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 Now Indenting Two Results In Search Results
Since we cover almost every little change that Google makes, why not cover this. I have been hearing reports both at WebmasterWorld and via email from Tom and on Twitter that Google is showing now a main listing with two (not one or five) indented results. Here is one picture of what I mean: Normally, Google will show a maximum of one indented results. More recently, Google was showing a single indented result with a
- Bing October 2009 Search Index Update
Five days ago, we alluded to a possible Bing search index update when Microsoft fixed the issues with the Bing Webmaster Tools and blamed the issue on an "update to the search index." But no Webmasters really made a big stink about an update, so I did not write a single post on that alone. Now I see WebmasterWorld thread with confirmed reports from real webmasters taking notice of an update on Microsoft's search engine,
- When Google Product AdWords Ads Go Wrong
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion around Google AdWords showing product ads in a plus box (or not) in the search results. This has been going on for a while and we have several posts here on this topic. It is now, not uncommon to see this in the search results. I explained how to get these special ads over here. In any event, last night I was doing some searches and noticed
- Search YouTube Comments: New Way To Find Porn?
You can now search through the comments left on all public YouTube videos at youtube.com/comment_search.This is a new feature launched recently on YouTube TestTube. Liz from YouTube support announced it in a YouTube Help thread. Many are excited about this feature, because it gives them a new way to find videos. The comments can often be revealing about what the context of the video is about. It also gives many YouTube users a new way
- How Google Handles Parked Domain Placeholder Pages
A Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster who was trying to figure out why his site was not coming up for a search on its own name. After some review, Googler, JohnMu, said the site has recently shown a placeholder page from a web hosting company or domain name registrar. These are also known as parked domains, where a domain is purchased but there is currently no web site on that domain. Many registrars
- Google Adds "Is This Accurate" To Map Details on Web Search
When Google local business listings are showing on the web search results, Google is now asking users to confirm if the business information is accurate. Even if the business listing is verified by the business owner. Here is an example: When you click the link, it asks you to "confirm" or "cancel." Then when you "confirm" the listing Google thanks you. Mike spotted this a couple days ago. Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Buy Text Link Ads With These 101 Sneaky Tips On Paid Links, Sphinn
- U.S. and U.K. To Get Google's Campaign Insights, WebmasterWorld
- "Web Forgery" warning is too extreme for some cases. Google should institute a minor warning for pages that.., Google Webmaster Help
- Fetch as Googlebot character problem, Google Webmaster Help
- How long till Renenue Sharing Ads will be placed on your accepted video?, YouTube Help
- Is it Time For Bigger Ads?, WebmasterWorld
- Possible Bug in 'drawing' from google docs, Google Docs Help