Search Engine Optimization is all about optimizing you website for best performance and helping search engines see your site more clearly.
Optimizing images is a required to make you sites load faster and display pages faster, which brings benefits to improve the navigation of the reader, reducing load time. The traditional way is to use a graphics editor like Photoshop or Gimp. However, Yahoo! has a very convenient alternative image optimizer called Smush.it.
Smush It is a simple application that allows you optimize images on a massive scale. You can specify the images from your hard drive or from a URL, the result is a zip file with all images optimized.
Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. It is a “lossless” tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality. After Smush.it runs on a web page it reports how many bytes would be saved by optimizing the page’s images and provides a downloadable zip file with the optimized image files.
The optimization depends on the image size, but typically ranges from 10% to 60% and the quality loss is barely noticeable. This is simply an awesome, quick alternative if you need to optimize large numbers of images.
Yahoo might shutdown Mybloglog from next month (January). MyBlogLog is a service focused on bloggers to create an own blogger community. It also includes a widget which you can use on your website that displays information about MyBlogLog users who visit your website.
MyBlogLog was launched in January 2005 and in January 2007 acquired by Yahoo for just over 10 million U.S. dollars. Yahoo also closed GeoCities this year despite hosting service and blog system and social network Yahoo 360 °.
From the Yahoo Blog:
Frankly, it’s no secret within Yahoo! that we’re actively discussing the future of MyBlogLog. However, it’s also true that we have not made any final decisions at this point. Is a shutdown on the table? Sure, that’s an option. But there are other options as well. We know this creates some uncertainty for current MyBlogLog users. While we aren’t quite ready to share more details, we promise to keep you posted.
Related: RIP Geo Cities!
Yahoo has a change to the logo of the online photo sharing service Flickr. The Flickr logo now has a new “from Yahoo!” in the home page and the search results page. It’s kinda weird why Yahoo suddenly sees the need to add its name to the Flickr logo.
Shows profile photos, facebook apps info in Yahoo search results
….Whola I found your information so easily on Yahoo search!
Yahoo Search has launched a new feature that automatically shows Facebook profile photos in its search results. Now, when someone searches for your name on Yahoo, they can see your Facebook profile photo in the search listings.
Here is a sneak peak:
This is made possible by Yahoo SearchMonkey application that reads structured data published by Facebook. Yahoo’s SearchMonkey platform allows developers to use structured data to make their Yahoo Search results more visually interesting and useful. In this case, Facebook is showing links to certain features (Add friend, Poke, Send message, View friends) and displaying a profile photo. Thanks to Yahoo’s SearchMonkey, you’ll be able to poke your friend’s right from a page of Yahoo search results.
The new feature only works for people who have their “public search listing” privacy settings turned on. To see what your public search listing privacy settings are, click here.
Facebook is the seventh SearchMonkey app to be turned on for all Yahoo search users. The others are LinkedIn, Yelp, Yahoo Local, Citysearch, Zagat, and Wikipedia.