Screwed by Google? Join Google PageRank Victims Anonymous!

Despite being hit by the Google nerf bat, my search engine traffic seems to have gone up! Go figure……

Anyway, if you are one of the many bloggers that is disgruntled with Google, there is now a way to voice your frustrations with some new Google PageRank victims buttons. There are a variety to choose from, and you get the code needed with each button, so there is no hosting required!

Happy Halloween from Kyle’s Cove!

I’m not sure if we are the only ones that celebrate it, but here in the United States today is Halloween.   When I was growing up, Halloween was actually a sweet holiday where young people run around from house to house and collect candy, while older kids get to dress up and either go to parties or run around trying to scare people.

A couple of years ago, the lame city I live in decided to move “trick or treat night” to the night before Halloween and dubbed it Beggars Night, in the interest of keeping the children safe.   I’m all for keeping the children safe as I have two boys under the age of 5, but if people are up to no good, couldn’t they also move their activities to the night before as well?

Regardless, the intent is good, so I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Happy Halloween from Kyle’s Cove!

I’m not sure if we are the only ones that celebrate it, but here in the United States today is Halloween.   When I was growing up, Halloween was actually a sweet holiday where young people run around from house to house and collect candy, while older kids get to dress up and either go to parties or run around trying to scare people.

A couple of years ago, the lame city I live in decided to move “trick or treat night” to the night before Halloween and dubbed it Beggars Night, in the interest of keeping the children safe.   I’m all for keeping the children safe as I have two boys under the age of 5, but if people are up to no good, couldn’t they also move their activities to the night before as well?

Regardless, the intent is good, so I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

What is the Future of Paid Linking?

Wow, this has been quite a week around the blogosphere, with an unusually large focus on Google and their PageRank algorithm adjustment. Over this past week, a lot of bloggers have been focusing on how PageRank effects bloggers, but I haven’t really seen any talk about how this change will effect paid linking companies, such as Text Link Ads. At least that was the case until today, when Stephen at Daily Blog Tips made some projections about what he thinks will happen with the paid links market.

For the record, here are just a few of his projections:

PageRank will become meaningless. In Google’s attempts to kill paid linking by making PageRank an unreliable measure of link value, PageRank will be the ultimate casualty. Bloggers and entrepreneurs will sense the growing discontent and develop third party measurements to take its place. Eventually, PageRank will be looked down upon as inaccurate, uninformative, and frequently out-of-date, as it always should have been.

Google will demolish trust between link buyers and sellers. Just after the paid linking community thinks is has won a small reprieve, Google will unleash a secret counterattack in the form of voluntary disavowal of links (as they’ve already hinted). Within Google Webmaster Tools, a new utility will be developed that will allow webmasters to remove their own outbound links from ranking calculations, all without ever using rel=”nofollow”. Link buyers will no longer be able to trust that link sellers aren’t cashing in without providing value. Short of adding an unenforceable “You will not disavow paid links” clause to link brokerage agreements, all trust in paid linking as a useful SEO method will be lost.

In the end, Google will emerge victorious. Online advertising will continue and thrive as it always has, and some bloggers may be able to use traffic-based advertising for monetization. For the most part, however, paid linking will be reduced to a shadow of its former self. With the value of paid linking for ranking purposes being next to nothing, paid posting and paid directories will also take a hit. Dejected and crestfallen, bloggers will turn to other methods of blog monetization.

Its always interesting to speculate at what the future will hold. It is sad for me to say, but I think Stephen is right on. Google will ultimately win out in the end, as they always do. Google used to be the company that can do no wrong (aka the “fun” company), and now that they’ve attained the power, they have flipped the switch and decided to start abusing their power. And why not? Who is going to stop them? Google is the new Microsoft.

As for Text Link Ads, it looks like they were anticipating this change to the PageRank algorithm and have responded with ShoppingAds.

Google Comments On Upcoming GMail Changes

Despite Google currently residing on my short list, I was still excited to see some talk about the upcoming upgrade of Gmail. According to Google Operating System, it looks like Google did announce a few things, including a significant increase in the speed of Gmail thanks to prefetching messages.

When you load a page that contains a list of messages, Gmail will fetch them in advance so that when you need them, they’ll be available instantly. Google said that Gmail will have a completely new JavaScript architecture that will bring a much better performance.

Other things we can expect from the next Gmail upgrade:

  • Improved contact manager – This will allow you to share your contacts with other Google products such as Google Docs and Google Calendar.
  • Better integration – If done properly, this could be a big one. Unfortunately we all know Google’s history when it comes to product integration.

No mention of folders or other highly requested features, but there is definitely a few things for Gmail users to get excited about!

Update:  Phillip Lenssen has made a follow up post with screenshots.

Sync Your Gmail and Thunderbird with IMAP

Today I ran across a great post over at Lifehacker titled Turn Thunderbird Into the Ultimate GMail IMAP Client that I thought deserved to be featured here. This proves that in between the Lifehacker fluff posts and spam are occasionally some useful posts. :D

Anyway, with the recent addition of IMAP features to Gmail, a lot of possibilities have opened up for Gmail users when it comes to mobile devices and other gadgets. The thing people often forget, however, is that IMAP is also the prefered method over POP3 for fetching your e-mails on your desktop e-mail client. Lifehacker makes the argument for Thunderbird being the best choice for managing your Gmail from your desktop, and I couldn’t agree more. It is easy to use, fully customizable, and is completely free for anyone to use.

