Carrie is having issues with Google Chrome not loading properly, and reload doesn't really work. Leo says that it sounds like her internet connection is erratic. A loading error usually means the computer can't make a connection. The website may be down as well.
Google's quarterly earnings call this week showed that their stock has climbed past $1,000 a share, with significant gains in mobile search ad revenue. It's good news, but Leo says the fickle nature of stock means that sooner or later, it'll plunge. Nothing stays on top forever.
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Jeff knows about Apple's upcoming announcement on September 10th, and wants to know if it'll be announcing a new iPad Mini. Leo says it's anybody's guess. There's been plenty of speculation, but Apple has confirmed nothing. Here's what we're probably going to see - a new iPhone 5 and a new iPad. We really don't know for sure, though. Still, updates usually come within a year. Leo does like the Mini though, even though it doesn't have a retina screen.
Jim is frustrated with the state of search on Explorer. Is there any program he can use to tweak results and filter out nonsense? Leo says the easiest thing to do is use Windows Search. There are third party file viewers including Everything Search Engine and Total Commander, which formerly was Norton Commander.
There are sites that are dedicated to funding things, such as GoFundMe.com that he could try.
Mike actually already has the site created, and just wants to host a sitemap so that Google will be able to find and crawl his site faster. Leo says to look at Google's webmaster tools, which explains how Google creates their search results. He can create his site map in an XML file and then submit that to Google. Godaddy has probably already stored it somewhere for him and he just needs to provide that link to Google.
Andrew would like a more efficient way to search his desktop and his NAS. Leo says that X1 is his current favorite. It indexes everything, populates after only a few letters, and will search more than just NAS. It's $50, and has a free trial. Another, free, option is Google Desktop Search.
Not long ago, Google started to weigh search results in favor of their own services and advertisers. Other search engines complained to the FTC and this week, Google was cleared of wrong doing. The organization Fair Search thinks the FTC punted on the issue and it'll only embolden Google to be even more biased and use its monopoly on search to harm consumers and small businesses.
Leo says that SEO is snake oil, in his opinion, and it's a scam that is used to bilk people out of money. It even could get him delisted from Google, which means he may as well not exist. He could buy an adword from google and his result will show up at the top of the list, but it's not cheap. Google uses page rankings, and the only real way to get a successful return is to get other pages to link to you.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can be risky, because if he goes about it the wrong way, he could get banned by Google. There are, however, key things to do to improve his results. The first 1500 characters of his page should have everything about him. Read up on Google's document on SEO. There's also an article on BuzzFeed on Human Curation and SEO.