Daily Search Forum Recap: November 26, 2008

Nov 26, 2008 - 4:00 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:

  • YouTube Videos Now Available in HD Format
    This week, viewers on YouTube noticed that videos are now being offered in HD 16:9 widescreen format. This has also been announced on YouTube's blog, and it looks like it's here to stay. Most of us are looking for a more powerful high-def experience, so not many are complaining about this feature. However, Barry notes at Search Engine Land that YouTube actually forgot to give users the ability to embed these high-def videos on their
  • Google Enhances Street View
    Google has announced that they have made some enhancements for Street View. Now, instead of clicking on "Street view" on the top rightmost corner of the map, you can click on Google's little "pegman" and put him on the map. As soon as you do, street view will be activated. Additionally, a mini-map is now visible on the bottom right hand corner that lets you see the map while enjoying street view. Google has also
  • Google Plans Layoffs of Nearly 1/3 of the Workforce
    According to WebGuild, Google has been quietly laying off hundreds of "employees" since August and had not reported it, getting around a legal requirement because most of these individuals were considered temporary contractors, thereby being considered "operational expenses." Those impacted by the Google layoffs were individuals who were hired full time at Google without being offered full-time benefits. After that WebGuild story broke, CNET said that there are 10,000 contractors on Google's staff and Google
  • Will Google Be Giving Holiday Gifts Out This Year?
    For the past few years, Google has given AdWords advertisers and AdSense publishers pretty nice gifts. In 2005, Google gave out a package of computer gadgets that was well received. In 2006, Google gave out these great Google digital picture frames, I still have it on my desk. Then in 2007, Google gave out a card and memory cards, which was less impressive for most people. Now, we have a thread at WebmasterWorld worried that
  • Will Google Expand AdWords "Automatic Matching" Before Holiday Season?
    Well, officially, tomorrow starts the holiday gift buying season. We all want to cash in on these next two months. That might include Google. I am hearing rumors at Search Engine Watch Forums that Google is expanding the controversial AdWords Automatic Matching keyword technology. Currently in beta, Automatic Matching was expanded already once, back in May of this year. What is automatic matching in AdWords? In short, automatic matching is a new algorithm used to
  • Why Shouldn't SEOs Obsess Over the Site Command
    Many SEOs use the site command to see how healthy their site is in a particular search engine. So you plug in site:www.mydomain.com in a search engine and the search engine will return the number of pages they have indexed for that domain. If you know you have a hundred pages and the search engine indexed 90% of those pages, then you are pretty well off. But the problem is, the site command is not
  • See How To Save 25% On Holiday Gifts With Microsoft Cashback
    Let me start off by saying Microsoft did not pay me to write this post. I am only writing it because I think it will save you all money for the holiday season. I personally bought something on this yesterday. Now, let me get to how you can save 25% on your holiday gifts, it is really easy and legit. As many of you know, Microsoft is desperate to gain market share for Live.com. How

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