The PHP130,000 Philippine SEO Contest

Here’s a nice incentive to start learning about search engine optimization: the PHP130,000 Philippine SEO Contest. For the uninitiated, search engine optimization or SEO is: a set of methodologies aimed at improving the visibility of a website in search engine listings. The term also refers to an industry of consultants that carry out optimization projects on behalf of client sites. Related posts: No related...

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Where Do Filipino Workers Go Online?

Interesting takes on US surfing habits while at work. …the seventh annual “Web@Work” study from Websense, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that employees spend time at work accessing non-work-related sites. Some 61% of respondents with a work-owned internet connection admitted that they spend at least some time surfing non-work-related Web sites during the workday. What’s more interesting is the disparity between what employees report and what company proxy server cops report. Do we have the same surfing habits? If I were to make an informal list of sites frequented by Filipino workers while at the office, these sites come to mind: Friendster.com INQ7.net YouTube.com PinoyTechBlog And no, I’m not talking from experience 😉 Related posts: No related...

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The GorillaPod

Mar 28, 06 The GorillaPod

Posted by in Imaging & Photography

Camera trigger-happy Filipinos out vacationing in the boondocks would love to have something like this in their camera bag. The GorillaPod from JOBY looks something right out of a sci-fi flick but I can see how Filipinos will benefit from this hybrid camera tripod. Via Cool Hunting. Related posts: No related...

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Windows Live 8 Years Ago

This is what the Windows Live homepage looked like in February 11, 1998. This is what it looks like now: How much did Microsoft pay for the domain? Considering the attention Microsoft is devoting to Windows Live these days, I’m guessing Ross Finlayson, the original Live.com domain owner must be one happy man If you are looking for fast success in testking 70-648 exams then join today to explore complete 70-647 resources and pass testking SY0-201 certification on first try. A person can choose security+ braindump & pass4sure 70-272 for his easiness. Related posts: No related...

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Will the Next iPod Killer Please Stand Up?

Samsung is releasing what it hopes will be, the portable MP3 player that will slay the Goliath that is the iPod: the YP-Z5. You have to give it to this baby. In tries to match everything the iPod Nano offers…everything but the scroll wheel. Same size (3.5 by 1.6 inches) Similar choices of colors (silver or black) Same storage capacity (2GB or 4GB) Similar SRPs ($200 and $250) It even hired Paul Mercer, a former Apple employee to add that Apple flavor to the software running the Samsung YP-Z5. Samsung and a host of other portable MP3 player manufacturers understand the values people love about the iPod. Almost all competitors have tried to dissect and replicate these values, to no avail. At least six factors make the iPod such a hit: cool-looking hardware; a fun-to-use, variable-speed scroll wheel; an ultrasimple software menu; effortless song synchronization with Mac or Windows; seamless, rock-solid integration with an online music store (iTunes); and a universe of accessories. Mess up any aspect of the formula, and your iPod killer is doomed to market-share crumbs. Related posts: No related...

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Google’s Got MyAyala.com’s Back

Two weeks after being kicked out of Google’s index, MyAyala.com is back. MyAyala.com was extra careful to clean up all pages in the site after Google engineer Matt Cutts publicly listed other remaining spammy pages in the site. Related posts: No related...

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SEO Companies in the Philippines

In part 1 of our SEO Companies in the Philippines series, the spotlight is on a link building-focused SEO company based in Cagayan de Oro City. In this installment, I interview Michael Turner, CEO of Harvest SEO. The inteview gives a glimpse of how the Florida-based company came to set up shop in the City of Golden Friendship. How did Harvest SEO come to be? Can you give us a historical profile of the company and its founders? About 3.5 years ago I was hired to webmaster a group of sites. I examined the competitive space for that industry and saw that it was wide open, but the amount of work required was more than I could do on my own. The owner of the sites had limited faith in the Internet and would not allocate enough funds for me to hire anyone, so I ended up hiring some people from The Philippines to do the work for me and just paid them out of my paycheck. That’s how it all started. Actually, it started back in 1996, when I read an article in Wired Magazine (Mother Earth Mother Board by Neal Stephenson). To write the article he had traveled around the world to see some techie events that were well off the beaten path, and watched fiber optics cables being dragged ashore by scuba divers in The Philippines. Much of the cost of laying fiber optics is in burying it. The Philippines’ volcanic origin over a deep see floor makes it easy to bring fiber to many points in the islands, since not much of the cable needs to be buried. This meant that the Philippines would quickly become one of the most wired nations on the planet, and that it would be prime location to roll out wireless services to millions of people. The wireless Philippines is not here yet, but it’s coming rapidly. In addition, to me, it meant it was the dawning of a new age in which intellectual value...

