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Google Crawling and Indexation 101



An insufficient Google crawl rate and incomplete indexation are the scourge of many websites, especially those large and new. In this forum and others, many members report indexation issues and ask how to solve them. The same is the case with SEO clients. My advice here is focused on Google, but the same general principles apply to crawling and indexation by Bing and Yahoo! as well.

First of all, Google indexation is hard to measure for a large site. There can be false alarms having to do with people using Google’s site: operator, supposed to report the site’s indexation count. It works well for small sites but is wildly unreliable for large ones and tends to severely underreport the count. Webmaster Tools is better for this, but possibly also unreliable. If your site is enormous, there is simply no certain way of knowing how many pages Google has indexed. For additional helpful data, check Google Analytics to see the total number of pages that have received visits. I also recommend that you manually run cache: checks of all your most important pages and of various random secondary pages to get a further idea of how your site is doing on the indexation front.

The Google crawl rate cannot be reliably controlled, but it can influenced by positive factors (listed here roughly in receding order of importance).
• Domain importance. Google’s Matt Cutts has recently admitted, interviewed by Eric Enge, that your site’s crawl rate and depth of crawling are roughly proportional to PR. SEOs have long known this.
• Backlinks. PR is computed based on backlinks, which are absolutely central to indexation. If a site’s page count is growing fast but the site is not earning enough new links, this may suggest to Google that the content is of low quality (guaranteed reduce your crawl and indexation rates).
• Deep Linking. Backlinks to individual pages (so-called “deep linking”) are an effective way to ensure the indexation of those pages and their keep in the main Google index (as distinct from the supplementary index). Internal links to the same pages also help. Make sure that at least your most important pages get enough of both kinds of links. These need to be followed links (i.e. they should not contain the rel=”nofollow” attribute).
• Site navigation and hierarchy. To the extent possible, a flat site hierarchy should be used. (An exemplary illustration is http://www.fanbase.com, with all the main categories appearing in the top-level navigation, enabling quick drilldown to individual pages.) This means (a) as few subdomains, subfolders and subdirectories as possible and (b) that all important pages must be reachable via the fewest clicks possible from the home page (more than 3-4 clicks is problematic).
• XML sitemaps. This a must. Here is one good tool — http://www.xml-sitemaps.com — for generating sitemaps; there are others too. Submit your sitemaps to the search engines via webmaster tools. Further notes:
o Sitemaps generally support <changefreq> and <priority> attributes, whose use may influence the crawl, although the impact is likely to be minor.
o Check WMT for sitemap errors and fix them.
o Just recently, Michael Gray has recommended that creating small sitemaps of (100 pages or less) to supplement your regular sitemaps can help get new content indexed faster. He has found using a dedicated sitemap for fresh content to be highly effective. I have not tested this personally yet, but it makes sense and Michael’s mileage counts for a great deal.
• Duplicate content reduction. In general, duplicate content on a site is not a significant problem and does not entail “Google penalties.” However, on very large sites high-volume duplicated content (identical pages sitting under different URLs) can confuse Google and impede proper indexing. One classic example of duplication occurs under different forms of site URLs: those that include the www. subdomain and those that don’t (e.g. http://example.com/file1.html andhttp://www.example.com/file1.html typically have the same content). The way to handle this and other kinds of duplication it is via some form of URL canonicalization (see next item).
• URL canonicalization means creating a single SEO-friendly and user-friendly URL for each page and letting Google know that that URL is canonical. SEO reasons for canonicalization are various go beyond indexation issues: (1) Google, in spite of occasional denial, may assigns less importance to pages that contain extra slashed (subdirectories); (2) Google may sometimes have difficulties with URLs that are parameter-laden; (3) long ugly URLs are a turnoff for site visitors; (4) a clear, well-structures consistent URL convention is best for the user, for branding and for SEO; (5) canonicalization consolidates PageRank and link equity to the canonical version of the page, giving it a better chance to rank. Depending on your platform, various rewrite engines (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rewrite_engine) can be used to automate the rewriting of URLs from “ugly” into friendly ones. URL canonicalization can be performed in any of 3 different ways:
301-redirect (“moved permanently”) of all duplicate URLs to the canonical. IMHO this is the most reliable method of canonicalization, but it may have certain overheads.
rel=”canonical”: Place a link of the form <link rel=”canonical” href=”http://example.com/canonical-url-example.html“> at the end of the <head> of each duplicate page. (Yes, it’s OK for the canonical version to include this link to itself; and no, there is no limit on how many canonical links you can have.)
“Display URLs as”: the effect of this setting in the Google Webmaster Tools is similar to that of rel=”canonical” and is the easiest option if you prefer not to write any code.
• URL stability and page uniqueness. While the issues surrounding duplicate content are fairly well known, one potential problem that is rarely discussed is the opposite. The term I have coined for it is multitasking URLs. Some applications may display different dynamically generated content under the same URL (for example, content specific the user’s geographical location). Additionally, the title tags for such pages may also be generated on the fly and contradictory. I have seen this lead to a variety of indexation and search issues. For best results, the content of each page, whether dynamic or static, must be unique and must appear under its proper, unique and stable URL and title tag.
• Unique title tags. If you use the same title tags across multiple pages, Google may assume that those pages are duplicate and be reluctant to index them. Make your titles unique.
• Manual crawl rate setting. Google’s Webmaster Tools offer a choice between letting Google determine the crawl rate automatically and setting it manually via a slide bar. Although setting it manually to max is unlikely to boost the crawl rate dramatically, it may brings about marginal improvement.
• Original content. It’s good for all your important pages to have significant and unique original content.
• Updates, feeds, pinging. Frequent content updates both site-wide and on individual pages can significantly improve the crawl rate. Further, exporting RSS feeds and implementing automated search engine pinging have a beneficial effect. Pinging resources include http://pingomatic.com/ and http://pingler.com/.
• Social Media. Links from social media, although they are nofollow, help Google discover and index new content. Including sharing buttons on your pages and promoting them on social media sites can help get your pages into the index faster.

