Recently Indexed Pages By Google

You see Google hitting your site, but which pages are being grabbed? Here’s a nice freebie tool I just found:

Recently Indexed Pages By Google

One word of caution. Don’t put a trailing slash after the URL or you’ll get no results.

This tool shows you the files on a web site that have been index over the time period selected by Google. Indexed pages are new pages that are added or existing pages where content has changed enough for Google to re-index the file.

Found this over at: cre8asiteforums.com

Make sure you read the thread, there’s a nice tip towards the bottom! πŸ˜‰

I have a new site up since the end of February that hasn’t seen the big bad google once, and this tool confirms it. Not a single page indexed. hmmm.

Loophole For Top Google Rankings

SiteProNews has an interesting article in their latest newsletter:

A Back Road Loophole For Getting a Top Google Ranking

I’ve noticed that Google loves to list questions and answers from Google Answers within their top 10 search results.

For example, somebody posted a query saying that they needed a list of brokers who buy and sell used LED boards. You can view the query at: Answers.Google.com

I ran a search on Google for the keyphrase “LED boards” and sure enough, this exact query from Google Answers showed up in the #2 position. (Editorial Note: Curently #4 position)

Any LED board broker could get a ton a free publicity here.

All they’d have to do is post a comment to this query listing their company as broker of LED boards. You can even list URL’s in the comment.

And VOILA your job is done.

Now THAT’S a loophole! πŸ˜†

Edited To Add March 14th: There has been some disgust expressed over this article, and some are claiming that Google is *banning* people for doing this (apparently considering all links posted – whether it’s relevant or not – as spam). πŸ™„ Whether that’s true or not, use your best judgement with this ‘loophole’.

Is Google Elitist?

First thing to note: I’m still a Google Fan.

But to place anywhere in the SERPS for anything remotely competitive, you need masses of inbound links. Some webmasters choose to build their own linking networks (now you have costs for domains, hosting, scripts, etc.). And some prefer to buy text links.

The most links in wins.

Who said Google’s organic search results are free? πŸ˜†

Link exchanges cost zip, zero, nada, but how effective are they? You need to spend a lot of hours building up enough links to make a difference. Then you have to monitor your exchanges to ensure the other webbie doesn’t pull them, monitor the links to ensure they aren’t scripted or blocked by java script or blocked in the robots text, monitor the sites you exchange with to ensure they don’t sneak a flip to porn or a link farm, or or or …

On page SEO can help, but it’s not necessary. Take a look at the now infamous SERPS for miserable failure:

Miserable Failure

Can you find ‘miserable failure’ optimized on page for the top 3 results? Anywhere? It’s all done through the power of IBLs.

So who’s cashing in on Google’s SERPS?

Those who have established (and pay for) large linking networks
Those who have established (and pay for) text ad placements

What does this mean for the average webbie?

You’re left out unless you play (and pay). No matter how useful or beneficial or better your site may be.

I think a combination of linking power and pagerank (and its potential dilution) has seriously affected how, if and when a webmaster will link to another website. Some webmasters simply won’t – unless there’s something in it for them (a fee, a link exchange, barter, etc.). Or if they do wish to share a great resource for their visitors, some will cloak the link first (to prevent PR dilution), this gives no SEO benefit to the site being linked to. It’s no longer a simple matter to link to another website. First you have to make sure the site isn’t deemed a ‘bad neighborhood’, banned or penalized by Google. And goooood luck trying to get a free, no strings attached one-way link from a PR 6 or higher site.

You’ll still hear comments of: “Build your pages for visitors, not for engines and you’ll do well”. That’s simply not possible for any monetized term or competitive niche because of the power of the IBL.

Truthfully, for my commercial sites *why would I* link to other sites so I lose my visitors (and potential buyers)? If I’m sending my visitors anywhere, it will be to pages that I can earn a commission off of. And I certainly can’t expect another webmaster to link to my commercial site for the same reason. And herein lies the problem – if Google won’t rank your site unless you have numerous IBLs, and no one’s linking to each other because of potential monetary loss, PR dilution, etc. – who can show up in the SERPS?

