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 :: June 10, 2011
This week we heard rumors of a Google Panda 2.2 update...
- Google Wasting Electricity With Les Paul Logo?
Google has deemed the Les Paul logo for his 96th birthday to be so great and in such popular demand that they have decided to keep it up for another day on Google.com. Google said: Due to popular demand...
- Matt Cutts On Google Panda 2.2 Update
Before I went offline for two days, I wrote about a possible Google Panda 2.2 update - officially the update was not released yet, but Matt Cutts said it is coming soon. 2.2 is not out yet - I am not sure what that hiccup was. When it comes out, it might address more of the scraper sites out there but no idea if it will reverse some of the false positives.
- Bing Webmaster Tools: Crawl Controls, Index Explorer Expanded & User Management
Duane from Bing has announced some cool new features for Bing Webmaster Tools - Bing for some reason told us they nicknamed this update the Honey Badger update. In any event...
- Anchor Links Used For Image References In Google Images
Loupiote posted an interesting fact about how Google Image search works in the Google Webmaster Help forum. He asked why does Google show images he is simply linking to, off his site, as an image on his site when all he is doing is linking to the image...
- When Does Google Trigger a News Snippet?
A month ago, Google quietly released a new feature that shows article headlines within the search results snippet of major news sites. The first site to report this was Google Operating System. I do not believe Google ever officially announced the feature.
- 2011 Search Ranking Factors Released By SEOmoz
SEOmoz posted the 2011 search engine rankings study they polled in 2011. The last time they did this was two years ago and it is one of the most comprehensive polls done to determine what SEOs feel the most important ranking factors are...
- Tour de Cure Bike Google Training
- Les Paul's 96th Birthday: Google Guitar
Today on Google.com is a special logo for Les Paul's 96th birthday. Les Paul needs absolutely no introduction or explanation from me. The logo is unbelievable...
- Many Feel Google & Bing Should Offer Spam Report Incentives
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Bing was considering offering spam reporting incentives. To encourage SEOs, who are not too likely to report spam to search engines anyway - incentivize them to increase the chances that they report spam...
- Three Years Later, SEOs Still Won't Rat Each Other Out
I have to say I am completely shocked by the results of a poll I ran a few weeks ago asking would you report search spammers to Google. Three years ago, we ran a similar poll, soon after Google began pushing SEOs and others to report spam to them...
- Authorship Rich Snippets Come To Google
Google announced the support of the Authorship markup. Google explained: Today we're beginning to support authorship markup - a way to connect authors with their content on the web. We're experimenting with using this data to help people find content from great authors in our search...
- 44% Say Social Search Signals Don't Improve Search Results
Last week we ran a poll asking Are Search Results Better With Social Ranking Signals...
- Yahoo Big Rig
Here is a picture of a Yahoo Truck, Big Rig. I am not sure if this was photoshoped or a real photo, I assume photoshoped. It was posted by John Kannenberg on Flickr this week.
- Search Query Reports Directly In Google Analytics
Google announced you can now request to be part of a pilot to add the search engine optimization reports to your Google Analytics reports...
- 73% Say Personalized Search Results Is Censorship
About a month ago, I showed you all a presentation given by Eli Pariser at TED named Beware online "filter bubbles". The argument is very convincing, and I strongly recommend you watch it, if you have not done so already...
- 85% Say They Have Zero Recovery From Google's Panda Update
In short, 85% of those who were allegedly hit by the Panda update has seen zero improvement since they have been hit. 5% of those who were allegedly hit said they had a total recovery. 9% of those who were allegedly hit said they had a partial recovery.
- Do You Report Malware In Search Results To Google?
There is clearly a difference between search spam and hackers. Read our story from last year named Is Black Hat SEO Criminal...
- Google Toilet
Google has some fancy toilets. Here is a picture of a toilet gadget in one of the Google's bathrooms. This Toto toilet washing your rear and then dries it for you. The picture was posted on Flickr.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Mashable and machine generated content - is it a Panda risk, WebmasterWorld
- Why Most SEO Advice Sucks (For You), Sphinn
- Mobile Browsing Gets More Social On Bing, WebmasterWorld
- I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option., Google Maps Help
- Importing a Flickr georss feed into My Maps, Google Maps Help
- New to AdWords? Let us know and get two weeks of dedicated support!, Google AdWords Help
- What is Quality Score, What is a Search Query Report? What is the first page bid estimate? What is ..., Google AdWords Help