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:
- SEO's Split on Importance of Specialization in Industry Sectors
Two days ago, I asked our readers to vote on how important it is for an SEO to specialize within a specific industry. For example, you have doctors who only work with kids (pediatricians) or doctors who specialize on the brain (neurologists). You also have web developers who specialize in industries as well. I asked if SEOs should specialize and with over a hundred votes in already, I can tell you, SEOs are split on
- Google Confirms "Typically" Treating / & /index.html The Same
In a Google Webmaster Help thread, Googler, JohnMu, might be stating the obvious, but it is always good hearing it from someone who is in the know. JohnMu, answered a question about links, but in his answer, he confirmed that even with or without sever header responses (301s, 404s, etc.) Google will typically treat the home page of a site, i.e. /, the same if it were / or /index.html and likely index.php or any
- Microsoft Testing New Search Beta in Japan Named Zenbu Kensaku
Bill at WebmasterWorld found a new MSN Japan search engine named Zenbu Kensaku at http://zenbu.jp.msn.com/. I don't read or understand Japanese, so let me quote you his comments: This new search engine beta actually will work with a lot of English keyword searches in addition to the Japanese. Enter a keyword and give it a try. The tabs at the top offer a number of ways to break down the SERPs. The default is to
- Yahoo Directory Renewals Going Completely Free?
The Yahoo Directory is rarely talked about any more, but it was one of the first search engines (i.e. human based search). In January 2002, Yahoo began charging an annual fee for your site to be submitted to the Yahoo Directory for approval. Sites included prior to that date were grandfathered in and did not have to pay an annual fee. But it appears that some sites that have paid for inclusion into the Yahoo
- Reopening Your Business on Google Maps Can Take Two Weeks
Earlier this month, we informed people how one can close down a business on Google Maps without being that business owner. Since then, Google has posted instructions on how to reopen your business on Google Maps. The issue is, it can take up to two weeks to reopen your business. Google said, "it can take up to two weeks in some cases." In any event, here are the instructions on how to remove the "Place
- Google's Keyword Tool Getting To Broad
Threads at WebmasterWorld and Search Engine Watch Forums have webmasters complaining about Google's keyword tool. The complaint is that the keyword suggestions are too broad. Here is one of the reports: Anyone notice more broad terms being included in their adwords keyword tool searches? It used to group related keywords at the top of the results and list more broad/related terms below. I just noticed them all mixed together...not sure if it's a glitch or
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