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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Google Webmaster Tools is now that much better

So now they have a much better UI in WMT that shows you all kinds of cool things and how your ranking in the all important SERP... i really like the improvement and the detailed CTR has given me an idea... some opt in anonymous gathering of SERP position info... there hasn't been much data lately that can show what average CTR for each position... by allowing SEO Site Tools users to allow cleaned position and CTR information to be sent back to my server i can compute an updated and true CTR for the average SERP. now im off to get married next week but as soon as i get back i see some code to do something along those lines...

so if you haven't see it yet you can scurry over to my SEO and Webmaster link dump and check out your new query data for yourself... im going to try to start posting more often even if its just these small little updates but ill get some nice meaty ones in there too stay tuned and thats for reading...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

New Google layout is still being tested and the suspected Caffeine data centers


Looks like the caffeine and layout updates have been pushed!

Original Post

ive talked about the new Google layout before and shown how with some cookies you can try it for yourself too :) that was last November and I theorized that the Caffeine update would be released with this new design. the suspected data center are listed below:
but i have still seen no news the update has gone out... then yesterday i jump onto Google and what do i find?
I was one of the users tested with the new layout without hacking my way onto the test. the design has changed some since I last saw it, there is now a city drop-down under the search box and a wonder wheel link with a few more options. I click around some but it was cool to be part of the actual test... from other tests ive heard they run the samples are taken from fractions of a percent of their traffic so it was cool to get on one of the test naturally... thats all for now ill post as soon as I know anything else about the update or new layout going live

Friday, April 2, 2010

First Click Free! get the same content the crawlers do

i was surfing around the other day and I came across a site that i had bookmarked as interesting news to read for later and the content is hidden away... ive had a rant about this before so i thought to myself, self how would i fix this? Well i knew that it was because of Google's first click free they had to show me the clean content because I arrived from Google.I wrote it pretty quickly (im getting good at pumping them out after my success with SEO Site Tools) and it seemed to not want to pass through all the time... it was kinda lame I had to use timers and it was not very effective :( but then I thought of a very simple solution and it works perfectly now and i got the referrer coming through correctly... probably wont be any updates unless something changes so enjoy the tool!

First Cick Free

for Google Chrome

OK so what is Start Panic! and do we need to be?

OK so what is Start Panic!

Basically all it does is enumerate your browsing history… but that’s a lot. Everything we do now is online and all those sites we use to do everything from our banking to our social networking. First I want to quickly cover why this information should be kept secret and then explain exactly how they are getting to it.
First this on its own is hardly a problem aside from some embarrassing browsing history there isn’t a lot you can do with the history you steal but combined with the classics (social engineering, weak passwords and phishing) you could be in a lot of trouble. It happened to twitter just recently and it can happen to you, people can guess security questions based on your social networking sites responses “where did you first go to school” or “what’s your pet’s name” are no longer hard to find and you browsing history will tell them exactly where they can find you profiles. With some basic info on you and a crafty email many would fall for a phishing scam and from there they can get even more. 61% of passwords are reused for all sites (1) and that means if one of your online profiles is lost they all are in danger especially if it’s your webmail account. They can just have the sites reset your passwords for them. Yahoo has taken one of the first measures against this by having multiple security questions and the ability to reset your password with your cell but many sites still don’t offer this service.
But enough with the scare tactics let’s look at exactly how this attack is conducted and how some simple functionality gave the attacker the keys to the kingdom.
CSS is the new way to style text on the web and it’s responsible for much of the explosion in design creativity but it can also leak important info (such as your browsing history)
Consider this css:

Now any links will only display if they have been visited. They write a large number of links to the page from common sites like facebook, or your bank and it’s a simple task to make some JavaScript to check which links on the page are displayed. It’s done they have your browsing history (and know what sites you use and where you bank online)
There is no way to prevent this attack, it is still possible to perform this attack with no JavaScript (it involves using a server side script and requests to the server for images) but it is uncommon and unreliable. So watch out and clear your history because you don’t know who’s reading your history as you pass by on the world wide web


Thursday, April 1, 2010

My Status Update Optimizer - Better SEO from Facebook...

 hello all, i was reading SeoMoz today and they released their Facebook Status Optimizer... so a little work later im excited to announce that we have our own!

Start Using Carter's Facebook Status Optimizer

fully funtional it can create the most click worth updates that users have no choice but to see it... get ready to see a big jump in your CTR!