Google Hosted jQuery or Other Scripts not working – Google CDN Down

Today we’ve had a flood of errors with customer websites where google hosted jquery and other scripts from loading.

On most PC’s trying to access the Google Content Delivery Network (CDN) will give you a 404 error of the file not found!

If like me you have used Google’s DNS you might be confused because everything is working fine, however it seems OpenDNS has stopped access to the Google Datacenters due to a phishing scam??!?

Seriously? Good way to break half the internet guys!

OpenDNS Credit goes to:!/matbennett/status/154492602559897600/photo/1

Seems like I would suggest using a fallback script to local, this will then be bulletproof!

This sort of thing would work:

Or if you're using MooTools using Google Hoosted / CDN Try this:

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Google, Web Standards and SEO

googleI wrote a while ago on the MinuteDesigns blog about web standards and seo, where people constantly spam saying that web standards play no part in organic listing ranks.

Today I was asked about this again, so I dug out my old email from google, feel free to post comments.

Heres the email:
(Feel free to contact me for a forward of the original)

> Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 09:15:05 +0000
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: [#232902566] Adwords, Pagerank and Content
> Hello Adam,
> Thank you for your email. I understand that you want to know whether
> valid HTML and CSS help in better organic search and AdWords ad rankings.
> Please note that clean HTML codes and CSS help improve rankings because
> they make it easier for our crawlers to find information. Sites’ positions
> in our search results are determined based on a number of factors designed
> to provide end-users with helpful, accurate search results. These factors
> are explained in more detail at
> In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by increasing
> the number of high-quality sites that link to their pages. To learn more
> about inclusion and ranking in the Google index, please visit our online
> Help Center at Here, you’ll find
> answers to users’ most frequently asked questions.
> To know more about how you can improve your site’s ranking, please visit
> If you have additional questions about your site, we encourage you to
> check out Google’s webmaster tools. Our webmaster tools can provide you
> with comprehensive information about your site, including which search
> queries trigger your website listing in our search results, potential
> indexing problems, and errors our crawlers may have encountered trying to
> access your pages. Get started with Google’s webmaster tools at
> We welcome you to post any webmaster-related feedback or questions in our
> Webmaster Help Google Group at
> Here you’ll find
> helpful conversations with both Googlers and experienced non-Googlers.
> If you have additional questions, please visit our Help Center at
> to find answers to many frequently
> asked questions. Or, try our Learning Center at
> for self-paced lessons that
> cover the scope of AdWords.
> We look forward to providing you with the most effective advertising
> available.
> Sincerely,
> Rupam
> The Google AdWords Team
> —————-
> Want more info on AdWords? Check out the official AdWords Blog, “Inside
> AdWords,” at to get the latest news,
> information and tips.
> Original Message Follows:
> ————————
> From:
> Subject: Adwords, Pagerank and Content
> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:14:43 -0800
> Hi there I was wondering if you could help me.
> I’ve read that Clean and Valid HTML and CSS in my website would make my
> website rank better within google? Is this true or not? And also would
> it help my Adwords too?
> Thanks Alot
> Adam King
> xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> AdsUserLocale:
> AdwordsReferral: 1
> CategorySubcategory:
> HelpCenter: V2
> Language: en
> Name: Adam King
> login_email: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> profile_Name: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> website: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx