Daily Search Forum Recap: September 3, 2010

Sep 3, 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:

  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: September 3, 2010
    This week's video is a bit longer than most, but that is okay, next week there won't be a video recap. Bing seemed to update their search ranking algorithm this week. Google may have tweaked their MayDay algorithm? Google added better rich snippet error reporting and is now allowing markup for the breadcrumb URLs. Is MSNBot cloaking again? Google says using Google Translate to auto-translate your content is spam. Google added a new way to
  • Google Buckyball Logo / Doodle
    If you visit Google New Zealand today, you will see a special animated logo. The logo is a buckyball or fullerence. A fullerene is any molecule composed entirely of carbon, in the form of a hollow sphere, ellipsoid, or tube. It might show up on other Google properties as the clock strikes midnight there. But right now, it seems to be live only New Zealand and Australia, where it is already Saturday. The logo is
  • Google Slow To Remove Legally Seized Sites?
    Have you ever stumbled upon a web site that was legally seized by the U.S. government? Sometimes, not always, they contain an image on the site that looks like this: Some folks at WebmasterWorld are saying that Google has been ranking these web sites for their original search terms, the search terms they ranked for prior to the take over, months after they have been seized. The first complaint read: Great that piracy is being
  • Microsoft Cloaking MSNBots Again?
    A WebmasterWorld thread has webmasters complaining that Microsoft is cloaking their MSNBots again, soon to be named BingBot. It has been going on recently since early August and continues throughout today. Microsoft has had issues with cloaking their bots in the past and fixed them. Is it possible they are breaking into bad habits once again? One senior member at WebmasterWorld said: Currently, straight out of my logs... - - [05/Aug/2010:15:45:09 -0700] "GET /dir/filename.html
  • Google Adds Better Error Reporting For Rich Snippets & Breadcrumb Markups
    Google announced two new webmaster features. The first is related to rich snippets testing tool and the second is related to the breadcrumb URLs in Google. Google said they have made the rich snippets testing tool error reporting more robust. Many webmasters can't figure out why Google isn't showing rich snippets on for their sites. Sometimes their is a coding error which is hard to test since the tool was limited and sometimes Google simply
  • How Do You Cancel Google Place $25 Tags?
    Google has been pushing the local maps Google Place tags. They have been giving them away for free for a month, but requiring users to enter their billing information and cancel within 30 days to not be charged. The thing is, there are many business confused on how to cancel. I spotted several threads at Google Places Help, but I'll link to one, with people complaining they can't figure out how to cancel the ads
  • Just Cause You Spend $65k On A Site Does Mean Google Should Like Your Affiliate Site
    Yesterday I tweeted, "Just cause you spend 65k on a web site, doesn't mean Google will like it" and referenced a Google Webmaster Help thread. Well, I was wrong! Well, not 100% wrong. People agreed with me, in fact, it garnered a lot of retweets and responses on Twitter. 99.99% were all into what I wrote. But I am not. If you spend $65,000 on a web site, the web site should rank well. I

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