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Alexa launches keyword tool filled with skewed SEO data

I used to be a big fan of Alexa, in fact I still am for some niches – If you’re researching 2 sites that are targetted to SEOs or users interested in Internet marketing/search engine rankings, Alexa data will be quite accurate for US, UK and India but when it comes to non-technical industries, for example shoes, handbags or perfumes – Alexa is pretty useless.

Alexa has launched its own little keyword tool, which they should expand over time. This tool lists keywords that drive traffic to a site from search engines (data is gathered from users that use Alexa Toolbar). So I went ahead and checked Wikipedia’s keywords and I wasn’t surprised to find “SEO” as the second most “traffic driving” keyword for Wikipedia. Reason for this is that a high percentage of  SEOs or Internet Marketing experts around the world either have the Alexa toolbar installed (to check Alexa rankings of websites) or have a Firefox Addon that shows Alexa rank. Either way, maximum data received by Alexa is from people who have web related jobs and therefore is highly skewed.

According to Alexa - Keyword "SEO" drives high traffic to Wikipedia
According to Alexa - Keyword "SEO" drives high traffic to Wikipedia
SEO drives traffic to Wikipedia
SEO drives traffic to Wikipedia

Now this is obviously incorrect if you check Wikipedia’s stats that they openly share at http://wikistics.falsikon.de.

Alexa will continue being in my arsenal of tools, but expecting Alexa to deliver correct traffic rankings and keywords for websites that are not related to SEO, web design etc, is not something I can bank upon.

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What inspires me to go on

I’ve been living… and it’s been more than 23 years – more than one third of an average human being’s life.

I sometimes find time in moments of calm to thank God for the beautiful life I’ve seen, for the dream-like family and friends I’ve been blessed with, for the way things have just fallen in place and how, enwrapped and over-ruled by this all pervasive world of man-made rules, mannerisms, pretentiousness and ‘perspectives of others of the same kind as me’, I’ve behaved and interpreted things in a “humanly perceived” proper way. I find it strange…

I have experienced life from childhood to youth, have experienced moments of happiness, pain, success, failure, respect, responsibility, love, hatred and myriad other emotions like the trillions of people who have taken birth and died. In the same moment of calm, I elaborate my thoughts and think how millions of them would’ve lived honest lives, some would’ve cheated others of their contemporary times, made more money or wealth (whatever wealth meant at that time). And how, in spite of those occupying lives and all activities that made their busy lives, there is no trace of those people. Probably trillions will keep taking birth and die the same way.

I don’t think about all this to give up living life the “normal social” human way, but these ‘once a decade’ thoughts inspire me… When sometimes I go and see my face in the mirror, I’m unable to believe that this is me. I keep staring at the image for a minute and then something inside me isolates itself from the face, hands and the body, I realise the concept of “aatma” (soul) being different from the “shareer” (body). I repeat my name Arjun and realise how others associate this word with the image that is in front of me and this question pops up… “Main kaun hoon?” (Who am I?). I move my hands and realise how I have been given access to these wonderful organs, how my body is automatically breathing in and out and how this time is so limited and within this time, I have to use this body to achieve something. WHAT IS THIS SOMETHING? WHY HAVE I BEEN GIVEN ACCESS TO THIS BODY? WHAT IS MY AIM OF MY TAKING BIRTH? Is this just me who’s mad at this time or is it everyone around me, so involved with petty day to day issues unable to see the truth? If this is the truth, which 99.99999% people can’t see, then maybe it is not meant to be seen. I feel an immense sense of responsibility to make the most of this body. This inspires me to believe that in the 2/3rds of the life left, I have this precious opportunity of finding out who I am and to live every moment to the fullest.

Progressing a bit further on the same philosophy of trying to make out my role as a human being, my mom’s words come in my mind. She, being born a Hindu and having undying faith in the teachings of Gita, says that we are here to do good to others and accumulate good deeds, after which we will exhaust our karma and become one with Krishna, the God. I feel a great sense of satisfaction in thinking that way, but the feeling of not existing in any form and becoming one with God is also scaring. What will I be if I won’t be anything? Plus, if it is true, why is the population of the world just increasing and increasing? Where are the new people coming from? To this, my mom has an answer – all these human beings that you see, you and me, were existing in different forms of life earlier and have now got the birth of a human and this is the testing time, as only humans are sane enough to realise what is wrong and what is right. Agreed, but why on earth have suddenly all creatures become lucky enough to be given human forms when it is so great? Well, I can tell you she has answers to all my questions, but after a point I feel kinda unsatiated with the answers, so try to explore other reasons myself.

My theory – What if I made a toy?

If I were an accomplished scientist (capable of creating whatever I wanted to) and I wished to make a toy for my entertainment, what would I create? Lets do this together.

I may have created a world, where independent objects would be able to interact with each other and have senses through which they would identify their surroundings, then I would give them enough intelligence to engage in certain activities themselves which would result in exciting interaction so that I would be able to just watch what they do amongst themselves which would be great entertainment for me. But if I gave them limited intelligence, they would do just the same thing again and again. So I would give them evolving intelligence, where they become more and more intelligent as they keep learning from their experiences. Oh, but if I were to give them evolving intelligence, they would, at a stage evolve to my level and overtake or equal my intelligence and become a threat to me. What then? No, I would limit that by giving them very less time, so that they wouldn’t evolve enough to equal my intelligence and perish before reaching any close to my intelligence. I would want interaction, making them 100% dependable on each other would result in that. A would need B to survive, and C would need A to live. But why would they want to live? Because the process of not living or dying would inflict an undesirable feeling called pain. Avoiding pain and having love for the ones of their own kind would force them to avoid death and inflicting the same pain on someone else would be their only solution to avoid it. It would be such an entertaining game.. wouldn’t it?

What if God was that scientist and all of us his toys? What if we were here just to entertain him? Well, then Hitler would have attained the most brownie points!! :D I know it sounds silly, but just for once, think of it that way. Or else tell me the reason for your existence.

I am a believer in God and try to imbibe in myself, aspects of every religion which my heart prefers to believe and which my brain is able to justify. So, you can’t call me an atheist trying to play around, I’m just writing what I feel, afterall blogs are meant to write what you feel, I’ve tried to discuss some things that I haven’t been able to justfy.

https://cafearjun.com/what-inspires-me-to-go-on/

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Indian Catering companies and Vegetarian, Buffet, BBQ Indian Caterers

This is a quick one because I’m still quite amazed at what I saw in this Indian event that I didn’t go to. I was invited to an Indian wedding this week somwhere near London (don’t remember exactly where)- It was a sikh wedding, in which another one of UK’s top shot sikh guys were getting married.

My friend went and he got some pics. I can’t explain what that wedding was. You can imagine the best 5-7 star hotel, full of the most elite, and still you won’t grasp it fully. The venue rocked – It was decorated like an Arabian village and guess what? It was a marquee, not a building at all. I have seen marquee weddings in India and I’ve seen some awesome ones, but I have never seen anything like this.

What I’m going to do next is ask my friend to get me some pics on a usb and I’ll upload them here, then you’ll see what I mean. The Indian catering company who also does marquee design really bowled me over. I guess I need to find the name of that company and publish it for people to see.

Talking of weddings and catering – My cousin is getting married in Jan in India. That is happy news. Good good – lots of marriages to attend to and lots of yummy Indian food. 🙂

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Gmail ignores dots in usernames, sets new standards. Thanks Priyaroop Singh

I was with a friend whose name is Priyaroop Singh (and let me add that because his name is Priyaroop Singh, brother of Hemdeep Singh, and he’s an IT geek, sooner or later he’ll find this article and post a message here). We were standing outside his place when as usual, technology was is discussion. We spoke about how it started with USA.net, followed with Hotmail and now except Gmail and Yahoo mail, we don’t even like talking about any other email service. So that’s the background.

