knocklite.com

Just made a simple page for product “TurboXS KnockLite“, an engine knock (detonation / pre-ignition) warning light. Simple 3-page website, the domain was available, so I just made and informative page with description, installation instructions and links to online shops. If Google will like my site, I`ll add some AdSense banners and put referral links to online shops..

Add or remove trailing slash in URL with .htaccess

If you`re using some kind of CMS, usually its normal that each URL works with or without trailing slash, e.g. these URLs would be the same:
http://example.org/about
http://example.org/about/

Still Google, Yahoo, MSN and other search engines treat them as different urls and gives penalty as they are dupliate URLs with identical content.
You have two options – to add or to remove the trailing slash. After a bit of reading I chose to remove the slash from my celica site, because I`m using Drupal CMS that removes trailing slashes for new content and I don`t really want to hack the CMS plugins. To alter the URLs, you need to edit .htaccess file at the root directory of your website ( http://example.org/.htaccess )
Add this code to your .htaccess file to remove trailing slashes:

#get rid of trailing slashes
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www.)?turbocelica\.lv$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.+)/$ http://www.turbocelica.lv/$1 [R=301,L]

or use this code to ADD trailing slash to the end of each URL:

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !(\.[a-zA-Z0-9]{1,5}|/)$
RewriteRule (.*)([^/])$ http://example.org/$1$2/ [R=301,L]

Make sure you backup your .htaccess file before you edit. It`s easy to get “500 Internal server error” if you don`t know what you`re doing ;)
Read more here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.0/misc/rewriteguide.html

Drupal imagecache and robots.txt

Today i discovered a very stupid configuration in Imagecache module for Drupal. Imagecache saves all presets (thumbs, big images, etc) in subdirectory /sites/default/files/imagecache/[presetname]/. Of course this is conflicting with robots.txt, which says “Disallow: /sites/”. I created a few sites that really are targeted for Google`s image search, but I couldn`t find a single pic in google. This is so annoying to find out. I just removed the deriative in robots.txt and will update this post with results soon.

Turbo celica.lv

toyota celica st185Just created a page for my car: Toyota Celica ST185 (AWD Turbo). (Go google, fetch it nicely)
Since i`m taking a lot of pics while doing repairs and tuning, it could work out good for SEO when people search for images through Google. For now its pretty basic site, but i will spread it into different sections – articles on repairs, tuning, photo galleries by tags, etc. Well, just because.
Site is based on drupal. I love it!

Link exchange fraud with javascript. UPDATED

Today I received an email about my client`s celebrity photo website. It was from unknow sender Matt Priest (i`d like to give him credits to his site, if I find it out). It was a friendly warning message about a link exchange I had done with a fraudulent site – Nachofoto.com.
This site offered me link exchange five days ago, I put my link up and they put mine. After that I checked their site – I couldn`t find my link in the source code of nachofoto.com. But I did see the link on the page. I checked for iframes – nothing. So I said to myself, let it be, and forgot about it. But it turns out, they`re cheating by using javascript. Some exchangers might notice it, some may not.
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Google External keyword tool

Google reveals it`s data to the world. Google External Keyword Tool has been updated to show actualdata – keyword search count during last month and average search amount. And of course it displays Adwords publisher competition. This is definitely the best news for any internet marketer for the last months and should become the most used tool for many SEO people. Here is a screenshot:
Google External keyword tool

Link: Google External Keyword Tool

I HAZ GINGER – Netvibes peek in the future

Most of web users have noticed one of the most useful tools on the web – Netvibes.com . Now it has released its “Ginger” update and offers all users to create their own profile pages. This takes social networking one step further. Now its pretty easy present public information about yourself in one place – all your profiles at myspace, facebook, flickr, youtube, favorite feeds – all in single place. It`s like a new type of personal homepage! Or your digital dynamic CV. No more need for personal domain?

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Google image labeler and related links

Today I noticed two new Google products at Google Labs – Image Labeler and Related Links.
Google Image Labeler is like a game. You are connected with somone other on the internet and have to give labels for images. You get scored when you and your partner have guessed the same labels. Fun and something Continue reading “Google image labeler and related links”

Celebritysnap

In summer I created a website Celebrity Gossip. Time has come to move on. For that time I chose a domain name celebrity-gossip.org which was really for the keywords. Optimizing every single bit for keyphrase “celebrity gossip” soon I was #1 on MSN and got almost 1000 unique views daily from MSN Search alone. Time passed and MSN lost its users, so that still I was #1 on MSN but received only 20-100 unique visitors daily. But Google had increased importance of my site that I had ~1000 uniques per day. Continue reading “Celebritysnap”

Search engine optimization for Flash

I was reading some articles about Flash SEO (like this) and some of them recommended using SWFObject to make some text visible to search engines. The trick is that you put text in HTML format inside

layer and then you put your flash over it (SWFObjects javascript code changes innerHTML of the

layer). While this works and I am still using this technique at sites like djnet, the technique is also kind of cloaking – showing one text to search engine, other for the user. Spammers can implement this method in their sites and sooner or later Google will create algo that will ban these sites. And the good ones too.
While this problem persists, you can put TITLE and DESCRIPTION in your flash files – in Flash IDE choose Modify > Document (or Ctrl+J). This is the part that gets indexed by search engines. Though this is better than nothing, again using SWFObject hides the flash file from search engine, thus making this piece of metadata useless.
I`m still thinking of rebuilding my best project (djnet) in php, just for SEO purposes. But what I know fur sure is that search engines will try to give better support for Flash because it won`t go away in the nearest decade – Internet cannot live without Flash video (though internet should get rid of flash advertisments).