Gmail Overtakes YahooMail in India

October 14, 2009

According to ViziSense, an online audience measurement and analytics provider platform, Gmail, Google’s free e-mail service is now India’s largest free e-mail service provider with more than 18 million users. Yahoo Mail, which held the top spot until the previous month has now been relegated to the second spot.

Yahoo Mail boasts of 16.8 million unique users and has seen its usage dip 8 percent since August this year. This, coupled with Gmail’s continued growth which averaged 3 percent since August, has ensured that Gmail surpassed the number of Yahoo users in early October. Microsoft’s Windows Live Mail too is seeing a surge in its userbase with it managing a very impressive 8 percent growth in India since August. Rediff Mail is at number three with 6.25 million users.

However, on the global scale, it might be a while till Gmail usurps the throne from Yahoo to be the world’s largest e-mail provider. Besides, it also has another adversary to counter, Windows Live Mail from Microsoft which is right up there at number 2. As seen in a recent ComScore report, Gmail has been growing pretty fast in U.S. as well– and unless Yahoo and Windows Mail don’t do something drastic, Gmail, in its current form, will eclipse the “traditional” webmail providers in the years to come.

Incidentally, it was just last week that Yahoo carried a full front page ad across leading national dailies in India. Was this an attempt to woo its once loyal users who have started migrating to Gmail?

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Hacked Hotmail accounts used weak passwords

October 7, 2009

The majority of passwords revealed in the recent Hotmail phishing attack would not have taken much cracking in the first place, according to a researcher at security firm Acunetix.

Bogdan Calin said in a blog post that an analysis of the phishing attack and the hacked accounts revealed that the most common password was ‘123456’.

The details of some 10,000 Windows Live Hotmail accounts were posted online by an anonymous hacker earlier this week, and Calin suspects that it was rather a crude attack that managed to grab just low-hanging passwords.

“My impression is that these passwords have been gathered using phishing kits. Even more, the phishing kit used most probably was badly designed. I think it just returned an error message after grabbing the credentials. I noticed this because some of the passwords are repeated once or twice (sometimes with different capitalisation),” he wrote.

“What most probably happened is that the users didn’t understand what was happening, and they tried to enter the same password again and again, thinking the password was wrong.”

Calin found that the most popular passwords were rather similar, and that the majority were made up of alphanumeric combinations, as opposed to the often recommended letter/number/symbol combinations. Sixty-four accounts used ‘123456’, and the second most common was ‘123456789’ with 18 users.

Forty-two per cent of users stuck with lower case alpha passwords containing only characters from ‘a’ to ‘z’, and 19 per cent used numeric passwords containing only the numbers ‘0’ to ‘9’. Just six per cent used mixed passwords containing letters, numbers and other characters.


Steps for Creating Text Rollover (Hover) using CSS

July 21, 2008

While souring through the internet, i found this great helpful tip for creating a plain simple text which will change its color on rolling the mouse pointer on it. I assume readers reading my tutorial will have basic and general knowledge and information of Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and also they understand what CSS is (not just its full form but what it is used for). If you have any queries regarding this post, feel free to leave a comment with your email and I will try my level best to solve it

First, open a new notepad file and create a HEAD Tag. Then add a STYLE Tag in order to assign your text the effect of roll over.

<head>
<style type=”text/css”>

Then, for example, assume that we have a blue colored link and want “red” color as roll over effect, try this,

<head>
<style type=”text/css”>
a:link {
color:#0000FF;
}
a:hover {
color:#FF0000;
}
</style>
</head>

If you feel you want to change the color of visited link then you can add the below code :

a:visited {
color:#336600;
}

The above code will help in changing the color of visited link to green.

