Another URL Shortener and it is from Google

Posted in google, technology by Sumit Thomas on December 18, 2009

[tweetmeme style=”compact”]Twitter has opened the way for a new stream of online service – URL Shortening! and cousin, the business is booming! 🙂

Goo.gl is Google’s version of URL Shortening service. Unlike its counterpart tinyurl.com or bit.ly, Goo.gl is not a stand alone tool to generate short URLs. For now, the only way you can shorten a URL using Goo.gl is by using the Google Toolbar or if you have a Feedburner account, integrate your Feedburner feeds with your Twitter account.

If you are a Google Chrome user, you can install this extension which lets you use Goo.gl without the toolbar. But it works only in the Google Chrome Beta version though.

Facebook has its own URL Shortener as well fb.me. I am not sure when it started but I’ve seen couple of tweets with fb.me URL. It will be very interesting to know the long term objective of Google and FB and what it will do to the existing players.

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Overview of Google Friend Connect

Posted in google by Sumit Thomas on October 15, 2009

[tweetmeme style=”compact”]Learn how Google Friend Connect lets you grow traffic by easily adding social features to your website. For more info, visit http://www.google.com/friendconnect

Sitemap for Search Engines

Posted in technology by Sumit Thomas on June 18, 2007

Sitemap is a simple XML file that you can put in the root of your website to help search engines crawl your site better. It helps the search engines know which pages in your site to index and the frequency of updates in those pages. A simple sitemap.xml file looks like this…


Check sitemaps.org for more information.

Google and Yahoo have good Webmaster tools that allow you to submit the path of your sitemap.xml file for crawling. Make sure you validate you sitemap file before submitting it to the search engine. Sitemap validator is an excellent tool to check your sitemap file.

Google’s Webmaster Central is a great resouce for information on Sitemap. You can submit your sitemap at Google Sitemaps.

Yahoo has a similar service called Yahoo! Site Explorer

For Ask.com just ping to their server with the following URL http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www.yourwebsite.com/sitemap.xml

MSN doesn’t have a sitemap submission tool(I couldn’t find one). Placing the URL of your sitemap in robots.txt would do I guess.

Sitemap is not a replacement to the crawling methods adopted by search engines to index your website, it just helps the search engine to crawl your site better.

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