Monthly Archives: March 2015

Review: Implementing the Google Search Appliance in an Intranet environment

Our corporate intranet is a non-framed environment with both Lotus Domino and IIS (.Net and classic ASP) applications and content. We have between 300,000-500,000 pages of web content and documents across more than 1200 “sites” on approximately 30 unique domains. We used to have Inktomi’s UltraSeek Server 3.0 as our intranet search engine which was beginning to look like its age (purchased in 1998). The Inktomi product did not handle attachments well (DOC, PPT, PDF, etc.), would not crawl our secured sites, and was no longer supported by the vendor. We did a cursory review of the search vendors and were immediately attracted to Google’s 30 day trial offer for their Google Search Appliance (GSA). After signing a standard agreement, they shipped us a brand new shiny yellow unit which we could test for 30 days before returning or purchasing.

Product info
The GSA is a “black box” 1U standard rack-mountable server. By “black box” I mean, Google gives you a web interface to administer the device but do not want you to access the Operating System (a heavily Google-customized version of Linux). In fact, the license agreement stipulates that you will not tamper with the hardware or OS of the appliance in any way. The device has no need for a keyboard, mouse or video – all you need for normal operation is a network cable and standard power input.

The GSA comes in different flavors to fit different needs varying by size of the hardware and correspondingly size of the license. (Licensing is based on the number of URLs crawled by the appliance.) There are 3 different hardware configurations; the GB-1001, GB-5005, and GB-800. These are broken down as follows;
GB-1001 – 150K documents for $28K, 300K documents for $50K

GB-5005 – 1.5M documents for $230K
GB-8008 – 4M documents for $450K

Why Google?
As advertised, the GSA met all of our needs being able to index the large variety of filetypes we have in our environment, access secured content, having a documented API, etc. The Google brand power was another big selling factor. When we told our users that they were going to get a Google-based search engine they knew their days of troubled searching were over. Lastly, the 30-day trial run experience we had with the GSA sealed the deal. The appliance is the easiest enterprise solution I’ve ever had to install, configure and maintain. We were literally up and running within an hour of opening the shipping box.

Installation

The appliance has two network ports on the back panel; one for normal operation and the other used exclusively for network configuration. To configure the network settings we connected a laptop to the appliance via a special (some pin-outs are non-standard) orange Ethernet cable which is included. The installation process was about as easy as one can imagine for a “black box.”

First we plugged in the normal operation network cable and then the power. The power plug on the appliance IS the power switch; plug it in to turn on and unplug it to turn it off. After plugging it in, we waited about 5 minutes for the appliance to play a tune which is the signal to continue. Next, we hooked up our laptop (already set to DHCP mode) to the appliance and powered it up. After logging in to our laptop and making sure we had the correct IP assigned by the appliance’s built-in DHCP server we are ready to configure the network settings. Total elapsed time (excluding rack mounting): 10 minutes.

Configuration
Network configuration, like normal administration, is done entirely through a browser and is a simple 5 step process. The first screens ask you for basic network information; IP address, subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS. Subsequent screens collect SMTP server, “From” address for GSA notification messages, time zone, NTP (time) servers and the admin account name/password. The last step is to test a few URLs which you will be crawling to make sure you’ve done the setup correctly. After a final settings review screen configuration is complete and you can then unplug your laptop and get to the good part; start crawling. Total elapsed time: 10 minutes.

Crawling the site(s)

Using the URL provided, all administration of the GSA is done remotely. After logging in with the ID/password we provided in the previous step, we were presented with the Administration console. We created a new collection to hold our index, put in the “Start crawling from” URL, copied that same URL into the “Follow and Crawl only URLs with the Following patterns” box and we were done. We saved our settings and then clicked the “Start crawling” button. We then went over to the “Crawl status” screen and watched the “Crawled URLs” counter increase. Google advertises that it can crawl about 4,000 URLs in about 15 minutes or so. We found the crawl time would increase significantly if there are documents (Word, PDF, Excel, etc.) linked to from those URLS.

After the crawl is done the collection is automatically indexed and then checked against the Serving Prerequisites (any criteria you wish to use to determine whether to move an indexed collection to production) and the collection will either be moved to Production (and consequently searchable) or be moved to Staging. The Staging area lets you validate new crawls before letting users search against them.

