Daily Search Forum Recap: July 11, 2008

Jul 11, 2008 - 5:00 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:

  • Weekly Search Buzz RoundUp - 07/11/08: Google AdWords Fluctuations, Yahoo BOSS, and Sphinn's 1st Birthday
    Today is 7-11, which means that there's free slurpees for those of you who are in the US who actually have a 7-11 store nearby. I think I'll be getting my free slurpee in the late afternoon -- but don't forget that you can get it too! Oh right. It's also a big day for iPhone geeks, as Barry blogs his nerd mentality on this blog. Are you shocked? Yahoo and Live Search Updates This
  • Why Do People Nofollow Unimportant Pages?
    Earlier this year, we discussed the possibility of page sculpting or siloing where you point your link juice to the more important pages and nofollow the less important pages. A month after the original post came out, we looked into the possible penalties for controlling that link juice. The issue is being revisited again on WebmasterWorld. Why do people nofollow their unimportant pages? As stated in the previous paragraph and as reiterated by Tedster, it's
  • Build Your Own Search (BOSS) with Yahoo
    The Yahoo Search Blog recently announced the launch of BOSS -- an "open platform that offers programmatic access to the entire Yahoo! Search index via an API." BOSS currently lets you re-rank and blend results, gives you flexibility on presentation, includes a mashup framework, has web/news/image search, and entitles you to unlimited queries. The BOSS platform has had a lot of Techmeme buzz, but forum members doubt its capabilities. As WebmasterWorld members claim, search is
  • Social News and Discussion Site Sphinn Turns One Year Old
    Last year, the internet marketing and forum discussion site, Sphinn, was launched. Today, it's one of the hottest forums around and we post a lot of discussion from it here at Search Engine Roundtable. So how's your stay at Sphinn been so far? For many, the Sphinn community is vibrant, active, and incredibly awesome. And the news shared within the site is top notch. If you've waited a year to sign up, your wait better
  • Apple iPhone Day: I'm At Tice's Corner in NJ
    This morning, I got to the Apple Store at Tice's Corner in New Jersey at about 4:30am. I was about the 20th person in line and now, at about 6:45am (1 hour and 15 minutes until the iPhone goes on sale), there are probably about 60 people at this store. The iPhone has seriously taken mobile search and browsing to the next level. Many search companies, tools and social applications are already available for the
  • Google Confirms NewsDay.com Received PageRank Penalty for Selling Links
    The incredibly popular NewsDay.com was at a PageRank of five recently, and Google specifically confirmed that NewsDay received this PageRank penalty due to "selling links that pass PageRank." But when I look at the Google Toolbar now at www.newsday.com, it shows a PageRank of 8, not a PageRank of 5. On June 8th, the webmaster reported the PageRank penalty in a thread at Google Groups, on June 9th in the afternoon, a Googler spotted the
  • Another Insulting Algorithmic Search Result from Google
    Today we have Google ranking a swastika on Google Trends due to a Google's "machines and algorithms." And now we have Google offering a related search phrase for a Google images search on special people. The related search displayed is "retards." Here is an image: Yes, I know related searches are based on algorithms of how people use Google, but some (those who don't know how search engines work) might be really insulted by this

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