Priyaroop Singh told me that Google assigns only one username per person irrespective of the dots. What this means is – arjun@gmail.com and ar.jun@gmail.com cannot be 2 different users. If I grab arjun@gmail.com, then that’s it, I’ve ruled out anyone ever getting a.rjun@gmail.com, arj.un@gmail.com etc. Also, if you were to send an email to arju.n@gmail.com, it will reach me because I have arjun@gmail.com. How cool is that? I didn’t believe him. I think I even owe him a 100 quid for this, but then I came home and checked. Man! This is correct.

So if you have johnsmith@gmail.com or johnsmith@googlemail.com and I sent emails to john.smith@gmail.com, j.o.h.n.s.m.i.t.h@gmail.com and jo.hn.sm.ith@googlemail.com – they’d all reach you!

Now add to that another exciting thing that I’ve found. If you have you@gmail.com and I send an email to you+areagoodperson@gmail.com – it will still reach you. That’s your username followed by a “+” (plus) followed by a string without spaces will reach you too!

I hope you find this article as revealing and unbelievable as I first found this fact when Priyaroop Singh first told me. So here’s a big thank you to you Priyaroop Singh and if I ever forget that 100 quid, you can forward me a link to this blog post. Btw, our plan to re-live the movie “Hangover” is still alive and the first round in Vegas will be on me !

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Priyaroop Singh, Hemdeep Singh, Mayank Vats, Singh Priyaroop, Priyaroop, Roopy, Roopie, Roofie, Roofies (in our drinks) 😀 😀
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Are Google Talk, Twitter, Facebook days over? Welcome Google Wave!

Google Talk days are over. For all you Gtalk addicts – You abandoned MSN messenger first, then you quit Yahoo chat. Now its time to welcome Google Wave. It is awesome and it’s here to give Twitter and Facebook a hard time, although it is very well integrated with Twitter.

I’m not really talking about Google Wave replacing Facebook or Twitter. The question I have is, with such dynamic integration with Twitter, Facebook and other API based services, will you even need to log into Twitter via Twitter.com ever again to access anything? Already, with Twitter applications, I hardly ever use Twitter.com’s web interface to update my Tweets, its always some application.

Although Google Wave is coming out in a browser-only version, it’s just a matter of time before we’ll have hundreds if not thousands of applications developed around Google Wave. With the failure (or what they call a failure at Google) of Orkut and Google Friend Connect, this is Google’s attempt to regain a slice of the communication market.

I am interested in how it will integrate with Google search and other search engines and how it will affect Internet Marketing and SEO for businesses in days to come. That will probably be the deciding factor whether Google Wave replaces Twitter for businesses.

In a nutshell – Google Wave is a multi-stream communication system that integrates with Twitter, Facebook and other applications for seemless communication, conferencing, emailing and media sharing.

Only Google Wave’s public launch will tell if I’ll ever need to log on to Twitter or Google Talk again.

Check out these videos to find out more about Google Wave and what makes it extra special..

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Twitter’s official help page on Blogspot is available to register! Yummy

How many of your friends use mobile texts (or SMS) to update their Tweets? When they do, you’ll see at little “mobile web” under their Tweets. Today, click on that and you’ll be taken to a deep URL at http://twitterhelp.blogspot.com . Google Blogspot says:

Blog not found

Sorry, the blog you were looking for does not exist. However, the name twitterhelp is available to register!

Wow!

Twitter.com's help page on Twitter available to register
Twitter.com’s help page on Twitter available to register

On trying to “get it” you’re later informed that it’s not available afterall! And I thought this was my chance to get a few hundred thousand clicks before Twitter.com found out 😀 <joke>

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VentureGiant.com’s Rishi Anand and Tim Lancaster made my day!

This is a little true incident that made my day and possibly, will help my business in a big way, going forward.

I have been planning to set up my own online business and have been inundated with ideas over a long time. Nothing seemed to strike the right balance until I decided to go full throttle with this idea I call Z.  Times are bad, and because of recession (especially in the UK), I have been struggling to find work for my company. I thought this was the best time to actually give my business idea Z a good shot.

