Monthly Archives: September 2009

Malls, parks, universities and other interesting properties take note, users want to see you in Google Street View? For that reason, early last week Google launched a new program. The Google Street View Partners Program is now taking applications! Managers and/or owners of unique properties world-wide can submit requests for Google to collect imagery of property via specially equipped Google Tricycles. (NO JOKE, I'VE SEEN ONE)

"Once these images are added to Street View, people all over the world will be able to virtually explore your property."

It seems that webmasters can now ask Google to ignore URL parameters via Google Webmaster Tools. This new option appears in Google Webmaster Tools via Site Configuration > Settings > Parameter Handling.

Google "Blinky Pin" can be accessed via two different unique URLs.
http://www.googlestore.com/Accessories/Blinky+Pin.axd

http://www.googlestore.com/Accessories/Blinky+Pin.axd?cid=456

Search engines may perceive the content seen above as non-malicious duplicate content. While not penalized by Google, again WHILE not penalized by Google non-malicious duplicate content acts to thin "juice" from inbound links and often results in duplicated versions being filtered from SERPs. Google's latest addition to Google Webmaster Tools allows webmasters the option to specify up to 15 parameters in URLs which they want Google to ignore. Either way, by allowing webmasters to specify parameters for Google to ignore, webmasters can help Google better identify which URLs they want Google to crawl, index and display in SERPs.

Worth mentioning, according to Google these are "suggestions" that may or may not be followed by Google.

Google Fast Filp is the latest cool new application from a company known for innovation. Google Fast Flip lets users discover and share news articles online but in a more traditional way. Flip is s kind of like an online print publication only with pages you can turn. In order to make this all possible Google is scaning images of articles from it's partner websites and then displaying them all in one easy to read place .