Daily Search Forum Recap: August 11, 2009

Aug 11, 2009 - 11:07 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:

  • Google Releases First Public Search Update Preview: "Caffeine" Update
    Normally, when we discuss Google updates, they are done without confirmation from Google. The search results on Google.com shift around, webmasters take notice and the update is named. Sometimes, Google confirms the major update and sometimes not. But never do we have Google create a sandbox (preview) area for us to test the update prior to it reaching the main Google.com results. At least, not until today. Google has announced the "Caffeine" update and gave
  • Google News Still Showing Old News?
    Last year, Google News made their own top news after displaying an United Airlines article, which was very outdated, causing the airlines stock price to drop. The issue was that Google picked up a date on the article that seemed recent and thus thought the story was a new story. Well, this happens every now and then with Google and reportedly has been happening more often. I have noticed a few recent threads with complaints
  • Google PageRank Distribution Data Not Available For Many in Webmaster Tools
    Many webmasters and SEOs are reporting seeing an issue with the PageRank distribution report in Google Webmaster Tools. If you login and click on crawl stats, and then scroll to the bottom, you may or may not see data. I personally do not see any data for this site. In fact, for me it reads: No data available. Please check back soon. JohnMu from Google confirmed the issue in a Google Webmaster Help thread saying:
  • Google Help Forums Get A Redesign
    Less than a year after launching the new help forums, Google has redesigned them. The main differences are: Forum landing page, displaying categories by default and not topicsCleaning up the thread listing pagesRemoved the "announcements" sectionOther misc changes Here is a screen shot of the new look: I also have a screen shot of the old thread view page, which shows the major difference between the two: If you need to see a full size

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