One fine day, I decided to look for some help for my idea online so went on and Googled for “Entrepreneur support in London”. VentureGiant.com came up. I found a brilliant web site focused on finding investors for entrepreneurs – a unique platform where investors and entrepreneurs meet, entrepreneurs pitch with details of their business or business idea, investment required, return and other details like time required to break even, projections, industry etc and the facility to upload a video explaining the idea.

I immediately signed up and uploaded details of Z – my business idea that I knew will do amazingly well. I uploaded cash projections, investment required and other details that I thought were important to attract angel investors.

A couple of days later, I got my first enquiry from an Investor. But this was where I was stuck. VentureGiant.com demanded I pay 100GBP to view investor details and to be able to contact the investor. At this stage I wrote an email to VentureGiant.com explaining my cash situation. With hardly any money in the account, it was impossible to shell out that 100 quid for a “possible” enquiry.

Mr Tim Lancaster, Business Development Manager from VentureGiant.com replied back with a supportive email. I explained the scenario and proposed to pay if I find a suitable investor. The call to action was forwarded by Tim to Managing Director Mr Rishi Anand. Tim emailed me back saying “Mr Rishi Anand” will pay for you. “Wow! ” I thought, these guys are serious about finding me an investor.

I was quite surprised to be honest. Most of the other websites are hardly useful, and are aimed at making money, but VentureGiant.com is one site that actually believes in and tries hard to connect Entrepreneurs and Investors.

Although that particular enquiry didn’t convert into an investor, there was incredible knowledge gained.

I am very impressed with the team at VentureGiant.com – Mr Rishi Anand, Mr Tim Lancaster and others who are working to make the two ends meet. I wish them good luck with their venture. Thanks again guys, if you ever come to read this..

Venture Giant - Rishi Anand and Tim Lancaster - Helping investors meet entrepreneurs
VentureGiant.com – People like Rishi Anand (MD) and Tim Lancaster (Business Development Manager) at Venture Giant are working hard to help investors meet entrepreneurs

Have a business idea that you think Rocks?
Is the only thing holding you back money or investment?
Are you willing to share a pie of your business in return for cash to start or run your business?

All Yes’ ?
Go to VentureGiant.com from UK/US or VentureGiant.co.in from India.All the best!

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Who was better Albert Einstein or Isaac Newton?

I developed a website as a research project. It was called CafeIntellect.com and on that site, I had a simple poll – Who do you think was better (meaning greater in terms of his achievements) – Albert Einstein or Isaac Nwewton.

The end result was Isaac Newton. People voted him 1170 to 973. Here are some comments that the site received:

Newton vs Einstein
Newton vs Einstein

name=Abbigal
message=Albert Einstein was retarted Isaac Newton was way better

name=Spoorthy
message=My vote is to the GREAT SCIETIST-Albert Einstein. Everyone vote to him. he’s really amazing

name=vaibhav s karalgikar
message=”SIR ISSAC is god,he was the reason for today’s scientists…plzzz don’t compare god with anyone else”

name=chemist
message=Linus Pauling

name=Akshay
message=people think albert rox just bcz he maid cool discoveries but he was there in the 19 th century and had so many great people before who discovered many things which included newton as well but newton did not have einstein before him.So people PLEASE VOTE FOR NEWTON BECAUSE HE ROX!!!!!!!

name=Matzeklose
message=Isaac no.<br />Einstein, you really Rock!!

name=Mary-Anne
message=I dont really know much about Einstein but I’ve read a lot about Newton and even if I didnt admire him I’d give my vote to him because he discovered so many things in a time when there wasnt really much to work off.

name=Jas
message=My vote goes to Einstein whose phenomenal theory of relativity and the equation e=mc² changed the equations of the world we live in… for ever after. The fact that his image itself is an epitome of intelligence and scientific endeavour in modern world, is evidence enough to prove his greatness!

name=Nasreem
message=My vote goes for Ablert Einstein. His papers changed the way world and things around us are looked at. Had it not beed for the time-space research, we’d still be living in the modern dark ages.

name=Will Barrett
message=I’m for Newton. Without the calculus, discovery of gravity and action-reaction physis, many of post Newton advancements in electro-magnetism and statistic physics would never have gotten off the ground. If the poll was for the greatest deep thinker, I would give it to Einstein. He laid the foundation for relativity and quantum, even though he never liked quantum theory himself. 😉

name=Racoon
message=I read a book called “Scientific Genius, 20 greatest minds of all time”. Who IS the greatest scientist who influenced Mankind the most and whose accomplishments you admire? Why???

