Google Gets A Facelift: Themes For Your Homepage

Say good bye to the plain old search box on a white background. If you want to say good bye that is. Google added custom themes to your personal home page today. You’re still welcome to keep the old standard, but I’ve already got a new theme.
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How Might Google Rank Your Blog?

Bill Slawski found a new patent on ranking blog documents that should be of interest to anyone with a blog. As you would expect Bill has given his usual overview of the patent, explaining things and making simple for the rest of us. Bill was also nice enough to highlight some of the main factors that might affect blog ranking in this Cre8asite thread.
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This Week In SEO – 3/16/07

It’s Friday and that means another installment of “This Week In SEO.” Some of you may know why I specifically chose “This Week In SEO” as a name for these link posts, but I’m guessing most of you may not. The title fits naturally enough as the links are all from the week since the last post and with a few exceptions here and there will all be about something SEO related. But there’s a little more to it. I’m a very big baseball fan and grew up watching the Mel Allen show weekend mornings called “This Week In Baseball.” The reference to the show was an obvious choice for me. And now on to the links and the articles from this week in seo.
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Google Takes Steps To Protect Privacy

Yesterday Google took a step in the right direction when it comes to protecting our privacy. Expected to be implemented before the end of the year Google will begin anonymizing the search data it collects so it can no longer be identified with any individual user, after 18-24 months. This is a good step, but does it go far enough?
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Is A Blog Post Ever Finished?

Today I came across an interesting post by Joshua Porter of bokardo.com. The post, 9 Lessons for Would-be Bloggers, as you might expect from the title are some lessons Joshua has learned in his years of blogging. Darren Rowse has a follow up piece, Lessons from the Heart for Would-be Bloggers, at ProBlogger. While I’m not planning on talking in depth about each point there’s a theme running through a few of the points I would like to discuss.
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