If you've wanted to prevent your site from appearing on Google Shopping or Google Advisor, you now have a chance to do so within Webmaster tools. Webmasters can now opt out of having content that Google has crawled from their site displayed on: Google Shopping Google+ Local Google Flights Google Hotels Google Advisor To do so simply visit the Opt-Out page and you will be presented with the following option. Simply click the big red button to exclude your site from showing up in the Google properties.
I've been using Bing quite a bit since its release and it has turned out to be one of the better search engines. I still prefer Google's search results and usually switch between the two. But, if you want to search both, you can choose to switch between windows, or even better save yourself some time and search using Bing vs.
So, you've got your blog listed with a major search engine and you've also got enough content to warrant a search box on your blog. Cool. Now how about giving your readers the ability to search thru your site via the Firefox Search box (shortcut CTRL+K).
I came across an article in the Economic Times, India a few days back which had some frightening statistics about Google. According to a new research by Alex Wissner-Gross, a typical search generates about seven grammes of CO2 whereas an electric kettle generates about 15 gm. On average there are 200 million searches performed daily which is a lot of CO2.
Many bloggers and site owners have Google Adsense for Search installed on their blogs. This ensures that you can provide relevant results to your blog users while simultaneously making some money on the side. While, there is no issue with other users using the search box, however, the question arises on the legality of you using the same.
In 12 Free SEO tools to check complete site stats and not just page rank or SERP ranks, Mani Karthik takes a look at 12 tools that you can use to check your site stats, gauge their popularity and more. Many of these can analyse backlinks, links from other sites, search enginer rankings etc.
Inside Google reports that Alexa.com has finally released a toolbar for Firefox.
The Google Webmaster Central Blog has an indepth article on Using the Robots Meta tag to instruct Google and other search engines about your site.
Received a tip from Anjali about a new web based service that they have released. Titled FoundIt, it enables a user to get a birds eye-view of all of one's local files; these include Word, powerpoint, images, web history, email, etc. One can then search within a certain file type or globally and by keywords or dates.