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 - 10/03/08 - Rosh Hashana Edition: Google Turns 10 & Yahoo Site Explorer Revamped
Happy New Year to those of you who celebrate! This week, the holiday commenced and now we're swamped but we still have to give you our recap. Without further ado, here you go: Coincidence: Search Updates Around Holiday Time? As you may have read thus far, we celebrated Rosh Hashana and also noticed that Google PageRank has updated. On a somewhat related note, Yahoo's results are being shuffled and Microsoft may have had its own
- Webmasters Report October 2008 Google SERP Changes
This month, WebmasterWorld members spotted a few anomalies in the Google SERPs: Some people are spotting some huge numbers (and differences) in results found on Google. For example, they could be performing a search in the middle of the day and find 1 million results. Later that day, the same search may find 2 million results. It's possible that this is because of querying different datacenters (though that number is pretty substantial even to me).
- We're Liveblogging SMX East Next Week
In case you hadn't heard (or couldn't guess), Search Engine Roundtable is, as always, liveblogging Search Marketing Expo East 2008 which will start next Monday, October 6th, in NYC. The conference coverage is not quite finalized just yet, but we're putting finishing touches on it as we speak. We're also taking volunteer livebloggers, so contact us if you're interested. So far, we've got a helper in Marty Weintraub of aimClear (thanks much, Marty) and we'd
- When Will Google AdWords Prevent Account Hijackings?
We've had a careful eye on the multiple Google AdWords accounts that have been hacked, and this forum representation is hardly all of the accounts that really do get attacked. But again, another hapless victim from WebmasterWorld has suffered the fate of being charged too much on Google AdWords and being locked out of his account. Whatever these guys are doing, they're doing a good job because most of the people I've encountered who have
- Google Still Showing Different Results for Upper Case vs Lower Case?
The topic of Google Still Showing Different Results Base on Case Sensitivity seems to still be an issue every now and then. Again, Google says they do not differentiate results base on case sensitivity: Google searches are NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case. For example, searches for george washington, George Washington, and gEoRgE wAsHiNgToN will all return the same results. But new reports from
- Yahoo's New Site Explorer Design Now Officially Live
Yahoo Site Explorer seems to have pushed out their beta design to everyone now. The new look, is not just visual, it also contains these new data points: + Site URL + Number of pages known + Number of pages crawled + Number of host on this domain + Number of inlinks + Number of inlink domains + Number of outlinks + Number of outlink domains Patrick at BlogStorm took notice to this update early
- Small Live Search Update or Hiccup?
We have two WebmasterWorld threads and a DigitalPoint Forums thread discussing a brief update and bug with Microsoft's Live Search. We know the last Microsoft Live Search update was about 15 days ago. So it does seem a bit early for another update. We also know that Yahoo updated recently and Google had a PageRank update on the same day. So maybe Live Search felt left out? Just kidding. The DigitalPoint Forums thread reported an
- Directory Links Next? Google Drops Yahoo & ODP Directory from Guidelines
Last night, Google update their Webmaster Guidelines to remove a single line that reads: Submit your site to relevant directories such as the Open Directory Project and Yahoo!, as well as to other industry-specific expert sites. In fact, I was able to pull up the old version of the page in the Google cache. As you can imagine, this has set an early spark of flames through the SEO/SEM community. We have very early discussions
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- An Ethical Debate On Which We Can All (Maybe) Agree: The Average Webmaster And Dodgy SEO, Sphinn
- Blog Seo: Should I "cull" Old Posts?, HighRankings Forums
- Google CEO Proposes 22-Year Plan On U.S. Energy Problem, WebmasterWorld
- How To Become A Twitter Rockstar - Sort Of, Sphinn
- Microsoft's Ballmer Interviewed: "We're Not Complacent", WebmasterWorld
- What SEO Software Means For the SEO Community, Sphinn