Daily Search Forum Recap: December 16, 2009

Dec 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:

  • New: Cross Domain Canonical Tag Google Support
    The canonical tag was jointly introduced by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft earlier this year. Google hinted they would soon support cross domain canonical tag and they officially announced it last night. What is a canonical tag? It basically allows you to communicate to Google that a page has moved to a new location, without you using a server side 301 redirect. Why is this important? A few reasons: (1) Some hosts don't allow webmasters to
  • Bing's MSNBot Crawls Twice, Once For Compressed HTML & Again For Uncompressed
    Here is one more oddity to add to Microsoft Bing's web crawler, MSNBot. Why on earth are people reporting that MSNBot is crawling the same page twice, once for the compressed version and then once again for the uncompressed version? Technically, it should probably only crawl once and it should opt for the compressed, gzip version - don't you think? We have two threads complaining about this, one oldish one at WebmasterWorld and another at
  • When Will Google Fix the Web Design Local Pack Bug?
    Over a month ago, there were reports in two Google Maps Help threads that the local pack for searches in the flavor of [web design], [web development] and so on, were not triggering local pack results. We covered this about three weeks ago with our story named Google Bug Removes Web Designers in Local Pack and it is still not fixed. Back then, a Googler said the reason for the bug had to do with
  • Yahoo Search Marketing Down For Some Advertisers
    A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Yahoo Search Marketing is down for some. When some advertisers are trying to use Yahoo's pay per click ad system, they get an error. The error reads: We are currently experiencing a technical issue that is causing the ads of some advertisers to not be displayed properly to users. This may cause your account to receive a lower volume of clicks than normal. We are aware of this issue, and

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