Daily Search Forum Recap: June 2, 2009

Jun 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:

  • Bing Hijacks IE6 Toolbar Search, Google Users Upset
    There are several reports at Google Custom Search Help and Google Web Search Help with searchers who use Internet Explorer version 6 on their PC and are claiming that Bing has hijacked the search feature in the toolbar. Several users are claiming that since Bing was launched, even though Google was their default search provider in IE, Bing has taken control. Even worse, when they try to change it back from Bing to Google, it
  • Google Dupes Search Parameters For Time Based Results
    When Google's new search options feature went live earlier last month, Google also changed how they handle time based queries. Back in 2007 Google handled the time based query refinements by appending &as_qdr= to the URL, now Google is using &tbs=qdr: for the same refinement. Let me show you how it works: To show the pages indexed by Google on this site for the past day, I use the site command and append the past
  • Google Analytics To Add Bing to Search Engines Report
    Bing launched a couple days early, yesterday morning and Google Analytics users are confused as to why it does not show up in the search engine reports. The day Google released Chrome, their new browser, Google Analytics supported the new browser immediately. So why the delay with Bing? Well, Google didn't know exactly what or when it would be coming. It did come a couple days early and now that it is here, Google can
  • Google Forcing Advertisers into New AdWords Interface
    In April Google began pushing advertisers to test the new AdWords interface. As it turns out, most advertisers dislike the new interface but that is not stopping Google from now forcing the new interface on some advertisers within 30 days. Here is the email I received from Google a couple days ago: In the coming weeks, we'll upgrade your AdWords account (Customer ID: 000-000-0000) to a new web interface designed to make campaign management faster
  • Is Bing Not Honoring NOODP Tag?
    A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, which launched the other day, does not seem to support the NOODP tag. The NOODP tag tells the search engine not to use the Open Directory Project's title or description for your search listing. Google, Yahoo and MSN Search supported the tag. The tag was introduced back in 2006 after webmasters became upset that the search engines were using some of those titles. In any
  • Some Users Seeing Yahoo's New New Home Page
    Yahoo is frequently testing new home pages. The most recent test was announced a few days ago. The new look looks like this: Why do I bring it up now? Well, it appears some users are finally noticing the new home page in their daily browsing activities. A WebmasterWorld thread has several people who said they now see the new home page. Personally, I don't see it. I am not sure if I like it

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