Archive for the ‘Search Engine’ Category

ChaCha Raise Another $10 Million For Again, Bad Search Engine

Thursday, November 15th, 2007 |

Morton Meyerson, is the man who let go another $10 million to Chacha.Well, ChaCha is some what, new search engine that the idea behind it was, generate by real people. ChaCha lets users ask questions to a real person, called a search guide, via a chat interface. The search guide then returns results that are supposed to be more relevant than what Google, Yahoo and others provide.(like they said)

The problem with ChaCha, was the guide seldom had a knowledge to be so.And mostly visitors are prankster.

ChaCha is a bad idea. For startup ideas, ChaCha stands apart as more awful than just about all of the rest. And that didn’t change with today’s funding news.

Google Adsense Change Their Ads Clickable

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 |

Google Adsense is making changes to text ads.Instead of getting click anywhere on an ad
unit,clicks now will only work when there is a click on an actual title or URL in the ad.

adsense new click zone

Google reason for this:

We’re rolling out a change to our text ad formats to help reduce accidental clicks and increase value for advertisers…..This new format will match the changes we’ve implemented on Google.com to help decrease the number of accidental clicks and increase the number of ad conversions. A reduction in accidental clicks will keep users on your pages, interacting with your content until they choose to click on an ad. This change will enhance the user’s overall
experience with your websites and improve advertiser campaign value, but it’s likely that your click-through rate will decrease.

The pros and cons with it is there are some good things about this for the advertisers.But on the flip side, the publishers could or maybe disappointedly that Adsense had change the rules for it. It has the potential to hurt publishers and it bottom line says, it will lead to less clicks and decrease earnings.

Although Adsense that they expet it to lead to increased spending by advertisers in the long run, they would expect decrease publishers for Adsense in a short time. If publishers suspect a decrease in their earning, it would lead them to find other adsense alternative.

Look like Google had been trapped by themselves for changing this.Google Adsense, had loss it sense a bit now.Perhaps, they could think other way to make sure that it will benefit both publishers and advertisers.

Google acknowledge this, but when it talks about money, they take aside their credibility and their sole aim for what Adsense is all about.I don’t understand why they said that it was to reduce the accidental clicks.Mean, for the recent year’s, all accidental clicks publishers had been paid and hurting some advertisers because delivering fool traffic to them?

If there’s anyone in the Adsense team’s doesn’t have the technologies to track what type of visitors,or to notice that some clicks are accidental?It’s not all about users, it’s all about money they get from advertisers.They had notice decreasing advertisers in their program lately, and now they had to make some changes to retrieve back their advertisers.

And,who will get hurt? Again, users will be the target.Google had lose their attraction to serve users the best and quality services.Some predict that Google will hold the entire internet world.From my opinion, don’t expect that would be true. Who make Google been success? The users.The people.

And don’t forget, users are always the victorious. With Yahoo! and Live had made recent changes to compromise with Google search now, I’m expecting both of them could lead to further develop their search algo quality.And again, You’re not Google Bitch!

Forget The PageRank Matters, Go Hunt Your Serps Ranking!

Monday, October 29th, 2007 |

Many high rank blog and sites are being downgrade for their Page rank and Youtube now is on PR 3 from their previous PR 8. That a huge drop isn’t it. Even Youtube was a Google accompany site, Google show no discrimination here. IMO, the pagerank updated actually, is not updated fully.Means, it’s not finalized. As you noticed before, Problogger had been downgraded to PR 4 and evetually yesterday, his gain his PR back to 6. So, it seems Google PR now is still fluctuated and not even we call it PR update anyway.

Also notice for JohnCow blog, the PR is 3 but if you check with digpagerank, it show PR3 and PR 5, and IMO, the PR for johncow will be 5 instead. But, don’t take the PR event too much.Unless the PR decrease your rank and visitors, that will seriously hurt. But, currently, the PR decrease had nothing to do to the serps ranking and same for me.

So, how I can make money online? Eventually, there are many of ads companies use PR as a factor determining the value of link especially, Text Link Ads,TNX and many other more. If you just only use these types of advertising solution to make money, now you must consider it back. What I’m suggesting are, make your own ads board like you see at Techcrunch, Problogger and many other sites and blogs, and  make your price for your blog. Your blog is not other bitch sites and you have the right to set a price according to your visitors and your quality.

Is Google a Monopoly-Understanding Google

Friday, July 13th, 2007 |

This topic cause a heat today at DigitalPoint forum and there were many honest feedback and actually quite logical answer from the webmasters there.

