Daily Search Forum Recap: November 20, 2009

Nov 20, 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:

  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: November 20, 2009
    In this week's search video recap, I try a new format, breaking the news up in segments - do let me know if you like it. I am sorry the video is so long, just lots of information to cover. We start with Google's new user interface that is now being seen by some searchers - it is pretty jazzy. Google is showing breadcrumbs instead of URLs in the search results on occasion. Google is
  • Google Jazz User Interface Out In The Wild
    Yesterday, Danny covered a new user interface Google is testing on about 2% of their users right now. The interface is known internally as the Jazz UI and is much more colorful, has streamlined search options and kind of looks like the the old Ask 3D interface, just a bit. This new UI might be launched after the holiday season to everyone, so be ready. Danny wrote (but read the all the details, if you
  • Microsoft Bing November 2009 Search Update?
    There is some early discussion over at WebmasterWorld that Microsoft Bing has updated their search index. Many webmasters are discussing changes in rankings in this and other forums (which are hard to link to). Here is what WebmasterWorld moderator, martinibuster wrote: Bing engineers may need to refine their trust algos. I'm seeing a SERP where Bing is giving a poor quality subdomain a pass because the main domain has a high amount of inbound links
  • GoogleBot Can Also Crawl Too Much & Be Nasty
    The other day, I noticed a thread at Google Webmaster Help where a person was complaining that they were being hit hard by GoogleBot. In short, Google's spider was crawling his site in a very aggressive manner. He said: After setting a custom crawl rate using webmaster tools (and robots.txt for good measure) GoogleBot's crawl rate slowed to the specified 1 request per (approx.) 60 seconds. However, as of a few hours ago the crawl
  • Google Now Enforcing 35 Character Display URL Policy
    First spotted by Kim at AdWords Help Experts Blog, a Google AdWords Help thread has reports that Google is now enforcing the 35 character display URL limit set on AdWords ads. One advertiser asked for an exception, which Google did allow advertisers to do in the past, and received a reply that read: Initially for URLs exceeding character limit we used to give exception on a case-by-case basis. However, please note we've revised our guideline
  • Yahoo Adds Tweets In New Developing News Box
    Yahoo announced they have added a developing news box that includes news articles, pictures, videos and also tweets. Starting today, you can see relevant photos, videos, and tweets about a breaking news story on the Yahoo! News Shortcut. Many of you are already familiar with the existing Yahoo! News Shortcut, which displays headlines on our Web search results page when you look for news stories. The enhanced shortcut with these new tabs will now display
  • Google Updates iPhone & Android Gmail & Calendar Interface
    Gone mostly unnoticed, Google has updated their Gmail and Google Calendar interface on iPhone and Android mobile devices. Google did announce a new mobile news look for these devices, but no word on the Gmail interface. I spotted this update via the Google Mobile Help forums, where Googler, Ethan, confirmed the update. He said: Gmail updated its look & feel in the browser on Android and iPhone devices today. Some of Google's other mobile apps,

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