Archive for February 11th, 2011
There are reports coming in that Blogger (aka BlogSpot) is unavailable for numerous India users without the assistance of a proxy.
Users are already sounding off upon the official Blogger forums, although one user is suspecting that the block is not due to technical difficulties (which is my first assumption) but rather due to “big brother.”
Blogspot Blogs are increasingly becoming non-accessible in India. Surprisingly, if a person uses a proxy, she can have access to her blog. This logically means that Indian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are blocking access to Blogspot Blogs in India.
Why this step has been taken is still not known. Even at Googleâ€™sÂ Help Forum this question has been put for further discussion and diagnosis of the problem. But even at the Forum the possibility of Blogspot being Blocked/Censored has not been ruled out. (CJNEWS India)
This isn’t the first time India has blocked Blogger, although right now neither the Indian government or Google have issued any public statements regarding why numerous users can not log into Blogger or Â view their blogs online.
While the optimist in me is hoping that this is nothing but a technical difficulty with an ISP, hopefully this isn’t yet another attempt at government censorship.
Note: For those of you in India, can you confirm or deny this report?
BloggingPro recently had the chance to chat with Dave Durand, the CEO of social commerce site Keepio.
Give our readers the Keepio elevator pitch.Â What is it and what sets it apart?
Keepio enables social commerce among established networks of trust and privacy and was built in response to the shortcomings of eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. Friends seek to buy or sell second-hand goods among friends because of the implicit trust, transparency, and reduced friction. (On Keepio, there are no fees for listings or transactions).
Unlike eBay, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace,Â we believe social commerce should focus more onÂ established networks of trust and privacy and lessÂ on transaction fees and interactions with strangers.
We know that friends look to each other for recommendations and insights for productsÂ in today’s consumer marketplaces. Keepio provides an outlet for product discussion, advocacy and purchase, but these activities are amplified with the social validation and feedback from your friends. With Keepio, your products define you, so we will soon make it easy for products to find you too. Read More
The last time that we saw Google update its pagerank tool was back in April of 2010 and leading up to Christmas and New Year most of the blogging community thought that Google would update it on December 31st as this is what they did last year. (Note that already I am referring to bloggers and not the SEO community.) When the date came and passed and people frantically punched in their site to find the pagerank was unchanged and then the worries really started to show. However whilst there are people running around panicking over this let me explain why it is likely that Google might never update the pagerank bar ever again and why you donâ€™t need to worry about it.
The SEO View
As an SEO obviously my views on this side of things are a bit opinionated, however I am a blogger and internet loving junkie too so I guess you could say I can look at all of this from the other side of the fence as well. My suspicion since October(6 months after the update in April) was that Google were not intending to update their tool again and sure enough now looking a further 3 months on there has still been no sign of any update. My personal view is that Google will never update the tool again but that isnâ€™t to say I wouldnâ€™t say no to an update!
The Google View
Google know for a fact that SEOs use the PR tool to decide if a site is powerful or not and make judgements on whether or not to place their links on a site. Of course removing the PR bar is going to discourage some SEOs from Black Hat methods but is it really going to stop anyone? Donâ€™t forget there are hundreds of ranking factors that a half decent SEO is aware of. Sure it might take slightly longer Â to assess the power of a site but it wonâ€™t stop it from happening. Donâ€™t forget there are other tools out there to replace it such as MozRank that do pretty much the same thing.
Who is to say that because you are judging a site for its PR that you are planning on putting a â€œdirtyâ€ link on the site? Would it be wrong for me to target a PR 9 blog for a post that took me hours to research and write or would it benefit both me and the blogger and start a relationship that would perhaps carry on for years?
It can easily be seen from both sides. Read More