Crawling configuration
After your first crawl you may find the need to go back and tweak the crawling parameters. Google gives you a good amount of control over how sites are crawled, the frequency, how many threads are used, etc. For sites with security, the GSA supports Basic Authentication and an additional security module is available which supports Forms Authentication. The most challenging configuration aspects for us were determining the right combination of URL patterns to exclude from the search. If you are a Domino shop and looking to use the GSA you may need to spend some time getting the crawler configuration just right to support the sometimes convoluted Domino query string parameters.

After we got the crawl parameters tuned and the first complete crawl done we did some testing to see if the crawler grabbed all the content. Browsing our site and testing with some strings buried deep inside the taxonomy we always found the GSA had crawled them accurately. We also did some testing with strings inside PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations and the like. When we did come across something that hadn’t been crawled a careful analysis led us to discover that we needed to do some more tweaking of the crawl settings.

Other notable features

Google also gives you a KeyMatch tool that allows you to specify which indexed documents should appear at the top of the results page for a given query. These manifest themselves almost identically to the Sponsored Links at the top of the results page of the Google we all use. A Synonym tool allows you to specify alternate words or phrases for search queries. For example, if someone searches for WCM, you can suggest “Web Content Management” at the top of the results page.

An output format feature lets you control (via an XSLT) the presentation of the search results. You can use this for changing the fonts, colors, logo, header, etc. of the results page. We were able to easily remove the “Cached” feature on the results page with some XSLT modifications.

The Reporting tool lets you run reports on search queries over various time ranges. It will show you the number of searches per day, per hour, the top 100 keywords and top 100 queries for the time period specified.

Downsides

The GSA is not for organizations looking to index their shared network drives as the appliance has no facility for crawling file systems. This is really too bad as many companies struggle with the huge quantities of unstructured content on stored on their networks. Of course, there are a plethora of other products out there for exactly this issue.

Access directly to databases (e.g. SQL, Oracle, etc.) is another area which is off-limits for the GSA as well as any kind of integration with content or document management systems.

Conclusion

Author: Bryan A. Mjaanes

SEO for Google Earth

Google Earth will become the launch pad for a new generation of Google location-based services. Did you know that you can optimise your site for Google Earth? In this article, David Viney shows you how.

Why on Google Earth am I suggesting optimisation for the world’s favourite bit of fun? Well, Google are currently investing heavily in mobile and geographical information offerings, including a new mobile browser and location-based services such as Google Ride Finder & Google Transit. As the web becomes ever more local, you should seriously consider optimising your site for Google Earth and the next generation of local search products.

What is Google Earth?

Google Earth was formerly known as Earth Viewer prior to acquisition of the company that created it – Keyhole, Inc – by Google in 2004. Google Earth is a virtual globe program that superimposes images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographical information systems (GIS) onto a 3D globe. The application has become very popular with web-users worldwide, keen to see what their house looks like from space and can be downloaded here as a standalone, desktop application.

It seems inevitable to me that, as bandwidth improves, Google Earth will eventually become the top level interface for the Google Maps service and the entire Google Local Search Interface. After all, the service can already be accessed using a browser at (the unofficial) Flash Earth and Wikimapia services.

Introducing Keyhole Markup Language (KML)

KML is an XML-schema supporting the display of three-dimensional geospatial data in Google Earth, Google Maps and other similar programs. Named after Keyhole, the company that invented the schema, KML has many different parameters to customise the display of geospatial locations. A simple KML file for the Statue of Liberty in New York (with the file name statue.kml) might look something like this:

   Statue of Liberty

   Statue of Liberty

  

     -74.044700, 40.689400

  

Optimising for Google Earth

I recommend to all my clients the creation of individual Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files for all their business branch addresses. To find your own (longtitude and latitude) coordinates (to place in the tags, put your branch postcode into multimap.com and read off the resulting coordinates from the “map information section”.

Save the KML files to the root directory of your website (i.e. http://www.yourdomain.com/location-1.kml), then add a line of code for each location to your Sitemap file, so that Google will index your location data when next it crawls your sitemap:

 http://www.yourdomain.com/location-1.html

 http://www.yourdomain.com/location-2.html

After a few days, Google will crawl your sitemap and index the individual KML files. The final step is to add a link to Google Maps from the locations, branch finder or contact us page of your website, which follows a particular dynamic URL syntax. For example, this is some link code (you can try out) for the London branch of SEO Expert Services:

SEO Expert Services – London Branch Map

You will note that my KML includes a range of customisations. You could similarly add (a) a small picture of the building, (b) a link to the business website, (c) the business address, (d) links to the contact form, and (e) links to the other branches & their maps.

