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Google Rolls Out New Jumbo Site Links

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in seo, Web | 0 comments

So Google has officially started rolling out the new jumbo site links for all users. They now take up almost all of the space above the fold. What do you guys think? Will it make life harder from an SEO point of you? Are you seeing anything strange with the new site links?

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This could bring in far more branded search results, but at the same time, it could also stem your SEO efforts.

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Google Testing New SERP’s: Part 2

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Web | 0 comments

I wrote yesterday about Google testing new SERP features. Today I started up my pc and went to Google (as I probably do about a million times a day) and was greeted with some more changes.

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I quite like the new look and feel and it seems to coincide with the look and feel of Google +. I also noticed today that Google.com.au doesn’t have instant, but google.co.za does. Found that interesting.

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Google Testing New Black SERP’s

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Web | 0 comments

So it seems that Google is testing a new slightly different look and feel on their SERP’s. What do you guys think of this? I have only seen this on google.com.au and not google.co.za or google.com. I know it has been different for others, but I would really like to know if anyone is seeing this on google.co.za?

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An (G)oogle at a cynical conspiracy

Posted by on Apr 29, 2010 in Google Android, Web | 2 comments

An (G)oogle at a cynical conspiracy

Google has always seemed to be a friendly company, and have always taken the face of a company with a smile. Are they starting to change that and take a more underhanded approach, or have we just never known what goes on behind the scenes?

I work for a company that deals with Google and several financial services companies, and therefore keep a very close eye on the rankings for various forms of insurance and so on. With us keeping such a close eye, we notice trends as they develop, and watch how the rankings fluctuate on a long term, as well as a short terms basis.

As we monitor this space, we realize how highly saturated as well as how competitive it is. And this is how the perfect opportunity for the development of a cynical view point arises.

Google is the leader in the search market all over the world, and therefore has many companies in the palm of its hand. Google is in an extremely strong position in terms of manipulating the market.

Step back and get your critical thinking hats on: when Google makes changes to the rankings, it often results in many companies frantically running around trying to get back to where they were – or better.

It is suddenly a mad frenzy, which leads to actions without thought, and they simply end up throwing money at the problem. Where does that money normally go? PPC advertising. You might think this is normal and there is nothing cynical with that, but what many don’t realize that the money going to PPC is in fact going into Google’s AdWords campaign and therefore going into Google’s pocket.

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Captain Awesome’s Opinion: MWEB Sucks

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Technology, Web | 27 comments

With the good news for the South African Internet market over the last few weeks, we highlighted the many uncapped ADSL options that providers are bringing to the table.

This is my story of using uncapped ADSL so far.

I initially was very skeptical as there were previously uncapped options already available, and they were all much more expensive than the latest offerings. I wanted to know why there was such a difference and how come, all of a sudden, uncapped Internet was affordable.

Chris over at iMod had been set up with an account from Mweb, and he seemed very happy. They were an option I thought. I was currently with Afrihost and was extremely happy with their service, and therefore was seriously considering them. I had used OpenWeb in the past and therefore I decided not to rule them out.

I did the normal thing when one is about to spend a fair amount of money or change a service provider: research. This lead me to discover that Afrihost had thresholds and essentially meant that their service would not be truly uncapped. This service with its great pricing would be sufficient for someone using around 60-100GB a month. I was looking for more.

My next step was to try Mweb as Chris seemed very happy with them. I automatically assumed that a “top” company like Mweb would have a simple sign up process, and I would be online in minutes. Boy oh boy was I wrong. The sign up process after about 10 minutes lead me to a hanging server error. It appears that my request was just simply not being picked up. There was no notification to say there was an error, or if it was successful. I was left with the worst situation possible: was my money being deducted with no product, but I had no idea as there simply was no information provided.

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