Google Search Query String Length

Okay! This is quite astonishing to me.

While working, found that, Google is allow query strings only to 32 words.

Google Search Query String Length

Precisely, I’m getting this message from Google on SERP – “example” (and any subsequent words) was ignored because we limit queries to 32 words. Bing does not have as such any limitations I’m assuming since not receiving any message.

On another note, Google is showing 6 results whereas the number for Bing is 3. And only 1 result is common in between them. Hmm!

Oh! I’m searching from India and don’t think that has any effect on search results.

SEO De Facto for the Website Owners

SEO de facto for the internet business owners..

  1. SEO is continuously evolving
  2. Google also constantly upgrading its system
  3. Being dynamic is the only static concept in digital space
  4. SEO is not voodoo – true SEO professionals are not The Pied Piper of Hamelin Story
  5. Everybody (incl. you and your competitors) are working on same goal at the same time
  6. Focusing on link building – only when and where it matters
  7. Build your brand – utilize every possible way
  8. Prepare yourself first for the eligibility test and then think about the competition
  9. The concept of hiring agencies and paying for SEO services become effect less
  10. There is nothing called SEO exist anymore

Try to understand all these otherwise you’ll be beaten well before even participating into the race.

As a business owner, the more quickly you have the realization the more easily you’ll be able to adjust yourself during transition of mind.

The problem is – business owners have no clear idea about the situation which is changing rapidly. The result – majority of them still believe it’s as easy as it used to be decades ago. So for business owners, that ought to be enough to select SEO services / hire agencies for instant result.

So take it or leave it!

Intersecting Tweet – Tussle in between SEO and Legal

A letter to the CEO from a SEO with love! :-)

Hi,

As you know that, most of the websites data/function either updated by the developer or direct by client. And in both cases, they just forget to take webmaster’s note before execution. So, if anything falls apart, then it would be difficult to trace out the root-cause timely for any webmaster (irrespective of the site’s size and regular monitoring).

Something on this regard.. just go through the Tweets (https://twitter.com/mattcutts/status/469937783495081984).

I’m feeling awesome, when I came to know about this on a pro’s blog (http://www.seobook.com/building-legal-moat-your-seo-castle) and realized how significant a webmaster’s role is becoming every day. Anyways, I wanted to bring your kind attention onto this and hoping that we’re well protected.

Regards

SEO (really!)

Sign In vs. Sign Up

Check the leading websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn etc. None of these are using both “sign in” and “sign up” side-by-side onto their pages. Instead, they are using alternative phrases for “sign in” and “sign up”. Say, “log in” (for “sign in”) and “create account” (for “sign up”).

Some screenshots for further references. LinkedIn..

World's Largest Professional Network LinkedIn.png

Facebook..

Welcome to Facebook Log In Sign Up or Learn More

Twitter..

Twitter

Tumblr..

Sign Up Tumblr

Pinterest..

Pinterest Login Page

Another Pinterest page’s screenshot..

Pinterest 2

Since both of them (i.e., “sign in” and “sign up”) have the word “sign”, so users may get easily get confused and take wrong step. As a website owner we must bypass this and must not include any steps which may unclear to the users. So, either use “sign in” or “sign up” but not together.

This is actually a good practice and surely improves the site’s overall user experience. Making small changes like these may not have any huge impact however it’ll certainly make users happy.

Enter Key is Default Submit Button

It would be great if users could able to submit a form by pressing the “Enter” key. Enabling this will certainly make user happy since submitting forms become easier.

Registration Form for UX Analysis

Of course we must not forget about using “CAPCHA” for protecting website. However enabling “Enter” shortcut key for any login form (or a short form in general) will be beneficial. Insert your login id (automatically get highlighted as the first text field of the form) and password (tabindex feature is on) and then press the “Enter” key. No need for mouse; only a few typing from the keyboard will be required. Simple!

Forcing them for targeting the right form field and clicking on the submit button every time may not be a good idea from good user experience design.

Wedding Anniversary Wishes

Happy marriage anniversary to my elder sister and sister-in-law!

Congratulations and celebrations.. :-)

Thanks for the evening you people gave us yesterday – just awesome.

Now, here comes my wedding anniversary wishes –

নব নব রূপে নয়ন ভড়ুক
নুতন প্রেমের ধারায়
নয় নয় করে নয়-টি বছর
কাটালে এই আশায়.. আসছে বছর আবার হবে!

Place: Naktala-Dakshineswar bus stand
Time: Early morning (on the way to office)
Author: “Me, myself”.. and they’ve marked this as copied content. Sad! :-(

Happy anniversary to both of you from us! :-D

Yahoo! Customize Your 404 page

Oh dear! Please create useful 404 error pages – it’s important.

It’s Yahoo! Okay, here I’m telling you about my findings –

While working found that, https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/ is returning 404 HTTP response code. Given below the details –

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found on Accelearator
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 05:26:37 GMT
Connection: close
Via: http/1.1r07.ycpi.che.yahoo.net (Apache TrafficServer/4.0.2 [c s f])
Server: ATS
Cache-Control: no-store
Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Content-Language: en
Content-Length: 1495

Ref: http://httpstatus.io/

On reviewing the said URL (i.e., https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/), one could see that it is a custom 404 page – so far so good.

Now, upon further scrutiny, found that the page is lacking one of the basic requirements which is link back to any other website pages (or a scope for navigation through site search option) so that visitors don’t feel that they are into blind lane.

view-source:https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang=”en-us”><head>
<meta http-equiv=”content-type” content=”text/html; charset=UTF-8″>
<meta charset=”utf-8″>
<title>Yahoo</title>
<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width,initial-scale=1,minimal-ui”>
<meta http-equiv=”X-UA-Compatible” content=”IE=edge,chrome=1″>
<style>
html {
height: 100%;
}
body {
background: #fafafc url(https://s.yimg.com/nn/img/sad-panda-201402200631.png) 50% 50%;
background-size: cover;
height: 100%;
text-align: center;
font: 300 18px “helvetica neue”, helvetica, verdana, tahoma, arial, sans-serif;
}
table {
height: 100%;
width: 100%;
table-layout: fixed;
border-collapse: collapse;
border-spacing: 0;
border: none;
}
h1 {
font-size: 42px;
font-weight: 400;
color: #400090;
}
p {
color: #1A1A1A;
}
#message-1 {
font-weight: bold;
margin: 0;
}
#message-2 {
display: inline-block;
*display: inline;
zoom: 1;
max-width: 17em;
_width: 17em;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>
<!– status code : 404 –>
<!– Not Found on Accelerator: siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com –>
<table>
<tbody><tr>
<td>
<img src=”https://s.yimg.com/nn/img/yahoo-logo-201402200629.png&#8221; alt=”Yahoo Logo”>
<h1 style=”margin-top:20px;”>Will be right back…</h1>
<p id=”message-1″>Thank you for your patience.</p>
<p id=”message-2″>Our engineers are working quickly to resolve the issue.</p>
</td>
</tr>
</tbody></table>
</body></html>

More importantly, this Yahoo! page is not a new-born and has quite a few link references throughout the web. Google is showing 117 results against my “link:siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com” query.

So, just imagine now – how a reputed company like Yahoo! is giving away user satisfaction. Some top notch webmasters may have at their arsenal but how could still this be ignored? Why they doesn’t care about upgrading the page till date?

Yahoo! I’m wondering, why this small thing is being overlooked especially when Yahoo! itself a search engine and we know these kind of dead-end pages are not very good for crawlers.

I’m curious to know! Yahoo! please customize your 404 error page.