Weekly SearchBuzz RoundUp - 08/01/2008: WWW's Birthday, Live Search Redesigned, and Cuil Reviewed/Examined

Aug 1, 2008 - 12:20 pm 0 by

search-buzz-roundup.gifCan you all believe it's August already? We're almost done with summer! Whoa!

But don't get too disappointed. There is still Search Engine Strategies San Jose (which I sadly won't be able to attend) for your summer festivities. (Be sure to save me a Google Dance T-Shirt! Women's XL please or a Men's M!)

WWW Birthday

Today, if you pulled up Search Engine Roundtable directly (and not from your RSS feed), you'd know that it's the 18th birthday of the WWW. In the event that you're lazy (but we really do like it when you click and interact with us!), here's the screenshot of the theme:

Search Engine Roundtable Celebrates WWW's 18th Birthday

Microsoft Live Gets Redesigned

No more white on Microsoft Live Search. This week, Live Search was redesigned with interactive features that show you how you can use Live Search.

State of Google Search for the Final Week of July

This past week, we've seen suggestions that the Google Yo Yo effect is a result of Universal Search. Google also told us that they now are processing trillions of URLs, more than a trillion links, and that they reprocess the entire web graph many times throughout the day. And finally, this week, a few users were lucky to see Google's new related links search results. Very interesting.

Microsoft Announces Behavioral PageRank

We learned about Microsoft BrowseRank rather recently: it's a metric to see how people interact with web pages. I have to say I agree with Michael Martinez's comment that Microsoft might be burying themselves into a hole here.

Google AdWords and Yahoo Search Marketing Updates

For the advertisers out there: the Google AdWords Search updated its desgin, and new features were added to Yahoo Search Marketing. Cool beans. :)

Cuil Launches

Former Googlers launched Cuil this week. So far, SEOs responded negatively and think that Cuil, pronounced "Cool," is simply not cool at all. In fact, the relevancy of photos is pretty far off for a good percentage of industry figures, as indicated in my research. The only thing that is slightly close is watching Matt Cutts gag Greg Boser. That one was good.

Issues with Google Maps: For Real?

Google made some Google Maps changes earlier this week that removed some features that users started craving. As a result, they reverted to the original design. On a similar note, Google Business Listing users can rejoice, because Google has restored the "fix incorrect marker location" for your biz listing. Now your clients won't get lost on their commute to your office. Sweet!

Google Webmaster Tools May Report 404 Errors that Don't Exist

Be advised that Google Webmaster Tools is misreporting some links as returning 404 status codes.

Google Analytics Has Bugs Too

Some Google Analytics reports have come in that confirm that some people cannot log into their accounts due to redirect issues. Additionally, people have seen errors that the tracking code is not installed on their site (even though it is). Finally, there are reports of duplicate cities in the reporting.

Yahoo Publishers Unconvinced of Fix

This week, there were reports of a Yahoo Publisher Network payout error which Yahoo apparently fixed. But the publishers don't think so. At this time, we're not sure what's up.

Have a happy August!


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