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Are you the owner of a small business and are pissed off that Yelp won’t publish your customer’s positive reviews? Join the group. A growing list of small business owners are up in arms since they’ve realized that Yelp is filtering out their positive reviews yet publishing every bad review.
Why Should You Care?
With over 90% of people using search engines as their 1st step to research your company and products, online ratings and review websites like Yelp are becoming more and more critical to your success; whether you know it or not.
As of the of mid August 2011, Google has officially stopped supporting the Google Toolbar plugin, except for the Internet Explorer browser. So that means that your Google Toolbar for Firefox, Safari, and even Google’s own Chrome browser are no longer supported.
Many Firefox users may be mistaken that upgrading to the newest version of Firefox 6 has broken the Google Toolbar. This is not the case. As stated by Google:
First of all, we’d like to thank all of our loyal users of Google Toolbar for Firefox. We deeply appreciate all of the feedback over the years that helped to make the product so useful. As we all know, over the past few years, there has been a tremendous amount of innovation in the browser space. For Firefox users, many features that were once offered by Google Toolbar for Firefox are now already built right into the browswer. Therefore, while Google Toolbar for Firefox works on versions up to and including Firefox 4 only, it will not be supported on Firefox 5 and future versions. Please see our Help Center for additional details.
Most of us assume that Google is planning on integrating this functionality directly into their Chrome browser and therefore don’t need to support a separate plugin. In the case of Firefox and other browsers, many of the same features are available in the browser itself.
However, the Google PageRank value is missing from their support pages and lists of other tools to replicate the same functionality provided by the Google Toolbar. So is this a sign that Google may be taking steps to no longer publish their Google PR to the public? What are your thoughts?
Do you search for something on Google and find it ranked #1 but your friend does the same search and that website is #15? Many people pull their hair out when trying to determine what number a certain keyword ranks. This is due to the personalization features implemented by Google.
Google has gone on record saying that they want all search results to be personalized to some degree. Their tone has been very strongly indicating that the more personalization signals they can find, the more personalized the results you’ll get in your searches.
Some of these personalized search signals can include:
So how do you get rid of personalized results all together? That is a tricky answer. Luckily there are a few sure fire way, then some others that work for awhile but seem to end up getting turned off again.
One sure fire way to do a search and mask all personalization signals is to use a web browser that does all that for you behind the scenes. The SRWare Iron web browser is the solution. You can search Google for any phrase, any number of times, and you’ll see the true rankings for that keyword.