Daily Search Forum Recap: January 2, 2009

Jan 2, 2009 - 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:

  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: New Years 2009
    In this week's recap, I wish our readers and viewers a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009. Google updated the toolbar PageRank scores, but it seems like the search results both here and internationally were updated also. Live Search is using MSNBOT-Media to crawl JavaScript files. Google got hit with wildcard domain issues. Google Alerts is trigger happy. Google shows a did you mean answer for a child day care service, leading to a porn site.
  • Weekly Search Buzz RoundUp - 01/02/09: New Year's Edition
    This is my last SearchBuzz RoundUp post for awhile, so enjoy it while you have a chance. This week, we rang in 2009. What happened? Happy New Years '09 Very cool search engine logos have been posted this year. Google had a cool 2009 logo that still somewhat resembled "Google." Even Cre8site, Bruce Clay, and Baidu had cool logos. Google's Results Run Wild Google had a PageRank update this week, and then we saw some
  • MSN adCenter's Content Ads Showing Horrible Click Through Rates?
    Brent Csutoras published results of his Microsoft ContentAds test by accident. I wasn't able to see all the results because he pulled them after being notified that he is not allowed to share any stats because he is in a private beta. I can tell you that I tested the ads on my personal blog and actually removed them about a week ago, due to the poor results in revenue making. That being said, what
  • Major Google Search Results Changes, January 2009
    A few days ago, we reported the last Google PageRank update of 2008. We're not certain if this is related, but there are a lot of interesting observations related to the PageRank update that we've seen. For once, I've noticed discussion about fewer sitelinks on some sites. In fact, I've personally been impacted by 8 to 6 sitelinks on one of my sites. Google is also apparently giving some browser "hijacking" domains (that is, sites
  • Google's Wildcard Subdomain Handling Issues?
    A Google Webmaster Help thread points out an interesting bug of some sort in Google. A webmaster asks about a particular site that seems to have flooded Google with tons and tons of subdomains. Since the site is already "outed," I figure I show you this example, because I find it to be pretty interesting. I am going to jump you to page 33 for a set of search results that show handster.com in all
  • Live Search Begins Crawling JavaScript with MSNBot-Media
    incrediBILL, moderator at WebmasterWorld, noticed that one of Live Search's bots was crawling through his JavaScript. The bot is named MSNBOT-MEDIA and he noticed that it was accessing JavaScript files and AJAX functions. He noticed that the bot was triggering actions on a href="#" OnClick="OpenFeedback(1010101234) and he noticed the bot accessing pages that were only accessible through JavaScript or AJAX. This makes logical sense, as people in the thread note. Much of media content now
  • Happy '09 New Years From Search Industry: Logos from Google, Yahoo, AOL, Live, Ask & Others
    Happy New Years Search Engine Roundtable readers! I would like to wish you a happy and healthy 2009 from myself and the whole search industry. To keep up our tradition, below is a collection of special logos from the 2009 New Years. The logos are from the search engines Google, Yahoo, Live.com, Ask.com, AOL, Dogpile, Baidu and search community sites BruceClay, Cre8asite Forums and us. Google's Logo: Yahoo's Animated Logo: Seems like Yahoo had a

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