Daily Search Forum Recap: July 14, 2010

Jul 14, 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:

  • Bug: Google Maps Pulling Wrong Star Ratings
    Google Maps has become an extremely popular local search destination. Thus, making sure your Google Maps reviews are in order is an important part of your overall SEO and SEM routine. A recent report at Google Maps Help forums has a confirmed bug where Google is pulling the wrong star values from third party review sites. In one case, Google is counting 4 out of 5 stars as 1 out of 5 stars - yes,
  • Are Competitors Stealing Your Links?
    A paid member only thread at WebmasterWorld has outstanding discussion around the topic of competitors stealing your links. You have sites that you work on, continuously over the past several years. You build high quality content, attract relevant and top quality links and then your competitors just take it all away from you. The thread discusses methods used by competitors to easily take away those links through manual means. These are not hacking attempts but
  • Google Testing New Image Search Interface & Features?
    I have no way of confirming this as of right now, but Google may be testing a new interface and feature set for Google Image Search. A Google Web Search Help thread has one searcher talking as if he sees a completely new Google Image search user interface. When I asked for a screen shot, the user said it is no longer available but described what he has seen. When I performed an image search
  • Google France Celebrates Bastille Day: fête nationale du 14 juillet
    Today is Bastille Day and Google France is celebrating the day with a special Google Doodle (Google logo). Bastille day is commonly referred to as La Fête Nationale or National Celebration and is always on July 14th. Here is this year's doodle: When you click on it, you are taken to a search result for [fête nationale du 14 juillet]. Here are some past logos for 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. To our French
  • YouTube Down : Major Outage
    For the past three hours or so, YouTube, Google's very popular video portal, has been down. It goes up here and there, but then goes back offline. The error many people are seeing seems to be database related. Here is what I see: There are reports of the outage at YouTube Help and Google Blogoscoped Forums. The first report I have seen was at 5am (EST). I don't believe this is routine maintenance, but I

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