Weekly Search Buzz Roundup: 10/26/07 - PageRank Drops, Gmail Goes IMAP & Microsoft Partners with Facebook

Oct 26, 2007 - 12:53 pm 0 by

search-buzz-roundup.gifThis week can mostly be summed up to one thing: PageRank. Of course, a week of search always has some other events, so let's take a look.

The Big PageRank Update

A bunch of blogs, including ours, dropped PageRank this month. We don't really care since our disclaimer about PageRank says that PR is overrated, but that didn't stop Andy Beard and Daniel Scocco from alerting the community about the pages that dropped in rank.

However, I must say that I didn't expect any PageRank update from our report last month that Matt Cutts said not to expect one. Therefore, why is there one? Can't we just make it obsolete like everyone really wants? Google is a big name as it is. I'm sure Larry will get over it. (SEOs need to get over it too.)

I still wonder what this will do in the long haul, as does Barry. After all, nobody is seeing decreased traffic, and they shouldn't have to: the affected websites are pretty relevant for their search terms. PageRank smagerank. Stupid.

Ask.com Commercial - Verdict = Cool

I like the Ask.com commercial. I think it's creative. Is it a knock on Google? Whatever. I don't care. Ask.com has come out with pretty awesome features lately so I am not complaining.

Google Analytics Gets Updated More Often

According to several reports, Google Analytics is being updated more frequently. We polled the users to see how often they're seeing results and some are still seeing updates every 24 hours whereas others are seeing them as frequently as every hour. I suppose that these people are addicts. ;) Hey, it's all good.

Please Fix Google Blog Search

I really like Google Blog Search. Please fix it and stop returning spammy results. It just doesn't meet the expectations that we have come to enjoy in the regular search engine. kthx.

Google takes Social Plunge, but Microsoft takes the Cake

Google News introduced a Facebook application, but it was Wednesday when we learned that Facebook will be using Microsoft for ads. The world is about to end as we know it.

IMAP on Gmail: Score!

Gmail is now supporting IMAP, which is great news for all Gmail users around. This announcement comes on the heels of another announcement that Gmail now supports over 4GB of new email. iPhone users, most specifically, love the IMAP feature. However, I heard yesterday and today that Gmail for iPhone has gotten a bit of a redesign too. I can't reproduce this on my iPod Touch. Can someone take a picture and show me?

AdSense Glory

This week, we polled that crowd and asked how old the AdSense publishers are. You thirtysomethings came in first place. Congratulations. Behind them were the twentysomethings (25-29).

Also in this week: you can make changes to AdSense code without having to swap your ads to put the changes in effect. Cool.

And finally, if you're an AdSense success story, create a video for Google and they may feature you in their blog. Cool, eh? As long as you tell me how to retire on AdSense, I will think so.

Libraries go Open Source, Shun Google and Microsoft

Go libraries! You make us proud. As you may or may not know, libraries would rather share with everyone than make exclusive deals with Microsoft or Google. Kudos to you for standing up to the big guns. Information, especially books, should be freely accessible without any restrictions.

Quality Score Gets Detail

Concerned about your Google AdWords quality score? You can now get more information about what is wrong with your campaign.

Amanda Camp on Video

Amanda Camp talks to webmasters about how Google Webmaster Tools works. Now I know what she looks like when I attend the next conference. Hi Amanda!

That is all for this week. See you next Friday!


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