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AzuCloud - Long Tail SEO Cloud

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Anthony Parsons

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The link he provided is flash
No, the link he provided is static HTML using jquery. If you look at the source, you see the terms used within the tag cloud, which is an unordered list, being:

HTML:
<ul id="tag_cloud" class="tags_container" style="width: 600px; height: 500px">
                                            <li id="point_0" class="point" style="z-index: 100;left: 396px;top: 65px;color: rgb(225,168,69);font-size: 3em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_0_label">Banana</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_1" class="point" style="z-index: 144;left: 182px;top: 96px;color: rgb(229,153,56);font-size: 3.43em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_1_label">Apple</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_2" class="point" style="z-index: 22;left: 317px;top: 127px;color: rgb(216,194,93);font-size: 2.21em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_2_label">Strawberry</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_3" class="point" style="z-index: 171;left: 435px;top: 158px;color: rgb(232,144,48);font-size: 3.7em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_3_label">Orange</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_4" class="point" style="z-index: 84;left: 66px;top: 188px;color: rgb(223,173,74);font-size: 2.83em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_4_label">Lemon</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_5" class="point" style="z-index: 47;left: 508px;top: 219px;color: rgb(219,185,85);font-size: 2.47em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_5_label">Peach</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_6" class="point" style="z-index: 197;left: 235px;top: 250px;color: rgb(235,135,40);font-size: 3.97em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_6_label">Apricot</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_7" class="point" style="z-index: 13;left: 186px;top: 281px;color: rgb(215,197,95);font-size: 2.12em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_7_label">Raisin</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_8" class="point" style="z-index: 133;left: 523px;top: 312px;color: rgb(228,157,59);font-size: 3.33em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_8_label">Tangerine</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_9" class="point" style="z-index: 134;left: 95px;top: 342px;color: rgb(228,156,59);font-size: 3.34em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_9_label">Passion fruit</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_10" class="point" style="z-index: 29;left: 384px;top: 373px;color: rgb(217,191,90);font-size: 2.29em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_10_label">Coconut</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_11" class="point" style="z-index: 161;left: 348px;top: 404px;color: rgb(231,147,51);font-size: 3.61em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_11_label">Lychee</a>
                </li>
                                            <li id="point_12" class="point" style="z-index: 81;left: 217px;top: 435px;color: rgb(222,174,75);font-size: 2.81em;">
                    <a href="#" id="point_12_label">Pineapple</a>
                </li>
                    </ul>
 

Anthony Parsons

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The cloud right now uses an ordered list. What I will add though, is that I would not want that additional HTML in every pages cloud, because suddenly you end up bloating a page to make it pretty vs. the function of this mod.

Each to their own though... but Ragtek's jquery cloud is just as functional as the method used now... just amusing to play with. The problem though... is what is the point of making it into a jquery cloud when the terms don't physically link to a location? Then you are literally turning it into a 3D cloud to look at vs. it actually having any functional purpose as a 3D cloud for minimising in conjunction with clicking terms that lead somewhere.

These terms don't lead anywhere, which is their point. If you linked them... that could do more damage than good for the intent and purpose of what longtail search capture is about.
 

Xarcell

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In most cases I would like to have a sphere tag cloud, but not in this case. Pretty much for the same reasons Anthony said.
 

Luke F

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0.0.2 released :)

0.0.2 (03/12/2010):

  • Added order options (hits, last clicked, alphabetical) to the search terms admin panel page.
  • Added slight optimisation to the global query.
  • Improved route matching system, making trailing slashes optional (fixed canonical issue).
  • Fixed AzuCloud being displayed on error pages.
  • Fixed hits to read 'hit' for single hit terms.
  • Reduced number of terms per page in the admin panel to 50.
 

Anthony Parsons

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It does... because then you are going against Googles TOS for listing and grounds for removal, by intentionally manipulating their rankings by loading your page with keyword phrases.

http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=35769&hl=en

Google Quality Guidelines

These quality guidelines cover the most common forms of deceptive or manipulative behavior, but Google may respond negatively to other misleading practices not listed here (e.g. tricking users by registering misspellings of well-known websites). It's not safe to assume that just because a specific deceptive technique isn't included on this page, Google approves of it. Webmasters who spend their energies upholding the spirit of the basic principles will provide a much better user experience and subsequently enjoy better ranking than those who spend their time looking for loopholes they can exploit.

If you believe that another site is abusing Google's quality guidelines, please report that site at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/spamreport. Google prefers developing scalable and automated solutions to problems, so we attempt to minimize hand-to-hand spam fighting. The spam reports we receive are used to create scalable algorithms that recognize and block future spam attempts.

Quality guidelines - basic principles
  • Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines. Don't deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as "cloaking."

  • Avoid tricks intended to improve search engine rankings. A good rule of thumb is whether you'd feel comfortable explaining what you've done to a website that competes with you. Another useful test is to ask, "Does this help my users? Would I do this if search engines didn't exist?"

  • Don't participate in link schemes designed to increase your site's ranking or PageRank. In particular, avoid links to web spammers or "bad neighborhoods" on the web, as your own ranking may be affected adversely by those links.

  • Don't use unauthorized computer programs to submit pages, check rankings, etc. Such programs consume computing resources and violate our Terms of Service. Google does not recommend the use of products such as WebPosition Gold™ that send automatic or programmatic queries to Google.

Quality guidelines - specific guidelines
  • Avoid hidden text or hidden links.

  • Don't use cloaking or sneaky redirects.

  • Don't send automated queries to Google.

  • Don't load pages with irrelevant keywords.

  • Don't create multiple pages, subdomains, or domains with substantially duplicate content.

  • Don't create pages with malicious behavior, such as phishing or installing viruses, trojans, or other badware.

  • Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines, or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs withlittle or no original content.

  • If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant contentthat gives users a reason to visit your site first.

If you determine that your site doesn't meet these guidelines, you can modify your site so that it does and then submit your site for reconsideration.
If you can manually insert keywords into the cloud, then the modification because illegal and against Googles TOS, which then gives grounds for Google to remove your site... and the problem is, they do it automatically.

The very reason this type of modification isn't banned or illegal to use, is because it doesn't artificially manipulate rankings for non-relevant keyword terms. A person must already be finding your page from a search engine for the mod to capture the keyword in the first place. As Google guidelines allow, relevant keyword terms are allowed to be used in the page, which is what this mod does. By inserting the exact phrase users are already finding your page for into the cloud, as per Googles own guidelines, it is then only helping Google to increase your page for relevance.

This is why it is essential that you remove any non-relevant terms from your pages periodically / set the settings so that if keywords aren't still being clicked on in search engines for the page, then it automatically drops them, thus you still don't violate Googles TOS.

If DI includes this into the mod, then this mod will be against Googles Terms Of Service. Obviously up to DI what he does with his mod... but you are asking to change a legitimate mod into an illegal mod by Googles TOS.
 
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