Daily Search Forum Recap: January 22, 2008

Jan 22, 2008 - 6:00 pm 0 by

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 to Lay Off Hundreds of Workers
    The New York Times reports that Yahoo is cutting hundreds of jobs this year. Yahoo is planning to lay off hundreds of employees in an effort to increase its profitability, prop up its deflated stock price and narrow the focus of its sprawling Internet portal to a smaller number of crucial areas, people close to the company said Monday. The announcement is supposed to be made official within the next few days, and according to
  • Google and IncrediMail Collaborate Once Again
    A little over a week ago, we reported that Google and IncrediMail broke up as the search engine giant decided to stop serving Google AdSense ads on the IncrediMail site. Well, it looks like all is well now, and IncrediMail is now back on track with Google. According to a press release, Google has reinstated AdSense on IncrediMail's site. Google and IncrediMail are now co-operating with the goal of resolving any remaining compliance issues, if
  • Are Links Themselves Subject to Copyright Concerns?
    Let's say you wanted to be altruistic and provide a link to a site in hopes to raise awareness about a program that they promote. But when you alert the webmaster of said site, they go on a hissy fit and claim that linking to their site is a copyright violation. In a WebmasterWorld thread, that's happening. The back story is this: a person has had a web site about animal shelters. The site links
  • Give Me My Classic Google Back! Turn Off Google Universal Search Results
    Google launched Universal Search back in mid-May of last year. Since then, SEOs and Webmasters have become interested in how to leverage that to their benefit. But some are just upset and want the universal search blend to go away. This lead me to think, hey - as a searcher, what if I wanted the old school, plain vanilla organic Google results to show up when I search and keep those pesky vertical search results
  • Can You Hide Text & Links From Your Users, If Search Engines Won't See?
    Here is an unusual scenario for you. You have a web page, the web page is one page of many on your site. This specific page does not allow search engines to crawl them by using a robots.txt file to restrict access. Now, the webmaster wants to hide links or text on that page from the end user. If you hide text on pages that search engines are not suppose to crawl, but I guess
  • Google's Remove URLs Feature Removes For 90 Days Only
    Just a tidbit based on a Google Groups thread, using the Google Remove URLs feature will only remove the content from Google for 90 days. After 90 days, if you do not block the page from crawlers or tell crawlers not to index the page, Google will crawl and list the page again in the Google search results. As it says on the help page: Content removed with this tool will be excluded from the
  • Wordpress Installation Now Blocking Search Engines?
    A WebmasterWorld thread reports that new installations of the popular blogging software, WordPress, is by default blocking all search engines. He said, when you go to the Privacy Options section in the administration panel, by default, it is set to block all search engine robots from crawling the blog. He said, by default, this option is selected: I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors At one point, Google's Blogger blocked spiders

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