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:
- Google Crawl Rate Errors With Sitemap Indexing
Over the past few days there have been reports from Webmasters that changing the crawl rate in Google Webmaster Tools has prevented Google from indexing their Sitemap files...
- Google Webmaster Tools Sitemaps Report Bug
It seems like there was a "minor" bug impacting some of the reports for the Sitemaps indexing count. A Google Webmaster Help thread had a couple of webmasters come in asking why Google was reporting that all of a sudden, the index count was down to zero...
- Jumbo Sized Google Sitelinks
Google Sitelinks is nothing new, we've been reporting on it since 2006 and Google has changed the layout and number of sitelinks displayed in the search results over the years.
- Metromint At GooglePlex
A picture of the Google Micro Kitchen. The picture was taken by Metromint, who makes water products and set up a booth at Google. It was taken April 26, 2011 and posted on Flickr.
- Google Logo For John James Audubon
Today on the home page of Google is a special birthday logo for the 226th birthday of John James Audubon. John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785 in Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue and died on January 27, 1851 in Manhattan...
- Google Doesn't Like Long Titles In Image Alt Tag
A Google Webmaster Help thread has one webmaster complaining his site isn't ranking well anymore in Google. When Googler, JohnMu, checked out his site...
- 55% Say There Is a Need For SEO Certification
Earlier this month we asked you to take two polls in one post, we asked do you want SEO certification & standards. Yesterday I posted the results of the SEO standards poll, which showed most SEOs want SEO standards...
- Google Instant Previews For AdWords
In November 2010, Google launched instant previews for the search results. The concept behind this feature was not new and many called Google a copycat for launching the feature. Either way, the feature has stuck...
- SEOs Give Away A Lot Of Free SEO Advice
About a month ago...
- YouTube London Bus
Here is a picture of a YouTube toy bus in the Google London office. The picture was taken by rat_racer and posted on Flickr. It was posted on April 18, 2011 using a Google Nexus S.
- Google's Search Results 404ing
Over the weekend I spotted dozens of reports from Google searchers that the search results are not working on Google. Users would enter a search phrase, hit search and be sent to a Google 404 page not found page...
- Results: 20% Of SEOs Actively Exchange Links With Competitors
About a month ago we polled you guys asking if you exchange links with competitors. In our older poll only 14% said they would link to competitors. This poll is different in asking would you exchange links with competitors...
- Google Offers Now Live
As expected, the Groupon Google Clone...
- 65% Of SEOs Want SEO Standards
Earlier this month we asked you to take two polls in one post...
- Yahoo Dice: The LED Version
Anderson Wu took a picture of these Yahoo LED dice he likely bought from the Yahoo store. He took the picture on April 22m 2011 at Taipei City, Taipei City, TW, using an HTC Desire.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- How Can I Convince People of the Value of SEO?, Sphinn
- Wave Of Layoffs in Wake of Panda, WebmasterWorld
- Doodle St Georges Day, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Behind the Security Curtain at Google, WebmasterWorld
- Doodle Sergei Prokofiev, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Automatic Algorithms Are Fundamentally Changing The Shape of SEO, Sphinn
- Canonical Tag vs. Block in Robots.txt, WebmasterWorld
- Decoding the Quality Score, Sphinn
- Facebook Begins Testing Local Deals, Competing with Groupon, WebmasterWorld
- Failed SEO – Who’s To Blame? The Client or SEO?, Sphinn
- Google Acquires TalkBin, A Feedback Platform For Businesses, WebmasterWorld
- Imagery update to Google Maps/Earth, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Doodle Freedom Day South Africa, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Safesearch autocorrect, Google Web Search Help
- [Logo] 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, Google Blogoscoped Forum