Despite its future being uncertain, as it stands now Thunderbird is an incredible desktop e-mail client, and a perfect way to get the full benefit of IMAP. If you aren’t using IMAP to sync with your Gmail account, I recommend you check out Lifehacker’s post which explains why you should and how to go about setting it up. Ryan at CyberNet News also posted some additional information about Gmail and IMAP.

Top 10 Greasemonkey Scripts for YouTube

It is truly amazing at how quickly YouTube became not just a household name, but also something that all types of people can use. This service can appeal as much to grandparents as it does to teenagers with all of the possibilities. Heck, my weekly poker group has even started to film our poker games, load them on YouTube, and display them on our poker groups website!

Anyway, I decided that it was about time to throw together another top 10 list. This time, with the focus on YouTube, I decided that it would be neat to feature a bunch of the incredible YouTube Greasemonkey scripts that are available for people to use. You can get Greasemonkey now for IE7 and Opera, in addition to the Firefox extension, so pretty much anyone should be able to find some use for these:

  1. YouTube Prevent Autoplay – Stops videos from automatically playing. You can then click on it when you are ready to view it.
  2. YouTube Resizer – Allows you to resize YouTube videos. Great for making videos bigger and easier to view.
  3. YouTube Cleaner – Eliminates the extra junk from the YouTube page that you never use.
  4. YouTube Video Only – Removes everything from the page but the YouTube video itself. You can also move the comments next to the video.
  5. YouTube Googler – Makes the YouTube page look like Google Video (much larger video screen).
  6. YouTube Embed Video Downloader – Displays a link to download FLV movies.
  7. YouTube Better Titles – Adjusts titles to help differentiate from multiple videos with the same titles.
  8. YouTube Better Embed – Adjusts embed code to be XHTML 1.0 compliant, which helps with embedding into sites.
  9. Remove YouTube Comments – Removes all YouTube comments.
  10. Coralized YouTube – Uses coral’s cache servers to allow videos to load faster.

Technology Talk – 10/28/2007

Another busy week around the blogosphere with a lot of great work being done by my fellow bloggers. Here are a few posts that I really enjoyed this week:

  • Tech Magazines writes about 70+ ways to make money online. I’ve covered many of these services here in one form or another, but there are a few that I wasn’t aware of.
  • Madhur explains YouTube’s new copyright features that is currently in beta. Its good to see YouTube get improvements, but where is Google Video? I don’t think they have received an improvement since YouTube was purchased by Google.
  • Speaking of Google Video, Garry Conn whether he should use Google Video or YouTube to upload vidoes. In his case, I recommend he use YouTube videos, so he can take advantage of his own UTubeSkins.
  • Aaron Wall of SEOBook has posted a YouTube video about unique meta descriptions for your posts.  For those that don’t want to get to advanced with SEO, you can setup your WordPress blog to auto-generate meta descriptions with the All-in-One SEO Pack.

R.I.P. Google PageRank

Unbelievable. Looks like Google wasn’t finished. This blog has been active for close to a year and a half now. I was fortunate to reach PR5 status very early, where I remained until recently. About a month ago, this blog experienced a random PageRank decrease to PR3. Today, amidst this most recent PageRank update, I’m now down to a PR2. Apparently doubling page views and quadrupling RSS subscribers in a 3 month period of time means my blog is less relevant than it was 6 months ago?

Now, obviously I am a little biased, but I have a hard time believing that selling paid links makes mine, or anyone’s content less relevant and deserving of a lower rank. As usual, Google thinks it is all about them. Rather than assuming people are purchasing paid links in order to receive additional traffic and exposure, Google feels that they are trying to purchase higher SERPs. My advertisers are actually receiving 2-3 times more exposure now, for the same price, than they were 5-6 months ago.

So, how relevant is Google PageRank now? Obviously Google doesn’t even find it very relevant. They just spent 1.6 billion on purchasing YouTube, and yet it now sports a PageRank of 3.

I’ve decided that rather than bend over for Google, I will hold a memorial for Google PageRank, and no longer concern myself with it. Hopefully advertisers will no longer consider PR when advertising with websites, as it is hardly relevant, and instead focus on the exposure they will receive.

MyBlogLog Adds E-mail Signature

In case you already have a MyBlogLog account, you may be interested in a new feature that they have made available that allows you to easily create an e-mail signature.

You can access this new feature by going into your account and editing your profile, then going to the E-mail Signature tab and entering your information. When your done, simply click Get Code and it will provide you the code needed to display your new signature, as well as instructions on how to add it to various e-mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook.

Here is how mine looks:

Kyle Eslick

Des Moines, IA
US

KylesCove@gmail.com

http://www.slickaffiliate.com

Visit MyBlogLog and get a signature like this!

Pretty basic, huh?  I would like to see this eventually be more like a business card, allowing more than one website to be added, as well as profiles such as Facebook.