Can Google Drop You from Your Own Custom Search Engine?

Has your mother created a Google Custom Search Engine yet? Yes, I'm being facetious. But I want to make a point. Custom Search Engines are drop-dead easy to create. According to Google's new Custom Search Blog, "tens of thousands of people have already started contributing". The volume of posts on the Google Co-op Group, which I monitor and contribute to daily (handle = "greyhound") is high and … [Read more...]

A Link Request Email I Liked!

A while back I wrote a post about the funniest link exchange request I ever got. So I thought I would in all fairness present the best (seriously) link exchange e-mail I ever received. Here it is: Hi, We're interested in exchanging links with you. Please let us know if you're interested. Regards, I love this e-mail! Why you say? Because it's short and to the point. The person who wrote this e-mail … [Read more...]

Flash Sites and the Google Index

Mark Cook of ZoomZoom Ltd in the UK wrote in to let us know that Google is indexing flash pages. Mark references this article about the topic. Based on this e-mail, I ran some tests, and the results are illuminating. Query: cooking schools filetype:swf Query: red wine filetype:swf As you can see, Google is indexing flash. In fact, Google has been indexing flash for years (since 2004 or so). Yet … [Read more...]