Poor Matt, he is always getting the brunt of the abuse when Google does something that could, even remotely, be monopolistic. Fortunately, Google Chrome, in my opinion is yet another great idea from a great company that is slightly evil but much less than most ;-)

Check out Matt’s blog for his detailed “Answers to Common Google Chrome Objections” and get the low down directly from a straight-talker; the image on the right is from a fun set of Google collector cards created by Philipp Lenssen.

PS. I forgot to mention in my previous Google Chrome post that Google has earned another star in my book for creating such a cool logo for Google Chrome! Hmm, now I just need to get my hands on a sticker for my laptop! Hint hint Google!

by Ross Dunn, CEO, StepForth Web Marketing Inc.

Google Chrome, Google’s unexpected open source web browser was announced over the Labour Day weekend and launched only a day later – it is now available for download in more than 100 countries.

Here are some excerpts from the Google Blog announcement on September 1st, 2008 “A Fresh Take on the Browser“:

“On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn’t the browser that matters. It’s only a tool to run the important stuff — the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go” Read more…

Dr. Ralph F. Wilson is editor of Web Marketing Today and is widely recognized as an authority on Internet marketingI met up with Ralph Wilson at the Search Engine Strategies San Jose conference a couple of weeks ago and had a great time as always doing interviews. Ralph Wilson’s Web Marketing Today is one of the oldest (since 1995) most respected web marketing resources in the world and as one of Ralph’s hand-picked writers for SEO I feel very privileged to work with him.

In the following interview, Ralph and I discuss the advantages of blogging for building valuable links and reputation online.

Note: we had some trouble with the recording device so you might notice Ralph looking sternly at his camera occasionally… that was to make sure it was still recording :-) We had to re-record parts of this interview about 4 times.

by Ross Dunn, CEO, StepForth Web Marketing Inc.

Last week’s Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose was awesome! The content was exceptional – a cut above previous conferences – and the parties were a blast. To drive all of this home I invite you to check out the photos from the conference that I posted a few minutes ago.

A number of the photos include the following SEOs that you may know: John Carcutt, Darrell Long, Matt McGee, Andy Beal, Lisa Barone, Loren Baker, Leif Nissen, David Snyder, Jeff Quipp, Jennifer Osborne, Jeremiah Andrick, Daron Babin, Chris Boggs.

There are more photos to come too but for now enjoy!

by Ross Dunn, CEO, StepForth Web Marketing Inc.

Google Dance 2008 was, as usual, a great time and I felt it was time to share the festivities with the rest of the world that can’t make it and may just be a little curious about Google’s headquarters. So here we go, welcome to Google Dance 2008:

I hope I can count on seeing you at Google Dance 2009! Just sign up for Search Engine Strategies San Jose when it comes around and in addition to learning about web marketing you will enjoy some great parties (that includes the spectacular Search Bash!).

by Ross Dunn, CEO, StepForth Web Marketing Inc.

Before the Search Bash began CEO Daron Babin of WebmasterRadio.FM got everyone talking after he proclaimed the entertainment at the Search Bash would be better than ever… even to rival Google’s impressive Google Dance the night before.

Well, it is safe to say we were all pretty skeptical that Google’s party could be beat. That said, I don’t know of anyone that would doubt Daron’s capability to go over the top – he is a true entertainer. As a result, attendance was high for the kick off and I don’t think anyone was dissapointed by the entertainment that got progressively awe inspiring as the night continued. Read more…

Last year StepForth celebrated its 10th year anniversary as a company and today we get to celebrate another auspicious event; the 1000th post in the StepForth SEO Blog!

the StepForth SEO Blog logoSince 2002 the StepForth staff has been writing newsletters, articles, and white papers which if totalled would accumulate to far more than 1000 pieces of content but the StepForth’s SEO Blog’s inaugural post was published on August 20th, 2003; “Yahoo and MSN Continue to Grab for Google’s Gold” by our previous in-house writer Jim Hedger. Not long after, on August 27th I wrote an article about the advantages of having a blog called “A Marketing Tool that is Difficult to Ignore.” I was pretty excited about the whole concept of blogging and the obvious marketing benefits inherent to the medium. But little did I know we would actually see the day where we would break the 1000 postings barrier. Read more…

A picture of Dr Evil saying 1 Trillion Unique URLSThis morning the Google Blog announced a staggering milestone that even had Google engineers astounded; 1 Trillion unique URLs were found by Google on the web at once.

This statistic not only shows the amazing power of Google’s indexing engines but outlines just how massive the Internet has become… it is truly mind boggling.

The full blog posting is located here but the following are some interesting segments quoted from the blog posting.

  • How big is the Net if that is what Google manages to index? “Strictly speaking, the number of pages out there is infinite — for example, web calendars may have a “next day” link, and we could follow that link forever, each time finding a “new” page. We’re not doing that, obviously, since there would be little benefit to you.” Read more…

June 30th 2008 was a day that Flash developers had been waiting for a long time; Google and Adobe had finally announced that Flash .swf files could be crawled by Google! In fact, the extensive news release from the Adobe Developer Center also stated that Yahoo would be incorporating similar technology in short order. When I read this news and the consequential articles from the web marketing community it became very clear that this update was a great step but far from the fix that some Flash developers are likely to pitch to their clients. As a result, I wanted to add my voice to the buzz on this topic and share with you my thoughts on how to optimize a site using Flash while considering the current updates. Read more…

I just finished writing a post for Search Engine Guide on Yahoo’s latest idea that I think is positively brilliant. Here is the lead in if you would like to go there and read it in its entirety:

“At Yahoo Anecdotal today Yahoo announced they had recently opened the Yahoo Accessibility Lab; a place where only Yahoo employees (for now) can experience the world of the Internet as a disabled web surfer would. Read on for a peak at accessibility guidelines and more on what Yahoo had to say about this important issue.”

Continue reading Yahoo Champions Internet Accessibility for the Disabled at Search Engine Guide

by Ross Dunn, CEO, StepForth Web Marketing Inc.