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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Search Engine Quiz Game

At the Flash-based Search Engine Smackdown game, you are entering a fight as one of the big figures in search – like Larry Page or Sergey Brin – and need to answer a series of search-related questions to score hits. A highscore table track the best winning times... [Via Barry Schwartz.]

About Google AdSense for Domains

Google’s AdSense for Domains program partners with businesses that rely on those annoying parked domains (with no added value) for generating revenue. Does anyone know domains using AdSense for Domains, and mechanisms to locate these domains?

*Quote Google: “Maximize revenue on your parked pages with Google AdSense for domains. ... AdSense® for domains allows domain name registrars and large domain name holders to unlock the value in their parked page inventory. AdSense for domains delivers targeted, conceptually related advertisements to parked domain pages by using Google’s semantic technology to analyze and understand the meaning of the domain names. Our program uses ads from the Google AdWords™ network, which is comprised of thousands of advertisers worldwide and is growing larger everyday.”

Google Blog Redesign

The official Google Blog got redesigned, and, annoyingly enough, someone decided it makes sense to switch to smaller font sizes. I think too-small fonts continue to be one of the top accessibility problems with web design. (Sure, there’s a variety of small and large hacks to increase font sizes if web designers screw them up, but none of these are free of effort or side-effects.)

Google Maps Broken for Washington, DC?

Jason Levine writes:

If you live or spend any amount of time in Washington, DC, you might have noticed a problem recently: Google Maps essentially no longer works here. Sometime in mid-February, it appears that the folks behind the previously-amazing mapping service updated the address parser that it uses, and at this point the parser doesn’t have any clue how to understand the one-letter streets and quadrant system that’s used throughout the District of Columbia.

There’s more information at Jason’s blog. I wonder what’s up with this? Jason writes the most he got Google to comment on this was that they’re “aware of the issue.” [Thanks Jason!]

Google Base Optimization

Brian Smith writes about a new form of search engine optimization – data feed optimization for Google Base. Google Base allows you to store your data, e.g. stuff you sell online, and the more Google decides to integrate Base items into natural results, the more it will become interesting in terms of SEO. Brian tells me, “Google has been pretty quiet on Google Base lately, but I have a feeling the service will get pushed a lot more starting in the next couple weeks.” [Thanks Brian!]


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