Daily Search Forum Recap: December 9, 2008

Dec 9, 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:

  • Google Further Encourages Drunken Behavior, Lets Advertisers Bid on Alcohol
    Disclaimer: Like the previous post on this subject matter, this is a title only that is intended to attract attention and nothing but. (In case you're wondering who the author of this post is, she likes social media and these are the types of headlines that raise your eyebrows. Am I wrong?) We're learning that Google is leaning toward the left in terms of the kinds of ads they are now allowing: the Inside AdWords
  • Microsoft and Dell Partner Up for Default Search Toolbar Integration
    In a report by ZDNet, Microsoft and Dell have arrived at an agreement that new Dell computers will be shipped with the Live search bar preinstalled -- instead of Google's. This is really big news for Microsoft (and as one suggests, even for Google shareholders). Having a preinstalled brand is a big deal, and with Microsoft being the preinstalled brand, this is huge for them. It's possible, though, that this implementation (which hasn't been confirmed
  • Yahoo Search Still Not Listening to 301 Redirects
    This is crazy already, we reported this time and time again. Yahoo Search is not always listening to a simple 301 redirect. We reported this in September and the issue continued to linger on month to month. In fact, many sites are suffering from good rankings in Yahoo, because of this canonical domain issue. A new thread at WebmasterWorld shows the frustration. Two very senior members discuss the issue, saying they both have 301 redirects
  • YPN (Yahoo Publisher Network), Where Did You Go?
    Remember Yahoo's Google AdSense killer? Yea, the Yahoo Publisher Network, or commonly known as YPN. Haven't heard about that service in a long time? That is correct. The last time we posted anything about it was on October 13th and it was titled Yahoo Improves Publisher Network Relevancy. It was basically a Yahoo rep going around to the various forums announcing that Yahoo has improved the relevancy of the product. Since then, not one peep
  • Don't Overlook The Obvious: NoIndex Tag
    For many many cases, when people are having issues with their site's doing well in the search engines - they sometimes overlook the obvious. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen or heard that webmasters are complaining their sites are not in the search indexes, but at the same time, their robots.txt command or meta tags are telling the search engine not to crawl. For example, a Google Webmaster Help thread shows
  • Google Fixes Meta Tag Verification For Webmaster Tools
    Yesterday we reported there were issues with verifying your site in Google Webmaster Tools. The issues were around using the META tag verification, but that is now resolved, as of yesterday evening. Googler, Susan Moskwa said in the Google Webmaster Help thread: We're rolling out a fix for the meta verification issue right now, so this issue should be resolved. Please give it a bit of time to roll out fully, and then if you're

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