Recently was searching the Internet, I wanted to look for a few organic rankings for a couple of keywords. Seeing as I had already logged into the browser I was using I didn’t want to use that one to search because I didn’t want to see personalized results for me. I decided to use Opera as it is a browser that I don’t normally use. When it started up that prompted me to set it as the default browser, not thinking I pressed okay. It wasn’t a big deal to change it back but I thought perhaps not everybody would know how to change the default browser. Here is a quick walk-through of how to change Google Chrome, Firefox, or Chrome to the default browser for your system.
On the menu click on “Tools” followed by “Options”
Across the top of the window that opens you will see a variety of Choices, select the one that says “Advanced” and Press “Make Firefox my default browser”
In Opera Press the “Opera” Button located on the very top left part of the browser, followed by “Settings” and then “Preferences” (Shortcut: You could just press CTRL+F12 from within Opera).
In the window that opens select the last tab “Advanced” and then “Programs” from the list on the left, and finally check the “Check if Opera is default..” box and restart Opera. You will get a prompt that you can now accept to make it your default browser.
Open Chrome and press the button with 3 horizontal lines located to the right of the address bar followed by “Settings” and then “Make Google Chrome my default browser”.
Open IE and press the gear icon to the right of the address bar and tabs.
On the window that opens press on the “Programs Tab” followed by “Make Default”.
There you have it, a quick and simple way to change the default browser on your system for all of the major Internet browsers.
Ever wonder what Google considers a Spam website? One of the features of Google’s new “How Search Works” is a fighting spam section where they show real time sites that are being removed from the search index. Very insightful way to tell just what Google doesn’t want to see.
Google’s Live Spam Screenshots Highlight ‘Useless’ Web Pages
searchenginewatch.comMonday, March 4, 2013 7:30:00 PM
Google has launched a new website called How Search Works. One feature SEOs may want to check out is the Fighting Spam section, which shares a stream of real examples of “pure spam” pages that Google has identified and removed from search results.
Really interesting stuff here…. If you investigate the URLs that are being removed you can really get a sense of what Google doesn’t want to see. Looks like the biggest issue that i have noticed so far is velocity of links. Most have in the thousands of links built recently, looks like there is really a case for slow and steady.
So the two things that we as webmasters really need to pay attention to are:
1. Backlinks – Build them slow and natural
2. Content – Keep it unique! That doesn’t mean rearrange the words in someone else’s post, that means write your own content OR have someone write it for you but ensure that they are honest with you on how they wrote the material.
Google has posted a sort of infographic about how search works that is certainly worth a scroll. The elements of the search appear as you scroll down the page. If you have ever wondered how Google does what it does this is worth a watch.
Here is Matt Cutts talking about How Search Works almost 3 years ago, Do you notice anything different?
Matt Cutts has relesed a new video in the GoogleWebmasterHelp page on Youtube that basically says that Google will soon be giving examples of bad links to help the efforts of those that have been hit with a penalty. From the rumblings that I have heard it seems that the webmaster community, while ready for this help, is wondering why it took so long for Google to identify what they consider a bad link. The service doesn’t seem to be live yet, whichh also begs the question; “When Mr. Cutts? When?”
Have you been hit with the wrath of Google Penalty? Have you managed to recover? Or have you just moved on?