Daily Search Forum Recap: September 4, 2008

Sep 4, 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:

  • Webmasters Report September 2008 Google SERP Changes
    This month, there are already a lot of different observations from the WebmasterWorld discussion on Google SERP changes. Forum members have noted that Google is looking for more fresh results and is specifically weeding out old and outdated pages. One forum member notes the following: I think Google looks at a site and compares all the content, then keeps some of the most recent content in the results including the higher PR stuff and puts
  • How Do You Do SEO for a Site that is Under Construction?
    Sometimes it's better to do SEO for a site before it's launched. Such is the case for a High Rankings Forum member who is looking to build up his site's presence before it's actually live for the masses. How do you do SEO for a site that is not yet launched, though? It's not that hard, believe it or not, even though some other forum members suggest that you shouldn't do this until the site
  • Search Marketers Respond to Twitter's Removal of Bio Links in Profile Pages
    In July, Dave Naylor spotted a "Twitter loophole" in the bio section of Twitter: Twitter nofollows users' web sites but links in the biography were actually not nofollowed. When Matt Cutts read the post, he notified Twitter's staff about the issue. Consequently, Twitter made some changes to disable the links in the biography, a move that appears to have occurred yesterday. The move has hardly been received well by the search community. In several blog
  • Search Engine Rank Checking Tools, Such as WebPosition Gold, Are Back in Business
    It has been confirmed via a WebmasterWorld thread that many search ranking checking tools have been working over the past day or so. Just about a month ago we reported about the issues people were having with WebPosition Gold and other rank checking tools. We first thought Google was going after these rank checking tools but then we learned that the issues were due to Google testing out new HTML structures and layouts in the
  • Ask.com No Longer Shy About Google Ads
    Back in February, I spotted how Ask.com was showing up to five Google search ads above the organic search results. It only happened when using Internet Explorer on a PC, because (I guess here) the Ask.com team didn't want to upset the early adopters who use Firefox and Safari or a Mac. Well, it now seems Ask.com is no longer shy or embarrassed about showing these ads. A search for mp3 players at Ask.com on
  • Does Chrome Signal The Removal of Google's PageRank Indicator?
    Google's web browser, Chrome, launched tw days ago and it was missing one major feature that SEOs took notice of. That feature is the PageRank indicator found in the Google Toolbar. But why is it missing? Is it just a feature that may be coming in the future or was this intentionally left out? This is the question on the mind of some DigitalPoint Forums members and it has been asked at the blog of

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