HERE ARE THE CANDIDATES:
Aristotle (384 – 322 BC) – Scientific Method
Archimedes (c. 287-212 BC) – Geometry and Mechanics
Galileo Galilei ( 1564-1642) – Astronomy & Physics
William Harvey ( 1578-1657) – Phsyiology
Rene Descartes (1596-1642) – Analytic Geometry
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) – Probability and Projective Geometry
Issac Newton (1642-1726) – Mechanics and Calculus
Karl Gauss (1777-1855) – Pure and Applied Mathmatics
Michael Faraday (1791-1867) – Electromagnetism
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) – Evolution
Evariste Galois (1811-1832) – Group theory
Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) – Genetics
Robert Koch (1843-1910) – Bacteriology
Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) – Nueropsychology
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) – Relativity theory
Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) – Quantum Mechanics
John Von Neumann (1903-1957) – Computer Science
Alan Turing (1912-1954) – Computer Science
Linus Pauling (1901-1994) – Chemistry
Stephen Hawking (1942- ) – Cosmology

There is no wrong answer,  Again, this list is from a book by Jim Glenn and he admits many names are excluded and some perhaps some wrongly included. But thankfully mankind has been BLESSED by such brilliant minds! I cast my ballot for Einstein and Newton together, can’t pin point one who’s better than the other.

name=Boerseun
message=Olly Isaac gets my vote, b’cause I reckon that he had the biggest influence to this day. But then, it can be said that he couldn’t have done what he did without being able to stand on the shoulders of all the greats before him. All the way back to the very first great scientist who did the very first life changing experiment. So, although it’s hard to say, Isaac Newton is my vote.

name=Grey Waldron
message=Newton’s discovery of gravity is the all time winner. Just like the wheel was the invention of the millennium. It is basic, but how many people thought about that before him? Everything else is an intelligent scientific conclusion.

name=Jordan
message=Who was better? that is a general question…..both were excellent at observation and understanding they simplified very complex ideas.. but I admit, I have a weakness for the way that Einstein made his views so relatable- and he made space and time appear wonderous, and what a humanitarian!

name=Jenni
message=”Every action has an equal and opposite reaction” – Isaac Newton. was so fascinated with newton in school days. no wonder he’s leading the poll..

name=AJ
message=Thats right Jim, but Albert Einstein was a genius. Infact when his brain was studied in detail, very recently, they found it was a wee bit bigger than a normal human’s. Plus he was an allrounder, unlike many other scientists.

name=Jim Sheldon
message=Newton’s research came at a time when there was lesser scientific knowledge. Einstein commented on various theories of Newton. I would go for Newton.

What’s your vote?

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Dance classes Delhi – Any good dance schools in New Delhi?

On my short trip to New Delhi, I met an old, close friend. She was studying in Essex Univ, in UK and then went back to Delhi looking for a job. Strangely enough, we saw each other driving. She recognised me and contacted me on Facebook. Small world eh?

Anyway, we met and were discussing what kind of businesses can be started in Delhi – businesses that’ll involve providing a service, not a product. She told me about research she had done on things like Aerobics classes, starting a Gym or may be Yoga and Pilates classes. Since in her surveys of her area she didn’t get a very positive response, she was looking for more ideas. I suggested looking into the Spa market as some new Spas opened in Greater Kailash and Vasant Vihar are doing business of upto 1.5 lakh rupees a day (thats about 3000 US Dollars a day). Was a good lunch meeting, she went off with the idea and guess what? She has indeed decided to start a Gym in Gurgaon. Way to go!

