Matt Cutts Says Search Is Only Slow Because of You

I was catching up on some reading, including Matt Cutts’ blog, and found something he wrote that made me laugh.

Google typically returns search results in milliseconds, but it takes several seconds for you to type a query. In other words, the limiting factor on a typical search is you. :-)

I think my favorite part was the apologetic smiley face at the end. Wow.

Way to point the finger Matt. Don’t worry I’m not offended. It is funny, though, that advances in search technology have brought us farther than users can even appreciate. Are we (meaning the web and technology – obviously not people) going too fast? Isn’t it sometimes beneficial to take a second to think about your search as you type it in? Or maybe just to breath in between keystrokes, haha. I’m starting to really like Bing’s slogan – “What has search overload done to us?”

Instant Search is Too Instant for Humans

Sending Automated Requests? Thanks Google Instant Search

So if every time I type a letter into the Google search box it brings up a search. And each additional letter brings up a new search… what’s telling Google the difference between my normal search behavior and automated search result requests coming from a program or computer?

Apparently nothing…

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Doantam Phan of the Google Instant Search Team – Friend or Foe?

Image of Google Instant Search Results

I’d say neither. He’s just doing his job. He made a guest post announcement Wednesday, the source of which – Google Instant Search – has created quite a panic among SEO professionals and noobs alike. I even got an email from my boss checking to be sure I was up on the news. I just wanted to post a few thoughts… Continue reading “Doantam Phan of the Google Instant Search Team – Friend or Foe?”

Bing [Almost Fails] Serving Results to Yahoo

So the Bing Yahoo search extravaganza has begun. Bing now provides all the search results for Yahoo’s searchers – both paid and organic. The funny thing is I haven’t tried it out yet. I mean, there’s not much to try out – Bing’s results have always been there. But regardless, I needed to see it with my own eyes. So I went to yahoo.com and put in a search (after being distracted by an article on the World’s Fastest runner, Usain Bolt and his dreams of playing soccer) for the term ‘movers’ and got this:

First Impression Fail by Bing Yahoo PartnershipI went back to the yahoo.com homepage 2 more times, trying the same search query Continue reading “Bing [Almost Fails] Serving Results to Yahoo”

Quick Godin / iPhone4 Update –

Just wanted to make 2 quick comments… inspired by Seth Godin and the iPhone4…

  1. I love the way Seth Godin thinks. “What have you shipped today?” Just the right amount of kick-in-the-butt to make you go do something… or ship something…
  2. The iPhone4 has me drooling. But is it just shiney-new effect? Or is it actually impressive. The more time that goes by after seeing those first couple videos on it, the more I lean towards believing it is the latter. Don’t get me wrong, there are some cool new features. But it’s definitely not gonna change the mobile world quite as drastically as Apple claims it will.

Thanks to the 2-4 people that keep randomly landing on my blog. I haven’t really found my voice yet. But I’m working on it. Maybe someday, this will contain some useful and or entertaining content about SEO.

A Good Bad Google Maps Review?

Cliche’s.

It’s funny how much most people hate them and avoid their use, and yet they seem to be grounded on apparent truth. For example:

There’s no such thing as bad PR.

If you take a look at results for a Google Maps search I did recently for New York Movers, stop at the 4th listing down – for FlatRate Movers – you’ll notice they have an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Not too shabby.

Picture of Google Maps Reviews

But as you look closer you’ll notice:

WORST, MOST DISHONEST MOVERS IN HISTORY.

with the term MOVERS bolded because it’s relevant to the search.

Google doesn’t care what that reviewer is saying about FlatRate, even if it’s true. All the Goog cares about is that Continue reading “A Good Bad Google Maps Review?”

SEO Pirates Attack in Miami?

According to a recent post on SEM Sunday, someone’s idea of SEO has turned into piracy and business identity theft. In a search on Google Maps for Miami Hotels they came across a top result of Miami Moving and Movers.

Pirate Ship

(Begin Sarcasm Font) That doens’t seem odd to me because I know that when I do a search for Hotels what I really meant to search for was movers.  (End Sarcasm Font) Oh no wait, that’s not true at all.

Apparently, somebody from the Miami Moving and Movers company claimed the Hyatt Regency’s Miami listing on Google Continue reading “SEO Pirates Attack in Miami?”