The Week in Review

To Cloak or Not to Cloak?
SearchDay, Sept. 13, 2001
Love it or hate it, cloaking is the most controversial topic in the world of search engine marketing today.

Finding Disaster Coverage At Search Engines
SearchDay, Sept. 12, 2001
Following the unprecedented terrorist attacks on the United States, web users turned en masse to search engines for information. Here are tips on using search engines to locate disaster coverage.

Designing Search Engine Friendly Sites
SearchDay, Sept. 11, 2001
Advice from experts on how to create search engine friendly sites that generate more traffic from search engines and directories.

Search Articles at First Monday
SearchDay, Sept. 10, 2001
Peer reviewed journal looks at web search; news from around the web.

Elsewhere on

Relief Effort Compendium Page
A roundup of sites offering help, information, or coordinating blood drives and other rescue related efforts.

Grassroots Sites Lend A Hand To Cope With 9/11 Tragedies,2198,3531_883171,00.html
Students at U.C. Berkeley and staffers at offer contact lists and forums to help keep track of loved ones and provide support following the terrorist attacks.

Usability - the Basics
Want to impress your visitors? Forget the fancy graphics and neat technical tricks, just choose the right page width and hyperlink colors. Here's a basic introduction to the science of usability, drawing on research, expert opinion, and common features from the Web's most popular sites.

Why I Love Gator
The controversy surrounding Gator has to do with unit ads that effectively block a publisher's intended ad from being seen. Naturally, everyone in the Web ad industry hates this sort of thing. ChannelSeven contributor Christopher Saunders loves it.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Hiding Like Snakes in the E-Grass...
Wired News Sep 14 2001 10:44AM GMT
Websites Give Casualty Clues...
Wired News Sep 14 2001 10:44AM GMT
Jeeves Snaps up Teoma; Are We Fit to Grasp World Events?...
Traffick Sep 14 2001 7:59AM GMT
The Medium Meets the Emergency...
Washington Post Sep 14 2001 3:54AM GMT
Excite Sells Pioneering Greeting Card Site Blue Mountain...
IDG Sep 14 2001 1:12AM GMT
When Tragedy Hits, So Does Spam...
Wired News Sep 13 2001 1:48PM GMT
Terrorist search leads to ISPs...
CNET Sep 12 2001 11:42PM GMT
Who Said the Web Fell Apart?...
Wired News Sep 12 2001 7:57PM GMT
Finding Disaster Coverage At Search Engines...
Search Engine Report Sep 12 2001 1:30PM GMT
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About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was's Web Search Guide.