comScore’s February 2014 Statistics on U.S. Search Engine Market Score

search-engine-market-sharecomScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) published a monthly analysis of the US search market for February 2014. Following are the key points and the figures correspond to the number of explicit core searches.

• Google’s sites topped the list with 67.5% (11.9 billion).
• Microsoft scored 18.4 % (3.3 billion)
• Yahoo sites’ scored 10.3 % (1.8 billion).
• Ask Network scored 2.4 % (431 million).
• AOL, Inc. earned 1.3 % (235 million).

In terms of change in points (when compared to January 2014), only Microsoft’s sites showed a positive change (up 0.1 %). Google and Yahoo! had a negative change – 0.1 % each.
Ask Network and AOL, Inc. showed no change.

In terms of percentage change (when compared to January 2014), following were the scores – all had negative scores.
• Google’s sites: -10 %
• Microsoft’s sites: -9 %
• Yahoo Sites: -10 %
• Ask Network: -10 %
• AOL, Inc.: -7 %

According to comScore, an explicit search involves “user engagement with a search service with the intent to retrieve search results.”

And “Explicit Core Search” does not take into consideration ‘contextually driven searches’. Contextually driven searches do not reflect specific user intent to interact with the search results.

As for organic search results, Google’s score was 69.0 % of the total number of searches and Bing had 27.0 %.

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Know the Three Popular Cheap SEO Services and Their Risks

Now-a-days many businesses are hiring cheap SEO services to cut down costs. But, by hiring cheap SEO services does it really make any sense to use these services and do these SEO firms offer search engine optimization?

If you really see, there are many ways to get SEO done at a low price. Read the article to know the most popular cheap SEO services.

1. The CMS (content management system) vendor and the hosting company
Some CMS vendors and the hosting companies will add ‘SEO’ services in their packages. These packages will include automated tools which inserts code and keywords on the web pages and, then these services will submit your website to search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing.

2. Someone who is good with computers
You may know someone’s son/cousin/nephew who is really good with computers, and they may help you with SEO on your website. This will save your money because they don’t charge much.

Google’s “Disavow links” Tool: Points to consider

Google’s “disavow links” is a useful tool. It helps you improve the ranking of your website in Google search results. However, there are exceptions: this tool can affect your search results adversely if you do not use it with proper caution. We have listed here a few things that you should know about Google’s “disavow tools”.

“Nofollow links” need not be disavowed
Google’s rankings of a website and other linked pages is not affected by nofollow links. Hence, there is no need for you to add these links in the disavow links file you send to Google.

The Steps to Rescue your Blog (or website) from an Unreliable Web Host

It can take a lot of time to properly research a web host and there is still a certain probability that you may end up with a bad one. The servers may go offline, it may be hard to reach a human being there, they may let their server get overloaded causing it to slow down , or the company could be bought and sold. For those reasons and possibly many more, you might find yourself having to move your website to a good web host; for example 4GoodHosting. ; )

4GoodHosting to the rescue

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform, is is offered by most web hosts; although there a several other popular choices as well. When relocating your WordPress blog, you will need to go through the following steps. These steps also serve as a general outline for other blogging scripts too:

  1. Make/download a backup of your site/blog, including:

    1. Theme directories/files

    2. Uploads directory

    3. Plugins directory

What you should know about “net neutrality” today.

The decision was a powerful victory for Verizon, as it ok’d the company’s right to favor some types of internet traffic and services over other packets of data. So for example, ISPs are free to choose to block or slow down websites such as Netflix; or any others at any time. That just sucks rotten eggs, eh? In essence free speech just went to potentially limited speech as it seems.

Although the FCC won’t appeal the ruling, a spokesperson said chairman Tom Wheeler promises to establish new rules that ISPs from charging other companies, like 4GoodHosting?, a fee to get the highest performance speeds. Yet, will that turn out to be an empty promise? Something said to quiet people down for a while about the issue?

The FCC’s new rules will reportedly debut in late spring or early summer of this year.

One of many petition links: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/verizon_netneutrality

Like you, 4GoodHosting supports the free and open ideals of net neutrality.

Four old-school SEO methods that still work if you do it right

With Google’s recent updates, there has been constant doubts, uncertainty and fear among webmasters. They are not sure which tactics to use to build backlinks to your site and which tactics should be avoided? But, there are some old-school SEO tactics that still work if done in the right way.

