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:
- November 2009 Google Webmaster Report
Every month we give you a Google specific update on what webmasters are talking about at WebmasterWorld, complied with the past month of changes we reported, specifically at Google. To see last month's report, see the October 2009 Google Webmaster report. This month, via the WebmasterWorld, people are chatting about the following topics: Crawling deeper, discovering more pages and more linksUniversal results adding to, not subtracting to, the number of results on a pageIncrease in
- Google Finally Tries Page Previews
A long, long, long time coming, Google is finally testing a page preview feature that shows snapshots of the pages on the search results before you click through. Yes, many search engines have had this feature for a while and yes, there are plugins that added this feature to Google - but Google never really had such a feature, until now. As I reported yesterday on Search Engine Land via Google Operating System blog, the
- More Google Base Data Feeds FTP Upload Issues
Ronald from the Google Merchant Center (Base) team reported in a Google Merchant Center Help thread that there is a known issue with FTP uploads. Specifically, if you are uploading new data feeds via FTP, the data won't show up in the dashboard. If your feeds are less than 20MB, then upload manually, otherwise, you are out of luck. Ronald said: We've noticed that a few users have reported that data feeds uploaded via FTP
- MSN Home Page Gets a Major Face Lift
The buzz of the day is that Microsoft unveiled a new home page design for MSN. You can see the new design at preview.msn.com. Let's compare the current and the preview: Current: Preview: So much more refreshing! As Greg Sterling noted, the MSN portal drives nearly 50% of Bing queries - that is significant. The MSN Blog takes us back through the years, starting from 1995 through today - looking at the various MSN designs.
- Google AdWords Ad Sitelinks, Now Official
Back in August, Google began testing Sitelinks for AdWords, now it is official. The Google AdWords blog announced it last night, telling us this is a feature specifically designed to provide "users with more options, you can create richer, more relevant ads that improve the value of your brand terms and other targeted keywords." The feature will show up to four additional links under the main ad for ads that "meet a certain high quality
- Google Celebrates Anniversaries For Sesame Street, Wallace & Gromit & Many Others
So when I visited Google.com, I saw Big Bird's legs. It is the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street and Google made a Doodle for it. But then I noticed other Google properties not only sporting Sesame Street but also Doodles for other learning programs that are popular in those regions. We have Google logos for the 20th birthday of Wallace & Gromit, and these other regional characters: Abigal, Boombah Chamki, Ieniemienie, Abelardo Montoya and Kami.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 301 for whole site. How long for old links to drop off Google?, WebmasterWorld
- Microsoft Teams with OpenX to Compete with AdSense, WebmasterWorld
- Outsourcing SEO – Yes or No?, Sphinn
- Small & Nimble Trumps Big & Slow In SEO, Sphinn
- What is the best way to structure URLs?, Search Engine Watch Forums
- No Data in Webmaster Tools, Bing Community
- Paginating A Dynamic Page & It's Seo Implications, HighRankings Forums
- Practical Guide to 404 Error Pages: What WordPress is Missing, Sphinn