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GoDaddy is TANGO DOWN’ed and Can This Affect Your Search Engine Ranking

Godaddy is down twitter messages seo 300x270 GoDaddy is TANGO DOWNed and Can This Affect Your Search Engine RankingGoDaddy (godaddy.com) the web, email hosting and domain registrar company experienced significant outages today. Around 2 PM EST on Monday GoDaddy hosted websites and email services became unavailable. Within an hour wast majority of Godaddy hosted websites were down and GoDaddy has posted first acknowledgement on its Twitter account.

Based on the experience of some of our customers (we are using GoDaddy for hosting our client’s accounts) the tech support of the company was not available and instead the a voice message was stating the awareness of issues involving several services, including web hosting and emails.

The credit for that action was taken by AnonymousOwn3r who posted “Anonymous is an ideia I’m security leader of Anonymous because I’m behind many things such like irc, ops, attacks, and many”. Apparently the same person took responsibility for taking down other bigger players such Facebook and FBI sites earlier this year.

It would be nice to see what the agenda of the security/hacking Pro is and why the US based companies are being targeted.  GoDaddy is down by AnonymousOwn3r 300x297 GoDaddy is TANGO DOWNed and Can This Affect Your Search Engine Ranking

The name of the action chosen by AnonymousOwn3r is TANGO DOWN. According to the Urban Dictionary the word TANGO DOWN  is used to describe a terorist that has been eleminated. It is mainly used by the Special Forces to describe an eleminated enemy during a firefight.

As the topic of the article when I started it was related to SEO, I need to say a few words about the effect of that action to the search engine ranking of the websites which had been down today and there were many websites down today.

The fact that the website were down even a half of the day should not affect the ranking in theory. However if the outage happened during the search engine crawling phase then it may potentially  give a wrong signal to the search engine. This may be considered as the website’s unavailability sign which in return may lead to the ranking downgrade. Hopefully Google, Yahoo, Bing as well as other search engines will not penalize website even insignificantly for actions taken by AnonymousOwn3r.

GoDaddy just posted a message on their site “At 10:25 am PT, GoDaddy.com and associated customer services experienced intermittent outages. Services began to be restored for the bulk of affected customers at 2:43 pm PT. At no time was any sensitive customer information, such as credit card data, passwords or names and addresses, compromised.We will provide an additional update within the next 24 hours. We want to thank our customers for their patience and support.” and finally the temp page was replaced by a GoDaddy fully functional website.

Thank you GoDaddy for taking care of the issue relatively quickly! Will Godaddy disclose the nature of the problems?

I hope all precautions will be taken in the future to avoid similar outages of other US based institutions.

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Continue [9/11/12] I just saw the GoDaddy statement regarding to the yesterday outage according to which it had nothing to do with the DDoS (See below).

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Was DDoS actually a reason GoDaddy was down yesterday for about 6 hours or perhaps AnonymousOwn3r just is taking a credit for what AnonymousOwn3r has nothing to do with?

This is a twit posted byAnonymousOwn3r: Go daddy souce code and database leaked by  by @AnonymousOwn3r pastebin.com/WMb4Qg7H 

Wondering if anybody knows the idea behind these AnonymousOwn3r’s actions.

 

Google+ is Opened for Business

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As of today [11/07/2011] Google+ is opened for business.

Now Google social network is not only connecting people but also bring closer people to local businesses and to global brands.  According to blog post by Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering “For businesses and brands, Google+ pages help you connect with the customers and fans who love you. Not only can they recommend you with a +1, or add you to a circle to listen long-term. They can actually spend time with your team, face-to-face-to-face. All you need to do is start sharing, and you’ll soon find the super fans and loyal customers that want to say hello.”

Google has also introduced the “Direct Connect” from Google search. Direct connect should make it easy to connect to business page. Just add a search for [+], followed by the name of the business.

Google business pages are very new and obviously missing a few key features compare to Facebook business pages. However the search-ability of Google+ business pages will bring a great significance to businesses on Google+. This is undeniable a great move on Google part to compete with Facebook on the social networking arena. What would be the next Facebook move?

 

A Few Things You Need To Know About New Facebook timeline

Facebook has introduced a new Facebook timeline and below is a few things you might want to know about it (has been referenced from from www.theclixgroup.com blog).

1. Timeline is wider and much more visual than the old profile. The first thing you’ll notice is the giant photo right at the top. This is your cover, and it’s completely up to you which of your photos you put here.

2. Facebook automatically populates it with content via its algorithm, but users ultimately have complete control over what gets shown in their timeline. You can hide certain stories Facebook shows, highlight stories (by starring them) to show them more prominently, or add important stories that are missing.

3. Users can also access a private activity log and choose stories to add to their timeline. This is where you’ll find everything you shared since you joined Facebook. Click on any post to feature it on your timeline so your friends can see it, too. I personally really like this feature. I joined Facebook when I was 18, I am now 26, there are definitely thing’s that I don’t want on be there!

4. Older stories don’t vanish as new stories are added, like they used to.

5. Timeline acts more like a scrapbook of a user’s past and present.

6. Users can now add applications to their timelines again. These apps also help you discover what your friends are up to. You can even join in if you want: play the song they’re listening to, or watch the same TV show.

