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Yahoo Site Explorer

Yahoo Site Explorer Closing

Yahoo recently announced they will be closing the doors on Site Explorer one of their most popular services among webmasters and SEO fanatics. Yahoo Site Explorer has been around for nearly 6 years and many people have come to rely on the service to check inlinks/backlinks.

Yahoo has been slowly eliminating features and services, but this one was a little unexpected. Yahoo suggests using Microsoft/Bing Webmaster Tools after they shut down Site Explorer. Which likely has to do with the deal Microsoft and Yahoo have with search results powered by Bing.

Bing has been updating their webmaster tools which include a few new features. You can now find a similar feature that provides Inbound Link details in your Bing Webmaster account, which is a plus. But, since you have to login to see the report details I don’t know that you can check sites that you do not own or maintain.

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Google Pagerank Update

Does Google favor WordPress websites

There is no question Wordpress is a popular choice when it comes to creating a website. Not only is it very easy to use, but there are tons of free templates/themes and plugins available. Since it is so popular you can find many help websites catered to Wordpress.

Does Google really show some kind of favoritism towards Wordpress based websites or any other specific scripts or software used to run a website?

I was kind of neutral on this one until I logged into Google webmaster tools not long ago to see a message that said:
“WordPress Update Available”.

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How to Install Wordpress Manually

Upgrading to WordPress 3.2

As many of you probably know and are aware of, Wordpress 3.2 was released on July 4, 2011.

I am not usually one to jump right into upgrading especially when there is a major release or version upgrade involved in anything. I decided to wait a few days to see what others were saying about the upgrade.

After reading a few posts from people that had upgraded, most of it seemed fairly positive with successful results.

So then I started thinking about the plugins I have installed and whether they would work after upgrading or not. I researched the more popular ones I use over at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ and most claimed they would work. A few of them said not enough data yet.

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Google Plus

The New Google Plus

By now most of us have probably heard about Google Plus. I have not had the opportunity to personally check it out to see if it is appealing or not yet. One thing is for certain it is the talk of the internet world the past several days. I can’t even count how many times I have seen Google Plus mentioned along with some write up about it. My local TV news even did a segment about it.

Google Plus seems to be the latest attempt to take on Facebook. Google has tried in the past with Google Wave and Google Buzz, which turned out to be unpopular.

This time around they seem to be serious and could potentially go head-to-head with Facebook. It is still way to early to know how this will play out, but considering it is everywhere lately they certainly have popularity going for them right now.

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Hulu

Google in talks to buy Hulu

It never surprises me when I hear about Google wanting to buy something. They obviously have the money to buy just about anything.

Well I should have seen this one coming with Google’s recent interest in movies and television broadcasts. Now it appears as though Google has taken an interest in Hulu. A few other companies like Yahoo and Microsoft have also expressed interest.

If you follow Google you know they have been on a major buying spree the past few years. I guess it is faster and easier to just buy a company rather than create something unique and different.

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