Daily Search Forum Recap: March 19, 2010

Mar 19, 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:

  • Only 13% Say Google PageRank is "Very Important"
    A week ago, we asked our audience to vote on how important Google PageRank is in the overall SEO picture. After a week of time, I wanted to share the 300 plus responses. What I am happy to say is that only 13% said that Google PageRank is very important. I believe two years ago, 40% would have said it is very important. In fact, 18% said PageRank is not important at all. Let me
  • Google Webmaster Tools Users Get Spanish Version
    A thread at Google Webmaster Help reports a few users complaining that when they go to Google Webmaster Tools it shows them everything in Spanish. The first report came yesterday and it read: Yesterday everything was fine, but today when I go to www.google.com/webmasters everything is in Spanish, since I do not speak or read Spanish this is a problem. I've searched but can't seem to find any answers on why this is happenning or
  • Google & Viacom Go At It In Court Over YouTube
    About two years ago, Viacom sued Google over videos being uploaded and kept on YouTube. It was a big stink then because of the value of the lawsuit and the technology to follow to help copyright owners locate and remove content either manually or automatically from YouTube. Now, the court documents have been released and things are looking nasty between the two companies. Here is a PDF of the documents on Google. Google blogged their
  • Does the Canonical Tag Work Well on Google?
    Google introduced the Canonical tag a while back now. It basically is a 301 redirect, but without redirecting individual users. We know it has yet to be supported on Bing or Yahoo, but Google supports it and they even support cross domain canonical instructions. A WebmasterWorld thread has some SEOs discussing how effective it is. Some say it is really slow but ultimately works, some say it is very fast and works well. What do
  • Gaps In Roads on Google Maps, Don't Drive Off Virtual Cliff
    A Google Maps Help thread reports that although there is a road that completely connects to each other, Google thinks the road has a gap in it. Since Google thinks there is a gap or ending to the road, the driving directions will not take someone all the way around. Here is a screen shot of the virtual gap: As you can see, the satellite imagery shows the road continues on, but Google seems to

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