Another week of unmissable technology and SEO news from the top sources, to save you having to trawl through yourself. Highlights include Firefox going mobile, comments being removed from Engadget, how to be included in Google News and astronauts on Twitter.
Firefox Goes Mobile and IE6 Goes Kaput
As the number of users surfing the net on mobile devices continues to soar, Firefox have launched their first mobile browser for the Nokia N900 (on the Maemo platform) and have suggested this will be the first of many.
As Mozilla branches out, Microsoft is reigned in. Google has announced it’s no longer supporting IE6 in its web based apps.
Regardless of the browser & whether your website is discovered on mobile or desktop, it’s well worth following this guide to HTML for SEO to make sure you’re doing all you can to help search engines find you.
SEO Software the Most Profitable Route
SEOmoz announced this week that they’re going to be focussing on software (which has already become their largest source of income) rather than consultancy, and have teamed up with Distilled. Continuing the theme, Whiteboard Friday this week (with Will Critchlow from Distilled) was about how to choose an SEO consultant, which is quite interesting watching for consultants as well as companies looking to hire them.
Jobs on Google
Steve Jobs launched a scathing attack on Google, calling their ethical policy “a load of crap”. He was incensed at Google invading the phone market and accused them of wanting to “kill the iPhone”. I think his anger is entirely justified, as Apple have always been focused on the mobile phone industry since they started in the 1970’s and have never changed direction as trends changed.
Google Webmaster Report
On a less angry note, SEO Roundtable published their monthly Google Webmaster Report, including caffeine sightings, social search launching and sitemap page limits increasing.
Facebook News and Google News
Facebook could be becoming the biggest news source on the web following the success of their news list aggregator. Amongst others they’re in competition with Google News, which is currently one of the most popular news sources on the web. If you’re a web based publisher of news (which isn’t purely self promotion), it’s worth having a read of an article from SEOmoz this week about how to be included in the Google News index.
As I mentioned in a post about Google removing PageRank from dead links yesterday, it’s essential to keep backward links fresh. WebProNews covered the same story and provided some ideas for how to get fresh links for old content.
Engadget – No Comment
As comments were removed on Engadget this week, following the tone becoming unpleasant, WebProNews published an interesting article about how the part comments play in SEO. The question is begged, how important are on site comments when social media allows for a rich off line commentary. Engadget came to the conclusion they were rather important and turned them back on after 2 days.
In Space, No-one Can Hear You Tweet
Following the lead of Obama and the Pope, NASA organised an online Q&A session. Members of the public were able to tweet questions on Twitter to be answered by astronauts in a live broadcast via mission control and in a rather exciting first, astronauts can now tweet from space!