Daily Search Forum Recap: September 8, 2008

Sep 8, 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:

  • How Serious Are Duplicate Meta Tag Issues?
    Let's say you have a very dynamic web site and you also generate your meta keywords dynamically. Could you be penalized (or receive a warning) if those meta keywords are very similar? In a nutshell, yes, though there's a 'debate' across two forum threads. You may receive a warning in Google Webmaster Tools, but you will probably not receive a penalty. However, as JohnMu says in a Google Groups thread, those "warnings" are mostly nudges
  • Google Launches a Real Satellite to Gather High Res Images of the Earth
    Over the weekend, Google did one of the bigger things in its history (in my humble opinion) by launching a real satellite into space so that it can take high resolution images of the earth's surface. The Associated Press gives some detail into the technology that powers this launch: A Delta 2 rocket carrying the GeoEye-1 satellite lifted off at 11:50 a.m. Saturday. Video on the GeoEye Web site showed the satellite separating from the
  • Google Maps Forgets to Blur Out License Plate, Hysteria Ensues
    Due to increasing privacy concerns with Google Maps, Google has decided to blur out all identifying information, including heads and license plates. For example, see the blurred head for an example of the measures Google is taking to protect the innocent. View Larger Map Apparently, though, forum members think that Google is infallible -- that they could never *possibly* mess up and forget to blur some content. In this case, someone (see URL on screenshot)
  • Yahoo September 2008 Search Update
    I am seeing major reports on a Yahoo Search update at WebmasterWorld right now. The timing makes sense, it is just about one month from the August 2008 Yahoo update. I would not be surprised if we see a post today or tomorrow at the Yahoo Search Blog announcing the update, which they call the "weather report," based Danny's request but I gave Tim Mayer credit. This Yahoo Search update is fairly major. Senior member,
  • Dreaming About Matt Cutts of Google
    I personally found this DigitalPoint Forums thread funny, where this SEO said he had a dream about Google's Matt Cutts. In the dream, the SEO remembers the following prophecy. Matt Cutts was Matt sitting in a car. The SEO asked Matt, "how do I get to the top of Google?" Where Matt replied, "make it look as natural as possible." Before you call this SEO a crazy dork, please consider his/her feelings and mine. I
  • No Google Birthday Logo? Check Back on 9/27
    This year Google will be celebrating its 10th birthday. A major milestone for any company but for a company that is arguably the most popular brand in the world, this is something very newsworthy. If you looked at almost any news site, you would have seen articles celebrating the special 10th anniversary of Google. But why didn't Google have a special logo up on their home page for the day? Well, Google has celebrated their
  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: September 7, 2008
    Check out screen captures of the new quality score in place. Google AdWords added geographic reporting. Google launches Chrome the browser, learn where to submit feedback, why is the PageRank indicator missing and will it win the browser wars? Private domain registration won't hurt your Google rankings. Google gets sensitive on image search again. Yahoo drops tons of links in Site Explorer. Ask.com goes slap happy on Google search ads. Most SEOs rather clean their

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