Now, if you wish to display a background color on rollovering then just add the below code in a:hover area,

background-color:#0066FF;

Say for example :

Our code is :

<head>
<style type=”text/css”>
a:link {
color:#0000FF;
}
a:hover {
color:#FF0000;
}
</style>
</head>
Add <head>
<style type=”text/css”>
a:link {
color:#0000FF;
}
a:hover {
color:#FF0000;
}
</style>
</head> in a:hover to display the background color on rollover

Then our final code will look like this,

<head>
<style type=”text/css”>
a:link {
color:#0000FF;
}
a:visited {
color:#336600;
}
a:hover {
color:#FF0000;
background-color:#0066FF;
}
</style>
</head>

If you wish to add a underline on the link on rollover, then add the below code in a:hover too

text-decoration:underline;

then the last code for rollover link will look a bit like this,

<head>
<style type=”text/css”>
a:link {
color:#0000FF;
}
a:visited {
color:#336600;
}
a:hover {
color:#FF0000;
background-color:#0066FF;
text-decoration:underline;
}
</style>
</head>

If you wish, you can give other effects on the links like, bold text on rollover effect, change in font size on rollover effect, change in font style on rollover effect, by adding these below code lines in a:hover.

font-weight:bold;
font:Arial, Arial, sans-serif;
font-size:16px;

The above mentioned example is just a sample of what can be done using CSS. Hope it helps you in building websites designs.

Nitesh Pednekar (niteshseo86@gmail.com)
SEO in Thane, Mumbai


My Intro along with my skills like SEO, Website Revamp, etc etc.

July 1, 2008

Hello readers,

This is my first post in my personal blog. My name is Nitesh S. Pednekar. I have completed my Diploma in Computer Technology from a reputed college Shreeram Poytechnic in Airoli, Navi Mumbai. I have been working as a Search Engine Optimizer cum Website Controller in a reputed market research firm called Bharat Book Bureau (http://www.bharatbook.com), who are one of the worlds largest aggregators for online databases and research reports.

I have been working in this reputed organization since 3 years. In this gone by years, I presume i have proven myself to be an asset for my organization and have progressed step-by-step as an individual as well as a co-operative employee. I have excelled in almost all of my assigned projects and always fulfilled the objectives of my directors. I have been optimizing and creating / modifying various pages of the been mentioned website.

I am also managing more websites projects with jobs assigned as for developing and maintaining the portals/websites along with the analysis of the websites traffic and keywords ranking in SEO. The websites names are mentioned below :

http://www.globalknowledgeresearch.com
http://www.iihsindia.com
http://www.aarkstore.com

My theory of a SEO consultant is to assist websites to improve them attain higher ranking positions at the time of a search being done in major engines like Google.com, Yahoo, MSN, etc. An SEO must see his website as a Google Spider will look at it. Yes, a Spider of Google (named GoogleBot) goes through the webpage and rates every other page on the internet and priorities all the pages on their page rank, keyword density and many other issues.

The objectives that I perform as an Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) are Pay-per-click, Email marketing, XML feed submissions, Website traffic analysis, Targetted keyword research.

In addition to the above mentioned, the below stuff is also perfomed by me : 

1. Providing individual creation of meta tags, keywords tags.
2. Design suggestions to make better SEO friendly pages to be crawled.
3. Providing creation of description tags and suitable alt tags.
4. Web directory listing – Domestic directories and International directories (Manually).
5. Top listing in major search engines like Google, Yahoo,etc. and marketing of various section of portal.
6. Submission in high profile directory, DMOZ and Indirect Link Popularity.
7. Complete website designing and development robot friendly. (In short Revamping).
8. Content writing and research as per the topics applicated. 
9. B2B B2C portal development and marketing
10. Assured top 10 – 20 ranking placement in major search engines like Google, Yahoo search engine ranking service.
11. Complete Search Engine Optimization of the concerned website.
12. Web traffic analysis.
13. Domain name registration for entry level clients.
14. Products and Software Marketing on the most successful medium, Internet.
15. Link exchange popularity and Pay-Per-Click Services.
16. Online meta tags and content optimization and relatively easy crawling sitemap for clients portal/website. 
17. FREE SEO Solution for .org, .edu, .gov (Non-profit Organization)

Suggesting the necessary coding tips for website programmers and designers helpful for listing the website on first page of popular search engines is also one of my strong points.  If it’s a small code change, I am well equiped to do it myself as I have quite a reasonable knowledge on coding languages such as HTML and ASP. I also keep a check on my assigned websites loading time all over the world and its uptime in various countries via Traceroute.

I review each and every page of my website carefully and make a geniune effort not to stuff too many keywords in a single webpage as it affects rankings. After all, the content is the making of a webpage in search engines. I have also worked on Google Adwords, Yahoo Ads, online ads, free blogs, RSS feed submission, free articles, link builder.