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Why Facebook pages could be the quick way to win traffic from rivals

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Facebook and other social media are often scorned by website owners unless they are going to help with the SEO of their main pages. One thing many marketing managers don’t like to see is their Facebook page appearing top for their Brand name in Google above their main website.

Facebook have no follow external links, this means that having a Facebook page isn’t going to boost the SEO of your main website. However think about how easy it is to do SEO for a Facebook page compared to your own website that may have a low pagerank or even no pagerank for. You can work on your main website’s SEO in time but you won’t be beating your competitors for ultra competitive keywords overnight. However by doing just a little SEO for your Facebook page you could be coming top of search results for all sorts of Keywords you never dreamed of getting to the first page for before. Facebook is one of very few Pagerank 10 pages online and because they have no follow external links the pagerank spreads to most of their internal pages. This means you can use a pagerank ten page to get traffic directly from Google. Once your traffic has come to your Facebook brand page you can either keep them there or direct them to your main website: this will of course depend on what you do and what you want from this traffic. If you really want to increase brand awareness then you can do this through your Facebook page and try to get people to ‘like’ your brand and potentially come back there regularly when they are on Facebook anyway to check out your latest news. If you want potential customers to contact you as well you can provide address, phone and e-mail details directly through your Facebook page, it saves them time and they don’t need to come to your own website unless they are keen to find out more. Of course if you are selling something then your Facebook page will become very much about diverting traffic to your website, most of this traffic though will be traffic you could never have got directly to your own page and so you can avoid cannibalization. For a start concentrate on separate keywords on your Facebook page to your main website, go for the ultra competitive keywords on the Facebook page and the keywords much more within your reach on your main website.

Of course SEO for your Facebook page will still take some effort but expect to see the results of this effort much more quickly in terms of changes to search results. Like any SEO campaign you need to choose and include your keywords and you should try and fit in some longer bits of text and posts that may seem to not really fit with Facebook but are still important as far as Google are concerned; regular updates are also important to Google and to the people following you on Facebook.  Inwards links are also important from highly relevant pages with optimized anchor text including your keywords, include link bait posts and images on your Facebook page.

Google+ Social Network is Open for Public

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That’s right, as of today no invitation needed for joining the Google’s rival to Facebook.

Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering has posted in the Official Google Blog “the past 12 weeks we’ve been in field trial, and during that time we’ve listened and learned a great deal. We’re nowhere near done, but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta, and introduce our 100th feature: open signups”

Google has introduced new features to the social network. A new search feature that allows you to search for information across Google+ network about specific topics like fishing, video games or  anything else looks very powerful. I actually tested it today and it worked amazingly fast and accurately, returning relevant content with user information and their posts.

Facebook might need to improve its search capabilities  in order to lead the competition. The Facebook search   actually nowhere to be found (unless I am mistaken). Ability to search the content across 750 million Facebook users would be a very good feature and can be also used all Facebook members and not just the Government agencies  (my opinion).

A couple of  more features related to the video hangouts have been added, but do not excite me as much. as the search capabilities.

If the Google+ had a wish list I personally would like to see Google+ business pages. I am sure it will be coming soon.

Government agencies might use Twitter and Facebook

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Hopefully the rainbow-colored-like  Homeland Security Advisory System might be soon changed to two level of warnings – elevated and imminent and they will have an expiration date.

The new systems is expected to replace the color coded one by April 27.

Surprisingly our government decides to use social media for alert broadcasting. New alerts would be published online using Facebook and Twitter after federal, state and local authorities are notified.

According to the draft plan, an “elevated” alert would warn of a credible threat against the U.S. It probably would not specify timing or targets, but it could reveal terrorist trends that intelligence officials believe should be shared in order to prevent an attack. That alert would expire after no more than 30 days but could be extended.

An “imminent” alert would warn about a credible, specific and impending terrorist threat or an on-going attack against the U.S. That alert would expire after no more than seven days, though it, too, could be extended.

Source: Cnet

Facebook Comments Box Plugin

Facebook has lunched recently updates to the Comments Box plugin which will enable user to comment on your website and will include moderation tools and distribution.

What does it mean for the online anonymity? Now your comments anywhere on the web might be not only posted on your Facebook page but traceable and perhaps stored somewhere. And I am sure that a number of 3 letter government agencies will have access to that records.

Interesting to see how many websites may adapt this plugin.

Source: Facebook Developers blog

Microsoft friends with Facebook

MS Bing bar Microsoft friends with FacebookNew Microsoft Bing bar release today for  Internet Explorer includes Facebook integration. New bar will inform you on new activities in your Facebook social network without you opening a Facebook page in a browser.

Oddly enough, it took me about 20 minutes to open a bar download page. Perhaps everybody were downloading at the same time with me. The installation of the bar took about a couple minutes.

I guess my question is Why Microsoft and Facebook. Will they be partnering on a new Facebook project – the new Facebook email? or Social Networking for the Enterprise?

Source: ZDnet

Facebook Founder Giving Away Half of His Fortune

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Forbes (2010-12-10) – Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans tp give away the majority of his fortune to charity. “People wait until late in their career to give back. But why wait when there is so much to be done?” Mark Zuckerberg, cofounder, CEO and president of Facebook said in a statement. read more ...

Facebook is “cleaning up” accounts

According to [http://www.abcactionnews.com] a bug supposed to delete fake profiles apparently deleted dozens of Facebook accounts on Monday. The majority of Facebook users who were affected were women. read more...

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