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:
- Weekly Search Buzz Roundup - February 22, 2008: President's Day, Microsoft's Emphasis on Search & Google Reader Spam Injection
Snow! We're all stuck in our lovely little homes today while we admire the first real snowfall of 2008 up here in New York. Woohoo! But onward... much has happened this week (or has it?) in search. Note: Video was live, and it says "Broadcast: Public | Live! " in the "My Videos" section, but now it doesn't work. I am reuploading now, hoping it will work in 15 minutes... President's Day Monday was President's
- Google Will Soon Be Storing Patients' Health Records
Yahoo News reports that Google will be storing patients' medical records while testing a health service. Health profiles will include prescriptions, allergies, and medical histories, and will be password-protected just as your Google Account is. Naturally, this is having a backlash since it's Google, after all, and it's privacy. But some forum members suggest that the reaction would have been different if the company storing your medical history was not Google. Others feel that this
- Google Pushes AdSense for Video
Earlier, we announced that Google has begun testing video ads in the search results. It seems that Google's interest in video is far from over. Google is now pushing AdSense for video. This video explains: Reuters explains that Google has partnered with YuMe, a online video advertising network, to feature these video ad overlays. Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.
- Ask.com Provides Compete Statistical Traffic Estimates
Barry has posted at Search Engine Land that Ask.com is adding Compete stats to its Binocular site preview feature. When you perform a search, you see binoculars on the side of the page which shows a page preview. The second tab is your Compete statistics. An example screenshot is shown below: Very interesting -- and very cool for Ask and Compete. Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld.
- History of TLA is History of SEO Industry
Patrick Gavin, co-founder of Text Link Ads, started his personal blog and wrote about the History of Text Link Ads, also known as TLA. The story is a good read and goes back to how TLA was created by two college roommates, Patrick and Bill. For disclaimer purposes, TLA is an advertiser here and my company has built a significant portion of their back office systems. But anyone in the SEO community knows that TLA's
- Yahoo's Flickr Slaps on NoFollows on Photo Owner's Links
As expected, Yahoo's Flickr has finally added the nofollow attribute on links generated by the owner of the photo. We have covered how you can use Flickr in your SEO and traffic building strategy but some of that has been taken away now. Don't get me wrong, you can still generate a lot of traffic from Flickr. Flickr images tend to rank surprisingly well in Google and other search engines. So if you have an
- February '08 Google Sitelinks Update
There are a bunch of reports that Google has completed a Sitelinks update. More sites that never had these links, now have them. Again, the links below a search results are called Sitelinks. Many sites have 8, but you can have less. Here is a screen shot of our Sitelinks. Now, you can also access via Google Webmaster Tools Links section. But they are not always in sync with the live Sitelinks. The last large
- Trick Google into Placing Video Icon Image Near Your Search Listings?
I am very confused by a search result at Google Netherlands. Stay with me now, and search for internet publishing at Google.nl. What comes up in the second result for me is www.publiceren.net, which looks to be a video result. Here is a picture: See that result? It shows "5 sec" and shows a picture of an apparent movie. Clicking on the blue hyper link text takes you directly to the site, clicking on the
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