Monthly Archives: September 2010

Goo.gl url shortener is now open to everyone!

I love this: the goo.gl url shortener is now open to everyone ! I know the folks that worked on this, so let me answer a few quick questions. Q: Why are you doing this? A: Google needed a url shortener for its own products where we knew the shortener wouldn’t go away. We also wanted a shortener that we knew would do things the right way (e.g. 301/permanent redirects), and that would be fast, stable, and secure. Q: Why open it up to the public? A: Initially we launched it only for Google to use on things like the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner. It only took about week before someone dug into the toolbar to see how the shortening code worked. One popular Chrome extension showed up within a few days and now has almost 70,000 installs. Clearly, a lot of people wanted to use goo.gl themselves. Q: Fair enough. Any cool new features? A: The main feature is that you can use goo.gl just by going to the web page. But if you go to http://goo.gl and login with your Google account, you’ll get analytics and history features for the urls you’ve shortened. Here’s what the analytics page looks like for a recent link I tweeted, for example: Q: Is goo.gl an “X killer”? A: No, goo.gl isn’t an effort to kill anything. I think the whole “product X will kill product Y” meme is getting a little threadbare. We needed a url shortener for Google itself. And then lots of people asked for this, so we’re opening our own url shortener to the world. Different url shorteners have different philosophies; I view the goo.gl philosophy as running a tight, fast service without piling on a ton of features. My favorite Chrome extension to shorten urls is right here , but see the official blog post for other good extensions that use goo.gl. Danny Sullivan is also writing a screenshot-by-screenshot article over on Search Engine Land . I hope you like the service. I’m biased, because I know the people that work on it, but why not give it a try yourself ?

How To Pick The Right Website Name For A Law Firm

Selecting a website name for your firm is an important task. Quite often, attorneys do not take into consideration all of the factors that should be associated with making the decision. Below, you will find addressed some items to think about when you are thinking about the domain name to use for your firm website or blog.

Easy AdSense Suggestions To Make More Monthly Money

If you are still trying to figure out how to make an online income, this article is for you. In this article we will explain Google’s revenue sharing program called AdSense. It is one of the simplest programs out there to make money with your blog and you won’t have to do a lot to start today. AdSense is a new program, in fact, it has made many people very prosperous over the years. However, many people get the wrong impression that you don’t have to do anything with AdSense to make money except put the code on your website. The thing that is wrong with this picture is that many of these people don’t see the behind the scenes work that is put into AdSense to become successful.

SEO Tips And How They Can Help You To Improve Your Page Ranking

You can tell a website’s success based on its page ranking, although this is definitely not as important as it used to be. It is likely that the bigger entities on the web will come across websites that have a higher page ranking as they will see these sites as being more reputable. If you want to improve your website’s page ranking, then the following tips should be of some help.

How Ad Networks Can Monetize Your Site Or Web Content

If you run a blog, if you make some videos now and then or if you manage an eshop, actually, no matter what type of website you run or what sort of content you provide it may be time to look at how ad networks can monetize your site. With top networks like CasaleMedia, you may be surprised at how much money there is to be made through web content.

Using AdWords Wrapper To Your Advantage

AdWords has proved to be a fantastic strategy to generate qualified targeted traffic and purchasers to a web site. It’s not completely foolproof and does need time, and educated tactic and careful attention. To make the most of AdWords often calls for a lot of time both examining the info but additionally just formatting keywords for best results. AdWords Wrapper slashes that period in half.

Recapping Google’s new two-factor authentication

I wanted to post about Google’s new two-factor authentication announcement. Two-factor authentication is something you have (e.g. a phone) and something you know (e.g. a password). It’s a Big Deal because if your account or business has two-factor authentication, those accounts are immediately less likely to be phished, hijacked, or otherwise abused. There’s a neat Google Authenticator application that runs on Android, iPhone, and Blackberry: For the “something you have,” Google provides lots of ways to authenticate: – SMS, e.g. for cell phones – a voice phone call, e.g. for landline phones – authentication apps, e.g. for smartphones that might be abroad or not have a signal. Android, iPhone, and Blackberry phones are supported. – one-time/single-use codes that you can print out as a final fallback and put in your wallet, desk or a safety deposit box. This announcement has a few bonus features. Here are some extra-good things that make me happy: – Two-factor authentication will be offered on all Gmail accounts “in the next few months,” according to TechCrunch. – You can authenticate a particular browser using cookies for 30 days per browser . So you don’t get bugged with a login message on a computer you use every day, like your home computer. – Google open-sourced the Android authentication app and according to that page will open-source the iPhone app soon. – Drew Hintz mentioned in the TechCrunch comments that the Google Authenticator app uses RFC 4226, so a lot of this work is open stuff that people could take and build on. Drew also does a great job debunking misconceptions in the TechCrunch comments: “Random commenter: Google wants my phone number? (insert too-much-data-conspiracy here)” “Drew: Actually, you can use the app if you prefer not to provide a phone number” Overall, this is a great launch. I’ve seen the pain that a hijacked account can cause , over and over and over again. Don’t just protect yourself with a password. As soon as you can, add an extra layer of protection with two-factor authentication on your account. Two-factor authentication: it’s not just for World of Warcraft any more.