Posts Tagged ‘Google’

5 Google Search Tricks

June 17th, 2014

Did you know that there are more ways to search on Google than by just typing in the words that you want? Check out some of these Google hacks and let us know if you’ve used some of them before!

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1) Search a Phrase Verbatim

If you want to look for words in their exact order, just sandwich the phrase within quotation marks.

Example: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

2) Narrow a Search to a Single Website

You remember reading about a service on the Doteasy site, but you can’t find it anymore! Just search within doteasy.com by searching “site:” followed by the website URL and the search terms.

Example: site:doteasy.com SSD hosting

3) Fill in the Blanks

If you’re going crazy trying to remember that expression, don’t make a mountain out of a __ and just ask Google! Replace your brain fart with an asterisk, and Google with search for possible results which fill in the blanks.

Example: mountain out of a *

4) Quickly Convert Currency

So you need to quickly convert dollars to francs – let Google do it for you. Just type the name of the currency you know followed by “to” and the currency you want to convert to.

Example: dollars to francs

5) Select a Time Range

If you’re only looking for recent news, take advantage of the Search Tools to limit your search results to those from the recent past.

Under the Google Search Bar, click on Search Tools, click on Any Time, and select the time range of your choice from the drop down menu.

Make Money with Your Website

May 13th, 2013

Simple ways to make money with your website:

1. Advertising

This is the most popular way because it is one of the best ways to make money online without putting in too much time and effort.

Some of the most popular choices for website advertisements are:

2. Get Paid to Post

If you have a blog that has a decent base of readers and/or a Google Page Rank, you can get paid to post reviews, articles and product launches on your website!

Some of the most popular choices are:

3. Affiliate Programs

Affiliate Programs are a good way to earn extra revenue on your website. By putting a simple URL on your website and/or pasting a banner, you can earn money any time someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase.

In Doteasy’s case, we pay you US$70 for every Unlimited Hosting sale. You get paid even if your visitor purchases our free Basic Hosting plan. More details on the Doteasy Affiliate Program*

Other popular choices:

4. Ad Space and Sponsorship

If your website or blog is popular enough, you can offer the option to accept site sponsorship and/or ad space. A lot of times, companies that target the same or related niche will pay you to advertise their services.

5. Donations

Placing a “Donate” link or button on a website can be an efficient way to earn money, especially if your blog contains information readers learn and gain value.

Popular “Donate” links/buttons:

6. Shopping Cart – Sell your Own Product

This is probably the best way to earn a solid, long-term income. When you are selling your own product, you directly control how much profit your make.

Popular shopping carts:

  • Doteasy Commerce System
  • ZenCart (click here to see how easy it is to install ZenCart with Softaculous, an auto-script-installer)
  • osCommerce (click here to see how easy it is to install ZenCart with Softaculous, an auto-script-installer)

*Conditions apply. Please refer to our Affiliate Program Page for full details.

Google +1 Button

June 8th, 2011

Google introduced the Google +1 button recently and many of you might still be asking what is it? A new social feature?

Similar to the “Like” button on Facebook, the Google +1 is a simply way to like Google search results. When you’re signed into your Google account, every Google search result will have a +1 icon next to it. If you like the search result, just press on the +1 icon. By hitting the +1 icon, you are giving the search result a recommendation, or a stamp of approval.

So, the Google +1 is definitely a social feature. You can see what your friends +1’d, which in turn will more likely encourage you to click on a search result.

Check out the Google +1 button video on YouTube

If you haven’t noticed, the +1 button is now added to YouTube videos, under “Share”.

Adding Google +1 Button to your website

You can create your +1 button using Google’s creation tool.

Once ready, copy the script tag and place it onto your web page. You can place it between the <head> tags or in the footer before the </body> tag.

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script>

Next, copy and place the button script where you want the +1 button to display on your webpage.

<g:plusone></g:plusone>

 

For more information on creating the +1 button and/or the advanced options of button, please refer to Google’s +1 Button API

Adding Google +1 to Your WordPress Blog

If you do a search on the WordPress.org Plugin Directory, you will see there are currently 500+ and counting plugins that adds the  Google +1 button to your pages, posts, sidebar or anywhere you want on your blog.

However, if you want to add the scripts in manually (in fear of incompatibility between the +1 plug-in and your existing plugins), you can also do so by adding the +1 script and button codes to your theme file.

