Daily Search Forum Recap: December 2, 2008

Dec 2, 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:

  • Most Popular Searches on Google, Ask, and Yahoo for 2008 Revealed
    Want to know the hottest search terms across the various search engines? Yahoo, Ask, and Google [Product Search] have listed the most popular items. Here's what Yahoo has as its top 10 searches: 1. Britney Spears 2. WWE 3. Barack Obama 4. Miley Cyrus 5. RuneScape 6. Jessica Alba 7. Naruto 8. Lindsay Lohan 9. Angelina Jolie 10. American Idol And Ask.com's most popular list, on the contrary, doesn't seem that interesting (as some say):
  • What Are Your Biggest Google AdSense Requests?
    A few weeks ago, we posted on publishers' biggest Google AdSense requests. Ever since the story ran (and beforehand as well), the thread had a lot of activity with publishers making some big requests of Google's AdSense team. Now, there's a thread asking for your 5 most important requests among the requests that have been presented. There are about 30 requests altogether, and they are grouped into themes: nontechnical, ad appearance and action, ad filtering
  • Google's Updated Street View Enhancements Feature Bug
    Google may have come out with some great street view enhancements lately, but there's a bug with Chrome and Street View that Google is aware of and will be fixing. The bug reported is: When I toggle the left-side information bar on or off while in Street View, the image becomes entirely black (until I refresh). Now I don't have Chrome, or I'd send you a screenshot -- but Maps Guide Adam says that he
  • Site Downtime & Worried About Google? Return 503 Status Code
    This is a topic we covered in the past, but I had the opportunity to remind you all, that Google prefers you use a server status code of 503, when your site is going down for maintenance. Googler, JohnMu, reminds us in a Google Groups thread that the best way to let Google know your site is temporarily offline is to return a 503 status code. A 503 is known as a "service unavailable" and
  • Google Maps Forgets How To Spell Budapest, Capital of Hungry
    Do a search for 1055 Budapest, Szent Istvan krt. 1. in Google Maps. Note how I spelled Budapest correctly in my search, now look at what Google returns as the spelling in the ballon marker. You got that right, Google spelled it with an extra "e" at the end, "Budapeste." Looking closer, it really doesn't seem like Google doesn't know how to spell the capital of Budapest. See the map above? I zoomed out and
  • Google Fixes Google Product Search Data Feed Issues
    A couple weeks ago, we reported the Google Shopping (Base) Feeds Processing Errors. In short, uploading your products to Google Base might have had major delay issues, depending on the size of that data file. Now, a Google representative, has said the issues are now fixed. The Google Base Guy said in a Google Groups thread: A feed processing issue has affected feeds that were uploaded between the 25-28th of November. This issue has caused
  • Google Fixes Spam Algorithm Classifier For IFrames
    I so love finding these gems in the deep areas of forum discussion. That being said, let me share with you what I found. A Google Groups thread has a response from Matt Cutts of Google, basically explaining their was a bug in Google's algorithm for detecting, what I understand to be, a form of content spam due to an IFrame. The site in question is atlasshrugs.com and Matt Cutts said: Hi, we looked into

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