldn't have any spam results.

Since that time Google has improved a lot when it comes to spam and malicious results in the SERPS. It now seems as if Twitter will be facing that challenge. More and more spammers are using Twitter to get their message across. Still, search engines also struggle with it. The Russian search engine Yandex launched a report on dangerous results last week. I the last four months their database of malicious sites has grown with 2,5 million new sites.

Yandex looked at the searches which are marked as "potentially dangerous results". The report shows that Yandex shows this message no less than 4,5 million times a day (!).... read more


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Bing: "Snippets? Already have them!" So tell us!

Mon 28 September 2009 15:01, Bas van den Beld

Bing: "Snippets? Already have them!" So tell us!

Here's the difference between Google and Bing: Google very proudly announced the site snippets last week. Almost immediately blogposts around the world were written on the subject off course on Twitter there were many tweets on the subject.

At the Bing-offices they must have looked at it with somewhat of a strange feeling. It after all is a feature which also exists on Bing. Their feature however got a lot less attention. They  'only' had a blogpost on it on their search blog. Not many responded.... read more



Google introducing snippets: put anchors in your text

Mon 28 September 2009 10:18, Bas van den Beld

Google introducing snippets: put anchors in your text

We knew it was coming for a while, some spotted the links in the snippet texts already, but just before the weekend Google 'officially' launched the renewed site snippets. In these snippets you can now put links to parts of the page which cover the different part of the search. It's anchor texts put into the snippets.

Google explains on their blog the what and why of the links in the snippets. Wikipedia is the best example to explain the use of the snippets. That's because Wikipedia has got very long pages with content divided in different parts of the page. Before you had to scroll down to the specific part of the page, but now you can click on the link in the snippet and you will be directed straight to the part you want.... read more


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Steve Ballmer: approval of deal is crucial for innovation

Fri 25 September 2009 14:00, Bas van den Beld

Steve Ballmer: approval of deal is crucial for innovation

It's one of those rare moments, which one day I hope to have myself, being able to sit down with the big man at one of the biggest companies in the world. Michael Arrington got to sit down with Steve Ballmer this week. A full hour of talking.

He talked about numerous subjects, from products and strategies to Bing and cloud computing, it was all addressed. Off course we were most interested in the Bing part. Ballmer on that topic said a couple of interesting things.... read more



Microsoft working on social media Analytics tool

Thu 24 September 2009 16:15, Bas van den Beld

Microsoft working on social media Analytics tool

Avinash Kaushik, amongst other things a Google Analytics evangelist,  will release his newest book on the analytics topic in October. In the book he will describe that you need different ways of measuring. Not only site analytics are important, so are social media stats. The number of Twitter followers, the niche you might be in and retweets for example are all points of measurement.

Being a Google evangelist Avinash might look at Microsoft with a suspicious eye. But the new tool Microsoft announces at Advertising Week 2009 this week must be something he will look at with interest as a analytics-guru. The "proof-of-concept prototype business tool, code-named LookingGlass,” is something in the lines of what he believes people should look at. The new tool analyzes social media and "helps companies to listen and participate".... read more



Google launches Sidewiki: comment on any webpage

Thu 24 September 2009 09:19, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

YouTube reconsidering the ratings, should we all?

Wed 23 September 2009 14:10, Bas van den Beld, 1 comment

EU Advisor says Google did nothing wrong

Tue 22 September 2009 16:30, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

For once and for all: keywords meta tags are useless

Tue 22 September 2009 09:00, Bas van den Beld, 1 comment

DoubleClick Ad Exchange: middleman Google

Mon 21 September 2009 15:15, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

The saucer has landed: H.G. Wells was in it

Mon 21 September 2009 14:00, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Do an Extreme Google Makeover

Mon 21 September 2009 10:27, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

What would you do with searchengine.com?

Fri 18 September 2009 14:00, Bas van den Beld, 2 comments

Google naming blogs in news, but what's a blog?

Fri 18 September 2009 09:03, Bas van den Beld, 1 comment

Twitter keeps Google out of mobile and trending

Thu 17 September 2009 15:59, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

1000 posts on Searchcowboys!

Wed 16 September 2009 10:00, Bas van den Beld, 5 comments

Get your internet stats from Google

Tue 15 September 2009 17:42, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Fast Flip: Google to the rescue? Yeah right...

Tue 15 September 2009 13:31, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Is the BBC paying for its Google rankings?

Mon 14 September 2009 15:50, Bas van den Beld, 5 comments

Social traffic outgrows all others in UK

Mon 14 September 2009 10:23, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Our weekend reading list - September 4th - 11th

Fri 11 September 2009 16:30, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Small business? Start blogging!

Thu 10 September 2009 09:02, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Bing Bing for Bartz: "show me the money"

Tue 8 September 2009 14:00, Bas van den Beld, 3 comments

Google turning back a book page

Tue 8 September 2009 09:01, Bas van den Beld, 1 comment

Google blurring Switzerland

Mon 7 September 2009 15:00, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Why is a mortgage site Google? Hijjack or mistake?

Mon 7 September 2009 13:19, Bas van den Beld, 6 comments

Italian anti-trust agency looks further

Mon 7 September 2009 11:01, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

BT makes Google deal to offer Adwords support

Mon 7 September 2009 09:09, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

How reporters can use Google News

Fri 4 September 2009 09:07, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

Its Birthday time: 1 year of Chrome, 10 years of Blogger

Thu 3 September 2009 11:17, Bas van den Beld, 0 comments

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