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How did the websites of candidates running for President looked 20 years ago?

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With the advent of technology, there have been quite a few changes coming in. A huge part of the presidential campaigning is now done online, by means of campaign websites. These are indeed a very integral part of the whole campaign now. 8 years back when Obama campaigned in 2008, only 25% of the total adult population was active on social media. 8 years hence, in 2016, more than 65% of the adults in the United States use social media and networking. This makes communicating with the public online as an essential activity for the candidates.

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Screenshot/Bush Cheney

But how was the situation 20 years back? Way back in 1996, Bob Dole was the first Presidential candidate to have made use of an online website for promoting his campaign. He laid the foundation which was followed by all the preceding candidates in all the elections henceforth. How did the first website look like? It was simple. It had a simple format, information about Dole, his stand on different policies, links to his speeches and the likes. Bob Dole, the man who never became the president, gave a new outlook and perspective to presidential campaigns.

The website dealt with a lot of issues Dole was working on. Some of the headlines include, ‘America should be the technology leader of the world’, and ‘Bob Dole will protect the constitutional liberty of Internet users’ and the likes.

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The next interesting question here is, how was the first website made? The masterminds behind the site were Rob Kubasko and Vince Salvato, students of Arizona State University back then. They had the responsibility of building a campaign website, one that could beat Bill Clinton’s. The task was cut out. They would randomly work on the website and upload the information. Thereafter, the people in the campaign would get the uploaded data printed out, make changes and corrections and then fax the changes back to Kubasko. That was the work put behind this website.

Once all of that was completed, Dole announced his address on the air. There was no looking back from there. The site started getting hundreds and then thousands of visitors on a regular basis. This was a major highlight of Dole’s campaign. Clinton’s website faced similar situations, albeit a lot later. His website was simple as well, with a Briefing Room that contained the candidate’s views of immigrations, drugs and religious freedom. This was accompanied by pictures of Bill Clinton and a college electoral game that ran only on Windows 95 back then. Besides, there were some GIFS that worked when your cursor went over certain sections of the website. This Clinton-Gore campaign website was a success, something the candidates later looked up to.

But here is an interesting fact. The Dole Kemp website is still online at present. However, the last time it was updated was way back on November 5th, 1996. George Bush went on to have his own website in 2000, with the exciting addition of a video player.

The Top 3 Ranking Factors According to Google

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Google’s rank algorithm is shrouded in mystery and rarely do they come straight out and tell us about their more than 200 ranking signals.

We knew last year, Google announced that RankBrain, their artificial intelligence system, is the the third most important ranking factor

In a Q&A with Google, Andrey Lipattsev, a Search Quality Senior Strategist at Google, said the other two factors were links and content in response to a question by Ammon Johns.

I can tell you what they are. It is content. And it’s links pointing to your site.

He wouldn’t say which of was the more important factor.  We now have 3 ranking factors on our list:

1 & 2: Links & Content
3: RankBrain

Of course, this aren’t the only factors as Google still look at many others But these are definitely the overall top three, officially confirmed by Google itself.

For a long time we have already known that links and contents have a great impact in rankings but the recent years, this has come into question. The confirmation done by Google in this Q&A provides content marketers with more ideas on how to improve their practice and push for growth.

Check out the full Q&A Video below.

Google Introduces Accelerated Mobile Pages

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Google’s AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) is making a giant leap towards the goal of a faster and better mobile internet set by Google themselves. However, what would it consist and how does it affect the marketing industry?

Google announced about AMP last October, targeting to greatly enhance the performance of mobile internet. Anyone can collaborate with AMP and create mobile webpages using it. Read on for some important details you must know about AMP.

What exactly is AMP?

To put it simply, AMP is a revised version of the mobile web that ran on reinvented variations of the computer language that was used to make web pages, the HTML. The revised version takes away many elements from the original that slowed down the loading of a page on mobiles. The AMP also has better visual qualities when compared to the older version. Google asserts that the pages that are created using AMP HTML could load faster by 15-85% when compared to the version of the web page that is non AMP.

