DMOZ Blog – A little late?

I saw that DMOZ launched their blog yesterday (9/26/07). I actually had to snicker to myself. Now they launch a blog? What about 2 or 3 years ago when it would have been helpful. So many people, SEO people, have been put off by the lack of response from DMOZ that I’m not sure they can ever recover. If not for the “support” of Google I’m sure this directory would have been finished long ago. I found it particularly humorous they have a comments turned on. We’ll see if they actually accept any. I’m sure most of the comments will be of the unhelpful nature. Although I am purely speculating because at this time there were two comments and one of them was mine: “Welcome to the blogsphere. I hope this will be the first steps in mending the relationship between DMOZ and the Internet public.”. (9/25/07). I did click the FAQ for the blog and it directed me to the DMOZ.org FAQ page, so there wasn’t much to learn from that. DMOZ does explain the purpose of the blog: We intend to use this blog to: Provide authentic messages about DMOZ and the efforts of our volunteer community. Highlight enhancements, both current and future. Allow editors to showcase their categories and describe, in their own words, why DMOZ is so important. Recruit new editors. If you have access to the Web and are passionate about a category, find out how to apply. Additionally we want to hear from you. I’ll hold my judgment based on the number of posts as well as the number of comments, both critical...

Google Interview Questions

I have been creating interview questions and researching what other companies ask their potential employees. In doing so I came across these sample interview questions asked by Google. After reading them I know I don’t want to work for Google and probably couldn’t get passed the first round, for that matter. Here are some of the quirkier, less technical questions, for your amusement. You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and your mass is proportionally reduced so as to maintain your original density. You are then thrown into an empty glass blender. The blades will start moving in 60 seconds. What do you do?” Explain a database in three sentences to your eight-year-old nephew. How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States? You have a sheet cake. There is a rectangular piece missing from the inside of the sheet cake. The location of the missing piece is arbitrary. I was told I could assume I had the means to make the cuts. How do you divide the sheet cake into 2 even proportions with 2 cuts? It’s 2PM on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Bay Area. You’re minutes from the Pacific Ocean, redwood forest hiking trails and world class cultural attractions. What do you do? What will be the next great improvement in search technology? Why are manhole covers round? A man pushed his car to a hotel and lost his fortune. What happened? Explain the significance of “dead beef”. You are at a party with a friend and 10 people are present including you and the friend. Your friend makes...

Not Ready for Traffic? Google Comes Anyway.

Be careful when you are launching a new site. Remember the search engines will find you if they can find links pointing to the domain. We ran across a humorous example of a site in development while researching the term “runaway teens” for a client. The site http://www.projectrunaway.net/ came up during our research. While it has nothing to do with our subject matter search the term runaway was the connection. Our researcher, read the first paragraph and got a chuckle. I’m sure they will finish the site soon and this post will make no sense so I have attached a screen shot for future generations. So if you are building on a live server, be sure to block the search engines until you are ready for them. Here are two methods to employ. Both work well. A simple addition of a robots.txt file with the following command will do the trick: User-agent: * Disallow: / You can also add this meta tag to head of your the page you don’t want indexed: <META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOINDEX,...

Panoramio – Map Your Photos

Google will purchase Panoramio, a very cool site with interesting functionality. Not an SEO tool, but a tool for your life if you like taking photos on vacation. Of course since Google is going to buy it, that makes is somewhat SEO-worthy. Panoramio allows you to locate photos exactly over the place they were taken. You can read more about how this works. From Google: Panoramio is a community photos website that enables digital photographers to geo-locate, store and organize their photographs — and to view those photographs in Google Earth. Other users can search and browse Panoramio photos and suggest edits to the metadata associated with the photos. Panoramio also offers an API that enables web developers to embed Panoramio functionality into their websites. Your vacation photos will never be the...

Google: Hot Trends

Google releases a “new toy” with Hot Trends. While keeping up with what is hot with Google search terms is not really part of SEO, it is fun to see what the collective search world is focusing on. And today we’re introducing a new toy we are calling Hot Trends. It’s a new feature of Google Trends for sharing the the hottest current searches with you in very close to real time. What’s on our collective mind as we search for information? What’s interesting to people right now? Hot Trends will tell you. At a glance, you’ll see the huge variety of topics capturing our attention, from current events to daily crossword puzzle clues to the latest celebrity gossip. Hot Trends is updated throughout the day, so check back often. For each Hot Trend, you will see results from Google News, Google Blog Search and web search, which help explain why the search is hot. For example, the #7 item on Thursday, May 17th was the cryptic phrase [creed thoughts]. The associated news stories and blog results show that this odd term is the name of a fake website mentioned on the season finale of The Office. Mystery solved. Of course, some searches are not as easily explained. Visit the Hot Trends group to read the explanations of others and offer your own. Also stated by Google: With the release of Hot Trends, we’re retiring the weekly Zeitgeist list, but we will still compile monthly lists for each country, and will continue our annual year-end roll-ups too. Too bad for Zeitgeist but at least it is continuing forward, just...