Simple writing productivity tools

“We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us” M. McLuhan

I believe that many of you who are professional bloggers, journalists, scientists, researchers, scholars, strive to become more productive and efficient writers.  Having in mind the fact that writing is one of my top five professional activities, I would like to share some of the simple and practical tools that I use in the writing process, and that can facilitate your productivity.…

 

Update of Top Search Queries in GWT

search queries average positionI never liked how Google shows top search query rankings in GWT, the average date is less than average quality wise, and I’ve always wanted a more precise answer directly from Google, as we said in our post on GWT rankings before, but with personalisation and all that, it’s not a great option as they could never match the changing results.…

 

Post-Panda News Results & Search Quality Assessment

After Panda consumed much of the ‘bamboo‘ on the web, MuffinTop algorithm update was supposed to mop up the rest. There are still a few ‘evil unicorns’ frolicking around in the flowery meadows of Google’s search results. In this article I describe two of them – one from standard search results, the other from the news.…

 

“Focus on the User” searches entire Social Web within Google

A group of Facebook engineers, along with engineers from Twitter and My Space, have rebuilt Google’s new personalisation feature head on by offering a bookmarklet that integrates other social networks data from Social Web into searches.

The bookmarklet is called “Focus On The User” and compares Google’s recent Search Plus Your World to those that would be, the engineers say, more relevant.…

 

Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is known as the math student’s best friend. It is a free online search engine that answers some of the toughest math questions. If a student was unable to derive a specific equation, this was the place to get it done for them.…

 

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Google Webmaster Tools [January Update]

Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools gets an UI and minor functionality upgrade, a nice touch in series of interface improvements which started appearing last year.

Probably the most exciting two new functions are:

1) Download the chart data
2)  Show n Rows…

And now a real bonus!

 

Alternative Search Engines

As SEOs it is our job to explore every opportunity to increase our client’s traffic and CTR, concentrating only on Google search is not a smart idea. In my humble opinion SEOs that focus only on Google are not doing their job properly.…

 

Define: “Product”

Even in the pre-Panda SEO world faceted navigation was a double-edged sword. Today though, if you let this monster rule your website bad things can happen – on a mass scale. How can webmasters understand how their website architecture truly looks like when they struggle to visualise it?…

 

Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut

For Star Wars fans only: the crowd-sourced version of Star Wars is available online for your enjoyment this weekend.  The “Director’s Cut” is a feature-length film that contains hand-picked scenes from the entire StarWarsUncut.com collection. StarWarsUncut.com won a 2010 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement In Interactive Media – Fiction.…

 

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