Conclusions

Over time, geo-tagged content is likely to become very importantHealth Fitness Articles, as search becomes ever more local. Future-proof your business now by investing a little time in KML and the art of Google Earth optimisation. More help via my forum!

Author: David Viney

Directories & Google

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Directories & Google
By Clare Lawrence 15th August 2004

Can listings in directories help my rank on Google?

Google the leading search engine considers several actors in its ranking algorithm, firstly it considers the text content of a sites web pages and decides what theme it belongs to.

Next it looks at the number of links inbound to each page, particularly important are links from related themed web pages.

So a web page about domain names, using the key phrase domain name registration with lots of links inbound from related sites such as other domain registration will do well.

A sites content rank will depend on its rating compared to other competitive websites. Greater relevancy and linkage brining a better ranking.

Directories if properly constructed can fit the bill. Remember Google resolves web pages and not sites, so if a directory has a page sufficiently dedicated to your theme then it is worth submitting to.

Directories can use ‘jump text’ which prevents data harvesting, but unfortunately removes the value of the links.

Should I pay or not? There are sufficient free directories out there, so there is no need to pay.

Ones to consider – DMOZ, allthebizz, smallerbizz, GimpsyFind Article, wowdirectory.

Author: Clare Lawrence

Top 7 Fundamentals for Google Optimization! Google SEO Tips and Techniques by Expert!

Who doesn’t want to get Top Ranking Positions in Google? 1st Page Placement in Google is NOT difficult, you need to follow Google Optimization Guidelines, and this Article has Summary of the Seven Fundamentals for Google Optimization.

Who doesn’t want to get Top Ranking Positions in Google? 1st Page Placement in Google is NOT difficult, you need to follow Google Optimization Guidelines, and this Article has Summary of the Seven Fundamentals for Google Optimization. 

Google optimization is about following Google guidelines, Google likes ethical SEO practices, those SEO practices which are to help website owners as well as Google and it has published guidelines for SEOs here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/webmasters/seo.html  

Top 7 Fundamentals for Google Optimization

Fresh and Original Content Clean and Validated Code Easy and Accessible Navigation Good Interlinking of Web pages Healthy and Relevant Incoming Links Domain Age and Registered Period For Same Contacts at Site and Domain Registration 

Fresh and Original Content

Google love fresh and original content on web page, selectable content/text copy of your web page, google can’t read content on images or at pics. 

Clean and Validated Code

Clean and validate code helps google to crawl deeply, try to put content at the beginning of your web page, ignore nesting, javascript or comments, in fact try to shorten the text format with the help of external CSS. 

Easy and Accessible Navigation

Text or image base navigation helps google to read, google bot can’t read javascript, dhtml, flash base navigation, try to avoid using these practices which google doesn’t like. Keep your navigation at top or left side of the web pages, make sure to add a sitemap page which will guide web surfers and web bots to each and every page of your website, if you have huge website then make sure to add at least all main categories’ links at sitemap page. 

Good Interlinking of Web pages

Web links are like roads and streets at website, make sure all website’s internal links are text base or image base, with relevant content. 

Healthy and Relevant Incoming Links

Google likes referred websites, specially referred from quality and relevant resources. The more referrer links the more top rankings. Here one thing should be remembered that one relevant incoming links is better than hundred irrelevant links. 

Domain Age and Registered Period For

Google started keeping new registered domains in sandbox since April 2004, in sandbox almost all new domains kept on probationary period for 6 to 8 months, in some cases for longer period, Sandbox domains don’t get good rankings.

Google also likes to rank better to those domains which are registered for longer period like for 5 or 10 years, because whoever registered domains for longer period shows how much s/he is  serious with her/his business and most probably won’t do SPAM with those domains. 

Same Contacts at Site and Domain Registration

Google likes true businessmen and a true businessman doesn’t misguide his website visitorsPsychology Articles, google likes those websites which have physical mailing address to their contact pages and google compares it with that physical mailing address which is used in domain registering. 

