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2081: new post   Microsoft IE9 Ready for Download
The final, consumer-ready Internet Explorer 9 is available for download starting at 9:00 PM PDT at www.BeautyOfTheWeb.com in 39 languages.[br][br]With this set of browser releases, the best experience of the Web is on Windows.[br][br]IE9 shows how your Web experience and browser are only as good as the operating system they run on...
Microsoft Internet ExplorerMar 15, 2011
2082: new post   Google to Take Another Try at Social Networking
"... the service will offer photo, video and status message sharing. Everything users share on Circles will be shared only with the most appropriate circle of social contacts in their lives, not with all your contacts in bulk. Circles may be shown off at an event co-hosted tonight by the ACLU, an organization focused on privacy and the liberties it affords. It may not be a big public launch yet, but it's clear that this is a major product in the works at the very least."
Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business IssuesMar 13, 2011
2083: new post   US Senate to Investigate Google for Antitrust Issues
Google's dominance in Internet search are among the issues the Senate's leading legislator on antitrust issues plans to scrutinize in the months ahead. [br][br]Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) specifically called out Google as a potential cause for concern. The senator in December urged the Justice Department to conduct a "careful review" of the search giant's attempted acquisition of travel search software firm ITA.
Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business IssuesMar 11, 2011
2084: new post   Google Adds Block Domain To Search
"Once you click the link to 'Block all example.com results' you'll get a confirmation message, as well as the option to undo your choice. You'll see the link whether or not you're signed in, but the domains you block are connected with your Google Account, so you'll need to sign in before you can confirm a block.[br][br]Now when you click a result and then return to Google, you'll find a new link next to 'Cached' that reads 'Block all example.com results.'[br][br]Once you've blocked a domain, you won't see it in your future search results. (Side note: Sometimes you may have to search on a new term, rather than simply refreshing your browser, before you'll notice the domain has been successfully removed.) The next time you're searching and a blocked page would have appeared, you'll see a message telling you results have been blocked, making it easy to manage your personal list of blocked sites. This message will appear at the top or bottom of the results page depending on the relevance of the blocked pages."
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 11, 2011
2085: new post   FF4 RC For Win, Mac and Linux Ready for Download
The millions of users testing Firefox 4 will be automatically updated to this version and will join our Mozilla QA team in validating the new features, enhanced performance and stability and HTML5 capabilities in Firefox 4.[br][br]The team has fixed more than 8,000 bugs since the first beta release of Firefox 4.
Firefox Browser Usage and SupportMar 10, 2011
2086: new post   Microsoft adCenter To Introduce Quality Score
Beginning this spring, advertisers will be able to leverage a new adCenter Quality Score for optimizing campaigns in the Bing+Yahoo search marketplace.[br][br]* Quality Score will be on a 1-10 scale, and be calculated at the keyword level for each match-type being purchased[br][br]* Scores are designed to represent how competitive your keyword is within the marketplace, with three sub-scores for keyword relevance, landing page relevance, and landing page user experience[br][br][br]* Actionable guidance will be provided to optimize and improve your quality score[br][br]* At launch, scores will be visible and exportable from the adCenter Web UI, and accessible through adCenter Reporting and Reporting APIs
BingAds (was MSN/Microsoft AdCenter)Mar 9, 2011
2087: new post   Microsoft To Launch Final Version IE9 March 14
We will release the final version of Internet Explorer 9 for download beginning at 9 p.m. Pacific.
Microsoft Internet ExplorerMar 9, 2011
2088: new post   Google Ventures, Sequoia, Salesforce Give HubSpot $32M
Google Ventures today joined Sequoia Capital and Salesforce.com Inc. in a $32 million Series D round for HubSpot. The company has now raised $65 million.[br][br]"We agree with HubSpot's belief that search engines, social media and mobile devices have fundamentally changed how businesses should market themselves," said Rich Miner, a partner at Google Ventures and a co-founder of Android Inc. (which Google acquired in 2005), in a statement. "We're thrilled to support their efforts to help thousands of small and medium businesses reach potential customers."
Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business IssuesMar 9, 2011
2089: new post   New Rules On Cookies to Come Into Effect in Europe
Businesses are being urged to sort out how they get consent so they can keep on using cookies.[br][br]The changes are demanded by the European e-Privacy directive which comes into force in the UK in late May.[br][br]However, the directive is likely to have an impact on the more general use of cookies that remember login details and enable people to speed up their use of sites they visit regularly.[br][br]It could mean that after 25 May, users see many more pop-up windows and dialogue boxes asking them to let sites gather data.
Webmaster GeneralMar 8, 2011
2090: new post   Adobe Experiments With 'Wallaby', Flash Into HTML 5 Software
Adobe is fighting Apple's blockade of Flash technology on iOS devices with an experimental software called Wallaby that can convert Flash files into HTML5.[br][br]Wallaby, a cross-platform AIR app demoed in October, is now available to download on Adobe's Labs pages, as a technology preview for PC and Mac developers.
Flash and ShockwaveMar 8, 2011
2091: new post   Google Updates and SERP Changes - March 2011
WebmasterWorld's monthly SERP monitoring and update thread for March 2011.
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 8, 2011
2092: new post   Skype Launches Ads Service On Skype
Today we announce something new, the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week.[br][br]Ads will appear in the US, UK and Germany and advertising sales for Skype are initially focused in those markets. [br][br]
Webmaster GeneralMar 7, 2011
2093: new post   Bing Teams Up With KAYAK In Travel Search
Teaming up with KAYAK, a leading innovator in travel search, allows us [Bing] to provide a more comprehensive travel search experience. In the coming weeks KAYAK will provide flight search results in the U.S. from multiple cities, airports and airlines, giving customers access to a larger set of flight itineraries as they work to plan and book travel on Bing. [br][br]For Bing, this means we can focus our development resources on delivering even more unique and valuable features for customers. In essence, this lets us do more for our customers as we continue to invest in next-generation travel experiences.
Bing Search Engine NewsMar 5, 2011
2094: new post   Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal Share Insider Detail on Panda Update
Wired Magazine interviewed both Matt Cutts and Amit Singhal and in the process got some helpful insight into the Farm Update. Some of the speculation we've had at WebmasterWorld is confirmed.[br][br]The process of creating this update used input from human quality raters. They were asked questions like: "Would you be comfortable giving this site your credit card? Would you be comfortable giving medicine prescribed by this site to your kids? Does this site have excessive ads?"[br][br]Then the formal algorithm was developed and back-checked against the human input.[br][br]
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 3, 2011
2095: new post   Microsoft and Google Together Sue GeoTag Inc Over Patent
Google and Microsoft have joined forces to take down a Texas company's geotagging patent that they claim has been used in lawsuits against more than 300 entities, many of which are customers of the two companies. Microsoft and Google want to protect Google Maps and Bing Maps against this kind of activity.[br][br]The complaint, filed in Delaware on March 1, 2011, asks for declaration of invalidity of the patent asserted, judgment that Google's and Microsoft's customers do not infringe any valid claim of the patent, and "a preliminary and permanent injunction precluding GeoTag (and affiliated persons and entities) from suing for infringement or otherwise asserting infringement of the (patent in question) against customers of (Microsoft's and Google's) Mapping Services for store locators or other locators on websites."
Webmaster GeneralMar 3, 2011
2096: new post   A New Way to Look at Anchor Text Links
I have been doing a good amount of testing lately, especially when it comes to anchor text links. The testing I've been doing is limited a little bit, but I thought I would share my results.[br][br]The links I've tested have been always within the middle of a sentence, not links that appear in a sidebar, in a footer, or anywhere else on a page--always within the text in the middle of a sentence. (-subscription required)
Google SEOMar 2, 2011
2097: new post   Opera 11.5 Has Full Hardware Acceleration
Our hardware acceleration is a bit different from what other browsers are doing. Like IE9 and Firefox 4, we do full hardware acceleration of all draw operations, but unlike those browsers, who only offer this acceleration on Windows Vista and Windows 7, our implementation will run on any OS with sufficient hardware support.[br][br]This means we can have full hardware acceleration on Windows XP, Linux, Mac OS X and OpenGL ES 2 capable devices such as recent smartphones and web-enabled TVs.
