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Time waits for no-one.

Contrary to popular opinion, you can’t actually manage time, you can only manage what you do during time.

So… how do you feel about time?

Generally younger people want time to speed up and older people want time to slow down.

My theory of time perception that as we age we tend to experience time passing more quickly. Ask any body of any age, did last year seem to pass faster than any other?

When we were five years old a year is 20% of our live and that is a big chunk. At forty a year is 2.5% of my life. That is a much smaller chunk (although it of course the same amount of time – barring leap years). So a year is relatively less time in my forties than when we were younger and it just seems to pass more quickly.

As time marches on we can choose to feel bad, indifferent or good about it.

Because we do tend to think about time often, then, for the sake of our happiness, it follows that we should try to feel good about it.

How do we do this? Well, whenever we think about the past, present or future, we do so in a way that makes us feel good.

1. When we think of the past, focus on things that bring a smile to our faces. Achievements we’re proud of, events we enjoyed, people we enjoyed being with… even embarrassing moments that make us laugh now. Whatever makes us feel happy.

2. When we’re in the present, try to BE in the present. To enjoy and appreciate what we have RIGHT NOW. From the “big” things, like the wonderful people in our lives, to the littlest things.

3. When we think about the future, we think about the GREAT things we expect it to bring. We visualize having everything we want, being happy, and having everyone around us be happy.

November 15, 2010 | Comments Off on Time waits for no-one. | Permalink

Google 101

Google Basics

When you sit down at your computer and do a Google search, you’re almost instantly presented with a list of results from all over the web. How does Google find web pages matching your query, and determine the order of search results?

In the simplest terms, you could think of searching the web as looking in a very large book with an impressive index telling you exactly where everything is located. When you perform a Google search, their programs check the index to determine the most relevant search results to be returned (“served”) to you.

The three key processes in delivering search results to you are:

Crawling: Does Google know about your site? Can we find it? Learn more…
Indexing: Can Google index your site? Learn more…
Serving: Does the site have good and useful content that is relevant to the user’s search? Learn more…


Crawling

Crawling is the process by which Googlebot discovers new and updated pages to be added to the Google index.

They use a huge set of computers to fetch (or “crawl”) billions of pages on the web. The program that does the fetching is called Googlebot (also known as a robot, bot, or spider). Googlebot uses an algorithmic process: computer programs determine which sites to crawl, how often, and how many pages to fetch from each site.

Google’s crawl process begins with a list of web page URLs, generated from previous crawl processes, and augmented with Sitemap data provided by webmasters. As Googlebot visits each of these websites it detects links on each page and adds them to its list of pages to crawl. New sites, changes to existing sites, and dead links are noted and used to update the Google index.

Google doesn’t accept payment to crawl a site more frequently, and we keep the search side of our business separate from our revenue-generating AdWords service.

Indexing

Googlebot processes each of the pages it crawls in order to compile a massive index of all the words it sees and their location on each page. In addition, they process information included in key content tags and attributes, such as Title tags and ALT attributes. Googlebot can process many, but not all, content types. For example, it cannot process the content of some rich media files or dynamic pages.

Serving results

When a user enters a query, Google’s machines search the index for matching pages and return the results we believe are the most relevant to the user. Relevancy is determined by over 200 factors, one of which is the PageRank for a given page. PageRank is the measure of the importance of a page based on the incoming links from other pages. In simple terms, each link to a page on your site from another site adds to your site’s PageRank. Not all links are equal: Google works hard to improve the user experience by identifying spam links and other practices that negatively impact search results. The best types of links are those that are given based on the quality of your content.

In order for your site to rank well in search results pages, it’s important to make sure that Google can crawl and index your site correctly. Our Webmaster Guidelines outline some best practices that can help you avoid common pitfalls and improve your site’s ranking.

Google’s Related Searches, Spelling Suggestions, and Google Suggest features are designed to help users save time by displaying related terms, common misspellings, and popular queries. Like google.com search results, the keywords used by these features are automatically generated by web crawlers and search algorithms. They display these suggestions only when they think they might save the user time. If a site ranks well for a keyword, it’s because it is algorithmically determined that its content is more relevant to the user’s query.

updated
10/9/2010

November 9, 2010 | Comments Off on Google 101 | Permalink

Remember Pippi?

Pippi Longstocking

A woman at work was wearing striped stockings and she happened to be Swedish. I couldn’t help but think of Pippi Longstocking

November 4, 2010 | Comments Off on Remember Pippi? | Permalink