Archive for December 16th, 2011

Follow Yahoo!’s The Daily Ticker on Facebook here! Provided by the Business Insider. Hewlett-Packard is the original “tech company started in a garage.”. Since then, we’ve seen other billion dollar companies such as Apple and Google start there too. But it’s not only garages: famous companies have also been founded in apartments, houses, and living [...]

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Color me cranky about this week’s Republican presidential debate in Iowa. The headline stories were about whether Newt Gingrich actually lobbied for Freddie Mac, or why Mitt Romney changed his positions on gay rights, guns, and abortion. But a GOP growth message to defeat President Obama was completely missing in this debate. It was a supply-side whiff.
This election is principally about the economy and its poor performance. It’s about the slow rate of growth, the high rate of unemployment, and the tax, regulatory, spending, and monetary obstacles conjured up by Obama that are…

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With the European debt crisis dominating market headlines in recent months, much less attention has been paid to the state of emerging markets, which struggled over the course of 2011. From China to India to Brazil, growth disappointed while inflation, although beginning to fall, remains high. Broad market indexes in those countries are also down [...]

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Follow Yahoo!’s The Daily Ticker on Facebook here! One week after the much-ballyhooed EU summit, the reviews are in and they’re pretty much unanimous: Policymakers failed miserably and risks to the global economy have risen dramatically. (See: Europe Is “Like the Drowning Man,” Dow Says: Policymakers Fix Engine on Car with Faulty Brakes) Testifying before [...]

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If you are like me you have a rough understanding of how Google ranks sites in its search engine results and how those have changed over time.  In the beginning it was all about Page Rank and sites were ranked based on the number of links into the site and the quality of the sites on which those links sit.  Then over time a number of other elements were added to the algorithm including freshness of content, page load times and how popular a site is when Google serves it as a search result (aka ‘user experience signals’).  You probably also have an idea that Google has also been constantly changing its algorithm in an attempt to stay one step ahead of spammers who learn the rules and game the system to get their low quality links high up the search results page.

Search engine optimisation (SEO) or the business of appearing high in Google’s search results, is important for just about any business now, and if you want to understand a bit more about how it works check out the infographic below.  It is a bit anti-Google in its positioning, but contains lots of good stuff.  The section on Google punishing paid links was most interesting to me.  I used to run a couple of paid links from this blog which made a couple of grand a year which I gave to charity.  I took those links down after my page rank dropped from seven to six and I thought Google might be penalising me.  A number of people said that Google wasn’t likely to notice a paid link on a small site like The Equity Kicker, but I thought it better to be safe than sorry.  The prominence of the paid link discussion on this infographic makes me think I made the right decision.

The infographic was originally published on Silicon Valley Watcher.  Props to Azeem Azhar for the pointer.

 

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Follow Yahoo!’s The Daily Ticker on Facebook here! This summer economists and market strategists were divided: would or would not the U.S. slip into a double-dip recession? Economic growth in the first half of 2011 grew at an annual rate of just 0.9 percent and the nation’s unemployment remained stuck near nine percent. The weekly [...]

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By now, you have probably heard the twittering (literally) about “Communist Muppets” after Fox Business guest commentator Dan Gainor complained that the villain in the latest Muppet movie is that stock Hollywood cliché, the evil big businessman. In this case, it’s even more of a cliché: an evil oil tycoon with the none-too-subtle name Tex Richman. Get it? The “rich man” is the villain. Apparently, the Muppets are the 99%.
The left-leaning mainstream media had great sarcastic fun with this story, projecting the possibility of House Un-American…

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