Archive for June, 2013

Google Video Search Results

Google Video Search ResultsI think it’s great that Google is providing more video search results, but isn’t it going a bit overboard? When doing some competitive research today, I discovered that a search for “Ways to Wear the Scarf as a Hair or Head Accessory” provides video links as the first 7 results. Four of them are actually results for the same video, but even when overlooking the duplicate search results, my preference would be if Google would limit the results to 2-3 videos per search. How about having the option to show more videos? For example, they could display 2-3 videos, thenContinue reading »

How to Use the Facebook Upload Image Function

How to Use the Facebook Upload Image FunctionWe previously wrote a quick guide on how to get the right thumbnail to show when posting a link on Facebook. Unfortunately this method did not always work, so we could not hide our excitement yesterday when we discovered that Facebook has made it possible to upload an image when posting a link on Facebook. To show how helpful a function this can be, let me take this post from Jon Loomer as an example: His post links to a blog post titled “Facebook EdgeRank: Which Post Type is Best“, and the only image included in the article is thisContinue reading »

Chinese Spammers With a Sense of Humor

Chinese Spammers With a Sense of HumorFor a long time I have blogged about the Chinese scammers operating on Facebook with the implicit blessing of Mark Zuckerberg’s spam team. While the spam ads are usually removed within a few days or weeks, it seems to be good business as new ads appear on a daily basis. Today these three Facebook advertisements caught my eye: “Baggu” is the Japanese word for “bag”, and “handobaggu” is how a Japanese would typically pronounce the English word “handbag”. Finding good .com domain names isn’t easy, but RunFa Zhou (obviously not his real name) really used his imagination for this scam:Continue reading »

Contacting GoDaddy About Incorrect WHOIS Data

Contacting GoDaddy About Incorrect WHOIS DataThis is a follow-up to the blog post I wrote the other day on, which is a scam website advertising on Facebook. I sent an email to GoDaddy about the domain in question having incorrect WHOIS data and that is hosting a counterfeiting website: “Both and are registered using fake addresses and are participating in illegal counterfeiting and false advertising.” The response I got back from GoDaddy simply stated: “We have neither access to, nor jurisdiction over the content on this site. Any issues regarding the content of the website will need to be addressed eitherContinue reading »

Removing the Google+ Button

Removing the Google+ ButtonWe have decided to remove the Google+ buttons from all our blogs. While we added them shortly after the launch of Google+,  as far as we can see they’ve not contributed positively to our SEO ranking or helped us in other ways. Our most popular blog has over 1.6 million Facebook likes, but only 107 users have bothered to click the Google+ button. While our case may be extreme due to the nature of our audience, Google Plus so far has been a tremendous failure. How about you? Will you be keeping the Google+ button?