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comScore reports that January 2010 was another good month for Microsoft Bing with a small increase their part of the US Search traffic.
Bing added another 0,6% and are now at 11,3%, whereas Yahoo! goes down 0,3% to 17,0% – interesting is though that the combination Yahoo!+Bing adds 0,3%.
And another interesting thing is Google US Search share going DOWN o,3% to still a massive 65,4% – still very impressive!

Got an email from CoffeeCup Software the other day telling me that buying their sitemap module will help my search rankings…  hmm…

Ok, they dont go into details, but a catchy top of the email looking like this:
CoffeeCup Software is overselling sitemaps

Dear CoffeeCup, nice Sitemaps or cool styled sitemaps might be a good idea because of several reasons, but I have NOT seen any proffs of a sitemap helping on search rankings.

Haha…  check lige denne stilling i Ishøj – en søgemaskineekspert som skal have styr på logiske søgeord og have IT-erfaring indenfor web..
Er det allerede 1. april?
Søgemaskineekspert til logiske søgeord

3 weeks with Google Nexus One

February 9th, 2010 | Posted by Niels Klintø in Tech - (6 Comments)

I have now been using a Google Nexus One in Denmark (thanx to my friend Per Klixbüll) for around 3 weeks and I’m a happy Nexus One user.

To make it easy I can put it like this…

Like:

  • Open standard – nice Apps in the Apps Market
  • Works better with the Google Apps I use so much…  (and it should..)
  • Better camera
  • Faster
  • NO fxxx iTunes – just move your music and other kind of files…

Miss (from iPhone):

  • Facebook App -  the Android version plain sucks
  • A good Twitter App… – no really good one…

So I guess I’ll be ok for now…

Bing is still growing!

January 16th, 2010 | Posted by Niels Klintø in Business | Tech - (2 Comments)

It seems like Microsoft did something better than before when they decided to launch the search engine Bing.
All the way since the launch in late May 2009 Bing has seen an increase in their share of the search market and the month of December in US was not different.

comScore reports that Bing in December went up 0,4% to 10,7%, but Google is still the BIG one adding 0,1% which makes Google take a massive 65,7% of the US search market. In the same period Yahoo went down 0,2% to 17,3%, but the really interesting part about it is that Yahoo+Bing is at more than 25% procent (28%), so for a US PPC campaign you really have a big chunk of extra traffic to gain from also using them…  not really the same in Denmark where Yahoo+Bing might add 3% on a very good day…  😉

Personally I really like that Bing is growing, not because its Microsoft or..  but simply because I hope at some point that we’ll see Google massive position as the clear number 1 in search shaken just a bit – some competition would be really good!

I want a Google Nexus One

January 6th, 2010 | Posted by Niels Klintø in Tech - (0 Comments)

Now I think it’s time to go for an Android powered phone and the Google Nexus One looks pretty good.

I must admit I really like my iPhone – using it so much and we’re taking about the iPhone 1. generation… but now it must be time to switch to something faster (and I did consider the iPhone 3Gs – looked great!) and it’s not gonna be an iPhone because I do HATE that teh Apple iPhone OS is a closed system and that it’s not born with “a drag and drop your files and music interface”  – iTunes sucks, especially for phones not bought by the official channels..  and upgrading isnt too difficult, but it does take quite some time.. would love to get rid of iTunes!

So now I’m looking at this new and FAST Android phone Google Nexus One – I might get one pretty soon..

First stop on our honeymoon in October/November was planned to be Siam Reap in Cambodia to see the marvellous Angkor Wat temple area and by a bit of Internet surfing we were already prepared for the trip and warned about the different scams that you could encounter.
Luckily we read and printed the informative warnings from Tales of Asia and how he describes that “ALL PRIVATE BUS SERVICES TO CAMBODIA SOLD BY TRAVEL AGENTS IN BANGKOK ARE RIP-OFFS AND RIFE WITH SCAMS. ALL OF THEM. NO, NOT SOME OF THEM. ALL OF THEM” (taken directly from his site) – he was SO right!
In fact by having read all the advices we were in a position to laugh quite a bit when some people tried to scam us, because we already knew beforehand what would happen – I can only recommend being a bit prepared and the trip will be full of fun…  😉

In the next couple of lines I will give our experiences.

We stayed at the really nice hotel New Siam River Side – probably the best hotel in the close to Khao San Road area, so of course we decided to ask the travel agent at the hotel for advice and maybe buying the trip to Siam Reap there.
She was full of crap…
Because of a lot of scams, she said, she could offer us a 10 persons minibus to the border + a Toyota Camry for 4 persons in Cambodia at a price of 1.000 bath. Directly to a guesthouse they know, but we don’t have to stay there…  and she promised us only 1 stop on the way + the Border crossing…
Going alone would be very difficult and to the border will be 400 bath per person.
She also proposed to help with Visa to Cambodia. She could prepare it now for 1.500 bath, because its 1.300 bath at the border and very slow.

