Google Webmaster Tools Drops Two Days of Plus Data

Google Webmaster Tools +1 Timeline

Google Webmaster Tools fails to report on +1’s for two days in February. Will we ever get the data or is it gone forever?

Go to Webmaster Tools, select your domain and navigate to +1 Metrics. Select “Audience” and set the date range to as wide range as possible on both ends.…

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Open source announcements and new FLOSSBOK initiative

It’s been a while since open access and open source events have been as interesting as they are now. While the things are heating up around Elsevier publisher, including a petition being signed by academics to refuse to publish or do any editorial work for any Elsevier journal, on the other side there have been open source changes  announced at the FOSDEM conference in Belgium.…

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Examining Asterisk-Modified Search Queries in Google

This is a quick study on how asterisk symbol affects Google search queries, illustrated on a search for insurance in Google Australia.

Quick Summary:

insurance: brings results with word insurance highlighted in title and description
*insurance: word insurance is highlighted with the nearest relevant phrase before it
insurance*: word insurance is highlighted with the nearest relevant phrase after it 
*insurance*: word insurance is highlighted with the nearest relevant phrases before and after it

Search Variations:

Where Google decided to bold a relevant related term instead of the main key term we searched for:

  • Insure
Search Anomalies:

Terms that were bold in results that are either not relevant or useful to users:

  • !

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Search Techniques for Reliable Results

Anyone can write a book. Whether a publisher will edit, print and distribute is a matter of expert evaluation. Some terrible titles may even pass through and find their audience, but will certainly not end up in a state library. Online is the same, anyone can write anything – and they do.…

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How is Your Company Standing on Google+?

Google+ has broken the boundaries of expectations, some may say they forced us because its Google, so you are either on the boat or it’s leaving without you, but one thing is for sure, no one expected it to grow as fast as it did and not many listened when we said get on early, it will be worth it.…

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PageRank Update: February 2012

pagerankAs observed by our team and reported by several other reliable sources [1], February brought another fresh update of the toolbar PageRank values for websites.

The most recent article included in the update was published on 1st of February 2012 so we conclude that the PageRank update managed to catch indexed pages as fresh as one week old, which is better than average.…

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