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Here’s a Great Audio Widget to add to your website.

The other day I came across a great widget for combining rss feeds (text, audio and video) and they have some other interesting widgets.

I don’t know if I can add the widget here or not.  In Blogger it’s possible by inserting the code into a text box in the sidebar.  Or you can set it to your blog at Blogger or Worpress and others directly from SpringWidget.  Anyway, I’ll copy the code below and see what happens.  You can see a sample of it at my site for learning Indonesian:

<!-- SpringWidgets | Learn Indonesian - Basic Audio Files (#61907) | HTML | Generated on 10/12/2008 --><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowNetworking="all" allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" height="418" width="200" id="springwidgets_61907" align="middle" data="" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase=",0,0,0"><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="flashvars" value="" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="bgColor" value="0x000000" /><embed bgColor="0x000000" allowNetworking="all" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" src="" flashvars="" quality="high" name="springwidgets_61907" wmode="transparent" width="200" height="418" align="middle" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage=""></embed></object><div style="font:11px/12px arial;width:200px;"><a href="" target="_blank">Get this widget!</a></div>

So, there’s the code and I’ll publish it now to see what it looks like, then I’ll try one directly from springwidgets.

cheers, Brian


Get indexed by Google in less than 24 hours with WordPress

I will keep this posting short because there’s nothing much to say.  If you have a new site and want to get it indexed by Google just write about it in your WordPress blog, give a link to it and voila – you’ll be listed in less than 24 hours.

I’ve done it for a couple of my sites: and more recently and it works every time.  Oops, it didn’t work now for my site.  This web blog gets listed in less than 24 hours, but it didn’t follow the link this time.  Don’t know why.  I’ll let you know when they do find my site, and if anybody has any other simple tips I’d love to hear them.

So, it’s time to put this issue to rest. Don’t pay for any service, don’t make any submission to Google or any other search engine, just write a quick introduction to your site and you’re done. You’ll be listed by Google in less than 24 hours.



Update: October 15, 2008

Okay, I’ve been following this for a week now, and I’m more than a little confused, but it’s all working okay.  For several days, I still wasn’t listed, even for ‘’, and my AdSense was showing on the page either.  Then yesterday I happened to check ‘learn indonesian online’, to check the ranking for our original site  It was still ranked in the 40’s (46) and listed just below it was my new website (50).  Go figure.  I then checked some other searches and for ‘learn indonesia audio’ we were 15th.  Wow, cool!  Our older site was ranked 24th.

I then checked ‘learn indonesian’ which is what we want to get a good ranking for. is still somewhere in the 100+ range, and my new site ( was ranked 36.  Super cool!  In just a week!

Now, I think one of the key factors to getting a good ranking was this blog (1 article) and my Blogger blog (1 article) and most importantly an rss audio feed.  I looked at several and chose  It seems really good.

A day later, I redid my AdSense code and it’s showing up now, but it still says ‘inactive’.  And my ranking, just a day later, has moved from 15 to 51, and 50 to 23, and 36 to 48.

I have no idea what Google is doing, but it will be interesting to follow for a while and see what happens.  They still have a long way to go in improving the quality of their search results in order to provide good results that provide the information that users want, but it’s a tough job with so many people trying to make money with parked domains, intermediary pages, etc.

Hopefully, one day, we can clean up or at least avoid the garbage which is constantly building up on the web.

Anyway, to get indexed and ranked quickly for your new website, right a blog article, do a rss feed, and have some good content.  Next I’ll try it for a very competitive search ‘learn English’.

Till then, Brian