Daily Search Forum Recap: July 25, 2008

Jul 25, 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 - 07/25/08: Google Cache, Hot Dog Day & Google Knol Project
    Happy Friday everyone! This week, we experienced the normal bit of search news with some exciting developments (PageRank updates pending, for example) and expected news (or is it -- Google and Digg -- again?) Expect Your Google PageRank Update Soon Matt Cutts announced last night that Google will be updating your PageRank soon. Thank you Matt for thinking of the SEO industry in light of other news. Search and Ye Shall Find Want to find
  • Should You Link to Your Landing Pages?
    Would linking to your landing pages be bad for your organic rankings? This is the question posed on Cre8asite Forums, where a webmaster wonders the benefits of possibly linking to a completely different type of page (in terms of layout, etc.) The answer: probably not. EGOL mentions that "they would probably be filtered from the search results." But if they are unique pages, that may not be the case. Moderator iamlost says something else, though:
  • Microsoft Plans to Advertise within Facebook
    According to The New York Times, Microsoft will soon be advertising within Facebook. Perhaps this is because Microsoft currently has an ad deal with Digg and Digg might be acquired by Google soon, possibly nullifying the contract (though I don't really know the legal ramifications of such an acquisition). There's no forum discussion just yet, but the writer of this article wonders how well-targeted those Microsoft ads are ... considering she used to see weird
  • Hush Those Complaint Sites in Google Search
    As many people will attest to, it can be a reputation management nightmare when you are trying to push down negative press and remove the websites that speak badly of your company and your brand. But why are these sites incredibly popular? In a nutshell, they give people a voice when they previously had none. The thought process (sometimes) is that the companies will help the consumer to save face (and hopefully the negative press
  • Google Announces PageRank Update - Thank You
    Google's Matt Cutts announced Google is pushing out "new toolbar PageRank values," over the course of the "next few days." Yes, I keep saying toolbar PageRank is really all that not important. You can read my thoughts on that over here, but I honestly think this toolbar PageRank update is the most important one ever. Why? Matt Cutts said, and I quote: I figured the SEO industry could use something to discuss, so I thought
  • Google Webmaster Tool's WWW vs. Non-WWW Issues
    A Google Groups thread has a webmaster who was very concerned when he logged into Webmaster Tools to find out that his site was not indexed by Google. The reality was, it was indexed by Google, but Webmaster Tools showed the site not to be indexed by Google. Why did Google Webmaster Tools show the site not to have been indexed by Google? It is basically a feature. :) JLH along with Googler, Reid, suggested
  • Google Sitelinks Adds Time Stamps in Webmaster Tools
    An updated WebmasterWorld thread notes that Google has appeared to add a time stamp value to the last date Google updated your Google Sitelinks. The time stamp can be found by logging into your Google Webmaster Tools, clicking on "Links" and then on "Sitelinks." Here is a picture: All the screen captures I have from before, including the latest one from December 2007 did not have this time stamp marked on the links. I am
  • Google Updates Design of Google Cache Page
    Google has just updated the design of the Google Cache result page. For example, a look at the Google Cache for RustyBrick.com, shows: Just two days ago, when I reported the cache dates were off, I took a screen shot of the Google Cache top header. Then it looked like this: As you can see, this is a major difference. I wonder if they made this change for mobile searchers? Most folks in the forums

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