Let me state my opinion here:

1) What Is Monopoly Means
A monopoly words is taken from the Greek languange describe monos= one + polien= to sell and is defined as a persistent market situation where there is only one provider of a product or service, in other words a firm that has no competitors in the industry.

Primary characteristics of a monopoly

  • Single Seller: For a pure monopoly to take place, only one company can be selling the good or service. A company can have a monopoly on certain goods and services but not on others.
  • Significant Barrier of Entry: If a company has a monopoly on a good or service, it becomes prohibitively difficult for other firms to enter the industry and provide the same good or service.
  • No close substitutes: Monopoly is not merely the state of having control over a product; it also means that there are no close substitutes available that fill the same function as the monopolized good.
  • Price maker: Because a single firm controls the total supply in a pure monopoly, it is able to exert a significant degree of control over the price by changing the quantity supplied.

So, in terms of search engine business, clearly Google isn’t the pure monopoly of the web internet search engine as they were other substitute like Yahoo, Ask, Live Search, and many more to come.Certainly, Yahoo!, MSN and Ask Jeeves, etc. aren’t ready to throw in the towel yet.

Internet search engine are specialize sites on the web that are design to help people to find information on other sites. There are differences in the ways various search engine work, but they are on three basics tasks:

1) They search the internet based on the search query type by the users.

2) They keep an index of the words they find and where they find them.

3) They allow users to look for words or combination of words found in that index.

And in this battle, Google provide more relevance and the most accurate answers for the search query based on it’s proven weighting system.The Google spider was built to index every significant word on a page, leaving out the articles “a,” “an” and “the.” Other spiders take different approaches. These different approaches usually attempt to make the spider operate faster, allow users to search more efficiently, or both. Other systems, such as AltaVista, go in the other direction, indexing every single word on a page, including “a,” “an,” “the” and other “insignificant” words.

The simplicity, trusted web authority weighting system and fast load indexing per query is the true measure of how Google had been a big brand leader of the search engine business nowadays.

And that is the measurement that other search engines must have yet to achieve. By develop more features and more relevancy solution in their search engine algorithm, they were many loopholes to take over the Google spot. Despite being the #1 search engine in the web, Google were not the best for the images search that Livesearch do. And it solely prove that they not only the best solution provider for the all answers.

They are much more to comes an we’ve been waiting for it.

Attention Metrics-Discuss

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 |

Advertising is a good way to expose your site or blogs to the world. And curently, they are too
many companies and sites/blogs that had take the benefit. The price will be fluctuate between ranks. And some of the method to value the blogs are using Alexa, Technorati, and PageRank.

Let discuss about what metrics could be benefit for both advertisers and publishers. At first, I like to make a more in depth solution on ”

“How Long The Times Your Visitors At Your Site” or “Attention metrics“.

How Long The Time Your Visitors At Your Pages

Attention: calculates the total time spent on a site, calculated as a percentage of the total time people spend online (U.S. users only). This gets around the overstating of a site’s importance as a result of transient traffic spikes and unique visitors/page-views, as well as understating of a site’s importance as a result of low page-views due to use of technologies such as Flash, AJAX, and so on, simply by using time as a metric instead of absolute number of hits.

Velocity: is simply a measure of the change in daily Attention and can be used to asses the growth of a site relative to others.

Perhaps we should use time spent by average visitor and total time spent reading a post as a metric to measure site rank, exposure, and popularity rather than just the number of hits you get.

With new web technologies that continue to make page views irrelevant, ranking based on attention (i.e. time spent on a site) does hold a lot of merit, but this metrics doesn’t necessarily apply to all kinds of sites.

While this new metric will definitely help some sites, like YouTube, Flickr,Shopping sites,and others more similar, it will have to force other sites to change their business models if they want to adapt and it will be sure no way.

Webmasters already track their bounce rate (which is a more important metric) to see if people are coming to look or just leaving.

As we take a look at this picture that I take from Compete(that use this metrics) for example:

It’s seems Myspace was the most who take the benefit from the attention metrics. And even Google is rank 5 for it. But I think Google doesn’t really care about that as they were sell at clicks, not views and as they were the most relevancy and most accurate in search, this metrics doesn’t make any sense at all.

A big problem with measuring the time users spend on page is tabbed browsing.In theory,when I opened up many sites using a tab browsing, all clocking up viewing time when the fact is simply that I haven’t got around to closing them yet.

