Weekly Search Buzz Roundup: February 29, 2008 - SMX West Recap, Yahoo Search Monkey & Google Sites

Feb 29, 2008 - 12:00 pm 1 by

search-buzz-roundup.gifHey everyone! I'm totally on zero sleep from flying from California to New York and losing a night, but I had to blog this weekly buzz roundup because Barry said so because this is my 1,000th Search Engine Roundtable post! Woohoo!! Please celebrate with me. Any tokens of appreciation can be sent to Schwag Addict. The "About" tab has my address. ;)

SMX West

We totally rocked the house for SMX West, and our consolidated SMX West conference coverage has been posted. Thanks to all our livebloggers: Keri Morgret, David Wallace, Chris Boggs, Debra Mastaler, and of course, Barry and me. We are awesome. (So is the Lisa and Susan, of course. This is an obligatory statement to avoid being stoned at the next conference, SES NY, which is only 17 days away.)

Oh, by the way, Search Bowls are colorful. Those signs are cool schwag. The Google booth also is colorful. Unfortunately, however, when you try to photograph it, you get yelled at by the Google Webmaster Central booth babes (and guys). Seriously. It happened to me twice. Can someone at Google (perhaps the policy-maker) tell me why photographing a Google booth is disallowed in the public domain?

Google PageRank Update

Google Toolbar PageRank has been updated. Confirmed. On a similar note, Google Webmaster Tools has updated external link data.

Yahoo Search Monkey

Yahoo has launched Search Monkey which is a search enhancement for publishers. There's been good talk about it at SMX West and it sounds promising.

Leap Year

It happens once every 4 years, so it's a big deal. Today, Search Engine Roundtable is celebrating Leap Year. Happy 4th birthday to all of you who were born anywhere between 16 and 19 years ago. ;)

Yahoo Search Marketing Minimum Bid != $0.10

That's right, people, the YSM minimum bid is no longer 10 cents. Instead, it's all about quality, baby.

Google Sites

Google JotSpot has evolved into Google Sites which is basically a Microsoft SharePoint competitor. People are saying positive things so far. Can it kill SharePoint, though? In due time, they hope.

Thoughts to ponder...

Be advised that bad links can hurt your rankings. If you're associated with a bad neighborhood, it really can be negative for you. That was also echoed at the Linking Q&A that I liveblogged yesterday.

And watch what you search for. It turns out that capitalization matters in your searches. Bug? Feature? We don't know yet.

Happy weekends!


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