PCNames.com is a new domain search engine offering some pretty cool functionalities. First, its front page has a Google suggest-like feature that allow you to instantly see whether a domain you are interested in is available.
The site also offers several additional tools for people interested in domaining (or those who are just curious):
Rand has a posting on SEO salaries in SEOMoz Blog. In the post, he listed average salaries for various SEO positions for both in-house and agency.
His numbers appear to be on target, although the range he gave is quite large. And because it’s impossible to provide numbers for every metro area in the world, one will need to apply cost of living adjustments if he/she wants to see whether his/her own salary is within that range.
I had been working on some web pages in Japanese, and found some of the pages showed up blank in IE6. This was quite strange for a couple of reasons:
1. The same pages rendered ok in Firefox, Opera, and even IE7.
2. When I do a “view source”, I can see the full HTML code. So, IE6 can see the code, but it just refuses to render it at all.
I searched the internet to see if someone else has posted about this before, but to my chagrin, the answer was no (at least not in English). So, I decided to examine the page one element at a time. Eventually, I was able to narrow it down to the <title> tag:� When the title tag contained only single-byte characters, the page rendered ok; but if I add Japanese characters to the title, the page wouldn’t render.
As it turned out, the way to fix this is to leave a space between the last Japanese character and the closing title tag. It was surprising because I worked with other double-byte languages before, and had never seen this requirement. This was probably due to some Japanese-specific IE6 bug that got fixed in IE7.
Below is the % browser share, based on traffic to my two highest trafficked sites in October 2006:
- IE: 68.2%
- Firefox: 28.0%
- Opera: 2.0%
- Safari: 0.8%
- Mozilla: 0.6%
- Netscape: 0.3%
- Konqueror: 0.1%
Compared to the September 2006 numbers, IE declined by 1.5%, and Firefox gained 1.5%. There was no significant change in the smaller players.
It’s also interesting to note that IE7 comprised 6.4% of all IE traffic, while Firefox 2.0 comprised 9.1% of all Firefox traffic. As Microsoft announced the launch of IE7 on October 18, and Firefox announced the launch of Firefox 2.0 on October 24, it’s apparent that Firefox 2.0 is gaining acceptance at a much faster rate than IE7. This may also be related to the perception that the first version of a Microsoft product tends to be buggy, so people are waiting for the bug fixes to happen before they upgrade.
Yesterday Zotspot announced the official launch of its search engine. What’s different about this search engine is that it is paying users to search. Users may also donate the money they earned to charities. Users can also earn money from referrals.