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Google Wars VI - Return of the PageRank

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Google recently applied for a patent which providing the combined ranking of the plurality of web pages in response to the search query. From the Google Site: 2. The method of claim 1, wherein the combined ranking includes a ranking of web pages from a plurality of websites.3. The method of claim 1, wherein the combined ranking includes a ranking of a plurality of websites.4. The method of claim 1, wherein modifying the global ranking score for each responsive web page based on the onsite ranking score for the web page comprises limiting a degree of modification of the global ranking score of a first web page based on a measure of authority of the corresponding website relative to other websites.5. The method of claim 1, wherein modifying the global ranking score for each responsive web page based on the onsite ranking score for the web page comprises limiting a degree of modification of the global ranking score of a first web page based on a placement of the first web page in an inter…

RankBrain - Google Now Using AI (Artificial Intelligence) To Help Sort Search Results

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Bloomberg Business reported yesterday that Google was using a new machine-learning artificial intelligence which it dubbed RankBrain. This new system will help sort through the plethora of results Google finds every second of every day. Since it is a machine learning system it will automatically adjust based on the information it finds rather than being dependent upon a person to provide an update to the way it functions.

What it's not: RankBrain is NOT a new Search Algorithm. That came along over two years ago and was named Hummingbird in 2013. RankBrain is simply a way to sort through all the noise out there in the form of many billions of pages on the web. It is a part of Hummingbird rather than a replacement for it. According to the Bloomberg article BrainRank is the third-most important signal contributing to how the results are organized and sorted. If you are like me, you probably asked, well...what are the first two? It is my opinion that links are and will remain #1 for …

How to stop Firebug from jumping to changing code or script

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First off, I love Firebug! It is a valuable tool for taking a look "behind the scenes" of the sites I work on. I really like that I can right click on an element and take a look at the code that is driving it. Recently however I have become frustrated with a "feature" of the tool. When looking at code on a page with a dynamic element such as a slide show, lightbox or ad the tool highlights and jumps to the code that has just changed. While I don't remember making any changes to the addin that would cause this to happen I'm not ruling it out. :) Either way, I couldn't figure out how to turn the darn thing off...until now.
It's actually very easy. Simply click on the HTML tab and uncheck the Highlight Changes, Expand Changes and Scroll Changes Into View lines. That's it. Really easy! Now I can look at the code I want to inspect without constantly having to scroll back to it or opening the tool in a new window.
Hope this helps!

Help Me Stop This Now!

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Help me put an end to childhood cancer!
As a father of two I was deeply moved by this video:


I’m going to do something pretty extreme, and I’m asking you to support me with a donation for childhood cancer research!

What am I doing?  I’m going to have my head shaved at a St. Baldrick’s Foundation event.

With my bald head, I’ll stand in solidarity with kids being treated for cancer. But the real point of all this is to raise money for life-saving research.  I’m doing it for infants, children, teens and young adults fighting cancer.  While it’s especially hard to think of kids fighting cancer, I’m also glad to know that some of the research supported by this foundation ultimately helps to fight all cancers.

Please make a donation on my head and come watch us “Shaving the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer!”

March 10th at The Harp Irish Pub 1425 Market Blvd Suite 1339 Roswell, GA

http://tinyurl.com/BaldDrew

Google Webmaster Tools Error

I find it ironic that I got a 404 error when trying to download my 404 errors from Google Webmaster Tools:

Andrew in a 4H shirt at the Fort in St. Augustine

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Picture taken of me last summer in St. Augustine Florida. Okay, maybe it wasn't last summer...it was summer though...circa 1981. lol

Google Rich Snippet Testing Tool

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Google recently announced that it has released a new version of the rich snippet testing tool which it has also renamed the "structured data testing tool". There are three changes to the tool: An improvement in how they display rich snippets in the testing tool to more closely match how they would appear in the search results.They have tweaked the UI and appearance of the tool to make the data that is extracted and used from the page more transparent.Lastly, Google has made the tool available in more languages.
The tool also allows you to track the number of items (objects) and number of pages where the objects are found: