Monthly Archives: January 2008

Google: We’re Sorry… (403)

Just tried a search, and verified that this is happening all over the place but when I perform a search on Google I now get the following message (403 Forbidden) “We’re sorry… for Anything I search for (originally trying to get to Digg.com by simply typing ‘digg’ into Firefox’s address bar) which is quite worrying and makes me thing “just how much money are Google loosing from this issue”… It might only be a short term problem and local to us but I thought it was worth documenting all the same.

Solar Water Heaters (Excuse the Post)

Excuse the post but I really want to get my brothers new domain indexed as quickly as possible as he’s starting a new venture selling and installing solar water heaters. Under the name ‘Solar Agent’ so here goes.

Solar Agent specialising in reducing your heating bill by approximately 40% by installing a solar water heater. Available in three variations, with finance available, installation and servicing by Corgi registered, British Gas approved heating engineers, your solar water heaters works with other environmental appliances to help reduce your carbon emissions.

Ok to save the post call it an SEO tutorial in how to create an impacting and relevant link to your website.

Keyword research determined that although ‘solar power’ and solar energy’ are more searched terms ‘solar water heater’ is actually what my bro’s selling so to keep on focus this is the primary term we’re going for.

This was validated by going to google.co.uk and searching for “solar water heater” (uk results only) which showed me that A. the results were hit and miss for the UK with no major players… which is good and B. it should be an easy term to dominate.

Bought a domain (all the ideal ones had gone and my bro wanted something brandy so picked ‘solar agent’… well it does at least have ‘solar’ in the title.

On my blog created a topic titled ‘solar water heater’ and wrote some introductory text about my intent making sure to use lots of ‘green’ terms like ‘solar energy’ ‘carbom emissions’ and such like.

In the middle of the body text drop in a link to the target website using the target term of ‘solar water heaters’

And finally… write a spammy SEO tutorial as an excuse to add in more solar power terms and repeat the target term a few times.

PointUI – Windows Mobile Skin is Amazing

I love my O2 XDA II Mini S (wow what a mouth full) and have had it now for over 18 months. My only 3 quibbles are:

  • Battery Performance sucks – I average 2-3 days before needing to recharge
  • Camera sucks – 1.3 Mega pixel is blurry, out of focus and useless in low light
  • Windows Mobile 5 is Slooooow

Well point 3 looks like its going to be remedied pretty soon, and I dont mean Windows Mobile 7 (which probably will be too hungry for my little XDA Mini). What i am talking about is PointIU.

Most people are harping on about how PointUI is a potential iPhone killer and to be honest, I don’t think that’s too much of a challenge what with the XDA’s already having more features than the iPhone can shake a stick at. What is nice is the finger based UI (User Interface) with some nice touch ‘n’ slide menu systems to navigate around… I admit its not as clever as the iPhone (yet) but this is open source and seems to have the support of the community.

What I Like

  • Finger Friendly (I recently lost my stylus and have been using biros for around 6 months now – Donations anyone?)
  • Jumps in and out of WM5 quickly
  • Replaces WM5 task bar and looks much better
  • Nicer power meter
  • Nicer volume settings
  • Easy access to comon apps

What I Dont Like

  • Touch-slide works back to front (up is down, left is right?)
  • Cant customise the initial tool options (I dont want email or Media Player)
  • Some common tools are tucked away
  • Doesnt auto-start easily
  • Needs to integrate interface into phone, txt and other standard services (hey I know this is only an early beta but lets look to the future)

Overall PointUI is amazing and deffo a step in the right direction. I’d like to see a development roadmap on the company website to stop people bleeting on about the same old feature requests on the forum.

Heres a Youtube Video  (more static images on Flickr).

Socialposter.com – Social Bookmarking Automated Submission

Anyone remotely interested in social bookmarking, social news or networking will be interested in a new service called SocialPoster.com.

Available as an on-page submission form or as a bookmarklet the service creates links or windows to pre-completed submission forms for social sites including:

  • Digg.com
  • Propeller.com
  • Reddit.com
  • Del.icio.us
  • Stumbleupon.com
  • Socialogs.com
  • Indianpad.com
  • Google.com/Bookmarks
  • Technorati.com
  • Furl.net
  • Diigo.com
  • Wirefan.com
  • Bibsonomy.org
  • Blinklist.com
  • Blogmemes.net
  • Bluedot.us
  • Myjeeves.ask.com
  • Simpy.com
  • Backflip.com
  • Spurl.net
  • Newsvine.com
  • Netvouz.com
  • Folkd.com
  • Blinkbits.com
  • Bmaccess.net
  • Blogmarks.net
  • Plugim.com
  • Linkagogo.com
  • Mister-wong.de
  • Sk-rt.com
  • Connotea.org
  • Twitter.com
  • Thoof.com
  • Corank.com
  • Megite.com/discover/
  • Facebook.com
  • Yample.com
  • Squidoo.com
  • Taggly.com
  • Actualtopics.com
  • Authorcontent.com
  • Ebizgo.info
  • Tagza.com
  • Emodrama.com
  • Musigg.org
  • Screamfeed.com
  • Teenwag.com
  • Lipstick.com
  • Relevantlogs.com
  • Swik.net
  • Dzone.com
  • Leetdaily.com
  • Pixelmo.com
  • Millionsofgames.com
  • Fritterware.com
  • Ma.gnolia.com
  • Shoutwire.com
  • Thisnext.com
  • Dropjack.com