My conclusion is, I’m not telling that there is no value at all with this metrics, but surely it will be another factor to use that an be develop more and for somehow, it couldn’t be another way,but it can be compile with the other metrics to give more accurate answer in helping marketing people to find high potential advertisng sites.

All In One SEO Plug-In For Wordpress

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 |

For you that been looking for SEO plug-in for your wordpress blog, here is the solution. What are so interesting about it? This SEO plug-in allow you to control the title, descriptions and your META keywords for every single post you write.

If you didn’t know, Wordpress use your blog tagline for the keywords and description by default. And this is not a good news for your blog instead. It doesn’t describe properly what the post about and by using this all in one SEO plug-in, it will make your post more search engine friendly.

You can get the plug-in here and try to rank higher by using it.

Microsoft Concedes,Vista Desktop Search Remains On

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007 |

The fact is Microsoft still won’t allow its desktop search to be completely switched off. There will be links and a place on the Start Menu for Google and other desktop search tools but the Microsoft tool will remain firmly and uselessly in place, sucking away valuable computing resources.

Therefore if you put Google Desktop Search up, under the current “concessions” made by Microsoft, the system’s performance will suffer because you have two search indexing engines running. And if you happen to be using Microsoft’s new operating system, the one thing you simply can’t afford to suffer is performance. As most of us well know by now, Vista is a memory hog.

To put in the words of one of our resident Linux gurus, who has just finished testing Vista for a review he’s writing: “My goodness, how much memory does this thing need!?”

The point is that the folks at Microsoft know all this of course and they’re betting that you and the hardware vendors won’t risk going with Google Desktop
Search because you would rather have your system running as fast as possible. With all the money you’ve spent to say “wow”, you don’t want your system to run like a dog.

One has to ask how, after all that has gone before, after all the promising innovative software companies that have been crushed by Microsoft’s monopoly, after all the attempted antitrust actions over Microsoft’s software bundling, that this has come to pass. How has Microsoft been able to get away with bundling desktop search with Vista?

One also has to ask why the foremost antitrust officer in the US Department of Justice sent a memo to state prosecutors last month urging them to reject the Google antitrust complaint against Vista.

We may never get satisfactory answers to these questions while the Microsoft monopoly endures. However, it will be interesting to see how Google’s complaint fares in the EU, where legislators are much less tolerant of dominant market players from the US. If Google succeeds in getting Microsoft to switch off its desktop search completely in Europe, it’s doubtful if it will let sleeping dogs lay in the US.

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The Things You Gotta Wait For Is Google Voice Local Search

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 |

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1-800-GOOG-411, the number that is soon going to be in every handset phonebook in the world. Google in another crushing move to annihilate Yahoo from the search engine business, introduced an experimental services which allows users to make business searches via a voice call. Using state-of-the-art voice recognition technology, users can receive search information for local businesses via voice, through their mobile handset or by text messages as well.

Google gives all this completely free of charge like virtually everything else, but regular phone charges may apply. Much to our regret, we will just have to wait in shock and awe as this service is only available in US market for now. But just like everything Google, it works wonderfully and will be soon available to the rest of the world.

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Yahoo Will Be Acquire?

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 |

The rumor is getting hot right now according to the New York Times. The merger talk is on. And what are you expect from this merger if it will be. Well, this actually remind me of the Shoemoney post on 16 December last year about 10 Reasons Why Microsoft Will Acquire Yahoo in 2007.

Everything in my post here is only my opinion and if you had a trouble to understand the message that I’m trying to deliver, I’m very sorry about that because my grammar is horrible.

Why MSN will acquire Yahoo.

What is the reason behind the acquisition? One reasonable answer is the traffic that Yahoo got. MSN still currently on their MSN AdCenter and the problem with it is the traffic from their MSN LiveSearch which a bit disgrace and horrible if compared to Yahoo and Google search engine algorithms. Learned from Google successors which are Adwords and AdSense programs, the traffic is the key to it. And from the acquisition, it will lead MSN to gain more traffic which is can attract a lot of publishers too. And I don’t think it is about their MSN LiveSearch for. Conclude that it is about money and business. And for branding and monopolist attitude sure to get back their spot from Google.

I assumed that I didn’t like the merger between MSN and Yahoo. Since Yahoo is also not so bad search engine and media ads provider, there is no reason they will accept the proposition from MSN. Think about the loyal users and publishers they got, what would they note this? Is the merger bringing benefits to them?

MSN LiveSearch Could Be Better

Search engine will be useless without users. Most importantly, MSN must focus to make the search engine algorithm better than what they had now. The key is to attract more users use their search engine and features. The slick and cool look doesn’t bring any momentum without a good search engine result. Google search engine result a far better and that what they must take a note to taming the Google. Google success is from their good relationship with the users. They must know that Internet is all about providing what users need. Mention early that Microsoft is basely about Software Company recent days, the step to Internet search engine and media things are not in their expertise but they keep the pace and runs although it was a bit slowly.

Monopolist Isn’t Good

Microsoft are trying to reconstruct the pie of the search engine that been monopoly by Google. Or does Microsoft want to conquer all the software and Internet industries? And from the rumors, it makes sense. The monopolist isn’t good. And it could bring more troubles. But Microsoft does a good example when they tamed the Borland software company. And how do they do it? I reserve my opinion on that.

Conclusion

I’m looking into result from this merge if it happens. There are good things and bad things. The good things is Google will have a better rival and they two giants can re-pace between themselves on the development in search engine and other s features they had and to bring on to the end user what the best for them. Finally, it’s users and consumers who stand victorious. Search engine and internet media network will get better and better, for a more enjoyable surfing experience.

Introduction To The AfterVote.com

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007 |

I am writing this post to introduce anyone to AfterVote , a new search engine website.

So,what is AfterVote? Its a customizable search engine that takes results from Google, MSN and Yahoo, and combines the data into one big search. The advantage of AfterVote over all other engines is the ability to input dynamic widgets and statuses per result and you have as much tools as you could want to define your own, personal algorithm. No accounts are required, No personal info is saved, and it’s completely anonymous as well.

So what features that they have? They have a Blacklist and White list, which will respectively remote a site from results (from your view) permanently, and white list will prioritize a site to the #1 position for your view, even if its #30.

They also have dynamic widgets for Alexa, Pagerank, StumbleUpon and more, which give valueable data about EACH result. There is Live sorting, which will let you instantly view how the results appear in google, msn or yahoo- Or even by highest pagerank or alexa first.And that is the most part of features I like when using it.

There are tons of static widgets which let your results be interacted with by popular services like del.icio.us, digg, blogger, archive.org and much more.

They have a stat bar to the left of each result, showing the position the result was in each respective engine and have a weighting system which lets you choose which engine has the best results.

In short, You can customize almost every aspect of AfterVote.So why is this different than the other social search engines? Simple- They take the ‘known to all’ ‘digg style’ algorithm, and apply a passive voting system to traditional results. The problem with diggs voting system is that only a very small percentage of motivated users vote on a story, or comment. Because of this, cliques and groups start to form, sharing interests, which will remove diversity. By using our silent method, we track where you click, if you come back and much more- Every result you click is a vote that AfterVote understands. As they gather more data, and results are not public melting-pot views on voting becomes a non issue, as does abuse and gaming.


Up next, they will be adding in features which will take search to the next level. One has to realize, that even if Google, Yahoo or MSN was to ever release a social search engine. The results will never be as good as AfterVotes’ simply because of the diversity that we bring. They are currently receiving a peak of 6500 searches per hour, and a little over 100k searches per day.

Here is a sneak peak at whats next for AfterVote - As you can see its mostly account based:

User accounts creation / data saving

>>Social Bookmarking ala delicious with pub or private settings
>>Tagging results (goes with above, I suppose)
>>Search history (option to save or not)
>>Comments on results
>>”last time you searched, you chose …”
>>aftervote.com/popular would aggregate 72 hours popular public bookmarks
>>Ability for users to submit there own custom css, or custom widgets (static or dynamic)

[tags]aftervote,MSN,Yahoo,Google,Search Engine[/tags]

Chacha.com?Can They Be The Google Rival?

Thursday, March 29th, 2007 |

I found some interesting about this new People Powered Search Engine name chacha.com. It’s basically different from Google search engine algorithm.

A search engine portal now seems like a biscuits.Some time they appears,and then disappeared after a while.Yea,Google eat em’ all. But this time,i found something unique about chaca.com.ChaCha combines the best of the web’s search engines with the human intelligence made possible by their vast community of skilled search expert.

 

 

ChaCha stands out as different and better in a landscape cluttered with common search engines because it uses the World’s most powerful technology - The human brain. ChaCha is all about making the web more accessible, by giving you the most relevant results you need. And with ChaCha, you get great results instantly and you have the option to search with a Guide who can help find your result.

So,do you think they can get enough strenght to hold on in the search engine business? We all wait to see about that.

[tags]chacha,search engine,google[/tags]

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