Facts:
-    Official bus to the Cambodian Border 250 bath.
-    the sign at the Cambodian Border said USD 20 for the Visa, but the nice officials at the border tried to earn a little extra by charging 1.000 bath for the Visa. And the procedure was fast!
-    It was so easy to get a shared taxi just after the Border crossing – we paid 35 USD for 3 persons and the trip took around 2 hours…  not bad

We did try to get another offer at a hotel in Bangkok and the offer was close to the same – 900 for the trip to some guesthouse in Siam Reap and she strongly recommended us to get the Visa now for only 1.300 bath…  but she could discount to 2.250 bath per person.
And NO the USD 20 is not possible anymore – now it’s 1.300 – A direct lie!
So funny looking back at..  especially because we were warned…

We did of course not try the package tours, so we can’t for sure tell if the trips are as slow as described in “Tales of Asia”, but on other trips we saw it. And we can only recommend planning trips by yourselves, not to save money, but to save time and irritations..  the package tours are damn slow and stop too many times, so you have the possibility to buy food ect. where the bus company get a commission… and you end up in guesthouses or hotels where the bus company gets a commission again… it’s all about getting a lot of extra commissions and not about getting the tourists from A-B and charge a fair price for it..

Oh yeah and then there were the fake Cambodian Visa Office on the Thai side of the border. After arriving by bus (according to schedule) around 5 km from the border we took a Tuk Tuk to the border, BUT it decided to take a right turn just before the border ( I could nearly see the Cambodian Border) and 2 mins later we were at a small café like place where a man in a dirty shirt (from food) told us that this was the Cambodian Border and that we should buy Visa’s from him..  I laughed at him at told him that I couldn’t see any Border here..  he tried to point to the road outside which made me laugh a lot more…  and then he left for a moment..
I told the Frenchman who joined my wife and I in the Tuk Tuk that this was a scam and that he should just take it easy and not leave the Tuk Tuk…  and 2 mins later we told the Visa scam man to get us the Tuk Tuk driver and get him to take us to the Cambodian Border as agreed…  and a couple minutes later we were on our way to the real Cambodian Border – the Tuk Tuk driver gave us a “sorry, but I had to try”-look….  😉

And at the Cambodian Border the Frenchman gave 1.000 bath for the Visa – my wife and I paid the USD 20 per person + a tip of 100 bath. The Border crossing was in general very fast and easy..  nothing to worry about…

At the Cambodian side we pushed away some people who wanted to do money exchange (also a scam)… and took the free bus to the bus terminal.. went outside the bus terminal and negotiated a private taxi to Siam Reap – piece of cake and from what I hear so much faster than going on the Khao San Road scam bus packages.

Irina and the Frenchman outside our “Taxi” – we needed a 2 mins break..
Trip from Bangkok to Siam Reap, Cambodia

Btw the road from the Border to Siam Reap is great – not bad as it used to be.

It’s no news that Google and other Search Engines has a hard time (read: don’t do it very good) making sense of images and with Google’s  change in the way they show images in their Universal Search ( Universal Search blends listings from Google news, video and image ect among the listings they get from crawling websites ) there’s even more reason in helping Google understanding the images on your website.

Google decribes their change like:
“When we’re confident that we have great image results to deliver, we’ll now show you a larger image and additional smaller images alongside. This new layout helps us to display more pictures than before, so you have more options to quickly choose from. As always, click on an image to see it full size on the original webpage.”

And looks like this
Google Universal Search Images

So remember to describe your images – not overdo – and you get a chance of “stealing” even more Google SERPS screen real estate…

It is for sure a merry Christmas – Sepiamusic’ new album Trenches is now ready for download at iTunes.
I’m still just as happy about the album as I was when I heard the first single “Crazy Burn” – “Crazy Burn” is a huge hit, if you ask me… and the whole album is just superb….

Download Crazy Burn at the Sepiamusic site (as long as its still up there) and check out the super Crazy Burn Video.

At the PubCon conference (Novmber 10. – 13.) in Las Vegas Google’s “Spam czar” Matt Cutts told the audience that Google will NOT launch their new version of their Search Engine backend “Caffeine” before Christmas and thereby potentially make large changes in their index that might ruin the Christmas earning for lots of webshops.
I’m sure many people can remember the Google Search Engine update called “Florida” (back in November 2003) that litteraly ruin the Christmas earning for lots and lots of webshop – and some say forcing these webshop over to Google’s advertising program AdWords – was it deliberately?
Anyway Matt Cutts first of all told the audience that the “Caffeine” (not update) version won’t really be so much different in the algorithm, but the speed..
And Google has decided not to roll it out over their datacenters before Christmas, so from this point it will be a good Chrismas with a lot of action in the webshops. But Matt Cutts did tell that Google probably will make one of their datacenters run the new “Caffeine” version, so there might be a bit to see…