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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Some Web Page Stats

Grabbing the top 10,000 Alexa websites, Yvo Schaap did some number crunching and came up with a couple of interesting figures (take it with a grain of salt, it’s a statistic... and it’s using skewed Alexa):

Also see Google’s web authoring stats, which used a sample set of over a billion documents.

Cover Browser Labs

At Cover Browser, I’m storing roughly 45,000 covers. The new Cover Browser Labs is a playground to do something with all that visual data (other than displaying it in a browsable gallery, the site’s main purpose), and one thing I wanted to try out was pattern matching. Using a source image – like a black circle – a specific series or set of series is analyzed to find the one cover that is most resembling the source image.

More on the technical background of Cover Browser.

Google’s Hosted Business Pages

Google now hosts AdWords landing pages for those people who don’t have a website of their own. The feature’s called hosted business pages, part of the (US) AdWords Starter Edition. “[I]f you own a restaurant, you might write about your award-winning cannoli; if you are a tailor, potential customers would be thrilled to read about your 48 hour turnaround on alterations,” Google writes.

Then again, people could also use the Google Page Creator, though I guess this new feature is an even easier & more integrated solution. The only problem here may be that non-technical people unknowingly miss out on scoring well for organic results, thus being “forced” to pay for AdWords, depending on whether or not Google lets their hosted business pages being crawled by searchbots or not.

If anyone from the US has a live example of such a landing page, please post away...


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