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:
- Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: January 28, 2011
This week I am a bit under the weather, but I produced my weekly search & SEO recap. Google vowed to target low quality content...
- Google's Content Farm Algorithm Live? Sites Are Dropping.
A WebmasterWorld thread has a bunch of SEOs and Webmasters complaining about a recent and significant drop in traffic from Google. These reports all come from webmasters who have had stable rankings in Google and stable traffic from Google for years. There is some speculation that Google's new content spam detection and prevention techniques have kicked in...
- Google Can Notify You When They Update Their Maps Of Your Home
One of the most frequent questions I see in the Google Maps Help forum is when will Google update the satellite or street views picture of my house or office. Well, now Google can alert you when there has been update...
- Google +1: Google's Answer To Social Search & Facebook
In October 2009, Google announced their social search feature and it got a ton of buzz. A few months later they rolled it into the main stream search results via the left hand navigation and a social box element...
- Google Real Estate Search Going Away
Google announced they are "retiring" their Google Real Estate Search feature, which was launched back in July 2009. Google said the service will go offline on February 10, 2011. They cite the reason for killing off this search service is partly due to "low usage...
- Google's Own Content Farm: Google Translate Spam
Vanessa Fox covered how Google was content spamming their own index with Google Translate pages. She discovered it via a tweet from @rishil. If you searched site:translate.google.com up came thousands of pages that Google was indexing of a simply auto-translated set of search results.
- Yahoo Canada View Of Lake Ontario
A picture taken on January 24, 2010 by Yahoo from the Yahoo Canada office looking out at Lake Ontario. Cold, isn't it?
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Current Thoughts on Google Shopping?, WebmasterWorld
- Embedding Youtube Videos for links, WebmasterWorld
- Every white hat link you obtain for clients is paid for, Sphinn
- Google SEO Correlation Analysis, Sphinn
- Hmmm Homepage De-indexed Rest Of The Site Fine, Cre8asite Forums
- This Week in Content Farms, Sphinn
- Welcome to Sphinnís (Nine) New Editors!, Sphinn
- Happy Data Privacy Day, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Microsoft Reports Record $0.77 Earnings Per Share in Second Quarter, WebmasterWorld