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YouTube Taking Down More Music Videos • Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Looking to download videos from YouTube for free?
1. Download a free FLV player from
2. Go to
Pretty simple huh?
So I woke up today to find out YouTube’s pulling more and more music videos. Out of 20 videos I bookmarked (yeah I know, not a whole lot), around 16 of them are now gone. It […]

Reactive Blogging • Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

A few years ago, I used to play America’s Army Online, a squad-based shooter developed by the U.S. Army. To me it’s a thinking man’s game, where aim and luck has less to do with winning than exploiting the elements of surprise and forcing your enemy’s next move.
Never underestimate the element of surprise. Repeating yourself […]

SEO 101: Feeding Google Juicy Description Snippets • Saturday, June 24th, 2006

How can you get Google to pick up the description snippet you want? And why should you care? If you use META descriptions, good. If not, read on. My views on this isn’t authoritative but if you disagree, post a good counterexample.

Don’t use H tags just to make text look bigger. Enuf said.
Avoid wrapping text […]

How Do You Bait Without Looking Stupid? • Thursday, June 8th, 2006

Dan Thies wrote a number last week titled Link Building: Are Bloggers a Bunch of Morons?, a title that got one of his foreign readers a little riled up. The intent of the title is plain as grey, but does it get the job done? Don’t cry wolf unless there’s really a wolf, and don’t […]

Google Co-op Annotations for Dummies • Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Just think of annotations like a or FURL save. Every annotation then consists of URL you want to save, and tags. For example, if I wanted to save, the data I’d be saving using would look like this:

tags: news, liberal-bullshit

All you have to do is translate that into Google Co-op […]

Sitewide Duplicate Content Checker Tool Useless? • Saturday, May 27th, 2006

SEO Junkie just released an clientside application you can use to check for duplicate content on your site. I found a link to his app through Search Engine Watch yesterday while I was playing around with Google Co-op. The application is meant for small sites and he warns that there’s alot of functionality missing. […]

Google Sitemap Reporting 404s under Summary • Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Note: This post is a follow up to my earlier post, Googlebot Refreshing Supplementals.
I noticed this morning that Google Sitemap is reporting 404s on the Summary page. The pages Google Sitemap reports missing include some of the pages I’ve been getting emails for since May 20th.

Not all the urls showed up under HTTP errors, just […]

Turning Blog RSS Feed into Google Co-Op Subscribed Links • Friday, May 26th, 2006

If you’re looking for a way to submit your blog to Google co-op, I just wrote a script that you can use. It makes your blog posts appear on top of Google SERPs, using categories under which you submitted your post. For example, if a post was submitted under “SEO” or “Google coop”, it’ll show […]

Googlebot Refreshing Supplementals? • Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Weird 404 error email I sent myself yesterday (url hidden to prevent linking to an adult domain):
Quick explanation: I rigged my dynamic pages, so a request to retrieve “maroon-widget.html” 404s and triggers an email if I don’t have “maroon widget” in my […]

Google Coop Blog RSS to XML Generator • Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

UPDATE: Read this follow-up post to learn how to feed your Blog RSS to Google Co-op.
Scanning through Google Co-op Group, I came across a Google Co-op XML generator by 1000apps. Unfortunately, it uses words from the title instead of blog categories to generate the XML. So I’m going to have to rewrite it. This is […]

What I’ve been Up To • Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

I surfed over to Dan Thies’ blog yesterday and noticed he’s been slacking off on his blog, like I have with this one. Matt’s also been absent for a couple of days, though now he seems to be back blogging in full force. I’ve started a couple of new blogs this week, one blog for […]

Feedster Feeds off • Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

You’re probably wondering what’s so great about feedster traffic, right? :)
Quick side note: I’ve been struggling trying to decide whether to break up this blog into several blogs, so say people interested in reading about Google don’t get hit with RSS feeds about MYSQL. But since I don’t run this blog for money, I’m going […]

Yahoo Video RSS • Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

WARNING: Unpolished note to self. I’ll modify it as I know more about video RSS.
I’m having some problems getting new videos indexed in Yahoo Video. I’m reusing XML feed that worked in the past, but Yahoo is just not biting. Here’s a list of what I know works and what didn’t work in the […]

Update Wp-Config.php When Re-Installing Wordpress • Monday, May 1st, 2006

After browsing Shoemoney’s Toronto pics (link’s dead so I removed it) at 7 am, I decided to start a new blog. Being half asleep, I used the same set of files I used to create this blog. After installation, I tried to load this blog and got a blank page. Oops. So I refreshed the […]

Keyword surrounding Links • Friday, April 28th, 2006

Jim Westergren wrote an interesting post in his blog recently. concluding:
both Yahoo and Google uses the text surrounding links in their algo
So, I looked at this test page that has an outgoing link. I took a snippet next to that link and ran a Google search, but the target page refused to come up. What […]

Power of META tags in Yahoo • Thursday, April 27th, 2006

After two months, Yahoo is finally starting to show a few pages from this site in their index. This SERP shows pages with keywords in META keyword/description rank in Yahoo, even when keywords are absent from the page copy. In fact, a page with keyword in just META description tag outranked this site’s home […]

Supplemental Test Update April 13th, 2006 • Thursday, April 13th, 2006

I’ve been generally keeping up with WMW posts and other SEO blogs and even kept webmaster radio running since noon today, but nothing is really grabbing my interest. I do have a pile of blog post drafts sitting around unfinished, though some of it is so specific to my domains that I’m not sure who […]

MSN Optimization • Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Probably old news to most SEOs, since I dont bother with MSN all that much, the idea that on-page optimization is king for MSN is news to me. This serp seems to confirm it, where the page that repeats keywords 11 times ranks the highest among all other types of optimizations.
Looking at my test pages, […]

Googlebot Slowing to a Crawl • Friday, April 7th, 2006

I thought I was the only one stuck in supplemental hell with no Googlebot to rectify the problem/pick up new pages but according to a thread in WMW it seems I’m not the only one experiencing this problem. Some guys report last visit by Googlebot at the end of March, which is pretty much the […]

Update Dynamic Pages like Walking on Glass • Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

Never change php code on a live page or underlying PHP classes called before writing a test class/test page first. You can crash hundreds or thousands of pages at once with one false move and if spiders happen to be deep crawling your site, boom, you’ve created a mess you might not be able to […]

Dynamic / Fixed Tables • Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Read an interesting post by AlexK on WMW on the pros and cons of fixed/dynamic MYSQL tables. I was looking for some info to decide whether to keep my multiple tables or join them. Joining them will simplify inserts/updates but what I’m also wondering is its impact on speed. According to AlexK, fixed tables will […]

Does Google’s Spam Reports Work? • Monday, March 13th, 2006

A few days ago, Matt posted a request on his blog for people to file spam reports, especially for keyword stuffing and Asian spam sites. After reading that, I had a chat with another webmaster friend who thought spam reports were useless. Her point was that spammers injected hundreds of new spam domains every day, […]

Y!Q Beta • Monday, March 6th, 2006

This Yahoo!Q FAQ Covers some basic questions about this new thingie.
This page also talks about how a joe shmoe like me can insert Y!Q Beta into my websites. I’ll have to give it a try sometime.
I installed Y IE Toolbar and Y!Q in FF, and playing around with the results.
Question: How does Yahoo […]

Wordpress Server Down? • Monday, March 6th, 2006

I had 3 big posts on a subdomain but it looks like their server is either malfunctioning tonight or they wiped my blog, so I installed wordpress on my server. Hopefully, my blog isn’t really lost - I rather not write anything from scratch.
Ok, now I’m going to hunt around for some better […]