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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Facebook Gets Friendfeed To Fight Google

August 11, 2009

Earlier today, Facebook successfully acquired FriendFeed service. This is yet another major partnership deal after the recent Microsoft-Yahoo search deal. “

FriendFeed’s 12-employee team will join Facebook family. The four founders of FriendFeed – Paul Buchheit, Bret Taylor, Jim Norris and Sanjeev Singh, will take senior positions in Facebook’s Engineering and Product teams. The founders of FriendFeed are all from Google’s development team who handled Gmail and Google Maps.

Currently, the acquisition amount is undisclosed but FriendFeed looks happy with the acquisition and the joy was expressed in a recent post on their blog.

FriendFeed was looked upon as close competitor of Twitter, microblogging service for the same task – sharing information online. However, both services combined don’t have enough users to match up Facebook’s more than 250 million user base. Facebook couldn’t buy Twitter, a service that has seen a tremendous growth since its inception, so, the next close substitute was FriendFeed. Twitter has been facing some problems like the recent worm and DDoS attack, database upscaling issues. People cannot see their tweets older than two days or to a week if they don’t tweet frequently. So having that glittering five figure updates is pointless since you’ll never get to see your first update.

In May, Google was eyeing to acquire Twitter since the search giant was interested to venture into real-time search. However, the indexing of old Twitter updates for real-time search results has been quite an issue lately. If Google buys Twitter then all the search excellence can be used for tweaking Twitter’s search code.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information.” As of now FriendFeed will work as it is and the founders are yet to lay out future plans for integration of both services. Facebook’s FriendFeed acquisition is buzzed as directly challenging Google and leap frogs Twitter. “

FriendFeed service went out cold until they had announced the second version of their API this month. So, now Facebook will make use of ex-Google’s excellence in expanding Facebook platform to the next paradigm: Real-time search. If Google and Twitter is listening to this, they better sit together at least for mutual partnership on Twitter’s search technology.


What is the difference between Do-Follow and No-Follow blogs?

July 2, 2008

Many people have a doubt regarding this question about a do-follow and no-follow blog. Well in my past research i looked into this matter and got some interesting information about them.

Generally a new blogger will make as many blogs as possible as it genuinely helps in SERPs and attracts a reasonable amount of traffic towards the website or blog. But not each and every blogs are crawled by search engines.

There are 2 types of blogs. One having a “Do-Follow” in their tags and the other obviously as i have explained earlier a “No-Follow” in their pages.

The “Do-Follow” blogs generally are blogs that are crawled by search engines like Google, Yahoo, etc. The below theory will help you to understand it better.

In the early days of blogging, many unwanted spammers were abusing the commenting pages of these blogs with their yuck links, and indirectly trying to promote their sites. To combat such an issue, Google started implementing the “No-Follow” tags in its index. Furthermore, this “No-Follow” tag was soon grasped by WordPress.com (one of the most user-friendly free blogging website). The people at wordpress starting implementing the same strategy while running their scripts in their commenting page. Basically what it means is that the URL’s posted in the commenting pages are not considered by search engines like Google.com and also these urls are not approved by google in their page rank theory. The thinking behind this was this step would resist spammers from posting yucky commenting URLs on blogs.

Was it worth It ?? Well, as per the spamming (which was over 7000) on one of my blog is concerned, it reflects that this did not seem to work as my blog commenting page are “No-Followed”.

What was worth it is this Askimet SPAM plug-in in wordpress.

But unfortunately, the “no follow” tag did have one unforeen result. Genuine commentors that had placed legitimate comments on various blogs were also not permited from doing this because they were not receiving any “link juice” from their commenting, either.

There is known to be a movement from various blogging websites and also search engines to allow the “Do-Follow” tags only and restraining the “No-Follow” tags to encourage people to post comments on the blogs. In wordpress, there is a option to turn off the “No-Follow” tag by a given plugin.

By advertising and promoting your blog as a “Do-Follow” tagged blog, you will surely grab the attention of others posters to leave their comments on your blog.

So according to me, its well advised to promote your blog site on “Do-Follow” tagged blogs as it generally extracts more traffic and encourages others to leave comments on them.

Nitesh Pednekar
niteshseo86@gmail.com
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SEO Techniques/Tips that helped me and will help a newbie in future – Nitesh Pednekar

July 1, 2008

Through out my SEO research in my organisation, I was lucky to find new and upcoming solutions for ranking higher in search engines.