Author: Asif Iqbal

HTC Google Nexus One – Handset with endless attributes

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The much awaited HTC Google Nexus One soon after its launch had given a big time competition to the other models. This one handset has surpassed all the quality and quantity aspects of mobiles. The list of applications and the price factor has been well taken care of. It is one among those mobiles that will serve the purpose of a computer as it allows customers to work on web and other features.

The android type operating system of HTC Google Nexus One is making it work at a better pace and the presence of the power processor is making the speed even better. The Qualcomm 1GHz processor is quick in action. This is saving a lot of time both while surfing online and working on various applications of the mobile. Apart from this speed of the handset is also enhanced due to the excellent storage capacity. The presence 512MB RAM along with the 512MB ROM is giving a good capacity for the various software and functions.

Though the kind of traits it has seem advanced but the perception that the handset is not pocket friendly and heavy on weight has been well taken care of. It has been designed so as to keep the mobile very handy. It measures about 1196x59x11.5mm and weighs only 130 g thus making it convenient to carry.

The display character of HTC Google Nexus One is adding an attraction for the people to buy it as soon as possible. The AMOLED touch screen measures dimensionally about 3.7 inches. The screen has a resolution of about 480×800 pixels along with the WVGA resolution. The unmatched clarity and brilliance makes it a superb device. The motion sensitivity features of the mobile are enhanced due to the presence of accelerometer feature. This will make viewing of images even more convenient as it will sense automatically and tilt them accordingly thus allowing both landscape and portrait forms.

The trackball navigation is adding to the touch screen characters of the HTC Google Nexus One. One can customize the alert features by using a combination of both vibration and ringtone. Individual can use the mp3 type tones and customize according to the contact list.

Author: Faith Hill

Google Launched Nexus S Phone and The New Android 2.3 OS

Google introduced the most recent version of the Android operating system along with a new phone equipped with the new OS. Google announced the release of Android 2.3 codename Gingerbread, the speedie…

Google introduced the most recent version of the Android operating system along with a new phone equipped with the new OS. Google announced the release of Android 2.3 codename Gingerbread, the speediest version of the OS platform for mobile devices that includes a large number of improvements, such as a redesigned user interface, a new type of keyboard, online video calling, much better copy/paste functions, along with other new capabilities.

Gingerbread supports the Near Field Communications (NFC) technology : a short-range handheld technology, which supplies data within the device objects which have an NFC interface. According to the company, Gingerbread is going to be available as an open-source software in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

The very first phone Gingerbread OS enabled, introduced on the market on the same time with the new platform, wraps up the Nexus smartphones line. Nexus S originated from the collaboration with Samsung, and is featuring a 4 in. display of 800×480 px resolution, both front and back photo camera (the main camera is of 5 MegaPixels, 16GB of main memory, a standard headphone input, Micro USB connection and NFC chip (Near Field Communications). The new Nexus S smartphone uses a 1GHz speed processor, like the processor of the Apple iPhone 4.

The smartphone comes in the U.S. market from 16 December, and in the European countries will be available after 20 December. Google’s Android platform appeared on the market in 2008Psychology Articles, and at this moment over one hundred various mobile devices are using it.

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Author: Iordakis Marius

Samsung Nexus S : Gadget For Those Who Need Perfection

Samsung Nexus S is one of the most innovative gadget from Samsung that is loaded with exciting features and it has many google applications too. You can get all this at cheap rates through various Samsung Nexus S deals.

Samsung mobile phones are one of the best in the market with their
sheer workability and sound features. The brand recently launched the
Samsung Nexus S in the market that is an amazing gadget with great
features and looks. The handset is available in the market at cheap
rates through various Samsung Nexus S deals. These deals are available
with various network operators working in the UK market such as O2,
Orange, Vodafone, Virgin and many others.

The Samsung nexus S comes with a 4.0 inches Super AMOLED capacitive
touchscreen that supports 16M colors and is highly featured, so, you get
a detailed view of all the proceedings. The gadget has a 16GB internal
memory that is coupled with a 512 MB RAM, the gadget lacks external
memory slot but you wont miss its absence. The gadget has an integrated
5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash that gives you excellent
pictures in all conditions and you can also make videos with it, there
is a VGA camera on the front of the gadget that enables you to make
video calls. The working platform of the handset is the Android v2.3
Gingerbread Operating System and at it core is a powerful 1 GHz ARM
Cortex-A8 processor that gives you problem free functioning of all the
features and applications.

