Google Suggest – new Google Labs beta

by Donna Fontenot December 10th, 2004

Pretty interesting new search function from Google (in the Google Labs) called Google Suggest. As you type your search, Google offers keyword suggestions in real time, via a drop down box. This could be an interesting new way to look for new keywords to target. Check it out at and you can read more […]

Try before you install – CMS, Blog, Forum software

by Donna Fontenot December 9th, 2004

This is only slightly related to SEO, but it was interesting enough to me to post about it. SEOs inevitably end up facing the task of deciding which system is best to use on their site – whether it is a blog, content management, forum, ecommerce or portal system. Although the following site does not […]

Using 301 redirects – code snippets and tool

by Donna Fontenot December 8th, 2004

Eventually, the question of how to use 301 redirects comes up in every SEO forum. You can find a quick guide that gives code snippets for ASP, ASP.NET, PHP, ColdFusion, as well as instructions for IIS and htaccess at It also has a handy tool to test your redirection as well. Simple, direct, easy […]

Keyword difficulty tool assesses competitiveness

by Donna Fontenot December 7th, 2004

You have just come up with a brilliant idea for a new website guaranteed to make you big bucks, right? You have in mind what keyword phrase is going to bring in those bucks. But can you really compete for that keyword phrase? How competitive is it really? You cannot use just the number of […]

How to ask for SEO help

by Donna Fontenot December 6th, 2004

I used to be primarily a web developer, and I would receive many requests for help with coding problems. Nine times out of ten, when someone encountered a problem, they would send me an email that consisted of something like, "Help! I'm trying to get my form to update the database, but it is not […]

Easily viewing the source of a meta refreshed page

by Donna Fontenot December 5th, 2004

Have you ever wanted to view the source of a page that does an automatic refresh to some other domain, but you were unable to hit the stop button quickly enough? Quick tip: Instead of typing the url address into the address bar, type into the address bar instead. (Of course, substitute with […]

New tool for checking more obscure keyword rankings

by Donna Fontenot December 4th, 2004

Googlerankings has a new tool they call the Ultimate SEO Tool. I am not sure I would agree that it is the ultimate tool, but it does have its uses. It first decides which keywords or phrases your page uses most and presents a long list Then it does a nice job of reporting keyword […]

Are you a Google zombie?

by Donna Fontenot December 3rd, 2004

It is not my habit to post older articles on SEO Scoop (this one is a few months old), but it struck a chord with me, and I felt it was worth sharing. Even if you have seen it before, it may be a good reminder. Attack Of The Killer Google Zombies! by Michael Cheney […]

MSN Beta Search live for some people

by Donna Fontenot December 2nd, 2004

There have been scattered reports from around the world that the MSN home page is now sporting a new look and most importantly, has the MSN Search Beta running from the home page. Could this be the beginning of a rollout of the new MSN Search beta – live? Exciting, if true. I do not […]

Firefox plugin for MSN Search Beta search

by Donna Fontenot December 2nd, 2004

I rarely go to a a search engines homepage to run a search. It is just much more convenient, and is a habit, for me to search right from the toolbar. When I used IE, that meant the Google toolbar, and that meant searching in Google. When I switched to Firefox, I got rid of […]