Daily Search Forum Recap: December 29, 2008

Dec 29, 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.

  • Will the BODY Tag Impact Google's Spiders?
    Every web page should have a HEAD and BODY tag, but some people, erm, forget them. What happens if your BODY tag or other significant tags are missing? Will search engine spiders ignore the web page? Both tags are optional. The big issue is more that Googlebot may not know how to distinguish between the HEAD of the page and the BODY of the page if the code snippet is missing. In general, though, if
  • Google, Apple, and Microsoft in Lawsuit Over Document Preview
    According to MacWorld, a small company has filed suit against Google, Apple, and Microsoft over a patent for document previews, claiming it owned the patent before the three companies utilized the technology. The patent was applied for in 2001. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday. Will they prevail against three tremendous and very powerful technology companies? Most are assuming it will be very hard. Others are betting that they'll settle out of court. My question:
  • Google Sitemaps Reporting Bug May Deceive You
    A Google Webmaster Help thread reports that in some instances, Google will tell you that your Sitemap file is OK, but in reality, it is not. The issue comes up when on the summary page, Google may report that your Sitemap file is set to an "OK" status. But when you click through to get the detailed report, it will then show that the Sitemap is not OK, but rather has errors. Googler, JohnMu, said:
  • Google Webmaster Tools Not Allowing Setting Preferred Domain?
    A Google Webmaster Help thread has a report that Google's preferred domain setting section in Google Webmaster Tools is not working. When some webmasters click on the "Settings" link on the left hand side, they get a response from Google that says "oops!" It works for me, personally, and for many others: But for this webmaster and some others, it is not working. Susan Moskwa from Google has confirmed the issue and said a fix
  • Google International Results Excessively 'Yo-Yoing'?
    An updated WebmasterWorld thread has new reports of changes at Google.co.uk and Google.com.au. Senior member internetheaven, who keeps an eye on the Google UK results said: Google.co.uk is all over the place. The results for one of the more competitive terms here in the UK (and across the world!) have completely changed. All the major financial companies and associations that usually rank at the top have been pushed down in favour of a few smaller
  • Google Alerts Sending Out False Alerts?
    A WebmasterWorld has recent discussion about Google Alerts sending out email alerts for irrelevant topics. The way Google Alerts works is that it allows you to get updated via email and now via RSS to new items found for a particular search query in web results, news, blog, video or groups or all of them. So if you are into reputation management or if you want to track the search results for a particular keyword,

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