Different Option

"Spammers Get Green Light"

This was sent to me a couple of months ago and, somehow, got lost in the shuffle. It needs to be heeded by online web site owners, though!

Google has basically given spammers a green light to spam their competitors with backlinks.

Check it out here

"A Different Option"

I've been very unhappy with Google search results for quite some time, now. When I want information, I want the links returned to me that are helpful to ME rather than Google!

The reason people only bother to look at the first page of results with Google is that, by half way down the page, Google is giving you irrelevant links to your query!

But, last week, I stumbled upon a search engine I didn't know existed. Now, if I put in “Maltese Dogs,” I get pages and pages of web sites only about Maltese dogs.

We've gotten so used to Google, we think this is the way all search engines work. Not true! This one still works as SEs were intended to work.

Check it out! (Don't let the simplicity and silly name fool you.) I LOVE this thing!


Use Your Power

"Put Broadcast Media on Notice"

Have you noticed how difficult it is to get “real” information from the broadcast media regarding the upcoming presidential elections in the USA? Everything is slanted, and much of it is outright lies.

This is bad enough while trying to choose the Republican nominee, but it will be even more problematic when the election process is in full swing.

It's time (actually it's past time) to put broadcasters on notice:

"The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has launched a new era of big-money politics. The wealthiest 1 percent now have unchecked power to pick and choose our nation’s leaders. And they’re doing it by spending tens of millions of dollars on televised political ads that leave voters awash in misinformation.

So where’s the broadcast media in all of this? Instead of exposing this runaway spending and separating fact from fiction in an election year, they’re lining their pockets with the winnings — to the tune of more than $3 billion dollars in 2012 ad buys."

Put the largest TV conglomerates on notice. Demand that broadcasters expose the money trail and cover election-year issues properly!

Sign Petition

"Browsers and Privacy Issues "

Internet Explorer (IE) full of security holes – always has been. There's no need to even discuss it. Don't use it.

Firefox started off great. But, over time, it got heavy and slow. It seems every upgrade made it more difficult to use. Lately, it's gotten a little better. But if, like me, you're a serious internet user – and don't have time to fool around with it - it simply has too many toys.

Chrome is fast. It's also the most secure. They actually have “hacker competitions” and Chrome is the only browser that leaves those competitions untouched. Unfortunately (for those who care) it's made by Google.

Which brings us to the newest online uproar – Google's new privacy settings. Google is consolidating all their various privacy settings to one setting that will work across all their platforms.

In my opinion, it's much ado about nothing.

It all comes down to Google's tracking policies. So, I'd like to point out – there's nothing new about that! Google has been tracking us all for years! Nothing new there.

You may feel it makes you more vulnerable to having hackers – or, if you're really paranoid, the government – get your information. Well, as I said, Google has tracked us for years and their security has been excellent.

So you want to avoid being tracked? Really not a big deal. Just don't sign in to Google. When you're logged out, your activity won't be associated with your user account.

I never sign in unless I'm actually working with Webmaster Tools or need to use Gmail. Google isn't doing this because they give a pig's wazoo what you're doing online.

They do it to make more money! They do it to attract more targeted advertising. The better they can target, the more they can charge their advertisers!

If you're concerned about what Google knows about you, just go over to Google's Dashboard and sign in. The dashboard gives you an overview of all your activity through Google.

It also provides links to adjust your settings, privacy and security for every Google service. When the new privacy policy takes effect, this page will be even simpler to use.

If you're concerned about the increase of targeted advertising, go to Google's Ad Preferences Manager: Google Ad Settings

It allows you to opt out of targeted ads when you're signed in and when you're signed out!

Yep – much ado ...


"Google's on the Move"

As you'll see below, Google is - once again - giving us busy work. At this point, I STILL don't know what to think about Google +, even though I set up a page. Probably because, once I set it up, I promptly forgot all about it.

It's seems the entire lives of online business owners is ruled by Google. I long ago gave up paying much attention to them.

If I tried to stay on top of everything they'd like me to do, I wouldn't get anything done but work on Google! They make it impossible for you to set anything up properly and have it hold!

So, here's the latest from PC Magazine:

"Google Quietly Rolls Out Google+ Badges"

"Google said Wednesday that businesses and brands-and especially publishers-might benefit from the Google+ badge, an indicator of how many people are following a page."

PC Magazine

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PC Magazine

Search Engine Changes

"Google and Bing Changes You Need to Know About"

If you don't read WebProNews, which I find extremely helpful now and then, allow me to point you to an article valuable to all online business owners.

Since September is the month that, traditionally, begins the best selling season online, everyone should give all search engine news some attention.

Read full article

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