Daily Search Forum Recap: January 7, 2010

Jan 7, 2010 - 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 Caffeine Results Now Going Live?
    There seems to be a lot of buzz going on at the forums about Google's Caffeine index going live on more and more Google data centers. Let me give you some history on Caffeine. It went live as a public preview in August. Then in early November there were rumors of it going live before the holiday season. Matt Cutts said no way, it won't go live until after the holidays. But it did go
  • Google Sends Me & Others Wrong Local Business Center Reports
    This is a pretty bad slip up by Google. The Google Maps and Local team seemed to have sent out a batch of updates on how well a business's Google Maps listings are doing, but to the wrong businesses. Last night, just before 10pm (EST), I received an email from Google about how well my local business listing is doing in Google. The issue was, it was not for my business! It was for a
  • Google Back Tracks a Bit on Dropping SEOs & Webmasters from Local Results
    A week or so ago, we reported how Google removed SEOs from local pack in the search results. The move caused a pretty big debate in the industry where many SEOs felt this was a nail in the coffin for Google really hating the SEO industry. Personally, I think it is a fun debate, but I don't think all of Google hates the industry. In any event, Joel H. from the Google Maps team updated
  • Microsoft Bing Says They Are "Fairly Slow"
    One of the latest comments to come from Microsoft's Bing representative in the Bing Forums was that they consider themselves to be "fairly slow." Fairly slow at indexing new sites and new pages, that is. Brett Yount, the Program Manager at Bing Webmaster Center, said in a Bing Forums thread: It is well known in the industry that MSNbot is fairly slow. Did he just say that? For real? So what is Microsoft's solution to
  • Google Maps To Allow Businesses To Request Replacement Decals
    Google Maps Guide, Cecelia wrote in a Google Maps Help thread that Google will be enabling Google Local Business Favorite places to reorder lost or damaged Google QR code decals. Ever since Google has been sending these out, I have seen threads from business owners asking how they can get replacement decals. For one reason or another, these people have lost or damaged the decals, and had no way to replace them. Cecelia said in
  • Jill Whalen Takes a Look at 10 Past Years of SEO
    I love it when you have the old geezers (in the SEO world, that means 10 years old), take a look in the past at how the industry has evolved. Danny Sullivan has done it and so have others. I personally have only been covering search for over six years, but I have been involved in the web development since I was 16, which was in 1996 (yea, I turn 30 this year). In any
  • Google AdWords Contact Form Extensions Beta : CPC Based CPA
    The PPC Hero blog discovered a new beta by Google AdWords named contact form extensions. It basically lets AdWords advertisers have the chance to show a lead capture form in the Google ads shown in the search results. Here is a picture, because a picture will explain this in a second: As you can see, the ad has a plus box, clicking it, opens a lead capture form. The interesting parts are that: (1) Google

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