Domain Seizures Claim to Be Part of Immigration Security Program

Intellectual property violations are the reasons being cited for Homeland Security’s seizure of “hundreds of websites for alleged… violations”. The domains seized however were not in violation of any intellectual property laws.

The article follows in part below.

US Immigration Services Blasted for Domain Seizures
By John P. Mello Jr., PCWorld

A sudden move last week to return a hip-hop site to its owner after it was seized and held by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a year has renewed criticism of the agency’s domain confiscation program called In Our Sites.

Since its launch in June 2010, the initiative, spearheaded by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) directorate, has seized hundreds of websites for alleged intellectual property violations, including a raid on "Cyber Monday" that shut down 150 websites for selling or distributing counterfeit goods.

The return of the domain to its owner "Splash" provoked one of In Our Sites most vocal critics, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), to vow to probe the situation. “I expect the administration will be receiving a series of FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests from our office and that the senator will have very pointed questions with regard to how the administration chooses to target the sites that it does," Wynden spokesperson Jennifer Hoelzer told Wired Magazine.

She added that the senator was “particularly interested in learning how many secret dockets exist for copyright cases. There doesn’t seem to be an obvious precedent or explanation for that."

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Search Engine Dynamics

When you perform a search using Google, you are not actually searching the entire Internet, only a portion of the Internet called an ‘Index’. The Index is chosen by Google’s software program, using what they call ‘Spiders,’ and keeps an assortment of web pages on file for Google to sift through whenever you type in your search terms. In helping Google comprise their Index, the Spiders initially sift through a selection of pages containing various topics of information, and then search the links associated with those pages as well. Then, you type in your search terms, and Google searches its Index of pages for the terms you have specified.

Google determines which pages to pull to answer your search questions by using several parameters including counting the number of times your keywords appear on the page, where they appear on the page, whether there are related words or phrases on the page or variations, the quality of the website where the page originates, and what the ‘Page Rank’ is of this particular website, among other factors. Page Rank is determined by the amount of outside websites that are linked to the page, and the quality of the links themselves.

SEO Guidelines for 2011

In the game of optimization and ranking, content is still the best and most entertaining way to get customers and clients to your website. This year promises to be among the strongest in terms of SEO and search engines locating your site within the vast indexes held by Google and other search giants.

While content can help your pages climb to the top with the right keyword weight, relying upon it soley would place you at a disadvantage, as search engine optimization plays a vital role in making sure that your great keyword content is seen by as many eyes as possible.

To that end, several experts suggest a few pointers for making sure you stand out, without appearing too overeager in the process.

Links Matter

Excessive linking is a flare for search engines, but you still need to have a few per post to establish the legitimacy of your information, and to create inbound links for yourself within your site.

People Love Pictures

And so do search engines. Properly tagged images can generate incoming search traffic for people looking for pictures online. Remember to include the word picture, and tag your photos with keywords appropriate to the content they both portray and enhance in your post.

Be Bold

Header text and bolding can be very useful when used sparingly throughout your website. Placing your keyword in the title of your post, and highlighting with phrases you feel are most important in describing your content will give them greater search relevance as well. Proper use of this technique will bring your posts to the attention of search engines, as long as you do so sparingly.

Map Out Your Site

Providing a sitemap is not only helpful to visitors, but search engines love them because it gives them a roadmap to what is on your site and where to find it. Relevant links pop out, and links that might get passed over are easier to locate as well.

Great content and inbound links are the mainstays for any great ranked site. These tips will not help at all, unless you have the content to back them up. If you are on top of keeping your site interesting and up to date however, these tips can help mean the difference between getting noticed on page one, and not getting noticed until, and if, anyone moves beyond it.

Levin, L. (2010). 5 SEO Tips Every Website Owner Should Know.

What is SEO?

Today there will be millions of searches performed on the Internet, many of them looking for
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