Additional reading:
http://www.stonetemple.com/articles/interview-matt-cutts-012510.shtml

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Using grid in drawing a CHEAT?

“I think most of the painters and portrait makers who use grid in their art experienced being called a cheater.  Well, there’s no such thing as cheating in art.  The only way it would be cheating would be if you copied someone else’s art and called it your own.  Grids are not cheating. Neither would using a mirror be cheating. Would it be cheating if you used an eraser to correct a mistake in your drawing.  Who is it that established this “code of conduct” that says the use of SOME particular tool is cheating? ”

“Grids are age-old and if it’s cheating, some of the world’s master artists were cheaters! As you develop, however, you may find that grids are restrictive. If you are working from a photo, you will automatically differ to the photo to tell you what you are looking at instead of relying on your eye. It can become like a coloring book rather than a work of art. If you develop your eye, the final picture may not be photo-realistic, but who cares? We have cameras for that. What you will have is an expressive painting that says more than any photo can.
Keep at it! You will be very happy to have a succession of self portraits one day. Just like Rembrandt!”

I am not speaking for myself here ‘coz I don’t use grid for my drawings.  Grid makes it more difficult for me and takes a lot of time setting it up.  What I do is to first sketch the picture then erase them afterwards when I get the actual measurement of each part of the picture.   Hope it works for you if you follow my style…

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Congratulations! You won a 5 second survey.

Haha… I thought wordpress is giving me a gift for reactivating my blog. Kinda curious so I browse google and found out that they are just fooling users to click on that stupid survey.

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Links to some site giving free apps for iphones, droids, ipads, etc.

http://www.freenew.net
http://www.freetheapps.com

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Logo design

I’ve been sending piles of designs at different contest online but still no good news… I think I have no hope in this line of work…

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Click on this link…

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Make your picture an attractive one.

This is just a simple tutorial using adobe photoshop.  Any version will do as long as they have the same button with what I used in this tut. Okay, this is so simple and you would probably say that.  But for the beginners, this is for you.  All you have to do is put images together and arrange it according to the style  you like but I think that’s the hardest part, ‘coz you’re gonna use your creativity and artistic ideas.  In this picture, I don’t know if it looks good to you but for me its enough, hmmm I’ve tried putting random styles around it but didn’t work for me  that’s why I ended-up with this so simple piece. ^^

If you have experienced using adobe photoshop then you have the advantage but if not better practice and search for tutorials for beginners at youtube.com or just google it.  And of course  you’re gonna need the adobe photoshop.  The’re too many versions but CS2 will do.

Ok let’s start:

Things you’re gonna need:

Just google this brushes: Fresh_Foliage_HighRes001 and Glossy Blood Splatter. Its free!

1. Hit File>New  (I used 1024×786)

2.  Open your picture and put it  in the middle like what I did with this sample.

3.  Select all the parts of the photo by pressing Ctrl + A.

4.  Using “move tool” (upper left corner) drag your picture to the layer you have created. (dragging is left-clicking on-hold)

5. Use eraser tool to remove anything you don’t want to include in your picture.

6.  Create new layer by clicking Layer>New then OK (rename it if you want).

7. Then using foliage brush, click on the image but make sure you chose the layer you just created.  By right-clicking on the work area, you can choose styles of different brushes.

8. Do the same to splatter brush.

9.  Try to use other features of adobe, I’m sure you can create better art than this.

I’ll stop from here.  I gotta go! lol

This is my email address: joethegreat12@yahoo.com  I’m always online and open for your questions.

See yah!

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