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:
- Do Search Engines Have A Bias In Showing Their Own Sites?
Ben Edelman released a paper named Measuring Bias in "Organic" Web Search. In short, he felt "each search engine favors its own services in that each search engine links to its own services more often than other search engines do so...
- People Search Google For Dialing The Police. Why Not 911?
A Google Web Search Help thread has claims from a person who works at the San Angelo Finance Department that since December 1, 2010, he has been receiving several calls a day meant for the San Angelo Police Department...
- Loaner GooglePlex Bikes
The Google Headquarters has colorful loaner bikes to get around the GooglePlex.
- Here's What Changed On YouTube's Home Page
YouTube announced they have made major changes to the YouTube home page. The new home page is available to everyone, just go to YouTube.com and you will see it. Since I produce weekly SEO videos and most of those views happen on YouTube...
- Will Page Load Time Be More Of A Ranking Factor In 2011?
Speed matters a lot, according to Google. Recent reports in the forums indicate page speed might be increasing in importance as a ranking factor.
- JFK's Google Logo, Google Japan's Takayanagi Kenzirou Logo & Google Israel's Tu Bishvat Logo
Google has three special Google logos, also known as Doodles, on the various Google home pages. The three logos include a JFK logo, Takayanagi Kenzirou 高柳 健次郎 logo and Tu Bishvat פרוייקט ההר הירוק Logo.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- What you can do with the Tilde (~) search operator in Real Time Search, Sphinn
- Doodle 4 Google contest was launched, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Eliminate Black Magic SEO, Sphinn
- Ever got a flood of traffic from single Bing keyword?, WebmasterWorld
- SEO Cloaking Techniques to Avoid in 2011, Sphinn
- UK's ASA Warns Of New Online Advertising Remit For Websites, WebmasterWorld
- Why competitive link analysis wastes your time, Sphinn
- Are You A Link Loud Mouth?, Sphinn
- Calgary Transit directions on Palm Pre, Google Maps Help