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:
- Yahoo Begins Testing Bing Search Results Now, Switch Over Complete August/September
A WebmasterWorld thread points to a recent presentation video by Yahoo and Microsoft of the transition timelines for Bing to begin powering Yahoo on both the organic and paid side of search. Did you know that Bing is already or will very soon begin testing powering Yahoo's search results? Yes, in Yahoo Search, you should technically see the same organic results that you would see in Bing - possibly any day now. Of course, this
- Google's Soft 404 Errors Also Include 5xx Errors
Earlier this week, we reported that Google would fix the soft-404 errors that were inaccurate showing up in the new 404-like reports within Webmaster Tools. Today, I spotted a Google Webmaster Help thread that notes that Google also includes 5xx-like status errors in the soft-404 reports. JohnMu from Google said in the thread: Soft-404 errors include server side errors that are shown on your pages which do not result in an error HTTP result code
- Google Doesn't Like Apple's Safari 5?
If you login to Google AdWords using Apple's latest update to their browser, Safari version 5, you will get a warning from Google. The warning reads: We have detected that you are using an older web browser. For better performance with the AdWords interface, we recommend using a modern browser such as Firefox 3.5, Chrome, Safari 4, or Internet Explorer 8. Learn more. Here is a picture of the warning: Yes, Google calls Safari 5,
- Bing Creating Their Own Caffeine Indexing Speed?
A WebmasterWorld thread has two webmasters claiming Bing is getting much faster at indexing new content than in the past. One said, the speed is almost, if not, similar to Google's speed of indexing content. Google made this big stink about Caffeine and they have every right to. Google is the best not just because of their ranking algorithm, but because of the speed of indexing and displaying indexed content in the search results. For
- Does Google Give Mahalo A Spam Pass Or Positives Outweigh Negatives?
A Sphinn thread links to a post named Was The Google Mayday Update A Complete Failure Then?. The blog post goes through examples on how even though the May Day update was suppose to really downgrade the rankings of sites like Mahalo, that site just doesn't go away. Mahalo launched in 2007 by Jason Calacanis, who has been known to go at SEOs. So as you can imagine, SEOs are very critical over Calacanis's property.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Mayday and the May Retail Report, WebmasterWorld
- New design for social search, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Twitter Says Stability Should Improve, WebmasterWorld
- Google patent for identifying inadequate content areas on the web, WebmasterWorld
- How to cold approach a link request, WebmasterWorld
- Video Editor - new item in TestTube!, YouTube Help