How to remove your website or your phone number or webpage from google

There are cases where you do not want to be in google’s index. For instance if you have an old webpage that has been replaced by a new webpage, but the old one comes up higher in google’s results.

To remove your old webpage or website or blog from google.

Or if you have a phone number listed in google’s phone lookup and don’t want it to be listed on the search engine.

To remove your phone number from google.

If you have an old website location or URL that you replaced with a new one or you have a second webpage that points to your other webpage google prefers it if you do a 301 permanent redirect on the old website.

If you don’t want a certain page to show up in google’s cache, if you take it down, it will instantly disappear, you can tell google not to cache your webpage.

ex: META NAME=”googlebot” content=”noarchive” in the HEAD section of the HTML files.

If you have a page that is already in the cache, you can request it be removed from google’s index, or a quick and dirty workaround is to replace your cached page with a blank page (on the same server with the same title) and the next time google spiders your page it will update the cache of that page by removing all previous text on it.

Google maps business listing free

Here’s the place you can show up on a google map with your business name, website, contact info and info for free.

Your listing will only show up within a certain radius of your zipcode of your listing. Need more info here!

Google tools I use

Google Webmaster Tools Troubleshoot your website’s robots.txt file and many other factors.

Google Analytics Comprehensive log analysis at google, from Urchin code.

Information of interest to webmasters posted on the official google blog website

Matt Cutts blog, and just the Google/SEO section, it’s pretty much a tool, senior engineer at google in charge of filtering web spam. Lots of good tricks here, but you must be a patient reader, he’ll post, then a jillion people comment saying “Hey Matt, my website ratings bombed after we moved our server, what gives!?”, he gets overloaded with questions, so I firefox search scan the page for only his answers if I don’t have an extra hour!

Google Trends just showed up on my radar, surprised it’s not in the “My Account” area, I found it on the official google blog.

Another new tool that works much like Google Trends, only more straightforward, “See what the world is searching for”:
Google Insights

Hyphens in URLs or URL Rewriting – get search engine friendly

The article on

Hyphens in URLs or “URL Rewriting” for WordPress SEO or any SEO:

is located here, this applies to dashes in the URL and whether you want them or not for SEO and usability purposes. It also shows how to rewrite your URL using WordPress to do the rewrite (as usual, the self-hosted application on your server)

If you want to do URL Rewriting not using WordPress, you might want to read why first, and then go to a great tutorial on doing this at a low level if you want to get your hands dirty.

In any case, the link above will take you there…

Linux backup entire disk drive image to a file or another drive with dd command

You can:

Clone from one hard drive to another of different size:
Backup a drive to another drive dd
Use dd command to image
Backup drive using linux
Linux dd backup drive or Linux disk image dd

This works with Windows 7, Mac OS X, Vista and any Linux.

Note: If you just want to backup or restore your partition table and or the MBR click here.

From Linux Questions Wiki:

Creating a hard drive backup directly to another hard drive, or linux backup entire disk.

# dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/sda conv=noerror,sync bs=4k

This command is used often to create a backup of a drive (/dev/hda) directly to another hard drive (/dev/sda). The device name /dev/hda is typical of an IDE hard drive, the device /dev/sda is typical of a USB disk – key drive. This works only if the destination hard drive (of=) has enough storage to accommodate the source drive’s (if=) filesystem. The advantage of this is that you do not have to mount the hard drive to make a backup and the only reference to hda is in /dev and in the command which is usually in a script in cron. Another huge advantage of using dd to clone one hard drive to another is that this is the only way I know of that copies raw data instead of partitions, so you can clone an encrypted drive or one without partitions.

The option “bs=4k” is used to specify the block size used in the copy. The default for the dd command is 512 bytes: use of this small block size can result in significantly slower copying. However, the tradeoff with larger block sizes is that when an error is encountered, the remainder of the block is filled with zero-bytes. So if you increase your block size when copying a failing device, you’ll lose more data but also spend less time trying to read broken sectors. Tools like dd_rescue and dd_rhelp can provide a more flexible solution in such cases, combining the speed of a large block size for the regions without errors with finer-grained block-copies for regions with errors.

Creating a hard drive backup image or dd command image backup linux.

# dd if=/dev/hda | gzip > /mnt/hdb1/system_drive_backup.img.gz

Here dd is making an image of the first harddrive, and piping it through the gzip compression program. The compressed image is then placed in a file on a seperate drive. To reverse the process:

# gzip -dc /mnt/hdb1/system_drive_backup.img.gz | dd of=/dev/hda

Here, gzip is decompressing (the -d switch) the file, sending the results to stdout (the -c switch), which are piped to dd, and then written to /dev/hda.

To backup or copy a cd to a file with linux using dd is very easy:

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=image.iso bs=2k.

Website traffic analysis, SEO, and hit tracking with Google Analytics

How to track your website visitors and do website hit tracking and analysis using Google’s services.

Google acquired Urchin a great website tracking tool, which embeds code on your website’s server, then google analyses it on their end. You use your google account to check your website traffic (you have to create a login if you don’t already have one)

The results are very detailed and once you set this up you will be able to receive charts and graphs of traffic patterns including some really helpful detailed information beside “Page Views” and “Unique Views” such as “Keywords“, and “Top Traffic Sources“.

So, login to google, then go to “My Account”, then (click) “Analytics” (it’s currently their top link on the right side for “My Products”), then “Add Website Profile” then past your URL in (copy it from your URL bar so you don’t have any problems with syntax or typos) and (click) “Continue”, then copy the Tracking Code (the new tracking code ga.js had a syntax error missing a “>” that the google engineers missed which made faulty code in the era of My-Jul 2008, but works now), then when you click “Finish” you’ll get a list of your websites that google is currently tracking using the Urchin engine.

Your new addition will be there, but it will read “Tracking Unknown” under the column “Status”, you can then click “Check Status” where you can force feed it your website index page (the first one to load and the page that should have your google tracking code in it)

Next you’ll need to download your index.php or index.html, or index.htm or index.etc and add the javascript tracking code that you copied in to your clipboard to your webpage (you haven’t replaced your clipboard contents by copying something else since the google tracking code, new or Legacy, have you?). It should be right in front of your </body> tag so that most of your page can load before the user’s browser must get the rest of the page from! If you run WordPress or another dynamic page creation engine or blog generator, then you must put it into a template that loads into the page, like footer.php.

When your tracking code is in place do the “Check Status” then “Finish” (button) routine and google will instantly re read your website index page and look for the tracking code it issued to your website domain.

From now on, then you can login in to and you will get the detailed website traffic reports on that website and have them downloadable as a beautifully formatted pdf so you can email them to your customers.

Go start collecting!