List of Official Google Blogs

Today Danny Sullivan posted an entry in SearchEngineWatch that lists all official Google blogs. Coincidentally, this is a piece of information I’ve been looking for myself. The links listed in that post were XML files, which are difficult to read for most of us. So, I am listing these sites in a more friendly format below:

AdWords API Blog
Blogger Buzz
Blogs of Note
Google AJAX Search API Blog
Google Analytics Blog
Google Code – Featured Projects
Google Code – Updates
Google CPG
Google Custom Search
Google Talkabout
Google Web Toolkit Blog
Google Webmaster Central Blog
Inside AdSense
Inside AdWords
Inside Google Book Search
Inside Google Desktop
Official Google Base Blog
Official Google Blog
Official Google Checkout Blog
Official Google Docs & Spreadsheets Blog
Official Google Enterprise Blog
Official Google Mac Blog
Official Google Maps API Blog
Official Google Reader Blog
Official Google Research Blog
Official Google Video Blog
The Writely Blog

Domain Search Engine PCNames.com

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):

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Salaries for SEO professionals

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.

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Japanese Web Page Not Rendering in IE6

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.

Browser Market Share, October 2006

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.