Daily Search Forum Recap: July 16, 2009

Jul 16, 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:

  • Poll: Should Search Updates Be Named?
    The Florida update, Vince/Brand update, April Fools update, Dewey update and so many more are code names for Google updates. We even named a few Yahoo updates, like the Tim update. A Google Webmaster Help thread asks what are these names all about? Well, typically nothing. Naming updates first came from WebmasterWorld, with the Boston update being named in 2003. Sometimes they are named after people, like the Tim update and Vince update. Sometimes they
  • Google Pulling Titles From Google Maps Now?
    Title tags in the search results are very important, they drive clicks, which drives sales. It now appears that Google is pulling the title for some listings from Google Maps and not from the title tag in the page's source code. A Google Webmaster Help thread reports this issue with a search for blinds or even their title tag, "Shop for Blinds, Window Blinds, Shutters, Plantation Shutters, Window Shades" returns the title tag, Blinds.com. Why
  • UK & French Users Now Seeing New iGoogle Layout
    A Google Web Search Help thread reports that now Google is rolling out the left hand navigation design to iGoogle users in the UK and France. I believe the US had the new, left hand navigation for a while now. Many users miss the old tabs at the top and we discussed a way to bring the top tabs back. So, if you are in the UK or France and you miss the old tabs,
  • Google Gives Blessing To Image Replacement Techniques
    There is only so much CSS can accomplish with making headlines pretty. If you want to give your headlines a pretty font that not all computers support, then you need to go with graphics. But as an SEO, you don't want to lose out on search engines reading those headlines. Yes, search engines cannot always read graphics, even if you use alt text. This is not a new issue, it is a common issue that

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