Google Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide and SharePoint 2007

As announced earlier this morning, Google has published the Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide: a set of good practices which can help you get the most of your website. Having it read with my SharePoint 2007 developer hat on a couple of things took my attention in particular.

Google Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide

To simplify the process of optimizing websites for search engines, Google has published yesterday the Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide. Although this is the first time that Google publishes such document, the guide contains many different practices which should help you get the most of your site and reach your audience. You should definitely check it out no matter if you are a developer, a designer or a content author. As long as you have anything to do with web technologies, the guide applies to you.

Wikipedia has the most valuable SharePoint resources

According to Microsoft Live Search it is neither the WSS or MOSS team nor the SharePoint MVP's that provide the most useful information on SharePoint. Looking for websites about SharePoint which provide RSS feeds Microsoft Live Search returns Wikipedia on the first place.

Including Welcome Pages in the search scope in SharePoint Web Content Management solutions

When using SharePoint search in a Web Content Management (WCM) solution you are very likely to create your scope which will include Publishing Pages only. As other pages like Application Pages and Lists' Forms are not accessible by anonymous visitors you don't want them to appear in the search results on the public site. While creating what I call a 'public scope' is rather straight-forward there is one thing you have to keep in mind to make it work as expected.