It is also made easy for publishers of web to begin with tutorials of AMP to create their pages. However, with the revision, Google is also taking away marketers and infrastructure advertisers who relied on the non AMP versions. Though certain factors of AMP will need a fresh approach towards mobile advertisements, there are plenty reasons to resort to AMP.

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Enhancing the search engine rankings

We all know mobile responsiveness is a criterion for search engine rankings. Since Accelerated Mobile Pages are particularly designed for quick loading and to provide good experience for mobile users, pages with AMP would certainly get the boost in rankings. Besides, quick loading implies more views on ad and more views of pages.

As per Kissmetrics, forty percent of users will close the page if it requires more than 3 seconds for loading. So quick mobile pages are definitely everyone’s option. Hence, web paged with AMP are likely to rank higher in the search engine rankings.  Speaking about page views, Google ensures that AMP traffic could be measured and analyzed, like it would do with any other regular pages.

Regulating Ads

Google’s announcement on January pertaining to advertising on AMP had few interesting aspects on how ads would work and what publishers would be allowed to do. When the AMP would launch, it would comprise of vital and fundamental functions. This involves the allowance of trafficking ads with servers of ads of your choice, and support for many formats and demand sources. It also gives complete control over placements of ads and also will allow measuring the views. Google is strongly determined about making the ad contents on AMP beautiful, secure, and of course faster! However, though Google is letting marketers and publishers have control regarding various factors of advertising, there are few parts which are forbidden.

Is Google Penguin 4.0 Coming in March 2016?

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Attention to all digital marketers and SEO practitioners, this is a news flash that would definitely make your ears clap.  So close yet so far but the long wait is finally getting shorter because the most anticipated update of Google Penguin is now coming! But what the great webmaster analyst Gary Illyes is quoted saying:

“The new Penguin update will make webmaster’s life easier a bit and for most people it will make it a delight.”

What’s Hot and New?

Through the years, Penguin it has always been changed and updated for the betterment of SEO and digital marketing experience. It will be your 24/7 friendly SEO tool because it will always be actively updating the algorithms. You know for a fact that spams and cheat tactics are just lurking everywhere around the bush.  Therefore, the new update is here to save the day!

In addition to its remarkable features, Penguin maintains fairness by eradicating those non-business links on Google Search Results from their ranks, and helps those legit links in their respective and appropriate rank places. Also, it will conduct extensive monitoring of the links provided to a particular website and will work by instantly detecting spam link profiles. With the new Google disavow tool, it will disavow those spam and cheaters, and retain those good links that legitimately deserves to be retained.

Semantic Search at Its Finest

Using RankBrain, all gathered disavowed files can be collected and be used to generate a specific code that would aid in recognizing spam links through the assignation of a negative value. On the other hand, it could also help in determining the link’s topical relevance. What makes it superior from PageRank is that RankBrain has the ability to give a bonus value. Therefore, it would make the segregation of non-relevant links to the relevant ones easier.

Say Goodbye to Private Blog Networks (PBN)

Manual penalties also run in the digital world. Google sanctions those unnatural links and websites that compromise the anchor text. Last December 2015, it was found out there has been an increasing number of manual penalties. But despite the presence of these escalating figures, they ease their way out by using their PBNs to boost their ranks. These networks will be ended to stop these tech lapses.

Expanding Links

What you did not know about semantic webs is that, it can also result to a wider utilization of unlinked mentions as ranking factors. Hence, it can be concluded that the spreading rumor that Google includes unlinked mentions in Google Search Consoles is true. It clearly shows that ranking signals are being widely utilized.

 

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The Top 7 Online Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016

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2015 has come to an end and this means a New Year, and possibly new things in the digital marketing word. Here is a list of 7 online marketing trends which will take the marketing to a whole new level this 2016.

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7. Mobile Will Completely Dominate Desktop

Last year the Google updated its search engine algorithm; this latest update heavily favors mobile friendly websites and list them on the top of the search engine list. This updated algorithm even favors mobile optimized sites over the desktop web sites. While it is well known that desktop traffic won’t fade away completely, but obviously Google is expecting that mobile web traffic will dominate in 2016.

