Daily Search Forum Recap: October 10, 2008

Oct 10, 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 SearchBuzz RoundUp - 10/10/08: SMX East Coverage, Google Monetization Tactics & Yahoo Web Analytics
    After a long week of conferences followed by a holiday, we're back for just 2 more business days until another 2 days of holidays kick in. Enjoy us while we're here! Google Giving More Snippet Data Searching for articles on Google is now showing content attributes in the results. You can see articles that have more than one author or you can see the author of the article. Google Reverts PageRank Data In case you're
  • Microsoft and Facebook Partner for Search
    The Live Search blog announces a partnership between Facebook and Microsoft for search and ads. You can now either "Search Facebook" or "Search the Web" using Live.com. Additionally, adCenter ads will be delivered alongside those search results. So far, it's good to integrate search on Facebook with search on Live.com to prevent opening a second tab/browser to perform searches. However, as one forum member points out, this looks like an attempt for Microsoft do dominate
  • Yahoo Web Analytics to be Launched
    We've prided ourselves on Google Analytics. We've seen Gatineau make its debut last year. Now we're looking at something new: Yahoo Analytics. As part of the acquisition of IndexTools, Yahoo will be launching Yahoo! Web Analytics. It's not live for everyone yet, as we're made aware that it's currently only available to Yahoo! Small Business customers who host e-commerce sites on Yahoo and Yahoo! Custom Solutions/Yahoo! Buzz Marketing advertising partners. Is it free? Indeed, it
  • Google AdSense Added to Google Maps
    Google is on march to make sure to continue monetizing searches in any way possible. This time, Google has added AdSense to Google Maps, in some cases. This was reported at Search Engine Land, Digital Inspiration and Bloggle first. Let me take you through it. Doing a search for my corporate address returns a map of my location, with businesses listed on the left hand side. If you click on a business, let's say the
  • Google Showing Content Attributes on Search Results
    The other day, we reported again that Google Testing Dates on Search Snippets. But it is much more than just dates. Google is now showing additional attributes from the content on the page. For example: Notice how the above result shows post numbers, author numbers, and the last post date. Clearly, in this case, Google thinks this blog post is a forum post or maybe not, maybe Google classifies the "comments" in the blog post
  • Beware of Google AdWords Editor 6.5.0
    Yesterday, Google announced the release of AdWords Editor 6.5. I did a detailed post on the new features at Search Engine Land. But, since I posted the second Google released the news, I did not yet get feedback from advertisers on the new release. All the threads I see are scary. Not only do errors pop up when some advertisers are using it, those who do not get errors say it is about 50% slower
  • Google To Offer RSS For Their Search Results : Scrapers Begone?
    A couple days ago, Matt McGee at Search Engine Land confirmed the reports the Wall Street Journal that Google will be offering web search result notifications not only via Google Alerts, but also via RSS format. Yahoo and Live Search both have RSS results enabled in auto-discovery mode on the search results pages. Google does not and has not enabled this ever. Why now? Honestly, I am not sure why Google has waited this long?
  • Google Testing Dates on Search Snippets
    A WebmasterWorld member is spotting some interesting Google interface tests with regards to placement of dates on snippets of SERPs. pageoneresults writes: In performing certain search queries, Google appears to be inserting the date of the page in front of the Snippet. I just performed one search and 5 of the 10 results had dates preceding their Snippets. One of them had the date towards the end of the Snippet. Of the 6 dates shown,
  • Do You Know Who is Speaking at Pubcon?
    This year, Pubcon 2008 is going to be held between November 11 through the 14th in Las Vegas. Both Barry and I will be blogging and speaking, but the best news is all about the keynote speaker -- the Pubcon blog announces that producer George Wright of Blendtec's "Will it Blend" series will be keynoting the event. How are people reacting? Well, in a paid WebmasterWorld discussion, people can't believe it and can't wait. Are
  • Google Sitemap Pending Alert Temporary Issue
    Hopefully by the time you read this post, the issue will be resolved. However, yesterday afternoon, a Google representative, JohnMu said there is currently a display issue in the Google Webmaster Tools. A Google Groups thread reports several webmasters who have submitted their Sitemap files days ago, but the Sitemaps file status is still in the status of "pending." Typically, a sitemap file should be accepted within 24 hours. JohnMu of Google said: This is
  • The AdWords API Local Database Sync Project
    Jeffrey Posnick from the AdWords API Team announced at a Google Groups thread the AdWords API Local Database Sync Project. The details of this project are located over at code.google.com/p/awapi-local-db-sync/. Here is the summary: The AdWords API Local Database Sync project is designed to simplify the process of maintaining a local store of AdWords account data. The scripts that make up the project can be used to schedule reports using the AdWords API, store the

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