Topical SEO

December 5th, 2017 — 2:47pm

It is amazing how much search engine technology evolved during the past decade. I remember when I was reverse engineering how they work by simply doing thought experiments based on common sense and how I would implement similar things (I do have a computer science related background). Often I was able to test my hypothesis with actual experiments, but sometimes experiments were not feasible.

Thousands of engineers, scientists, inventors, and scholars are researching and contributing to this field, directly and indirectly. That is millions of man hours of dedicated and passionate work! Web Information Retrieval is such a rich area of human knowledge and full of impressive findings, both in sense of cool ideas, and impressive engineering and scalability.  How come that most available SEO tools rely on such old concepts as are keywords? Continue reading »

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Post vs Page SEO

October 18th, 2012 — 2:44pm

How Yoga helped me refresh my blog SEO knowledge

I tried yoga in LPAC Chicago several years ago, and honestly, even though I went for a year, I wasn’t impressed. Recently I tried Bihar Yoga classes in Belgrade (Joga Beograd), and I must say that they are just incomparably better. Teacher Milan has M.D. and has also lived and studied yoga (and acupuncture) in India. Unlike most contemporary yoga instructors who superficially learn in a year or two how to teach, Milan has a deeper understanding of why and how each asana should be done, their sequences, pauses, etc. I liked these classes so much that I offered to help out with the site they didn’t have.

Even though unfinished, we decided to publish the site, just to start appearing on search engines. Site has been online for few days now, but there are two problems:

  1. It is appearing very low on Google search results
  2. It is not appearing at all on blog search results

First problem I kind of expected given the site is brand new. However, what surprises me is that it ranks low even for the domain name phrase query. In the past I noticed such thing happen only for quite competitive phrases. “Joga Beograd” without a detailed analysis didn’t seem to be such a competitive phrase.

Second problem however is much more interesting.

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Search quality discussion at Google

April 15th, 2012 — 9:07pm

This is a video which provides a glimpse into the complexity of Google inner workings. A search quality group meets to discuss a proposed change. Google has well over 10,000 engineers, and more than 1,000 person-years have gone into the search algorithm development. You may wonder why only 1k years when there are 10k engineers and Google was founded more than 10 years ago – shouldn’t it be 100,000 person-years, or at least a linear average as the initial number of engineers was 2? Well, search is not the only thing they do.

What is really cool here is that Google has a whole team dedicated to figuring out, implementing, and testing the change that will affect only 0.1% of queries. Even these ‘tiny’ changes with ‘minor impact’ get attention of employees of all levels – from young engineers to VPs.

You can read more about it at official Google blog.

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Wikileaks & Julian Assange

December 21st, 2010 — 1:31am

There is a lot of commentary on the web about Wikileaks and its founder, and you can spend days reading stuff and watching videos. I did that. Here is selection of, in my opinion, some of the best videos and links that will make you instantly well informed on the topic – its background, motivation, vision, technology, affairs, legal issues, consequences, freedom, rights…

Background information: Wikirebels (documentary in 4 parts – one hour total)
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rel NoFollow, Google, PageRank Sculpting & SEO

June 5th, 2009 — 8:35am

I wrote before about the rel nofollow monstrosity. It seems Google guys did finally realize something is terribly wrong with their invention. What Google anti-SPAM engineer Matt Cutts told us the other day is this:

Instead of preventing a “PageRank leak” (read: pathologically saving every drop of the inbound linking credit that a site gets) as can be seen in this “rel NoFollow” article, Google decided to simply exclude the PageRank which is nofollowed from the equation, effectively, reducing the size of PageRank that circulates through the site (and the web). This will, by the way, introduce some global level disturbances in the page-rank matrix, one of the major algorithms in the google rankings (even thought the number of nofollowed links is less than 3 percent, as they mostly come from big sites).

Is this change good or bad?

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Alexa, web statistics, and your personal information

May 7th, 2009 — 5:56am toolbar is a web traffic analysis program integrated into your browser. I always knew that services like Alexa keep track of what websites users visit, time they spend there, and similar general statistics. What I didn’t know until today is that they collect very personal information about you, and they also publish some of it. For example, private pages and links that you visit may appear on Google as Alexa may place them in their site analysis section (sites linking to… and similar). Imagine you write a private blog post where you link to some site you want only your friend to know about, and then few days later you find these links on Alexa site and indexed by Google thanks to Alexa not respecting your privacy! Also, did you know that:

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Google Canonical URL Problems (and Link Disappearance from SERP-s)

April 6th, 2009 — 12:22pm

FINAL UPDATE: this turned out to be a false alarm! do not panic!! self-referential canonical link is fine, and doesn’t cause problems. You can still read the post and comments below to see how I got confused.

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SEO and … ‘And’!

March 24th, 2009 — 1:04am

So today I typed a very common word into the search engine — word and, and I wanted to see who ranks the first for such a common word, and to see why would someone be the first for the word and.

I was very pleasantly surprised as I discovered what seems to be a really very good site, and useful site, that among other things also talks about word and. What site would talk about word and? A site about grammar!

Not being native english speaker, I appreciate such a good online resources.

Anyhow, you will notice that word ‘and’ in its title doesn’t have … how would I say it… a fundamental meaning. It is there simply to connect two words, and title may as well be as good without it:

Guide to Grammar. Guide to Writing.

Guide to Grammar in Writing.

or some other variation. Words grammar and writing often occur near each other without word and. For example, ‘proper use of grammar in writing…’ (btw. I am aware there may be a few grammar mistakes inmy posts — I didn’t practice English grammar since high school).

this is the top site.

However, you will notice that next few results fundamentally require word ‘and’ in their titles.
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Dominican Republic Real Estate

October 30th, 2008 — 1:16pm
sea, sand, and sun

sea, sand, and sun

Who wouldn’t want to go there for vacation!

The bigger dilemma is would you want to live there, and maybe have a house like this:

dominican republic real estate

dominican republic real estate

Would you give up all the urban life of the weather changing Chicago, and buy a Dominican Republic real estate? Would you really consider it so seriously, and would go through extensive listings of real estate properties?

Would you need an expensive villa, or would you opt for a private beach with a cabin? How much money would you be willing to invest? What would you do with your Chicago business?

Thinking about real properties questions doesn’t really make sense without actually looking at some dominican republic real estate properties first, and having an idea of the range of the prices? Maybe Dominican Republic real estate turns out to be beyond the reach of your budget, but maybe living in the Caribbean turns out to be so affordable and luxurious that you decide to contact a real estate agent today!

What would be the deciding factor for You if you were considering leaving your current city to live in the Caribbean?

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Blog comment moderation — fighting comment spam bots

October 29th, 2008 — 5:04am

If you get a comment that sounds meaningful when isolated, but when placed in context of your blog post doesn’t seem quite right or informative, do a search for exact phrase from that comment. Many automated bots post ‘meaningful’ general comments. If the same comment is already indexed by search engine somewhere else, its a SPAM. Delete it.

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