Adding a Bing box to your blog/website

by Shijaz Abdulla on 21.11.2009 at 00:35

bingYou can add a Bing custom search box on your website over at bing.com/siteowner.

I replaced the default Google-powered search box on my blog with a Bing custom search box today. For a good reason.

My regular readers may have noticed that I changed the URL to my blog about two months ago. I had set a “301 Permanent Redirect” on the previous domain (blog.shijaz.com) which means the old URL will automatically forward hits to the new one on the microsoftnow.com domain.

Today, two months later, Google still hasn’t finished crawling my blog on its new domain! Here’s a simple test: Search for “ribbon interface” on Google with the “site:microsoftnow.com” parameter and you get no direct link to the original post on this blog. Search the same term on Google with the old domain in the parameter (i.e. “site:shijaz.com”) and you get positive results.

Repeating the same test with Bing,  “ribbon interface” on Bing – with “site:microsoftnow.com” gives positive results with the new domain. I guess Bing crawled my site faster than Google :).

I want to give reliable and up-to-date search results on my blog for my visitors, and hence I chose Bing.

Google suggests…

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.09.2009 at 16:25

Inspired by an article in the Telegraph, I decided to give Google another chance:

Yes, I understand that these suggestions are generated based on indexed content, but what the hell, let’s poke some fun.

1. I c…

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Great, can you do that with no helmet too?

2. I like to d…

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I’d say you are!

3. I like to g….

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Watch out!

4. This one’s a favorite. My po…

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A colorful suggestion indeed!

5. My ur…

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6. Can you goo..

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Uh – I think I’m already doing that?!

7. It doesn’t have good things to say about you – or your dog!

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8. Yahoo is…

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Yes, it might.

9. They still don’t like us.

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Synchronizing folders?!? Of all bad things…

10. I haven….

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You’re absolutely right – I’d rather bing.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post! 🙂

Bing – the new “decision” engine from Microsoft

by Shijaz Abdulla on 28.05.2009 at 21:33

image Microsoft today unveiled Bing, a new Decision Engine. Bing takes users beyond ordinary search – in helping them make faster, more informed decisions.

The world doesn’t need another search engine – what it needs is a decision engine!

Bing is specifically designed to build on the benefits of today’s search engines but begins to move beyond this experience with a new approach to user experience and intuitive tools to help customers make better decisions, focusing initially on four key vertical areas:

  • making a purchase decision,
  • planning a trip,
  • researching a health condition, or
  • finding a local business.

Bing goes one step beyond a search engine – it’s a decision engine – meant to help users make decisions based on search.

For more info on Bing, read the press release. Bing will available for the public at www.bing.com from June 3. Check out the video below:

Bing – A better way to search

“GoogleBombs” de-fused

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.01.2007 at 16:59

Google has taken action against Googlebombing, the act of hundreds of Internet users linking up specific words with certain web sites in order to produce a desired (and usually comical) search result. To remedy the problem Google altered the algorithm by improving the way they analyze link structures on web sites.

Famous “GoogleBombs” include:
  • Searching for the word “failure” producing a link to the current US President, George W. Bush,
  • waffles” with Senator John Kerry,
  • talentless hack” with Adam Mathes, and finally
  • stopping the word “Jew” from pointing to a hate site and instead directing users to the Wikipedia entry on Jewish people.

Google says that there have been less than 100 “well-known” Googlebombs since 2001 and overall the problem was a harmless one.

Google claims that the reason that the company has decided to finally give in and fix the algorithm was because too many people had begun to assume that the results displayed were Google’s own opinions and that the company was intentionally associating the terms with various parties.

Further reading: Google’s Explanation