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:
- 2009 Labor Day Logos from Bing, Ask, DogPile But Not Google or Yahoo
Today is Labor Day in the United States and the search engines have special logos up, except Google and Yahoo. There is no surprise there, historically, Google and Yahoo never have logos for the Labor Day holiday. So although Google and Yahoo don't like to put up logos for the day, Microsoft's Bing, Ask.com and DogPile do have logos. Here is a run down of the logos for Labor Day 2009: Bing's Labor Day 2009
- Google's New Settings Drop Down
Google has changed the top navigation where you manage your settings. Here is a picture of the new way it is handled: As you can see, the "Settings" link drops down when you click on it and gives you the option to click on "search settings" or "Google account settings." This is a small change and you will only see the drop down when you are logged into Google, but it is a change indeed.
- How Much Can an SEO Company Really Help You?
There is an excellent topic at a WebmasterWorld thread (required paid access). The topic is named, "Am I asking for too much from SEO companies?" In short, the thread has one person who has several sites and has, over the years, had to hand over the SEO work to SEO companies. He has been through "all the 'SEO' firms in town" and is really never happy with the outcome. He asks, is he asking too
- Can Google Ever Provide "Exactly The Right Answer"?
Arrington from TechCrunch is posting his interview with Google's Eric Schmidt over the course of a few days. In one of those pieces, Arrington titles the post Search connecting it straight to your brain. Schmidt told Arrington, "So I don't know how to characterize the next 10 years except to say that we'll get to the point - the long-term goal is to be able to give you one answer, which is exactly the right
- Google's Top Navigation Goes Missing Over Weekend
There were several reports at the Google Web Search Help forums over the weekend reporting that the top Google navigation has gone missing. You know, that top bar, above the search box, that lists the other Google features you can use. @rishil sent me a quick movie, showing how the bar went missing. Notice the top bar, keep your eye on how it disappears after he conducts a search: The issue started some time on
- Go_gle's Missing "O" "Unexplained Phenomenon" UFO Logo (Doodle)
The Google logo (doodle) for today, Saturday, September 5th, has a weird flying saucer, UFO of some kind. It links to a search result for unexplained phenomenon and no one really knows what it is about. Here is a pictures: Google tweeted this: 1.12.12 220.127.116.11 15 1.18.5 18.104.22.168.14.7 20.15 21.19 That translates to "All Your O are belong to us." But what is it about? Danny received a statement from Google at Search Engine Land
- Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: September 4, 2009
There was a Yahoo Search update last night, that is currently updating right now. We released the Google Webmaster report for September 2009. Some are reporting a higher click through rate on the AdWords ads since Google moved the ads closer to the free listings. Bing Mobile has a language bug that we can fix for you. Bing might allow you to manage your preview box, which is good cause some of error code in
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Chief of Google in China Leaving, WebmasterWorld
- Twitter hires FeedBurner co-founder, WebmasterWorld
- Trouble accessing Google Spreadsheets on Opera, Google Docs Help
- 7 Ways to Customize Your Google SERPs, Sphinn
- Directory Submissions: Still a Tool for Gaining Traffic and SEO Help, Sphinn
- You Don't Deserve #1, Sphinn
- does https:// = duplicate content?, Search Engine Watch Forums
- Spam links to my site got me penalized, WebmasterWorld