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:
- BingBot Arrives: Microsoft's New Crawler
The folks over at WebmasterWorld have just started noticing Microsoft's new spider arriving. As expected, the new spider is named BingBot. BingBot will still obey all the rules of its predecessor, MSNBot, but now has a fancy new name. The original announcement said this would happen on October 1, 2010, so we are a day or two early. Here is one sample find in a webmaster's log files: 184.108.40.206 Tue Sep 28 20:24:15 2010 "GET
- Google's The Flintstones Logo
September 30th, tomorrow, is The Flintstones 50th birthday or anniversary. Google has a special worldwide logo for The Flintstones for the special birthday. The logo is already live on Google New Zealand, since it is already September 30th there. Here is the logo: I personally grew up watching this show, so it is great to see. The logo (aka doodle) is fantastic! Forum discussion at Google Blogoscoped Forums.
- Google's New SEO Starter Guide
Google has announced the release of a new SEO starter guide. You can download the expanded PDF version over here. Google first published their SEO starter guide two years ago. After it has been translated to 40 languages, they released a new one. The new one adds: Glossary to define terms throughout the guideMore example images to help you understand the contentWays to optimize your site for mobile devicesClearer wording for better readability They also
- Why Can't The Google's Founders Have a Negative Page Rank in Google?
A blogger wrote a short complaint in the Google Webmaster Help forums. He asked why if he writes a negative post on one of the Google founders does it not rank well in the Google search results. We all know how much Google loves negative results but not for their own founders? John from Google explained why a negative post might not rank well for a search on a founder's name: If for instance, your
- Should Google Stop Showing Enhanced Snippets?
I am wondering if Google should stop trying to show enhanced snippets without the aid of enhancing those snippets via microformats and RDFa markups. I often see complaints, since Google began showing dates in snippets and other data in snippets that Google was wrong. It is often the case, when you look at post counts, dates, comments and other data points labeled in the search results where Google is wrong. Of course, if you are
- Google Hiding Search Result Pages: Removes Pagination
There are several reports from users that Google has removed the page 2 and so on from the bottom of the Google search results. That is right, Google, for some users, has removed the option to go to a second page of results and the pagination is all gone. Here is a picture of what some searchers are missing: We have reports of this at Google Blogoscoped Forums, WebmasterWorld & Google Web Search Help. Some
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Crazy traffic from ask.com crawlers, WebmasterWorld
- End of the Road for Xmarks (and a telling look at their search challenges), Sphinn
- Google Buys Schedule Management Startup Plannr, WebmasterWorld
- iGoogle ThemeMaker Bug — Incorrect Cropping of Wide Images, Google Web Search Help
- Inbox bug (known issue), YouTube Help
- Link Brokers Can Rule the Internet, Sphinn