Daily Search Forum Recap: June 30, 2010

Jun 30, 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:

  • Getting Your Blog In Google Blog Search
    A Google Webmaster Help thread has advice from Googler, JohnMu, on how to help get your blog included in the Google Blog Search index. John said to basically manually ping Google with their pinging service. To do so, go to http://blogsearch.google.com/ping and add your blog. John said: We use blog-search pings to pick up blogs. From what I heard back, at the time of the last ping there were some small technical issues with your
  • Google's Matt Cutts Says Again, Don't Use Nofollow For Internal Links
    Google's Matt Cutts posted a video yesterday on the topic of PageRank sculpting using the nofollow attribute and/or using the nofollow attribute on internal links. Here it is: In short, Matt says do not use it for internal links - never. But do you agree? Some webmasters do and some don't. Here is one SEO on Twitter that said no:
  • GoogleBot Acting Weird
    Around June 15th, GoogleBot reportedly slowed crawling of web pages and documents. Then ten days later, GoogleBot started crawling again. Today, I am seeing new reports of sporadic, somewhat spastic crawl behavior. A WebmasterWorld thread has reports that GoogleBot stopped crawling some sites late June 28th and then started again early this morning. It seems that maybe GoogleBot gets stuck on some sites or something has changed. Maybe this is the new behavior since Caffeine
  • BingBot Is Coming, BingBot Is Coming: Bye MSNBot
    The Bing Blog announced that Microsoft is retiring MSNBot in place of BingBot on October 1, 2010. So instead of MSNBot showing up in your log files, you should see BingBot in your log files. It should look something like: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0 +http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm) Microsoft said that BingBot will continue to respect and honor the msnbot directives in the robots.txt file, so you do not need to update your robots.txt files yet. But if you
  • Google AdWords Showing Seller Rating For Highly Rated Merchants
    Google announced they have launched a new product extension for Google AdWords named seller extension rating. You can see the feature show up in the live search results if you are English-language searchers, searching on Google.com. Not only that, it will only show if the merchant has 30 or more ratings and the ratings average higher than 3 stars, i.e. 4 or higher rating. Try a search for [ipod touch] and you will see it

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