Fix the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.”

If you’ve gotten this error since Google Instant launched:

“We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.”

…you’re not alone. It seems, (thanks to Google Instant Search) that the increased searches per user per minute trigger a red flag in Google’s Automated Requests department.

Screenshot of Google Automated Request

The problem is, the Google Automated Requests (GAR) team and the Google Instant team work on opposite sides of the building and are on rival softball teams in the company’s intra-google softball league. Ok I made that last part up, but it definitely seems like there was some lack of communication going on at Goog headquarters – but just because it seems to be Google’s fault doesn’t mean it is (this time). Evidenced by the fact that Instant Search as a whole is working for most users.

So who’s fault is it? The answer is found in the following question… (mischievous laugh)

How do I fix whatever glitch or bug or setting is triggering the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests” ?

Here’s how: Continue reading “Fix the Instant Search Error “We’re sorry… but it appears your computer is sending automated requests.””

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 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 homepage 2 more times, trying the same search query Continue reading “Bing [Almost Fails] Serving Results to Yahoo”

A Good Bad Google Maps Review?


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:


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?”

Finally Google Chrome Will be Fast AND Functional

I’ve been cheating on Google Chrome for a while now… But only because I have to. Whenever I’m doing just about any work online I always have Chrome open for my major browsing and Firefox open for any toolbars, bookmarking, SEO analysis, Delicious Browsing, etc.

Picture of Chrome Logo

But according to sources close to the situation, in the middle of next week we might see some much needed extensions released for the gloriously fast Chrome.

I’ve loved using Chrome up to this point for the simple fact that I can click it’s icon and my homepage opens as fast as the browser does. No load time. I love the blazing speed. Continue reading “Finally Google Chrome Will be Fast AND Functional”

Android On Roids Next Year

Ok, so there wasn’t a line of eager people around the block at your local Verizon store waiting for the launch of the Droid. But thats ok. Sometimes the things that make the biggest waves don’t start that way (and sometimes the things that start by making a big wave, fizzle out – example: myspace).

There has been loads of skepticism surrounding the new open-source mobile operating system, Android. It’s been said that it is too late for anyone to catch up with the iPhone’s impressive 100,000+ app offering. It’s been said that Android is at risk of splintering into several less impressive versions of itself.

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