I think we know that the search engine providers store a history of your searches. We hear about law enforcement checking someone's search history for the poison and bomb-making searches they have done, etc. etc. But some search engines now do predictive search as you type out the letters. Auto suggestion or instant match or whatever they call it. So as you type .... b-o-m-b-, the suggestions and sometimes results appear (bombay bicycle club, bomber jacket, bomb timers, etc.). You can certainly get the search results you may be looking for without ever press enter. And with some, the search result change as you scroll up and down a list that it has suggested for you based on the first few letters typed. So when/what is the record of your searches made? It is every letter you type? or only when 'enter' is pressed? or the position of the cursor as you scroll through a list? Or only whatever's in the search box when a link is clicked (so you see read the page summaries without that being tracked, but if you click a link, then that's a search 'hit')? I don't know. Could you help me understand please?
I am taking on a new role which will require me to be conversant in SEO. Our SEO product manager likes to obfuscate things so no one can pin him down. It is my job to pin him down and call bullshit. I have no idea what schema.org is or what this canonical stuff is all about. Can anyone recommend a great book / site where I can get up to speed on all things SEO? I don't have a lot of time to spend so brevity is key.
How important is Google PageRank in relation to the updates in recent months with regard to Google Panda? [more inside]
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Decent scholarship search engine, anyone ? [more inside]
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Is there a program to search a document in a program that does not have a search function? [more inside]
To SEO people out there ... is it possible to manipulate a small business website to push the business up Google's rankings and get it onto the first page of results? [more inside]
How do I find an accurate list of do follow blogs? These are blogs which do not have the rel=no follow tag on their comment posts links. [more inside]
Is a published Google Doc document autoindexed by Google or hidden until it is first linked by another page? [more inside]
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Is SEO worth paying for? [more inside]
I deleted the Google search engine from my Firefox search engine bar. How do I add it back? [more inside]
How do I get Google to stop putting the "Try your search on *other search engine links*" bar at the top of all of my search result pages?> [more inside]
SEO filter: What's this about getting descriptive domain names for forwarding? [more inside]
Which are the most popular search engines used by people in Nigeria, Kenya and Saudi Arabia - other than Google / Yahoo / MSN etc. ? [more inside]
is it possible to filter search engine results by date? Google claims it is, but its not working for me. Live.com and yahoo dont even seem to have the option. [more inside]
My company is looking to build a search engine to index our web site and I'm wondering if anyone has used any open package to do the task. Names, URLs, experience would be highly appreciated,
I modified my website's search engine to log queries--including the search string, timestamp, referer, and visitor IP--in order to discover what visitors are searching for from which pages. Several of the queries have a blank referer and come from the IP 188.8.131.52. Those query strings are not spam-like. Typically they have some relation to my site's topic. The IP appears to belong to the Googlebot, buy why would it behave that way? The queries seem like things a human would enter. Is there some method of accessing a site's search engine that strips the referer header and leaves a bogus IP? As I said, nothing about this appears malicious. I am just wondering what is happening.
Why are library search engines always given first names? [more inside]
A few months ago I saw a people search engine where you typed in a name and it returned profiles of online personalities matching that name, complete with contact information. Any idea what it was? [more inside]
What's up with Yahoo! Am I alone or are there problems? [more inside]
Why does my site keep showing up on search engines with out of date met descriptions and keywords? [more inside]
I need a search that works. I got Drupal but I'll try anything, homebrew, standalone spiders, anything at all. [more inside]
I have a jpg file. What is the best way to find any instances of this file posted anywhere on the web. This is pretty much a dupe of this AskMe from 2004 but i was hoping technology might have advanced enough to provide a new answer. [more inside]
Can you recommend a forum on Search Engine Optimization? [more inside]
Is the price you pay for Google Sponsored links determined by simple supply-and-demand or is it determined by the the service/product being offered?
Sorry for the banal question, but I have to make a decision in the next couple of weeks. We have a new website with a unique product to promote. As of 2007: Paid search. Google or Yahoo? Combination of both? What percentage for each? Does it depend on the product / website? [more inside]
How do search engines react when you change a 301 redirect? [more inside]
are there still search engines that accept an asterisk as a wild card? [more inside]
Is there any regular expression based search engine or search engine that allows to search for one word in the vicinity of another word, like say word1 within 10 words of word2 ? [more inside]
I'm looking for a way to find out what keywords/keyphrases are being used on all search engines for my website. My stats program shows a few but there must be loads that I haven't found yet. Thanks for reading.
I'm trying to get a new phpBB forum going, and I can't figure out how to begin getting word out. I have a few questions. [more inside]
I just started working for an IT company that has been dipping it's toes in the world of web design & development for a while, but not been doing things right. How do I get them to shape up? Or do I ship out? [more inside]