Those who have established (and pay for) large linking networks
Those who have established (and pay for) text ad placements

Somehow I don’t think this link hoarding or position buying is what Google envisioned when they first launched. Or maybe I’m too naive. Sometimes when I’m surprised by finding a really *great* site through word of mouth or by skimming link partner pages, I do a search for it in Google and see that it’s just flat out nowhere.

Today it’s a sad reality: A great, original, fresh 50 page website just can’t compete with a 6,000 page scraped site – unless they buy their inbounds. It’s really too bad.

And I don’t want to talk about the ‘Cheese Pages’ specifically built for Adsense and link schemes that are showing up in the SERPS. You know the garbage I’m talking about. I can’t believe we’re reduced to this mess.

A brighter note: Yahoo’s new results boosted me to position #3 for one of my aff sites. I seem to be top 20 at least for most of my websites and their search terms. MSN is great to me as well.

Yahoo!

πŸ˜†

But I’m still nowhere in Google – for everything. I’ve decided to move on from Google. I don’t have the resources or the connections to build link networks or pay for IBLs. Google’s just not in the cards for me – and that’s ok. I’ll still pay for adwords campaigns on a limited level because the traffic quality is great, but I’ll focus on optimizing for MSN and Yahoo and also encourage more use of other search engines that can provide some competition to Google.

I’ll watch and keep my eye on the Google happenings, but bottom line is:

Why promote use of an engine that caters to the ‘Paying Elite’ that benefits them and not me? This isn’t bitter – it’s just being smarter.

Note to self: Remember to switch the default search page on the computers at work to MSN.

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Who Wants Google To Die?

I admit it: I’m a Google Fan

But I was just thinking about my last entry re: Become.com and how I’ve learned that search engine competition is a *Good Thing*.

When one search engine has the power to make or break your online income, or provides the majority of your traffic, haven’t we given that search engine *too much* power? Who created this monster?

We did.

I remember happily using Dogpile and Ask Jeeves and then one day I discovered Google. And I haven’t looked back since. I recommended Google to *everybody*. Friends, family, coworkers, online message boards, forums, chat rooms, everywhere. In fact I even made a web page about how to search online using Google. I was head over heels for that darn Google bot. πŸ˜†

Now Google never returned my affections. I’m nowhere in Google for anything but the most mundane search terms (read: no money). That hurts. MSN and Yahoo and others seem to treat me well, quite nicely in fact. So why aren’t I promoting them more? Why aren’t I using them more for my searches? Why am I still saying: “Do a google for xyz”, rather than saying: “Do a search for xyz”?

I think it’s great that MSN and Yahoo and others are striving to compete with Google in a REAL way. That’s what we need, a variety of search engines that bring us a good, steady amount of visitors. Not be so reliant on the finicky Google gods, but more importantly – not so reliant on any *one* search engine.

Maybe there’ll soon be a day when online searchers are more evenly spread out across dozens of search engines. It would be a lot easier on the blood pressure wouldn’t it? πŸ˜†

No I don’t want Google to die. But no more “Do A Google” for me. It’s back to: “Try searching over at … “

Become.com Beta Now Open

Become.com Beta

The search engine is now open to the public (beta).

As avid shoppers, we understand the tremendous difficulty involved in researching a new product or service. We are attempting to reduce this difficulty by taking an innovative approach to search enginge technology, and tuning it for shopping information. Our goal is to help you find the best shopping research – buying guides, reviews, forums and articles – so that you can choose the right products.

Over the past 10 months, we have made great progress. We currenlty find shopping information on over 2.2 billion web pages from 22 million sites. However, this is an early beta and we continue to make improvements. There is still a lot of work to do.

I just registered now so I could poke around in here. The concept is great, a search engine for shopping. Nice job! A few of my aff sites are in here, but not all.

If you’re going to register to check out the beta, make sure to note:

While we are in beta, we have the following limitations:

Each beta tester is limited to 50 queries per day.
You must be able to accept cookies.

Additionally, to participate in our beta program, you must agree to the following:

I will not use any automated systems to send queries to Become.com, nor will I use any means to scrape the Become.com site.

How many of us promoted to our friends, families, visitors that Google was *the* search engine to use these past few years? Lesson learned: Search engine competition is great. πŸ˜†