Tag Archives: ranking

search engine optimisation (SEO)

21 Jul


Most of us should be familiar with these initials. 

i was prompted to go to the wiki pages in this blog who ask why his google blog does not seem to get a better prominence in google search than wordpress (i wonder is it really so or is it just that in wordpress inside itself directs blogs to know each other better and so gets hits more) considering that google owns blogger…

but i think google just makes sure blogs dont get undue prominence over others.

blogs are opinions really, instead of news websites that deal with real events (mostly).

its a bit like fiction, i am sure google makes sure to separate ebooks from the general search engines too.

found this below that shows how google operates  regarding SEO.

Quote ‘On June 8, 2010 a new web indexing system called Google Caffeine was announced. Designed to allow users to find news results, forum posts and other content much sooner after publishing than before, Google caffeine was a change to the way Google updated its index in order to make things show up quicker on Google than before. According to Carrie Grimes, the software engineer who announced Caffeine for Google, “Caffeine provides 50 percent fresher results for web searches than our last index…”[22]

Google Instant, real-time-search, was introduced in late 2010 in an attempt to make search results more timely and relevant. Historically site administrators have spent months or even years optimizing a website to increase search rankings. With the growth in popularity of social media sites and blogs the leading engines made changes to their algorithms to allow fresh content to rank quickly within the search results.[23]

In February 2011, Google announced the Panda update, which penalizes websites containing content duplicated from other websites and sources. Historically websites have copied content from one another and benefited in search engine rankings by engaging in this practice, however Google implemented a new system which punishes sites whose content is not unique.[24]

In April 2012, Google launched the Google Penguin update the goal of which was to penalize websites that used manipulative techniques to improve their rankings on the search engine.[25]

In September 2013, Google released the Google Hummingbird update, an algorithm change designed to improve Google’s natural language processing and semantic understanding of web pages.’unquote.

  I suppose it just goes to show how complicated it must be and only computers can do it. i just have a thought, google tracks those of us on google chrome, do u think our tracks takes more prominence simply because google can access everything we do in there whilst others can hide their tracks…? here in google chrome we can hide our tracks but i think few of us do.

maybe not, i am sure the algorithm must be sophisticated enough to put a ranking on each of us, as to how important we are… maybe having lots of followers and hits might be a factor, is that why every one seem to yearn for more hits and followers? though from what i read about that penguin algorithm, (it is used to negate links),  links might not be all that important.

london is 6th for infrastructure, 37th for quality of life

5 Dec


I was just talking about how people’s perception of how expensive a city is may be due to reading of business surveys like this one done to assess the quality of life and infrastructure in cities to rank them for the purposes of companies deciding how much to compensate their people who are sent to work there. It is done by mercer.com

dubai ranked top 
The title is a misnomer, as it turned out Dubai is only ranked top for its region, the middle east. It fares badly when compared with the world.


London is ranked 6th for infrastructure , because of “its high level of public services offered, with its extensive public transportation system including airports, the London underground buses and railroad services.“
It is obvious these expats do not commute haha. Outside the rush hour, the public transport is first rate, and I say so from personal experience. And it is the mark of a good transport system that is as good outside the rush hour as within it. So many will place all their buses and trains to cope with the rush hour and neglect the off peak times but not in London.

London is 37th for quality of life.

Vienna in Austria is 1st for quality of life, 16th for infrastructure.

Singapore is 1st for infrastructure, 25th for quality of life.

New york which is used as the bench mark is 44th for quality of life, 30th for infrastructure.

Added. i was browsing wordpress and saw this post by a singaporean poster. not sure if he is a citizen or one of the guest workers that singapore imports to run its services. it is a post about a strike by the bus company . which is unheard of. a strike in singapore! so looking between the lines, all that good infrastructure is at the cost of cheap imported labour and making slaves of those poor saps who come in to work. 

The workers were protesting because they were paid less than malaysian workers. who most probably are paid less than singapore workers or more likely there are no singaporeans willing to work for those wages. aha. those striking  workers are from china.