Daily Search Forum Recap: October 28, 2009

Oct 28, 2009 - 4:00 pm 1 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 News Finance Optimization
    Five months ago, I wrote a piece named Want Your Google News To Show Up in Google Finance? NASDAQ:GOOG which basically said, put the stock ticker in the title of your article and you're golden for showing up in Google Finance. That is, assuming you are already in Google News. Well, we now have a new tip from Google themselves on how to optimize your content for Google Finance. Inbal from the Google News team
  • Google Base/Merchant Feeds Temporary Processing Error
    Those trying to submit their product feeds to Google Base or Merchant Center may be running into errors. Ronald from the Google Merchant Center team has confirmed a bug that Google's engineers are working on fixing. A thread at Google Merchant Help has confirmation, where a Googler said: We're currently experiencing an issue with data feed processing. If the data feed status shows as "Internal error, feed not fully processed" without any error message, please
  • Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About DMOZ (ODP)
    Debra Mastaler wrote has an excellent interview with the man in charge at DMOZ (Open Directory Project) at Search Engine Land named DMOZ: A Solid Directory Or The Great Pumpkin Of Search? It really goes into a great number of questions and answers about the iconic web directory. I'll pull out a few Q&As that I particularly enjoyed: Debra: Why is the directory sometimes referred to as the ODP and other times DMOZ? Is there
  • Google Maps to Fix One Web Box Result Bug
    For at least a month now, there have been complaints in a Google Maps Help thread that Google is showing, in some cases, a single map result, when it should be showing seven map results. For example, a search on orlando dodge shows a single map result: As you can see, it shows a place named Orlando Dodge, but not all the Dodge dealerships in Orlando, Florida. Adding on FL to the query does indeed
  • Google To Update Webmaster Tools API Verification Tag
    Not sure how important this is, but it is one of those minor changes that I particularly enjoy covering. The Google Webmaster Tools API lets you verify and reverify sites directly in the API. The thing is, they have changed the meta tag name for the verification process and the API has yet to be updated. For example: Old Meta Name: <meta name="verify-v1" content="0wrupKGUMvPxWPChV4qaKdewvwXnZQ9AJmg/mAc7An0=" /> New Meta Name: <meta name="google-site-verification" content="rlnJZRMNYtwGmLlQYpDhSNnxz41TLLd-3xZSaEIbagw" /> Dennis G. from
  • Google Releases New Google Mobilizer
    An ongoing Google Mobile Help thread with complaints on the Google Mobilizer feature has an update on that feature. In short, Google Mobilizer will convert a web page to make it render better on mobile devices. Google has updated it to include a "new mobilizer engine, which is faster, cleaner, closer to the look of the unadapted page," said Zeke from the Google Mobile team. Zeke explained how to access this one devices: On most

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