1. Forum backlinks
How not to do it: Backlinks that are created automatically from forum will get you penalized by Google. To get automatic forum accounts that have keyword rich links, there are many tools and services that point to the sites of the visitors. But these links are of no use because they no longer work.
How to do it right: If a good quality forum is related to the topic of your site, then a link from that forum can be of a positive influence for your web pages on the search engine positions.

IPv4 Addresses to be Depleted by December 2014: Infographic

Singapore has the highest number of IPv6 certified engineers as well as the highest percentage of IPv6 capable networks (38.57 percent) compared to other countries around the world, according to an infographic released on Monday.

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Network Utility Force, an organization that provides IPv6 training and IPv6 network design and implementation, released the infographic to provide a look at the IPv6 migration landscape and some challenges in IPv4 exhaustion this year.

“Based on our IPv6 work to date, including work for our current customers, 2014 appears to be the year ARIN will have no more IPv4 addresses to allocate,” Brandon Ross, co-founder, CEO and Chief Network Architect of Network Utility Force said. “To that end, we expect 2014 to be a growth year for IPv6 migrations and deployments, and thus, forecasting and budgeting at the beginning of the year will be important, as engineering resources are limited.”

While Network Utility Force has an obvious motive for releasing the infographic, it does provide an interesting look at international adoption of IPv6.

According to the infographic, IPv4 addresses will be depleted by December 2014.

New Toronto Server Room, Windows Reseller accounts, and Free Charity Hosting

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Dear 4GoodHosting Customers and Prospective Customers and general website visitors,

It is with great pleasure that we tell you about some recent additions to 4GoodHosting over this past month. For registered charities and non-profits, we are giving back to the community by offering a free website hosting package, and optional larger packages with a 15% discount over our already low hosting package prices. Therefore to serve them for what they do for others, we also become a non-profit of sorts for non-profits and charity customers. For more information on our lasting pledge for Canadian charities and non-profits, please see: our free-charity-web-hosting page.

Also new on the 4GoodHosting menu is Windows Reseller Hosting. For those that require specialized Windows server hosting requiring Asp, .net , IIS 7.0, MsSql 2008, MySql 5 or other windows applications, we do Windows! Please see our Windows reseller page for more information on our Windows reseller program.

Perhaps the most exciting development is the extra security you can feel knowing that we just opened a new datacenter in Toronto. Perhaps you prefer East coast hosting over West coast hosting; then we have a solution for you. Everyone will benefit from our transcontinental backups. Even if an unexpected power blackout (or an earthquake perhaps?) took out Vancouver, our Toronto data center will still serve your website to the world; or vice-versa. Technically, this is called ‘fault-tolerance’ or trans-continental ‘redundancy’. Hopefully no large-scale disasters ever happen, but we cover it in any case.

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Different Keywords Require Different SEO Tactics

With recent Google algorithm updates, it is not that easy to get great rankings. But, fortunately it is possible to get good rankings if you preform right things and it depends on your targeting keywords. To rank high, you need to do various things.

1. On-page optimization has a big impact with long keywords

The degree of on-page optimization will be high, if you are able to target long keywords and with little external competition.

If you want to be listed for the search term “the nashville etymologists club t-shirts” then, it is sufficient to optimize only the web page that is having the search term because there is not much competition for that key phrase.

If you target more of competitive keywords, you should have more backlinks that are of good quality or non-spammy in order to rank high in the search results of Google.

2. On-page optimization is important even for more competitive keywords
To rank high in the Google and other search engines on-page optimization is the main factor, it is the foundation.

Google: Reason Why Your Site is Not Ranked for Your Keyword

Recently, a webmaster complained in an online discussion that, one of his important keywords was not listed on Google. He said that the backlinks and the other factors were of quality and he could not find any reason to not rank. So, what were the reasons for the drop in the ranking of the website?

What really happened?
The webmaster was a little surprised that his site www.mamajeanius.co.uk did not list for the keyword “”maternity jeans”. A forum member had analyzed the site and to their surprise they could not find anything unusual.

• According to the forum member, the backlinks were okay and they were not spammy.

• Around 417 web pages of the site were indexed on Google.