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6. Online Advertising Will Become More Expensive

More and more companies are looking to adopt an online marketing strategy, and in 2016 as demand goes up prices will too.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Domains Of All Time

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Setting up a website is mostly simple for most people. However, the challenge comes when you are picking a domain name for the site. If you are looking for a domain name that is still unused, it may take you a while.

As you would expect, the best domains are already gone. The single word ones are very popular for obvious reasons. Can you guess how much the owners had to pay for them? The following list of the top 10 most expensive domains of all time may surprise you.

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  1. Insurance.com – Back in 2010, insurance.com was sold for about 35.6 million dollars making it the most expensive domain to date. Who bought this domain? Well, the same people who acquired insure.com, which is also on this list. QuinStreet was the company behind this outrageous purchase that shook the entire domain market. Although the price tag was also for the content, analysts believe that the main asset was the domain.
  2. VacationRentals.com – This is easily one of the most expensive domains of all time and it easily makes it to the top ten. This transaction took place in 2007 at a cost of a whooping 35 million dollars. The buyer of this domain was none other than the present owner of HomeAway. His admission was that he bought the domain so that he could prevent Expedia from acquiring it. Expedia is a travel website with its headquarters in Washington.
  3. PrivateJet.com – Nations Luxury Transportation, LLC (Nations) acquired privatejet.com for a cool 30 million dollars, making this one of the most expensive domain sales ever. Nations bought the domain name from Don’t Look Media.com, which is a private company, in 2012. What motivated this buy? According to a press release at the time, privatejet.com would be a website of choice for pilots, jet travelers, and brokers. The site would be attracting at least 250,000 visitors per month by December 2012.
  4. Internet.com  – Most people would have expected this domain to the priciest; unfortunately, this is not the case. Nevertheless, at 18 million dollars, the domain fetched some good money too. However, the most interesting thing about this domain is the ownership; QuinStreet again! Yet it does not stop there. QuinStreet has gone ahead to acquire JavaScript.com, DatabaseJournal.com, and a host of other popular sites.
  5. Insure.com – As we noted earlier, insure.com was also bought by QuinStreet. It makes it to the top most expensive domains of all time with a worth of 16 million dollars. As you would guess, insurance.com is for insurance purposes. Having been bought at a little more than 1 million dollars by the original owners, the domain was eventually sold to QuinStreet at 16 million dollars in 2009. This was more than ten times the original cost.
  6. Sex.com – With the understanding that sex sells, this industry makes to the list as well. Although the domain sex.com is not at the top of this list, it entered into the Guinness Book of records. This is because it was the most expensive domain-only buy at the time. Clover Holdings Ltd bought this domain from Escom LLC for 13 million dollars in 2010.
  7. Fund.com  – Fund.com deals with investment and financial services, just as the name suggests. In a deal brokered in 2008, this domain cost the owner about 9.9 million dollars. Interestingly, the site was still inactive at the time of compiling this list. It is still not yet clear why Clek Media brokered this deal. We can only wait and see what the owner does with this site. Probably it will eventually be sold at an even more staggering price.
  8. Porn.com – Another spicy site also makes the list of top ten most expensive domains in history. Unlike fund.com, this domain is doing very well. The owner bought the domain for 9.5 million dollars back in May, 2007. If you consider all-cash transactions, this was the biggest sale for a domain by 2007.
  9. Diamond.com – If you visit diamond.com, you will be taken to what you would expect from such a site-a center for all forms of diamond rings. A click on one link on the site will take you to bluenile.com where you can customize your ring. At 7.5 million dollars asking price in 2006, diamond.com is definitely one of the biggest domain buys in history.
  10. Beer.com – Beer.com is supposed to be an online marketplace for beer. However, a visit to the site now will show a landing page that is nowhere near to appealing. All the same, beer.com closes the list of 10 most expensive domains courtesy of its 7 million dollars price tag in 2004.

As the amount of money in this list show, the domain name industry is very big. The fact that someone is ready to pay as much as 35.6 million dollars in exchange for a simple name shows how massive the internet is. Considering that billions of people visit these sites daily, the huge prices are somehow justified.

Top 9 Most Popular Websites Ranked by Alexa

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The term Alexa is a buzzword today inside the World Wide Web in the present instances. Their performance is basically determined by search rankings, which in turn influences the particular popularity in addition to the presence on the websites. Your Alexa Ranking is something that the entire world takes a look at. It is not the end, but a lower Alexa ranking is something that people wear like a badge of honor.

  1. Google

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For last sixteen years, this word has become a part of our lives. Wherever we are Google connects the world with us and searches the answer for every question we ask. Google Search Engine has become the world’s biggest search engine and has become a synonym for search.

  1. Facebook

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Although there were a few websites when Facebook burst onto the scene, but none got as much popularity. Reasons being its cool user interface, privacy settings and the number features offered to the users. The site has undergone various modifications in the past few years and has also been surrounded with controversial headlines. But there is no denial of the fact that in our collection of the most popular websites, Facebook has taken the least time to get this level of popularity.

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30 Interesting Facts About Google That You May Not Know

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Google is undoubtedly an invincible part of our life. That being said, we still are not totally familiar with this giant search engine. Making you all acquainted with it deeply, here are a few facts about Google that you might not know!

  1. If you type, ‘I want to commit suicide’ on the Google search. The first search result will display the Suicide Helpline number available in your country.
  2. Google was named accidently after being misspelled by its founders as ‘Googol”. The word means 1 followed by 100 zeros.
  3. Microsoft helps Bing by paying back to users to use it instead of Google.
  4. Google was once used to be called as ‘backrub’.
  5. According to Google, about 16% of the searches everyday is new.
  6. 2 million searches are made within a minute on Google.
  7. It was on August 16, 2013 when Google went down for 5 minutes. It was observed that the global internet traffic was dropped by 40%.
  8. Google is known for acquiring two companies each month since 2010.
  9. Google earth’s database is of a total size of 20 Petabytes or approximately 20 million gigabytes or 20500 terabytes.
  10. Gmail was introduced with a free storage of 1GB in 2004 as opposed to hotmail with only 2MB.
  11. Google is estimated to have around 9, 00,000 servers.
  12. On an average, about 270,000 words are written in a minute in Blogger.
  13. George Bell, the CEO of ‘Excite’, was given the opportunity to buy Google in 1999 for $1 million.
  14. Street view of a desert is created by hiring a camel by Google.
  15. Google earns more than CBs, ABC, FOX, and NBC combined together in advertising per year.
  16. Gmail was coincidently launched on April Fools’ Day on 1 April, 2004. It was mistaken as a prank by many people.
  17. The lead developer of Firefox web browser now works for Google Chrome.
  18. Google’s first tweet was written in binary code which meant ‘I am feeling lucky’.
  19. Go to Google images and type ‘atari breakout’ and you can play a game.
  20. com/Mars enables imaginary views, infrared and elevation views of the planet Mars.
  21. Google Maps’ Street view provides 360 degree view of Mount Everest base camp.
  22. Google Maps also enables to see life underwater like corals, reefs etc.
  23. A Woman rented her garage to the Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were creating Google in 1998. This woman is the CEO of YouTube now.
  24. Google owns the world’s largest network of translators.
  25. Google has a pet named Stan in its headquarters of California. It is aimed at reminding the employees no to go extinct like dinosaurs.
  26. Google Sky Maps is an amazing place to view stars, galaxies, constellations through google.com/sky.
  27. Google’s search index is about 100 million gigabytes in size. To produce the same amount of data, it would take about 1, 00,000 one-terabyte of personal drives.
  28. Each month, over 6 billion hours of videos are watched on YouTube. This is equal to about an hour for every person living on this planet.
  29. The name of new parent company for Google is alphabet.
  30. The new logo of Google is a simple blue colored G.