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MyAyala.com Removes Hidden Text But…

MyAyala.com has removed the hidden text pointed out in the MyAyala.com Does a BMW.de post earlier. Bon Moya, general manager of MyAyala.com had this to say: Yes there was a hidden text there for some time. But when we found out, we took it out immediately. We have written Google and Google has acknowledged our compliance and told us that we will be brought back in the Google index. But Senior Google engineer Matt Cutts has picked up the story and posted a rather interesting reply on his blog: I was interested to see an article about a site in the Philippines that is removing hidden text from its front page. Kudos to myayala.com for taking that action. A quick check still shows some hidden text though, e.g. http://sureseats.myayala.com/ has some white-on-white text that I highlighted: If you’re doing a reinclusion request, my advice is to make sure that all of the hidden text is gone from the site before requesting reinclusion. It may just be an oversight, but doing a full clean-up on a site before doing a reinclusion request really improves the chances of everything going smoothly. I think it’s safe to say that MyAyala.com needs to send a second reinclusion request after they’ve done a thorough “house cleaning”. Related posts: No related...

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MyAyala.com Does a BMW.de

A few weeks ago, the German country site of BMW (BMW.de) was removed from the Google Index after getting a public SEO spam review courtesy of Matt Cutts, senior Google engineer and anti-spam czar. By using a combination of keyword stuffed redirecting doorway pages, the site was deemed spammy and in violation of Google’s webmaster quality guidelines. Last February 16, Dennis Agulo a member of the SEO Philippines mailing list reported that MyAyala.com too has been removed from the Google Index. A site:domain check over at both Google.com and Google.com.ph showed zero results. MyAyala.com could have been caught stuffing keyword-rich hidden text at the footer of its pages, a clear violation of the Google webmaster guidelines. MyAyala.com is one of the most recognized sites in the Philippine Internet scene and is one of the flagship online properties of the Ayala Group of Companies. Related posts: No related...

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$7,000 SEO Contest is On

John Scott and the folks over at V7n.com have officially launched their v7ndotcom elursrebmem SEO contest. If you can rank #1 in Google for the term [v7ndotcom elursrebmem] on May 15, 2006, John Scott and co. will give you $4,000 and a 30 GB iPod. Wait I thought you said $7,000. I did. And this is where it gets interesting. A few shakers in the SEO industry banded together to do their own contest. The total prize for their version of the contest is $3,000, which brings the total pot to $7,000. But be careful, both contests have strict requirements which if not followed, will invalidate your contest entry or entries. V7N SEO Contest Last update: January 16, 2006 Target Keyword Phrase: v7ndotcom elursrebmem Search Engine Target: Google Total Prize at Stake: $4,800 + 30 GB Apple iPod Top Prize: $4,000 + 30 GB Apple iPod ($1,000 from V7N + $1,000 from Sporge and Skaffe directories + $2000 from Jeremy Schoemaker + iPod from Dan Freakley) Other Prizes at Stake: 2nd – $500, 3rd to 5th – $100 each Start Date: January 15, 2006 End Date: May 15, 2006 Requirements: must have at least one of the following: link back to www.v7n.com (nofollow is ok), official contest banner (no href is ok) or “We support V7n.com” text on the contest page Mechanics: click here Greg Boser aka WebGuerilla, Oilman and Mike Grehan‘s SEO Contest Last update: January 16, 2006 Target Keyword Phrase: v7ndotcom elursrebmem Search Engine Target: Google Total Prize at Stake: $4,600 Top Prize: $3,000 Other Prizes at Stake: 2nd – $1000, 3rd to 5th – $200 each Start Date: January 15, 2006 End Date: May 15, 2006 Link Requirements: all entries should link to “http://mattcutts.com/” and not link to V7N.com; Mechanics: click here, here and here. Any Pinoys interested in this contest? PhP 378,000 (P54 = $1) is a lot of money. Related posts: No related...

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