SearchDay Week in Review
A Hearty Buffet of Look-Up Databases
SearchDay, Aug. 14, 2003
Need to look up an address, postal code, place name or similar information? Forget search engines -- this one-stop source provides free access to lookup databases.
Fraud, Scams and Misinformation on the Web
SearchDay, Aug. 13, 2003
Although the web is rife with bogus pages and deceptive 'information,' it's surprising that even content from typically reliable, authoritative sources can't always be trusted.
Gems from the Congressional Research Service
SearchDay, Aug. 12, 2003
High quality, non-partisan research created for for members of the U.S. Congress is freely available on the web -- if you know where to search for it.
Are You Wanted by the Recording Industry?
SearchDay, Aug. 11, 2003
Concerned that information about your file-sharing user name may have been subpoenaed by the Recording Industry Association of America? Check this database to see if you're a potential target.
Search Engine Forums Spotlight
Private Dance ... Via AdSense?
"From what I've been told, there is absolutely no relationship between the AdSense spiders and the main Google index. AdSense is not a backdoor to getting into the main index."
Bid War Insanity - What To Do?
"The keywords we are bidding on are not traffic heavy but are very targeted to our services. This war has gotten to a point, where I am bidding $1.00 and the only other bid (our competitor) overbids me with a $1.01 bid! This is totally ridiculous!"
Session ID Question
High Rankings Forum
"Perhaps you were viewing the web site first in a browser that had cookies turned off? Some web developers set up their sites to include Session IDs in the URL when they detect cookies have been disabled....Like you, I would be afraid of any possibility of a spider being served a URL with a Session ID in it..."
Keyword Research - I Need Some Direction
High Rankings Forum
"I'm sitting in WordTracker... and I'm lost. I know that I am looking for 'my diamond in the rough' keyword and/or keyword phrase. A handful of them actually - as I want to optimize some pages/sections differently (according to content)... Is there a 'trick' to all of this?"
Spaces and Characters In URLs
"I don't believe there is any problem using a semi-colon. If possible, though, I would use a hyphen. Google parses text separated by hyphens (in a URL) but not text between an underscore."
Check Number of Pages Indexed by Google
"site:domain.com -kjhsdfgh where kjhsdfgh is something that you are sure does not appear in any of your pages."
AdSense Ad Quality
"Categories might help, but I think keywords (or a filter that would make it possible to exclude certain keywords) would be equally useful. I've had pages about Venice, Italy display ads for apartment rentals in Venice, Florida. Being able to specify 'Italy' or exclude 'Florida' would easily solve that problem."
Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.
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