Daily Search Forum Recap: November 16, 2009

Nov 16, 2009 - 4:00 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:

  • Page Load Time & Speed Will Likely Be a Ranking Factor in Google
    Page load time (speed) is a factor currently in the AdWords quality score. But soon it may be coming to Google's organic ranking algorithm. If you have a really slow site, it may impact how high you rank in Google. That was the main news coming out of PubCon last week, minus the Caffeine launch. It is currently not in the algorithm, according to Matt, but who knows - maybe they are testing this already.
  • Google's FeedBurner Tagging URLs : Duplicate Content Issue
    The Google AdSense for Feeds blog announced they will be tagging your FeedBurner feeds with Google Analytics parameter tracking. I have been seeing this for several blogs for the past few weeks already. Basically, this means, Google is appending variables to the URL. For example, if you look at one of our latest posts, the URL is http://feeds.seroundtable.com/~r/SearchEngineRoundtable1/~3/KwUDQ61JSkg/021166.html. If you click it, it takes you to https://www.seroundtable.com/archives/021166.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SearchEngineRoundtable1+%28Search+Engine+Roundtable+1.0+RSS%29. The purpose is to make tracking better in
  • Is Google Caffeine At Data Center?
    As we all know, Google Caffeine is launching on a single data center until after the holidays so that online retailers don't get a nasty present from Google. As I promised then, I would let you know what data center the results went or go live on, when I hear. There are some discussions and chatter at WebmasterWorld that one data center may have Caffeine results. Google has not confirmed it, nor do all webmasters
  • Google: "Who Is The Failure"? President Obama & White House
    Ask Google who is the failure and you will see Google showing the first result as whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama. Yes, a "Google Bomb" on President Obama and the White House. Google has to run their bomb defuse algorithm, which by the way has two algorithms to fix this issue. Just like they did for miserable failure and failure bombs. The best place to see all the history on these types of presidential Google Bombs is at Search
  • Google Expands Product Listing Ads CPA Model Test
    Google announced last week that they will be expanding their test of the commission based product ads they started testing in June. Over the weekend, many started noticing the new type of ads in the Google search results. A WebmasterWorld thread has some people taking notice. Back in January 2008, Google began testing product (base) results in ads. They continued the test in October 2008 with expandable links to these ads. Then in February 2009,
  • Google Social Search Temporarily Goes Offline, To Return Soon
    October 26th, Google launched a new labs product called Google Social Search. It is basically the only labs product I left on, by default, for my Google searches - it is that cool. Over the weekend, I like many many others, noticed a Google notice that Social Search was "no longer available" as a Google experimental option. We all currently get this error: There are many complaining about it on the blogs, Twitter and in

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