Daily Search Forum Recap: May 31, 2010

May 31, 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:

  • No Title Tag? Google May Use Text From Next "Large Font"
    Most webmasters and SEOs know by now that Google tends to typically use the title tag of the page as the blue, clickable link in the search results. But that may change based on query or other things. But what if you are missing a title tag in your page source, what would Google use? I spotted a thread in the Google Custom Search Help forum discussing this. I should note, Google Custom Search is
  • Update Robots.txt 24 Hours Prior To Adding New Content
    On Friday, Google's JohnMu tweeted an important tip. Let's say you block a directory from being crawled in your robots.txt file. Let's say you want to add content in that directory to be crawled by Google. John explained that since Google caches your robots.txt, you want to update the robots.txt file at least 24 hours prior to update content within that directory. Here is JohnMu's tweet: .bbpBox14893860956 {background:url(http://a1.twimg.com/profile_background_images/635162/backgr2.jpg) #e0e9f2;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet
  • Google Lets Advertisers Place AdSense Ads On Top 1,000 Web Sites
    Last week, Google announced that AdWords advertisers who take part of the content network can now say they just want their ads on the top 1,000 sites on Google's content network. Google released a public, updated monthly, list of the 1,000 most visited sites. The list does not contain adult sites or Google sites, but it includes mostly all the other sites that have AdSense ads on them, including Facebook which is number one on
  • 2010 Memorial Day Logos From Google, Yahoo, Bing & Others
    Today is Memorial Day in the United States of America and to commemorate the day, many search engines have logos, themes and/or badges/ribbons on their home pages. Below I will show you pictures of those logos, themes and ribbons. But to see the past years logos see 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005 and 2004. I should note that last year was the first year Google put up something on their home page for Memorial Day even
  • Video: Google's Matt Cutts On May Day Update
    I thought my fourth post on the Google May Day update would be it for the month of May, but I was wrong. In my fifth post on May Day in May 2010, Matt Cutts has released a video on what is going on in this "May Day update." In summary: April 28th - May 3rd is when it happenedAlgorithmic changeImpacts long tail searches more than short tail searchesIt is "deliberate" and will be sticking
  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: May 28, 2010
    This week on the search engine roundtable, we cram tons of topics into 20 minutes. The Google MayDay update has been officially confirmed by Google's Matt Cutts as a ranking algorithm change mostly impacting low quality sites on long tail keywords. Google launched their SSL search, as expected and it does strip out referrers. Google Alerts tweaked their matching algorithm based on quality metrics. The lost links in Yahoo Site Explorer is now back. Google

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