1 August 2007

Google ‘Supplemental’ Results No Longer Showing

Google supplemental results set to disappear The Google ‘Supplemental’ results are already beginning to disappear from many of the data centers and have been absent from the main index results for a while now. To recap on what the Supplemental results were this was an additional index that enabled Google to return results for less popular searches from pages that …

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30 July 2007

How quick is Google to update their blog index?

Get indexed on Google Blog in under two minutes, maybe less! Just a short piece here on how quick Google is to index content on their BlogSearch tool. A recent study by Blogstorm found that it takes less than two minutes to be indexed and found in the Google Blog Search Tool. Another study found that results could be in …

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28 July 2007

Google new Meta Tag ‘Unavailable’ now live!

Google now respond to ‘Unavailable’ meta tag After an announcement a couple of weeks ago Google will now recoginise and act on the new ‘Unavailable’ Meta Tag. By adding in the meta tag information into each page you are telling Google not to crawl the page and to remove it from their index after that date. Google estimate that it …

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27 July 2007

Underscores are now word separators

Google soon to recognise underscores in URLs Matt Cutts recently announced that Google would soon treat underscores in URLs as word separators by Google. Historically this was not possible so a URL like site.com/film_review .html the Googlebot couldn’t ‘see’ the words film or review. Instead it read film_review as one word, so not a lot of sense there! Soon however, …

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25 July 2007

Wikipedia Showing In Search Results

Wikipedia beginning to appear in new areas of the SERPs We have noticed in the last few days that Wikipedia listings are beginning to appear in SERPs (Search Engine Results Page) in areas that they have not been seen in before. Primarily this is the area of finance encompassing loans, insurance, mortgages, credit cards and so on. Only the user …

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25 July 2007

Google Related Searches now above the organic results

Related Searches from Google moved from the bottom to the top Just taking a quick look around Google this morning and I noticed that the ‘Related Searches’ which appear fitfully, have now moved above the organic results. Whether this is a permament shift or not is yet to be seen but it is interesting that Google is trying this out. …

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24 July 2007

Yahoo! Update in Progress

Weather Report from Yahoo! Looks like there is an update taking place with the Yahoo! algorithm which should be completed by this weekend. Expect some shuffles while this is going on, we have already seen some changes but it hasn’t finished yet. The Yahoo! blog reported this yesterday but I think some changes were rolling out before the announcement. Anyway, …

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23 July 2007

Help Shape Google Webmaster Tools

Matt Cutts, Head of Google Spam Team fame, is currently running a poll and suggestion area where you can add your thoughts on what the Webmaster Central team should be devloping next. The link is on Matt Cutts to vote and add your thoughts. Nice of Matt to do this and while there is no guarantee that anything will be …

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23 July 2007

MSN Live limits how long it stores web searches

MSN Searches now limited to 18 months Responding to pressure from users and regulators MSN is make all search information anonymous after 18 months, much like Google has recently done accordingt to a report by Reuters. However, MSN is going one step further than Google and is making the changes retroactive and applying this to all data currently held. Specifically, …

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21 July 2007

Google becoming a telecom player?

Google to move into telecom sector? This could be happening sooner rather than later according to a report in todays Times. Assuming the right conditions are met when the US airwaves are auctioned off it looks like Google is going to get into the emerging 4G market. There is currently a bit of a stand off in the US between …

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