Daily Search Forum Recap: August 6, 2009

Aug 6, 2009 - 3:00 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 Search August 2009 Update
    Less then two weeks after a July Bing update, Bing is reportedly updating again. A WebmasterWorld thread has several webmasters noticing major shifts in the search results at Microsoft's Bing. Here is some of the feedback from the thread: Definitely seeing a shift across the board. Biggest change I can pinpoint is a continued decrease in relevancy of KIDs (keywords in domain). More than 80% of the top 500 KWs I track showed movement (mostly
  • Google Custom Search Engine Now Working On Drupal Again
    Googler, Christine, has confirmed a bug where the Google Custom Search Engine stopped working properly on the popular CMS package, Drupal. The bug has been confirmed to be resolved in a Google Custom Search Help discussion forum thread. Christine said: Thanks for the heads up about the issues with Drupal sites and CSEs, and for all the details you provided about this. Your CSEs should now be showing results rather than your search engine homepage
  • Google Affiliate Network Publishers Must Link Accounts To Google Account By September 21st
    Publishers who are in the Google Affiliate Network must link their accounts to Google accounts by September 21st, in order to get paid for July 2009 earnings without any delay. An email was sent out to these publishers yesterday, warning of the new requirement. A copy of the email read: Google Affiliate Network publisher payments will soon be made through Google AdSense accounts. AdSense will offer you a wider range of payment options, improved ways
  • Google Images Takes Searchers In Circles
    A couple days ago, many users started complaining that Google Images's next button didn't work. It basically showed the searchers the first page results, even though they clicked on the next page button. There were literally dozens of complaints about this in the forums. Google finally tracked it down and posted in one of the Google Web Search Help threads that it has been fixed. Jaime from Google said: As it turns out, this was
  • Google Maps Helps Colorblind See Traffic
    Earlier this year, we reported how the colorblind were blind to Google Maps traffic because many of them could not distinguish between the various shades of colors. It has come to my attention from a Googler named Dave via the Google Maps Help forums that Google has made changes to some of the colors to help the colorblind distinguish between the various traffic colors. Google said: We recently (last couple of weeks) made a change
  • Google Pushing AdWords Search Ads Closer To Free Listings
    A Search Engine Watch Forums thread has a member stating he noticed Google began testing moving the AdWords ads (search ads) nearer to the free/organic listings. It is hard to describe, so I created a video below. I illustrated how in Firefox, if you expand the width of your browser, Google will stop moving the ads to the right. However, in Safari, you can see how Google handled it in the past, by keeping the

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