Dance classes Delhi
Dance classes Delhi

So anyway, since I was in Delhi and was actively looking to acquire new skills, I thought maybe yoga or dancing would be interesting to learn. Especially with Slumdog Millionaire doing so well, there’s more Indian music and the need to know Indian dance. I started my little research for dance classes in Delhi, dance schools in Delhi and dancing in Delhi in general. I found a couple of good chains like Shiamak Dawar and Ashley Lobo but none close to where I live. Actually there was one dance class close to where I live, but it for for 16 to 18 year olds – in other words “dance classes” not good for me.

I also wanted to know what kinds of dances are taught in Delhi. On asking some neighbourhood ladies I found hip-hop dance classes, salsa dance classes, western dance classes (duh!), belly dance classes, bollywood dance classes etc among the ones people are interested in. Not too keen to learn hip-hop or salsa, but more inclines toward bhangra or modern Indian dance, I kept searching. That’s when I came across Delhi dance academy. You won’t believe this – they give hopping, locking (with nunchucks, sticks), hip-hop, Indian classical, salsa lessons – you name it. But locking, popping with nunchucks? I was thrilled. I went ahead and met these young guys who’ve participated in a local Indian TV program called “Boogie Woogie” 🙂 Was fun to meet them and I went ahead for some trial classes.

Since my stay in India wasn’t long enough, I couldn’t really complete a lesson, but had great fun learning these cool dance moves. Still can’t dance like Michael Jackson, but I’m sure I have improved.

If  dance classes Delhi is what you’re looking for, then go have a look at their website and enroll yourself for some trial classes in their South Delhi dance classes centre. Happy Dancing !!

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Dubai holidays

Rotating floors - Dubai holidays - Visit the world's firsts
Rotating floors – Dubai holidays – Visit the world’s firsts

Dubai holidays remind you of Las Vegas, that’s the kind of effect it has on you, no doubt about it. This classiest of Middle East’s cities is a great place to visit on your holidays.  The big downside is that it’s an expensive city to stay and shop in. We went to several malls and did a lot of shopping (most of it was window shopping), but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The desert is impressive with unbelievable sand dunes that extend as far as the eye can see. Our full day desert tour was a novel experience, and something I’ve since recommended to many friends. Our Camel ride was different from the elephant ride we experienced in India, but was pretty good nonetheless. This is perhaps the most authentic insight into Dubai’s traditional culture one could hope for. Our city tour was quite organized and travelling through Dubai in double-decker buses was fun.

The boat ride across creek side was a good experience and worth it for the city views. The city has plenty of buses and taxi fares are reasonable. Taxis are tough to hire on Thursdays and Fridays so ensure that your hotel calls one in advance. I’m not much of a skiing person but my wife did try her hands at skiing in the enormous Mall of Emirates.

Anyone going for holidays in Dubai should know – Attire – Swimsuits are o.k. on the beach but make sure you’re wearing casual/smart wear in the city. Never, repeat never roam bare-chested, let’s just say it could create problems for you. Women must dress conservatively. January was surprisingly pleasant for a place that’s in the desert. Dubai laws prohibit sale of liquor outside hotel bars and restaurants. Don’t Ever Drink and drive, you may regret it, their laws are super-strict and you have been warned. Food is quite palatable, even in the more reasonable places, and I personally liked the Shawarma, made from chicken. Remember to be courteous and don’t chew with your mouth open. The only time we visited a fancy restaurant, the food was lip smacking. Shisha Bars are quite popular and apparently great places for socialising.

No description of the city can be complete without mentioning Dubai’s legendary shopping. We quite liked Deira Gold Souk, and even bought some pretty gold jewellery.
The malls were incredible, and make sure you’re carrying extra cash, because the variety is incredible and the temptation to spend money strong. We had a great time and next time we plan to go in March when the Dubai Shopping Festival is in full force. Booked using Zip holidays .