Filed under: DGP4SL Info, New Products, SL In-World Search
It’s been gone a long time, but finally the DGP4SL Spider Catcher returns. And now it’s ready to work with V2 of Second Life’s In-World Search.
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, Linden Lab and Second Life, SL In-World Search
Yesterday I was startled and dismayed to find that the HTML web pages generated for each Parcel in Second Life had been changed. As I wrote in my post on this issue (Another Major SL Search Borking), the net result was that all of my SEO Tools had been irrevocably broken. Imagine my surprise when I looked today to find that all of my SEO Tools are working again. After checking my email to see if anyone at Linden Lab had seen fit to notify me about the goings on, I was of course not surprised to find nothing.
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One of the resources available to Merchants and Sellers within Second Life is the In-World Search facility. While some people may be familiar with how it works and what it does, I’ve found that a lot of people treat it with a good amount of trepidation and fear. It’s really not that difficult to get control of though, as long as you understand what it does, how it works and how you can best utilize it for your business. Today’s post will serve as a refresher on the SL In-World Search facility and give you some basic pointers on how it can be used to help promote your business to prospective customers.
Overnight, from late night on March 15th through early morning on March 16th, the In-World Search facility of Second Life went a little bit haywire. For some unknown reason sites were indexed and promptly removed from the search indices. As the outage progressed, fewer and fewer Parcels were returned in Search Results. The DGP4SL Search Bot V2 reported the ranking for a Parcel that had been dropped as “nfir” meaning “Not Found In Results”.
Fortunately, before the sun came up out in the west coast of the USA (where Second Life and its owner Linden Lab is located) the error seems to have self-corrected and all Search Results have returned to normal. Now that the anomaly has ended, it also appears that for the most part the ranking of all Parcels has been returned to the same point it was before the outage began.
As usual, those people using the DGP4SL Search Bot V2 were the first to notice the outage as their email reports began showing “nfir” for every search phrase and keyword programmed into the Search Bot V2. They were also the first to notice when In-World Search returned to normal. However, anyone attempting to use In-World Search during the outage got reports that said something to the effect of:
In any event, whatever caused it, the problem has been resolved and In-World Search appears back to normal again. Whew!
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, New Products, SL In-World Search, Technical Info, Upcoming Events
If you are using the V1 Search Bot from DGP4SL then the following information is critical to your Rank in Search. Last year the In-World Search Dev Team announced a change in the way the Search Engine interface would be replaced by a new engine (based on the SOLR/Lucene engine) and a new API. They were nice enough to provide a bridge interface that allowed older Viewers and programmed devices to use the new Engine through the old interface.
While this was a very nice gesture on their part, it has had some unintended consequences. The method used to access the old interface is much more wasteful of network bandwidth and Search Engine resources. Because of that extra waste involved, it has been in our plans to remove all older Search Bots as soon as possible. Well that time has come.
If you are still using the older Search Bot (recognizable by its logo image as shown below then you must either remove it from use or upgrade to the newer Search Bot V2. The new Search Bot (fully described in a previous post Search Bot V2 Update Released), uses the exact same configuration Notecard now in use by older V1 Search Bots. This means that upgrading is simply a matter of copying out the old Config Notecard, removing the old V1 Search Bot then rezzing out a copy of the new Search Bot V2 and dropping the Config Notecard inside.
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Filed under: DGP4SL Info, SL In-World Search, Technical Info
This update to the DGP4SL SEO – Search Bot V2 is a very important release and MUST BE USED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!
Among the many improvements in Search Bot V2 1.0.4, the most important improvement has to do with how Search Bot uses the Second Life In-World Search API. In response to our requests for some simple changes to the API, Linden Lab’s Search Dev Team has made some improvements that significantly optimize our use of the Search Service.
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Filed under: Linden Lab and Second Life, SL In-World Search
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 – The Day After In-World Search Changed Forever. (again)
Overnight the results presented by In-World Search have changed for everyone. Some will be ecstatic at the results, some will be decimated. Since the changes took effect (and actually since just a few hours before they kicked in) I’ve been answering IM after IM from people frantic to find out what they should do now. To be totally honest, I’m not sure yet. But then again, that’s exactly how Linden Lab wants it.
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Filed under: DGP4SL Info, Linden Lab and Second Life, SL In-World Search
This past Tuesday afternoon, Nya Linden of the Search Dev Team made a relatively quiet but monumental post on the Second Life Forums. Titled “Search Back-end Engine Update“, the details she laid out set a concrete timeline for changes to the In-World Search service that so many Merchants depend on. As of this writing, there have been no comments or replies to her post, I think partly because it’s posted in the SL Viewer Forum, but also because I’m not sure everyone understands what it means and how it will affect them and their businesses. In today’s post, I will be digging into the full meaning and ramifications of the (rapidly) upcoming changes.
Continue reading “Timetable for Changes to In-World Search” »»
Filed under: DGP4SL Info, Linden Lab and Second Life, New Products, SL In-World Search
Everyone has been holding their breath, waiting to see how they rank in the new V2 Search announced by Linden Lab. If Search is important to you (and if you want to find anything in Second Life, it should be) then you’ve probably been checking the V2 results and trying to compare them against the old V1 results. Some say they’re better, some say worse, but no matter which way you feel, you need to know how your store ranks.
Released today is our first product that works with V2 Search – our popular Search Bot. Available in two packages, Search Bot V2 1.0 maintains all the same popular features of the previous Search Bot v2.8. The basic package contains just the V2 version Search Bot, however we’ve also released a Combo BOX that contains both V1 and V2 version Search Bots at a savings of L$250.
Filed under: DGP4SL Info
NOTICE! As of approximately 10am Monday, 27th June 2011 the block has been removed. Cross your fingers that we don’t run into this again.
Sometime around 2pm SLT on Friday, 24th June 2011 all access to the secondlife.com web services was blocked by Linden Lab. Unfortunately this has rendered all routine functions of the DGP4SL SEO Tools inoperable. This is a temporary problem and should be cleared up soon.
This is NOT due to problems between Linden Lab and DG Products for Second Life. It is simply a temporary malfunction and should be remedied soon.
During the outage, all SEO Tools (Search Bot, Spider Catcher, SRAP HUD and Spim Prammer) will report Error 404 (or similar). This has been done to “clear” the channel between the two web servers. As soon as the access block is cleared, all SEO Tools will be restored to full service.
DO NOT change anything in your tools, edit the Config notecards or delete and rez new copies. This error is between two web servers and has nothing to do with any In-World Devices.
We apologize for the inconvenience. We have notified Linden Lab of the error, however because this occurred late Friday afternoon, the problem may not be cleared until Monday. If you wish to help speed up the repair, please go to the Second Life JIRA and Vote / Watch the following Issue: