Top 5 Search Engines

top-5-search-enginesSearch engine optimization is my number one passion, so when I hear anything related to search engines and the promoting of websites as a paid service, I get a little suspect.

Most recently I heard a commercial from Verizon that states they will promote your new business website to hundreds of search engines.  100s? get real.   There is nothing I hate more than hearing commercials that tell folks that they will submit their website to 100s or 1000s of search engines.

Seriously, when you are searching for something on the internet, you typically (and so do millions of others) go straight to Google or Bing. Am I right? 

The fact of the matter is that there are not 100 legitimate search engines to submit your sites too.  Heck, it is even pointless to even make an effort.  The key is to remain focused and promote to those search engines that you already know about.  I only know and MAYBE use about 3 search engines, but for the sake of keeping a standard list of 5 (I was going to do 5 plus a bonus 5 engines, but that would be as stupid as something something with a something something), in no order of importance.  So here we go with the list

Top 5 Search Engines as recommend by ME, Tony Rocks.

  1. Google – What really else is there?  They have great listings, integrated social content, and a killer image search to steal photos for your office presentations.
  2. Bing – Though not as good as Google, (in fact, the engine has been accused of stealing results from Google) it does have a nice image search too.
  3. Yahoo – Wait, you know, come to think of it, I can’t remember the last time I used Yahoo to search for anything. Maybe it doesn’t deserve to be on the Top 5 Search Engines.

There you have it, my Top 5 Search Engines as Recommended by Me.  Wait…I only listed 3?  Well, if you can find me 2 more search engines, worthy of being in the top 5, please send them along! Smile

Google GDrive is Here!?

I heard earlier this year that Google will be pushing out the ability to upload, store and organize any file type within Google Docs.  This is totally cool because sometimes you simple don’t want to share Word Docs or PowerPoints.

I’m always looking for free stuff, especially free online storage sites!

Now, I’m not too sure that the official name is GDrive, but I don’t care.  It does what I need and that is to share images and zip files to friends and family…just as long as I don’t go over 250mb (I’m cheap).  If you need more, then Google asks for $0.25 per GB per year.  Not too bad a price if you ask me.

I’m always looking for new marketing opportunities when stuff like this gets released.   I’ve come up with a list of things can could be used to take advantage of the public sharing of Gdrive documents:

  • Image marketing optimization
  • Image sharing
  • moving big zip files from pc to pc
  • text file marketing optimization
  • music sharing
  • video sharing

Some neat stuff to consider.  One thing I did notice, or perhaps I can’t find this feature, is how do you tag files in Google Docs or how do you add descriptions?  If anybody knows how to do this, please leave a comment :)

I’m so looking forward to seeing how GDrive transforms into a powerful internet marketing tool.

Google’s Nexus One Phone – With Photos

phonenexus09_667195a I’ve just heard word that the new Google Nexus One phone is coming to a store near you, at least a Google store on Tuesday, January 12th.  It will be interesting to see how friendly this phone is, after working with such an elegant touch screen, smooth UI and easily operated Apple iPhone.

This thing is supposed to be a step above the previously released G-Phone from T-mobile. This, however is totally Google, with custom Google stuff (as described by the Google mobile engineers).

The phone, built by HTC, will of course be using the Android operating systems. Analysts are not totally sold on the impact Google hopes to make against the iPhone, but only the market will tell.

So I went to Google to ask Why?

Google is great for finding out things, but be careful when you ask Google the toughest question of all…Why?  With Google’s auto suggest feature, they expect you to find something related to your question.  Here is what Google suggested to me when I asked Why? Entertaining suggestions, Google. I wonder what Bing has to say?

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