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Forum: SEM Related Organizations & Events 10-18-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,912
Posted By Alan Perkins
You know the sad thing (in more ways than one!)...

You know the sad thing (in more ways than one!) ... I've just worked out that this is the first SES London I'll ever have missed. I was there at the very first one in 2000.

Not only was I there, I...
Forum: SEM Related Organizations & Events 10-18-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,912
Posted By Alan Perkins
It always seems to. IIRC this is something that...

It always seems to. IIRC this is something that used to annoy Danny, too.

Enjoy your skiing! :cool:
Forum: SEM Related Organizations & Events 10-17-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 1,912
Posted By Alan Perkins
SES London 07 Moved from May to February?

Last time I checked, SES London 07 was scheduled for Whit Week in May (school half term, as usual) at the Business Design Centre in Islington. I think Incisive were even selling stand space for that...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-29-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
The equivalent URL for those outside the US...

The equivalent URL for those outside the US (http://www.google.com/search?q=new+york+times&gl=us).

Whether or not it counts in practice, it certainly counts in principle. As does the fact that the...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-29-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
True. The halo certainly slipped there, IMO. :)

True. The halo certainly slipped there, IMO. :)
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-29-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
That's a bit harsh, if they didn't know anything...

That's a bit harsh, if they didn't know anything about it!

Maybe you're suggesting that Google (and all search engines) should disclose that their rankings may be affected by tactics which they know...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-29-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
They may have. They may have even already...

They may have. They may have even already figured out how to apply some kind of penalty that assures the subscription content finds an appropriate place in the rankings. But, if this is the case,...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
You said "Like everything else in life, the...

You said "Like everything else in life, the standard is to do what you see fit to do, and what suits you best". I was stating that if we follow that logic, then e-mail spammers can justify spamming...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
Unlabelled? I thought there was general...

Unlabelled? I thought there was general consensus that was bad.

It's not easy if publishers take it into their own hands to serve content to the search engine, and the subscribe page to searchers. ...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
You still appear to be talking about the NYT...

You still appear to be talking about the NYT specifically here, rather than regsitration pages generally.Yes, I'd say it was fine if I did not have to pay in any way to see the content. I don't mind...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
How could Google do anything about it, in this...

How could Google do anything about it, in this instance?Good answer!

I think they want your e-mail address because it is of value to them. They are trying to "Take, then give" instead of the...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
I'm more concerned with what is indicated by the...

I'm more concerned with what is indicated by the fact there is no note. I really don't think that type of page, generally, should be unlabelled in the organic search results. I'm not talking about...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
I mean also the use of this technique on URLs...

I mean also the use of this technique on URLs that require free subscription. Why do that?
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
I've distinguised between:content that can be...

I've distinguised between:content that can be viewed by all content that requires a free subscription in order to view it content that requires a paid subscription in order to view itI think we all...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
If it would be better if they were labelled, and...

If it would be better if they were labelled, and they are not labelled, then there is a fault!It's not a gimme at all. Look at the the bigger picture. As Andrew points out, if it's generally the...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
Rather than debate in endless circles, let's just...

Rather than debate in endless circles, let's just cut to the one thing we agree on and investigate what it means in practice:

If we agree that these results should be labelled, then how could they...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
Agreed, but if Google knew exactly which URLs...

Agreed, but if Google knew exactly which URLs were open to all, which were free subscription, which were paid subscription, etc., it would easily be able to label them. It doesn't label them ......
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-28-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
They're all viewable only with a subscription. I...

They're all viewable only with a subscription. I take it you mean a subscription paid for with money. That's definitely a problem.

If the engine realised the content its spiders saw required...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-27-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
Hmm, I still think it's cloaking (surely several...

Hmm, I still think it's cloaking (surely several thousand articles are better optimised for the words they contain than the one "subscribe here" page indexed several thousand times). However, I...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-24-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
LMAO, so it comes to this. Why did we bother...

LMAO, so it comes to this. Why did we bother having this discussion when we could have just asked you in the first place?

FWIW, Phil, I've been doing SEO since 1995. I guess my first published...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-24-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
You said it!Nope, I understand perfectly well how...

You said it!Nope, I understand perfectly well how conditional logic works. And the key condition in this case is

IF unregistered visitor is a wanted search engine spider
serve the content
ELSE
...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-24-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
Agreed (in addition to the other points I made). ...

Agreed (in addition to the other points I made). It needs to be a generally usable method, not just usable by NYT and its ilk.

That is the point, i.e. a reason why it is unacceptable. If the...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-23-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
Me too. :) (Hint: read my previous posts :D) As...

Me too. :) (Hint: read my previous posts :D)

As I said several pages ago, though, I don't really care what you call it. Whether it's acceptable or not is the key issue. IMO because it's unlabelled...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-23-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
This is a different page! If I send exactly the...

This is a different page! If I send exactly the same HTTP request header as Googlebot for that URL, even including a Googlebot User Agent, I get a different response than Googlebot gets. Why? ...
Forum: Search Industry Growth & Trends 06-23-2006
Replies: 190
Views: 46,379
Posted By Alan Perkins
Phil, at this paid-subscription required URL...

Phil, at this paid-subscription required URL (http://select.nytimes.com/2006/04/05/opinion/05friedman.html) that I described earlier, which is indexed by Google, Googlebot clearly saw an article. I,...
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