1.     Go to the Appearance section in your WordPress dashboard and click on “Editor”.

2.     Find the “footer.php” file in the template you’re using.

3.     Add the following line just before the </body> tag.

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js”></script>

4.     Click on “Update”.

Then, add the button code wherever you want the +1 button to appear. For example if you want to add the button to your blog sidebar, you can simply add it as a text widget via the “Widgets” section.

You can also add the +1 button to individual posts by entering the button code in the body of the post, or by adding it the post.php template file.

Things you need to know about the +1 Button

1.     The +1 button will influence search rankings, as confirmed by Google’s David Byttow: “We expect that these personalized annotations will help sites stand out by showing users which search results are personally relevant to them… We’ll also start to look at +1’s as one of the many signals we use to determine a page’s relevance and ranking, including social signals from other services.”

2.     Once you click on a +1 button, a link to the content will appear under the +1’s tab in your Google Profile.

3.     The +1 Button is not the same as Google Buzz – 1’s do not allow for comments.

4.     By placing the <script> tag at the bottom of the document, just before the body close tag, Google says you may improve loading speed of the page (which is another factor Google takes into account in terms of ranking).

5.     Google says by adding +1 buttons to your pages can help your ads stand out: “By giving your visitors more chances to +1 your pages, your search ads and organic results might appear with +1 annotations more often. This could lead to more–and better qualified–traffic to your site.

6.     The button is not available on mobile search results yet.

For more information on the Google +1 Button, you can visit Google’s website.

Removing Old Pages from Google and other Search Engines

December 30th, 2010

Have you ever made an update to your website, and had removed old pages where the information is no longer relevant?  Later on, when you look for your website through a search engine, do you see your old pages still listed there? To some, it may seem like the old pages hadn’t been removed properly off the server, but actually, that may not be the case.

Search engines actually keep their own database of website results, so even if you updated your website, the search engine results don’t update immediately, and you will have to wait until search engines crawl your website (collect website content) again before updating their own databases. Some search engines, such as Google, actually have tools that assist webmasters manage the web search results, so that older pages no longer show up in the searches. For more information on Google’s webmaster tools, please take a look at:

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=164734&from=35301&rd=1

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=156449

Another thing you can do is setup a robots.txt file on your server to block search engines from crawling content you no longer want to show up in search engine results.  For more information on how a robots.txt file works, please take a look at this link:

http://lab.redmallorca.com/how-to-remove-a-web-page-from-google-index-and-other-search-engines/

Using Google Insight for Search Engine Optimization

December 3rd, 2010

What is Google Insight?

Google Insight is a free tool from Google to examine popular keyword people are searching over a time. Its slogan, “See what the world is searching for,” implies that one of the most important uses of Google Insight is to detect current and future trends, as well as to measure how Internet users perceive specific terms.

Search engine optimization deals primarily with keyword research, building links and doing onsite work. Google Insights offers a new and very useful tool for researching keywords. In all SEO processes, keyword research is the most critical part – a mistake in the keyword research means a failure of the whole SEO campaign

Traditional keyword research tools such as Google Keywords Tool, Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools offer only basic information. They can’t provide you with detailed information such as:

  • Historical term popularity
  • Geographic usage
  • Suggested related top terms

More information on Google Insight at Google

Example: “website”

For example, we did a basic search for “websites” on Google Insight and we found out:

  • there has been a general decline in the interest of the term
  • search terms popularity varies amongst categories, for example, the most popular search terms in the Internet category are “free website’, “templates” and “template website”. However, the most popular search terms in the Entertainment > Music category are “music website”, “lyrics website” and then “free website”

You can change settings like time, country, etc. to target your query for certain countries or markets or niche.

What it means to your as a website owner?

Google Insight can help you determine which keywords are more popular. For example, an car manufacturer may be unsure whether it should highlight “fuel efficiency”, “safety” or “horsepower” to market a new car model.

Putting these three terms into Google Insight, we can see that there is considerably more interest in “safety” and “horsepower”. With this information, the manufacturer can incorporate car safety and horsepower into its marketing campaign.

Google Insights is also useful in determining a new market. Using the “Regional Interest” information, you can see where interest appears to be highest. You can then customize your website to appeal to the specific region.

More information on Google Insight at Google