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Newsletter June 10, 2002

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Web Positioning Agents: a must for all webmasters

Search engines drive a lot of traffic to Web sites. It is important to be as highly ranked in search engine results as possible, so that when an unsuspecting Internet user types your keyword, they immediately come across your site. How can you know how visible your Web site is in 20 different search engines, for 20 different keywords? You can enter 400 manual queries of course, if you have a few hours to spare. Or you can put a Web Positioning agent to work.

Sadly, Web Positioning agents are not able to miraculously place your Web site at the top of the list of search engine results. That takes a magician, or a lot of hard work. Rather, they provide the very useful service of automatically verifying the position of your Web site in many different engines' results. This means that you can quickly build a picture of how visible your site is on the Internet, and track its evolution over time. With these easy-to-use tools, you just enter the keyword(s) you wish to monitor and the URL(s) of your site(s), and set the agent to work.

These aren't just tools for mega-Web sites or for Web agencies that monitor Web rankings for multiple clients, but for any budding webmasters. Many Web Positioning agents offer both Professional and Personal editions. Afterwards, you may need to analyze just why your Web site isn't always top of the search engine results. Here, the Referencing agents can help you. But that's another story…

All the Web Positioning agents on AgentLand:

All the Referencing agent on AgentLand:


> How to become a metasearcher in one easy lesson: Copernic Pro
If there is one search agent that doesn't need introducing, it is Copernic, from the Canadian company of the same name. With 11 million users across the world, this software has long since won its spurs for its ease-of-use and wide range of features. What's more, the Pro version offers a very complete selection of search tools and research themes.


> Chatterbox Challenge Update
Who knows more about chatterbots than the people who create them? The botmasters have added their selection to the 10 bots already qualified for the play-offs: Oraknabo and MarkBot. The judges are currently studying the conversational credentials of each bot, and the overall winner will be announced on Monday 17 June - you'll hear it here first!
Profiles of the botmasters and the members of the jury:


>> Search <<

> Multi-PicSearch

Internet makes it possible to find thousands of pictures on many websites. You want to download these pictures quickly and conveniently. Let Multi-PicSearch do the job rapidly and automatically for you. Multi-PicSearch will access and analyse the websites you specified for images (such as GIF, JPEG), and download them rapidly for you. When this is done, you can process these pictures at your own convenience.

>> Ad Filters <<

> Ad Banner and URL Filter
Ad Banner and URL Filter is a plugin for Internet Explorer. It is completely built into the IE browser and works in the background, unnoticed by any user (e.g., children, employees, etc.).Thus, you can shelter children from a huge amount of sites which show explicit nudity, violence, and any other material that you deem offensive. You can also prohibit employees from visiting those sites that are not directly related to their work.

>> E-mail <<

> Allenchow WebMail Checker
Allenchow WebMail Checker (ACWEB) is an e-mail notification utility that can check multiple webmail and POP3 accounts including Hotmail,Yahoo Inbox Excite, ICQMail, .... more than 20 webmail servers. A pop up message with sound lets you know that mail has arrived. Full proxy options are supported. You can view and delete Hotmail and Yahoo mail directly inside Allenchow WebMail Checker.

>> Push <<

> eSport
eSport is a desktop application which provides live scores in progress, results, live odds and late breaking sports news for major sporting events around the globe 24-hours a day. It runs in the background with a ticker-like interface to deliver live sports and sports results.


> Technology tackling translation tasks
Researchers are developing a handheld computer capable of speech recognition and translating between 13 languages in four subject areas. The work is part of the Babylon program, which seeks to give soldiers and other government officials the ability to converse in multiple languages. The system is meant to take two speakers of separate languages and mediate their discussion into defined areas relevant to military operations.


> eDonkey
eDonkey is a file sharing agent. It allows to transfer any type of file, MP3, images, etc. The main advantage of this agent is its ability to download films in DivX and MPEG format. eDonkey2000 doesn't rely on one central server, the servers can be located anywhere at any IP address.

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