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 Launches Social Site Yahoo! Buzz
Last week, Yahoo launched Yahoo Buzz, which can be compared to a social news site like Digg. Here's the lowdown: Currently in beta, Yahoo! Buzz measures consumer votes and search patterns to identify interesting and timely stories and videos from large news sources as well as niche blogs around the Web. Top stories are then given primary editorial consideration for feature placement on Yahoo.com. People, like Muhammad Saleem, consider this a great step for Yahoo
- How Important is the Site Relevancy for Backlinks?
A WebmasterWorld member is in a bit of trouble because he feels that there are no relevant sites for his ecommerce shop. Obviously, since search engines like relevant links, this is a bit of a challenge for those who can't possibly have relevant sites. There are numerous reactions to this comment. First of all, the WWW is so vast that it's hardly believable that there are no relevant sites. And if there aren't, it's probably
- Dealing with Reputation Management Issues
Brett Borders wrote a great article on the 13 pages negative online publicity comes from that are most difficult to outrank, which includes articles on authority blogs, government pages, press releases, off-topic pages, and rip-off report listings. Are there more? Probably. On Sphinn, a user suggests that this beginner guide on reputation management should be applied, and here are some suggestions: don't open 100 blogs, don't start a MySpace account, don't start a Wikipedia page,
- SEOs Can't Agree on the Value of an Image Link
Mid January I asked An image link is worth what percentage less than a text link? The question was probably not clear enough and I honestly don't blame the respondents. It is a hard question to answer, because there are so many variables that can impact such an answer. But I thought I share with you the 171 responses to-date: All over the board as you can tell. Here is the detailed breakdown: 24 respondents
- Grassroot Supports of Ask.com Giving Up? Ask.com Giving Up?
Friday afternoon I reported at Search Engine Land on a Silicon Valley Insider report that IAC was going to force Ask.com to drop Teoma and the Teoma team and syndicate Google's search service. They would either sell of Teoma or drop the whole thing in favor for Google's search service. The tip came from a solid source, said Silicon Valley Insider. However, Reuters said this is not the case and they heard otherwise. I personally
- Google Fixes New AdSense Terms of Service Bug?
Last week, Google updated the AdSense Terms of Service. With that update, came a bug in agreeing to the terms of service. Reports came via Google Groups that clicking the terms of service link did not work for everyone. When I click on I understand the terms of service, it just cycles back to the TOS again and I can't get to my stats page. Is this a bug Google is working on? When will
- Google Strongly Recommends 301 Redirect Over Meta Refresh Redirects
Moving document and file locations on the web is fairly common. So what do you do when you have to communicate the move to your users and the search engines? You set up a redirect. There is no question that search engines prefer to see a 301 redirect. But just to make it clear, I wanted to quote a fresh friend where John Mueller, a Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, says once more that a 301
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