Co-Op is yet another platform that has been released to the public by Google. You may ask yourself "why in the world would I want to create a search engine?" Well, if you have more than one website or have an adsense account, the answer is quite simple. You see when you design the search engine, Google allows you to include any sites you would like in your custom search. For instance, if you have a blog all about global warming, you could have your custom search engine index websites like Greenpeace, The World Wildlife Federation, and The United States Environmental Protection Agency. If you have a site all about sports you could customize your search engine to search, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, NBA, NHL, and NFL sites. Now where the story really gets juicy is when you use Google Co-Op to help improve your adsense results. This can be accomplished by creating search engines that include all of your websites or blogs. Google gives you the option to search only the websites or blogs that you choose, or to set a priority on results from certain sites. This way when you someone types a search term into your Google search box, your website will be listed first in your custom search results. This allows you to keep users on your sites as long as possible, by sending them to other parts of your "network". You can also have other users on the web edit you custom search engine if you so choose. Google allows you to let anyone edit your search engine or you can invite people you trust to edit it. Google Co-op also allows the search to work on your myspace page as well, so you can finally start making money from your myspace page. So what are you waiting for get your customized search engine today, all you need is a Google account and you can start generating even more cash flow from the big Goog!
You can check out my Google Co-op search here. Feel free to sign up as a contributor and add your sites today!
Becoming a webmaster just got a little easy with the formal release of Webmaster Central by Google. Webmaster Central is a convenient way to submit your site to Google, and access webmaster tools that can be used to see how their "crawlers" view your site. These tools can also inform you if there are any errors or other "technical" difficulties crawling your site. Webmaster Central even has a site status wizard that allow you to simply enter your url (website address) and Google lets you know when your site was last crawled.
Check out these examples of simple webmaster tools to see how these "bots" crawl your sites, just type the following into a search.
site:________.com (simply fill in the blank with your sites address for example site:www.maludan.googlepages.com and see the results) This first one is to see if you are indexed at all in Google.
link:________.com is another one that you can type into a search. These results are what others pages link to your site.
related:_______.com shows what sites are related or similar to yours. I have not had to much luck with this one yet.
Be patient though, it does take a while sometimes to get indexed at all. Let me know what I am missing, or what you would like me to discuss in future postings.
Google has released the perfect storm of miniature programs for your website or blog. These Google Gadgets, as they are know can be easily add to your site through a simple cut and paste. As with Google Adsense they have written all the html code for you! Google Gadgets include 1,220 different programs that you can run on your site. This list is really amazing! It includes Wikipedia, Pacman, Netflix Quick Access, AOL Video, NASA Image of the Day, Magic 8 Ball, Stock Charts, Daily Trivia, Crosswords, Tetris, Moviefone, Local Radar, Daily Show Videos, Horoscopes, Jokes, The Periodic Table, Daily Nature Photos and even 100's of Bushisms. I found all of these in just the first few pages. Once you have found the right one for your site click the add to your webpage button and Google generates the HTML code for you. Most of these Google Gadgets can be customized for your site as well. They allow you to resize the gadget and add the border of your choice among other things. So go out and customize your website or blog with Google Gadgets. As with most other things Google it's all free!
For all of you out there that are addicted to the next blog button, but don't have the time to learn 15 different languages, you should check out Google Translate. It is an amazing tool that you can use to translate a piece of text or an entire webpage. All you have to do is type in the URL (web address) into the box that says "translate a web page:". Then you select what language the page is that you would like to translate, and which language would like to read the page in. Press the translate button and Google pops the page up all nice and formatted. Congratulations you can now understand all most anyone in the world! For instance, you can translate from Spanish to English, German to French, English to Italian and Portuguese to English. Remember this works for pieces of text too, so it could be useful in many other applications. For instance if you wanted to learn how to say "hello" and "goodbye" in Italian or "where is the bathroom" in French you can. So now every time you hit that next blog button and something catches your eye, you can use Google to find out what exactly they are really blogging about. You can also check out Google Languages to surf the net for page written in certain langauges or even in certain countries!