Daily Search Forum Recap: January 27, 2010

Jan 27, 2010 - 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:

  • Remove Pages From Google ~Forever Using a 410 Status Code
    In October, we reported that Google treats a 410 stronger than a 404 status code. I am not sure exactly when Google made the 410 status code that important, but I believe it was sometime in October. A new thread surfaced in Google Webmaster Help where it was suggested by a Googler to use the 410, once again. Googler, Jonathan Simon said: Last year we started started treating 410 Gone responses as being a stronger
  • Where Did Bing's Webmaster Support Rep Go? Brett Yount
    As you know, I track the search marketing forums, including many of the official search engine forums, to find the latest breaking news and issues that are important to the community. I pay particular close attention to what the official search engine representatives say in these forums. It appears that Brett Yount, the community lead at the Bing Forums and Program Manager of Bing Webmaster Center, has gone missing in action. His last post was
  • Duplicate Content Between HTML & PDF Pages? Google Should Figure It Out
    A Google Webmaster Help thread has discussion about a potential duplicate content issues between HTML and PDF documents. In this case, the content found on the HTML is the same as on the PDFs. Be it an automated "print as PDF" feature or manual download of the content in PDF format. How does Google handle the duplicate nature of such content available on the web? JohnMu at Google chimed in saying that in most cases,
  • Google Reader Tracks Changes To All Web Pages: Tips on How to Block It
    I live off RSS, live off of it. You don't have an RSS feed, I don't keep track of you. That is until Google Reader announced that they now can track changes to any web page out there (assuming they do not specifically block Google). If the web page does not have an RSS feed, don't worry. Take the URL, paste it into the subscription box at Google Reader and Google will create a custom

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