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Re: Spying Toolbars

  • Subject: Re: Spying Toolbars
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 02:13:59 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
  • References: <11erg0ibhq2bbd6@corp.supernews.com> <1122944755.885588.87300@g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com>
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Dr. Paula E. Burch wrote:

> web_design wrote:
>> A couple of people told me that the more people who bookmark your site,
>> the
>> better it is for search engine rankings.  I can't figure out how search
>> engines can keep track of who bookmarks a site so it doesn't sound right
>> to me.
> I can't imagine how it would work. I wish it did, because my ISP tells
> me that 64% of the visitors to my site in July bookmarked it. I suspect
> that a bug was involved in that figure, as it seems highly unlikely!
> For the preceding months, when my site had twice as much traffic
> because Google still liked it, the figure is about 24%. Still seems
> unlikely.
> I installed the Google toolbar on Firefox in order to use its PR
> indicator, but the potential privacy issues make me a little queasy.
> It's fine with me not to have it on my default web browser (Safari).

If you have concerns over privacy, install the Googlebar (project)


It's benign. To get PageRank, you might need PRGoogleBar:


The former project is reluctant to use Google traffic to fetch PR data.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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