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 :: November 4, 2011
I may look exhausted in this video, but I have a good excuse. Yesterday, Google pushed out a new algorithm update that shows fresher results for 35% of all searches, it is a big change...
- Official: Google Places Ads At Bottom & Bottom Search Box Missing
Google announced the AdWords ads may now officially show at the bottom of the search results, if they are not shown on the right hand side. Google has tested this in the past, most recently last month and also in 2010...
- New Google AdWords Top Navigation Bar
Alistair Dent spotted a new Google AdWords navigation bar within the AdWords campaign management interface. The new bar looks like this: The old (existing) bar looks like this: This is a small change but something that many AdWords advertisers may find awkward on first...
- Google Updates Search Algorithm: Impact More Like 17.5% Of Searches
Google announced they have made a significant change to their search algorithm to help improve relevancy of the search results by showing fresher results more often. When I reported this at Search Engine Land...
- Google Video: Do A Barrel Roll
Similar to the Google Tilt easter egg, there is a new one for searching [do a barrel roll]. The whole search results screen does a barrel roll, literally. The tilt one has been around for a bit, but the do a barrel roll seems new...
- Lobster For Lunch At Google Zurich
Googler, Gary Illyes reshared a post from Googler, Edu Pereda of what was for lunch at Google Zurich the other day. I think that is a lobster, although, I never personally had lobster (kosher thing).
- "Not Provided" Keywords In Google Analytics Higher Than Expected
When Google announced they are defaulting logged in Google users to SSL search - Google told us this would impact less than 10% of statistics in the analytics...
- YouTube May Show Another Video's Thumbnail Image
There is a bug with YouTube being widely reported in the YouTube Help Forums where when you upload your video, when it is done, the preview thumbnails displayed are coming from another random video...
- New Yorkers, Google Maps Transit Wants Your Feedback
Daniel from the Google Maps team posted a request in the Google Maps Help forum, asking for New Yorkers to give feedback on the Google Transit over there...
- Google News To Promote Google + Profiles Of Authors
The Google News Blog announced that the leading article will contain the Google + profile information of the author, when available. This is being rolled out in the upcoming weeks to the English Google News portal...
- Meditating With Android Robots
Here is a picture posted on Flickr by Jon Lee Clark of some women meditating with these Google Android Robots. The picture was taken Google Creative Sandbox event last week.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Google SERP layout change - URL directly under Title, WebmasterWorld
- Should I run Black Friday and Cyber Monday ads on Google AdWords? If yes, how, when and where? Can you help me please?, Google AdWords Help
- Alibaba Group Invests RMB 1 Billion into ETao, WebmasterWorld
- Implementing SEO in a Development Environment, Sphinn
- Outbound linking my way to top of the serps, WebmasterWorld
- Save biking and walking directions to Custom Maps, Google Maps Help