Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Google Classifies Any Site With an RSS Feed as a Blog?
A WebmasterWorld thread has discussion around how Google seems to consider any web site that contains an RSS feed, as a blog. In fact, several webmasters are complaining that their web sites are showing in the Google Universal Results, under the label of, "blog posts about," when their site is simply not a blog. What seems to be happening is that Google may be considering any site that has an RSS feed as a blog.
- Don't Let Google Index Your CPanel Login Page
Google loves indexing content, any content it can get their hands on. In fact, it isn't just Google, it is any search engine. But there is some content you probably don't want Google to index, and those are pages that reveal how to login to your server and make changes. Just take a look at the number of CPanel login pages Google has indexed. Yahoo has some and so does Bing. No, the search engine
- Yahoo Launching SearchPad Today
Yahoo is reportedly releasing SearchPad today. We covered the preview of this earlier, where webmasters called it a big scraper tool - what search engine isn't. ;-) What is it? Search Pad is a note taking application built into Yahoo! Search that automatically assists you in saving websites you visit and taking notes as you search. Search Pad helps you collect, edit, organize, save, print, and email your notes for immediate or future use. Search
- Google Country Filter Removal a Bug?
The other day we reported on Searchers Want "Pages From [Country]," Google Might Drop It. Go read it quickly and come back here. The reports of people seeing this has grown tremendously. I see dozens of forum threads on the issue, and it is not limited to countries outside of the United States, it is also being reported within the United States (not sure how that is possible). In any event, at first I thought
- New MSNBot Named adidxbot Causing Trouble
There are several reports around the web about a new search bot by Microsoft that is causing major issues for web servers. The bot is named adidxbot and the useragent looks like this: adidxbot/1.1 (+http://search.msn.com/msnbot.htm). This bot has been on the loose since the middle of May. There are threads at WebmasterWorld and Bing Community with complaints about this bot. The bot reportedly indexes and crawls incredibly quickly, with no remorse on the web server.
- Google Testing Sub Links For Forum Thread Results?
A reader, BlogsDNA tipped me off on a new Google test. It appears that Google is showing a form of sub links under the main search results, that link to additional forum threads, when relevant, from a specific site. Here is a picture showing two such cases for a search: I personally do not see this in any browser I tried, nor on any platform. But it does seem interesting. Often discussion forums have many
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Andreessen: Facebook Revenue Expected to be "Billions" In 5 Years, WebmasterWorld
- Best Methodology For A User Not Found Page?, HighRankings Forums
- Can You Recommend Seo Reports I Should Offer?, HighRankings Forums
- TweetROI: “Return on Influence” Twitter Monetization Model, Sphinn