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10 Social Networking Sites that Failed to Stand the Test of Time

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 Let’s look down to those neglected networking sites who couldn’t outbid their competitors in the race staying alive.

10. ConnectU

It was launched in the year 2002, with the initial name as HarvardConnection by Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmates. It would have been alive if Mark Zuckerberg was a part of it and not Facebook.

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9. The Hub

It was founded in 2006 by Walkart, a well-known supermarket. It was solely focused on teenagers to promote ‘School your way’ which was to act as to increase the sales of its products. It closed down after 10 weeks due to teens being uninterested in the same.

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8. iYomu

Founded in 2007 by David Wolf Rooney and Frances Valintine, iYomu targeted only the adults above 18 years of age. It was created with the hope to give adults all those benefits which other sites at that time didn’t provided. It was failed in June 2008 due to adults not wanting a different site for them.

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7. Eons

It was founded by the founder of Monster.com, Jeff Taylor in 2006 as a platform for Baby Boomers and those above the age of 40 years to promote funeral advertisements, etc. However, it closed as it failed to gain needed attraction.

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6. Friendster

Started in 2002 as a social networking site and was successful in gathering enough visitors’ from Asia. But, it slowly lost its charm though it was re-launched in June 20111 as a gaming network. It is still active in South East Asia.

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5. iTunes Ping

Launched by Apple in September 1, 2010 as a social networking site and recommended system for music. It allows users to follow their favorite musicians and artists, keep tabs on them and get informed about latest concerts, etc. it was discontinued in September 2012.

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4. Hi5

One of the most popular networking sites of 2008, founded by Ramu Yalamanchi in 2004, Hi5 is a typical social networking site which enables posting photos, updating status and messaging in groups, etc. Later, the feature of gaming was also added to it.

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3. LiveJournal

As the name conveys, it allows users to maintain a journal, blog or dairy of their own. It was founded in 1999 by American programmer Brad Fitzpatrick. It was used by political pundits of Russians as their medium of political commentary which led to its vulnerability. But, it is still keeping up with the controversies and keeping it afloat.

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2. MySpace

One of the popular sites of 225-2208, launched by Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson in 2003, MySpace deals with music especially the pop culture. With the introduction of new websites every year, it lost its significance.

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1. Orkut

Once the most popular social networking site, launched in 2014 by Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google employee was designed to be able to connect with their lost friends and relatives. It was most visited by the Indians and Brazilians. The site was closed down on 30th September, 2014 due to lack of privacy issues and others.

Besides, there are various other social networking sites that couldn’t see the light of the day.

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Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

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Twitter is working on phenomenal changes to its tweets. This makes it a safe place on social media. Tweeting has become a habit of present day social citizens. It reflects ones ideas, lifestyle and activities. It helps to voice out their perceptions. Recently twitter has been used to promote anti-social threats and terrorism. This has shaken twitter a lot. Twitter has been making policy changes since then. These changes ensure its tweets are safer. It is been building mechanisms to reduce the abuse. It also reduces the use of anti-social phrases. It is easier to abuse someone by a tweet. It becomes prominent due to its wider reach. The tweets are not really screened for its legitimacy. It may harm one’s reputation.

Building up user and community profiles

Twitter has been building up user or social profiles. These profiles check on the language. They also check the style of use in its tweets. It is also researching on building community based profiles. This checks for misspellings, slangs, colloquial terms, etc. This ensures the local reach is safer on twitter. Anti-social elements usually use slangs. They use local terms to preach their propaganda. By building community profiles, twitter can detect the abusiveness in tweets. Once detected it removes those tweets.

Incident data sets

In addition, twitter is focussing on incident datasets. When an incident happens,it gets recorded. And when a similar incident happens again, it can scan the tweets of those users. The scan predicts the abusive languages used. This also involves profiling those users. The data set covers varied synonyms. These are used for antisocial phrases. Groups use alternative terms to escape the screening of tweets. So twitter is focussed on extensive data sets. This helps to avoid such abusive incidents.

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