If you are planning to bu the gadget then you must go for the Samsung
Nexus S contracts that gives you many lucrative offers. These offers
include free gift and incentives that by reducing your monthly phone
bills save your hard earned money. There are many other deals in the
marketFind Article, you must compare them in order to get the best.

Author: Matthew Christian

Buy Android Tablets for Better Performance and Usability Features

Android is a mobile operating system that was founded in the year 2008 and ever since its release, it has gained immense popularity for its usability features and for its Google Play Store. Some advantages of Android OS include affordable hardware, security capabilities, creating your own apps, consumer features and better performance.

Top 5 Android tablets – features, specifications and price:

You can buy Android tablets online or from electronic stores depending on your convenience. Shopping for tablets online is extremely easy; with just a click of a button you can get your tablet delivered to your doorstep. Some online shopping portals also have a compare option, where you can compare two or more tablets in terms of their features, specifications and price.

 

Author: Abbie Starc

Google Nexus 7 evaluations: new challenger in the tablet market

Google Nexus 7, an Google android tablet computer launched through Google, is completely a new challenger in the tablet market. This new tablet, that weighs about simply 340g, posesses SEVEN inch display along with 1280×800 pixels resolution along with a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU, and a 12 core GPU too. 
Following, we’ll detail evaluate the key functions of this new tablet. 

Hardware
This product is size at 7. 83 x 4. 723 x 0. 413 thus you’ll fit it in your back pocket if you would like, and the display, in a whopping 7-inches along with 1280 x 800 pixel LED-backlit IPS (216 ppi), is a lot more than fantastic sufficient for your HD-loving eyeballs.

Author: janehuang

Why do people like cheap iPhone 4 accessories so much

Two years ago, iPhone 4 was put into the market. From them on, iPhone 4 wins a great popularity in the market. Gradually, some more accessories are made to cater to the needs of consumers. iPhone 4 accessories are colorful and they are of various styles no matter which kind of style you like it, you can find a piece of the product you are favored in the shop. And you can bring your cell phone there to collocate with iPhone 4 accessories in their shop.

Two years ago, iPhone 4 was put into the market. From them on, iPhone 4 wins a great popularity in the market. Gradually, some more accessories are made to cater to the needs of consumers. iPhone 4 accessories are colorful and they are of various styles no matter which kind of style you like it, you can find a piece of the product you are favored in the shop. And you can bring your cell phone there to collocate with iPhone 4 accessories in their shop.

1. Nowadays, a lot of people would like to stay at the front of trend so that they will try their best to collect the newest trend in the market, for example, iPhone 4 is quite popular in the market so that people spend a large quantity of money on it and some amount of money on getting accessories. Compared to the amount of money spend on cell phones, the money spent on accessories is less on the condition that the cost of raw material of these accessories is more competitive. In addition to that, in order to seize the main market, some of businessmen will lower the price of these accessories. It is reported that cheap iPhone 4 accessories are quite popular in Guangzhou and let’s have a look whether this message is true or not.

2. Guangzhou earns a long history about two thousand years and is the third largest city in China. Actually, Guangzhou is not only the largest foreign trading port but also is the start of “Silk Road”. As far as I know, electronic industry in Guangzhou also has a quick development. Among which, Cheap iPhone 4 Accessories are also popular in Guangzhou. The history of making electronic products in Guangzhou can be dated back to the thirties of the last century. Although there are some small electronic products-making workshops in this city, a lot of famous brand electronic products makers also appear there. Since there are a lot of electronic makers in Guangzhou, as a result, the competition among this area is extremely intense. To be outstanding in this city, the sellers of cheap iPhone 4 accessories have to exert themselves to the utmost to be attractive.

3. And here let’s take an example of cheap iPhone 4 cases. From the choice of raw material to the production line, from the styles of Cheap iPhone 4 Cases to the production process of cheap iPhone 4 cases, each small detail is strictly supervised. Maybe, you may think that cheap iPhone 4 cases look ordinary but I have to tell you that those are cases ten months ago. Nowadays, cheap iPhone 4 cases are elegant and with beautiful design. As far as I am concernedArticle Search, cheap iPhone 4 cases will never make you lose face in the public. And that contributes to the popularity of cheap iPhone 4 accessories in Guangzhou.

Author: Jacky Chris