A friend of mine runs a successful business and just has launched a new website with some great tips for lead generation. I wanted to read one of his articles again and typed-in his URL. Instead of his homepage I saw:
Error: Server not found
This was quite a surprise. He has one of those domains where you have a hard time to remember whether to add the “s” for plural or not. Like in
car.com or cars.com
The weird mess up on his part is that he even has a very beautiful logo with …labs, but his domain name is …lab.com.
I don’t think I am the only one making this mistake, but I am one of the few who actually try the other version as well. The average web surfer might just give up right away.
What a surprise — for the first time I got search results surfed by Microsoft's Bing search engine. And I did not even intend that. All I wanted to do was to find a particular project for a Wave client (software) I read about on the Web. I typed my query into the address bar, hit enter, and got these results below.
Not necessarily what I was looking for. But wait a second … Why didn't Firefox serve the result from Google as usually?
Search result from Bing! Why? (Click on the image to enlarge in new window.)
Well, I played around with Bing a tiny bit, right when Microsoft had launched their new search service but I did not stick with it for long. Honestly, Google is my most favorite search engine. Period. Google did not only catch me for search, but with a plethora of other great applications. From Gmail, to Google Docs, AdWords, … to their translation tool, and … Wave is the latest on the list. They hooked me up. Probably for life.
So I was quite surprised that I suddenly got Bing results displayed.
What has happened?
I remember that I had updated my Alexa Sparky add-on for Firefox this week. I also remember having seen a note about new features but I kind of ignored it. Now, it's obvious what had happened. Alexa Sparky is one of the FireFox Add-ons I use.
Do you have Google Toolbar With Sidewiki installed?
If yes, please, watch the navigation bar of your browser.
I am using Firefox and noticed a hashtag after the URL in many instances. Not always, so I am not sure about a pattern, yet. When I turn Sidewiki off in the toolbar this effect disappears. Here is the proof.
Google Toolbar Seems To Interfere With Other Browser Add-ons
It was not so much the fact that most of you live and breath in a Wordpress world. It was more about my deep dive into the abyss of Apache's URL redirection, .htaccess configuration, and the ever changing schemes of URLs used here on this blog. That's where I lost many of you.
It's too easy to get carried away while being intensively involved with fixing a problem.
Yesterday I already have emailed a short summary with Top 10 SEO Tips for Blogs (↑) to my newsletter subscribers. It lists the major points and adds you should make use of sitemaps and Google's free webmaster tools.
Now, in order to conclude this short, unplanned series of articles about SEO I have for you:
A 20 minute long video presentation of Google's Matt Cutts talking about duplicate content and how to use the new canonical URL parameters properly.
Serendipity S9Y weblog software.
And I also found a comprehensive SEO guide for Wordpress users.
Let me start introducing the video with a catchy quote.
We reserve the right to do what we think is best. --Matt Cutts, Google.com