Archive for the 'Google' Category

"Where is this domain hosted?" (web hosting location Firefox extensions)

Friday, February 16th, 2007

Yesterday’s post on locating an IP address also made me test the hostipfox (scroll down to halfway the page) and IP2LocationFox Firefox extensions. Both extensions let you look up the location where a website is hosted – just by pointing (and clicking). (more…)

Newspapers demanding Google cache removal being zapped from index alltogether

Monday, September 18th, 2006

The newspapers that asked and obtained in court their removal from Google Cache and Google News  respectively, have been erased from the Google result pages alltogether (Le Soir, La Libre…).  That is… on the Belgian version: (more…)

Belgian court ruling on Google News both confusing and a dangerous precedent

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

A court in Brussels has ordered on September 5th that Google remove all news stories from the French and German-language Belgian publishers*.  “Removing” means: both from Google News, as well as from the Google cache of the regular search Google.be/.com search engine.  The verdict is confusing because it mixes up aspects of the regular search engine and the news.google.be portal, both in its analysis and its ruling.  And it is a dangerous precedent, because it assumes search engines should explicitly ask permission to to index and cache content. (more…)

Google Blog search bookmarklet updated

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Google blog search stopped auto-prefixing urls with the “link:” operator when you enter them in the search box. A search for something starting with http:// or looking like a domain name, used to be converted automatically in a search for backlinks (for a specific post, or for links pointing urls within a domain).

That’s no longer the case, as you can see in the screenshot, whereas an explicit link:pascal.vanhecke.info still gives the expected result **: (more…)

Sitedeals15? Released! (I’m in)

Friday, March 10th, 2006

I’m trying my luck in a Dutch SEO Contest – the goal is to rank nr one on Google.nl for the query “sitedeals15 released”. I’m late – it started a month ago and runs just 3 more weeks. In despair, I ‘ll plaster my entry on top of both my index page and my RSS feed :-). Read further on some funny aspects of the game (language, tricks, search engine comparison) or skip to my Ipod Shuffle giveaway right away. (more…)

Google experiments with “Remove Result” in personalised search

Saturday, September 24th, 2005

Google’s response to requests to block unwanted sites (the discussion on tagging spam blogs as an example). Full post at Google engineer Matt Cutts blog, but this is a summary: (more…)

Google Blog Search Bookmarklet

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

You can tell the difference between a cherished and nourished product like Technorati’s blog search from an early version like Google ‘s by small things, such as: have they thought of a ? I didn’t find any mention of it, but it’s only a matter of find-and-replace to adapt Technorati’s *: (more…)