Archive for the “Search” category

Not a plug for Lexis Web

By Nick Holmes on October 17, 2008

Tried out the (US) Lexis Web beta search engine yet? It indexes “important, legal-oriented Web content selected and validated by the LexisNexis editorial staff”, including Governmental agency information (federal, state, local) Informal commentary on legal issues (e.g., blogs specifically for (…)

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Catching up

By Nick Holmes on September 18, 2008

Been away on protracted hols. Quite possible to have kept posting of course, but did not have the inclination. Had I done so, here’s a few things I might have posted about: Martindale-Hubbell Connected In July Robert Ambroggi took an (…)

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Don’t don the black cap

By Nick Holmes on August 20, 2008

A recent post on LexBlog highlights the importance of knowing what you’re doing or what others are doing for you when you seek to boost your Google juice by purchasing links or engaging in “excessive” link exchanges. In his post (…)

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Quick and easy custom search with Google

By Nick Holmes on July 14, 2008

Some 18 months ago Google launched its Custom Search service (still in beta) that enables you to create a custom search engine (CSE) focussing on anything up to 2,000 specified URLs. The rationale is that, despite its undoubtedly sophisticated algorithms, (…)

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Taking the juice out of Google

By Nick Holmes on April 8, 2008

When Google launched it’s Custom Search Engine service 18 months ago, I expected thousands of CSEs to pop up all over. That’s happened, but I’m not aware that any in the areas I monitor have made a mark. Why so? (…)

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What’s a “legal” search?

By Nick Holmes on November 8, 2007

A couple of big players have recently come out with new “legal” search engines (for the US market). There is Westlaw’s WebPlus which, “through a combination, it seems, of editorial selection of sites or domains and an algorithm the engine (…)

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Navigational search

By Nick Holmes on October 19, 2007

Navigational search – gaining access to a specific site or page by searching for the actual web address or a portion of it – is common, not just amongst the uninitiated (who you might say do it out of ignorance), (…)

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Google – the only law firm directory to bother with?

By Nick Holmes on October 16, 2007

Larry Bodine thinks so: Clients use Google to look up phone numbers and addresses, so law firms can cancel their yellow pages ads. When clients want to check out your firm, they are not going to call up to get (…)

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Adnonsense (3)

By Nick Holmes on September 27, 2007

Google is in a bit of a bind. On the plus side it can be credited with: opening up access to the web with Google search, providing advertisers an effective channel for their web marketing through its AdWords scheme, and (…)

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SEO for dummies

By Nick Holmes on September 20, 2007

Nearly Legal has a thing for Sally Field naked: she boosts his Google juice. His recent rise in the rankings for the said search term was helped by the fact that on Tuesday Sally won the Best Lead Actress Emmy (…)

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SEO: quality is the key

By Nick Holmes on June 7, 2007

Google Keeps Tweaking Its Search Engine in the New York Times gives a rare view inside one of the key departments at Googleplex. Amit Singhal, for some reason quaintly referred to as “Mr. Singhal” throughout, is the master of Google’s (…)

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A victim of his own success

By Nick Holmes on April 17, 2007

I used to follow John Battelle’s Searchblog closely for news and insight into the web search business. It’s still the place to go and I’m trying to stay interested, but wonder if I should bother. Not if he continues to (…)

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Google is illegal says Brussels

By Nick Holmes on February 14, 2007

Struan Robertson analyses on OUT-law.com the Court of First Instance ruling in favour of newspaper group Copiepresse that Google News and Google’s caching of web pages infringe copyright. The Belgian court … ruled that it cannot be deduced that the (…)

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Have I got news for Yahoo?

By Nick Holmes on January 18, 2007

I’m well aware that my post titles suck for search engine optimisation (SEO) purposes. For those unfamiliar with that black art, consider just that I could have entitled this post “Writing headlines for the search engines”. Boring or what? As (…)

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Law blog search

By Nick Holmes on November 27, 2006

Two new (US-based) law blog search tools: Blawg.com is a relaunch of Blawg.org with 1233 entries in 26 categories. It remains a coventional searchable catalogue with brief descriptions and links to both the blogs and their feeds. BlawgSearch is a (…)

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