Around 2 years ago, I was the one in my organization, who found about a very creative and innovative idea of preparing blogs for boosting our website’s traffic. At first when i told my idea to my directors they were not too enthralled by me thinking. But (as i am a well respected professional in terms of my work done) they allowed me to got ahead with this attempt of making as many blogs as possible. The one blog i liked in terms of ranking SERP’s as well as design is WordPress. I started my blog http://bharatbook.wordpress.com and soon started getting more website traffic through it. As its a e-commerce website so in response we started getting a 1 enquiry about our products (online reports) regularly. Then many institutes as well as organizations started enquiring as well leading them into successful orders. Just a few months back, i decided to hand over my blog (http://bharatbook.wordpress.com) to my colleagues in our SEO department. Now i am extensively promoting the blog http://bharatbookbureau.wordpress.com and the same sort of response (enquiries turning into orders) has been achieved at a reasonably quick time.

Throughout these years, i have come to know that for any newbie blog creator starting with his personal or for that matter a professional blog, WordPress.com’s free blog is the best solution. Along with wordpress there are now a number of very easy and non-feasible free blogs that help in bringing extensive traffic and improve the oribinal websites value in a search engine market.

Below are a few blogs that were helpfull to me and might be needed by you :

Blogabond.com – A site dedicated to travel blogs with map integration and more.

BlogCheese.com – A video blogging website.

BusyThumbs.com – A blog site specifically for your text messages and camera phone

Blogetery.com – Offers multiple templates, anti-spam, free sub-domain and more.

BlogRox.com – Runs on WordPress and offers 50MB of free online space.

Blogsome.com – Based out of Ireland, this site uses the WordPress MU platform, large

Blog.com – Offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.

Blog Ladder.com – All blog entries show up on the main ladder as well as inside your own blog.

Blogger.com – A great starting site to get a taste of blogging, very easy to use.

Blogr.com – Allows you to blog, host photos & videos, and podcasts.

BlogSpirit.com – It’s a european based blogging site, offering 30-day trial and subscription thereafter, but offers quite a bit of storage.

Blogster.com – It offers free image hosting in addition to free blogs.

BlogYx.com – It’s a blogging site with extra features such as chat boxes so you can interact with your readers.

Bloki.com – Lets you build a blog site and even open it up for collaboration.

Bravenet.com – Free blog hosting with RSS feeds and more.

ClearBlogs.com – Free blog hosting and offers templates, friends only posts, IP-Banning and more.

Edublogs.com – WordPress powered blogging for educators.

Etribes.com – Based in Europe, allows you to create all sorts of websites including a blog.

Freevlog – Designed for video blogging and completely free.

GreatestJournal.com – Based on the same software as LiveJournal, offers free voice posts, 1GB of photo hosting, and space for up to 2,000 user icons.

InsaneJournal.com – Another site based on the Danga software that runs LiveJournal, offers free and paid accounts, paid benefits are only enhancements.

JorunalFen.net – Runs on the Danga platform, very much directed towards various “fandoms” (i.e. Harry Potter, various Television shows) and is meant for users 18 and older.

LiveJournal.com – One of the most well known of the blogging hosts. Offers multiple account types such as ad-supported and paid. The center of a few controversies recently.

Multiply.com – Mixes blogging and social networking, with photo galleries and more.

Netcipia.com – Free blog and wiki for private or public display with 2GB of storage.

Open Diary.com – Offers unlimited storage and posts, low cost subscription rates for advanced features.

ShoutPost.com – This is fabulous platform for creating blogs with a focus on generating traffic.

SoulCast.com – Have something you want to talk about, but want to say it anonymously? This may be the blogging site for you.

Squarespace.com – Lets you build your blog with numerous themes, also allows you to add other site features.

Terapad.com – It offers blogs as well as features such as an integrated store and also permits ad-sense for revenue.

Tooum.com – This is a fully integrated blog and forum which allows for seamless discussion between the two.

Tumblr.com – This is a a blog platform with a focus on allowing media-rich posts.

Trippert.com – Create and share blogs of your travels.

Ufem.com – Blogging site specifically geared towards women. Offers multiple themes and plugins.

Vox.com – This is a part of the Six Apart family of blogging sites, very much geared towards the personal journal types of blogs.

Word Count Journal.com – A new blogging format that is also part challenge. Write one word on the first day, two words on the second day and so on, at the end of the year you’ll have written 66,795 words.

WordPress.com – Not only can you install WordPress on your own sites, you can use the same software on their site and save yourself all of the technical work.

Weebly.com – This is a that allows you to create a site and blog, free hosting and change designs on the fly.

Windows Live Spaces – This is a free blogging service with your MSN account, only drawback is readers have to have an account also (not adviced).

Xanco.com – Another moblogging site for you to share all your mobile communications with friends and family.

Xanga.com – This is a part social network, part blogging, all free.

Yahoo 360 – This is a part of your Yahoo account and features easy publishing.

Zoomshare.com – It offers free blogs hosting with around 250MB of free storage space.

I hope this above mentioned blogs list will be helpful to you.

Stay tuned for more helpful techniques and tips on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Marketing.


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.