Opera Browser Usage and SupportMar 2, 2011
2098: new post   Google Is Working on an Algo Fix For Major Problems With Update
Here's official news that many sites have been waiting to hear. Google fellow Amit Singal is quoted in Wired: [br][br]"We deeply care about the people who are generating high-quality content sites, which are the key to a healthy web ecosystem," Singhal said. [br][br]"Therefore any time a good site gets a lower ranking or falsely gets caught by our algorithm - and that does happen once in a while even though all of our testing shows this change was very accurate - we make a note of it and go back the next day to work harder to bring it closer to 100 percent." [br][br]"That's exactly what we are going to do, and our engineers are working as we speak building a new layer on top of this algorithm to make it even more accurate than it is."
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 2, 2011
2099: new post   Google Pressures Yelp Over Reviews
"We are unhappy with the way Google uses our users' review on its Places page. However, there is no solution to the problem. [b]Google's position is that we can take ourselves out of its search index if we don't want them to use our reviews on Places[/b]. But that is not an option for us, and other sites like us, such as TripAdvisor, as we get a large volume of our traffic via Google search... We just don't get any value out of our reviews appearing on Google places and haven't been given an option other than to remove ourselves from search, how to improve this situation."
Google SEO News and DiscussionMar 2, 2011
2100: new post   Facebook Updates Comments Box Plugin
More Social Relevance[br][br]The upgraded Comments Box uses social signals to surface the highest quality comments for each user. Comments are ordered to show users the most relevant comments from friends, friends of friends, and the most liked or active discussion threads, while comments marked as spam are hidden from view.
Facebook MarketingMar 1, 2011
2101: new post   CNN: Growing Backlash to (MFA) Content Farm Update
CNN: "Google made one of the biggest changes ever to its search results this week, which immediately had a noticeable effect on many Web properties that rely on the world's biggest search engine to drive traffic to their sites. Comments from site operators lit up on the WebmasterWorld.com forum starting on Wednesday. Many webmasters complained that traffic to their sites dropped dramatically overnight, and others expressed concern that they can't adapt quickly enough to Google's changes to its algorithm."
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 26, 2011
2102: new post   Bing Goes More Social and Extends Facebook "Liked" Results
"A few months ago, we announced an exciting partnership with Facebook to make search more social. As part of that work, we introduced Liked Results, which promotes links your friends have publicly liked or shared via Facebook. Today we are extending Liked Results to annotate any of the URLs returned by our algorithmic search results to all users in the US."
Bing Search Engine NewsFeb 25, 2011
2103: new post   Stopping Scrapers From The Start
"I'm putting a *huge* number of pages of content online. I'm looking to stop the scraping/copying/bots from the outset and I need bandwidth kept to a minimum."
Search Engine Spider and User Agent IdentificationFeb 25, 2011
2104: new post   Google Goes After AdSense Farms With Update
"Google said Thursday that it had made a major change to its algorithm in an effort to improve the rankings of high-quality Web sites in its search results, and to reduce the visibility of low-quality sites. While the company did not say so explicitly, the change appears to be directed in part at so-called content farms like eHow and Answerbag, which generate articles based on popular search queries so they will rise to the top of the rankings and attract clicks."
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 25, 2011
2105: new post   Google Announces Major Algorithm Change
From Google's announcement: "In the last day or so we launched a pretty big algorithmic improvement to our ranking—a change that noticeably impacts 11.8% of our queries—and we wanted to let people know what's going on. This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful."

According to Danny Sullivan's recent interview: "Officially, Google isn't saying the algorithm change is targeting content farms. The company specifically declined to confirm that, when I asked. However, Matt Cutts — who heads Google's spam fighting team — told me, 'I think people will get the idea of the types of sites we're talking about.'"
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 25, 2011
2106: new post   Yahoo to Close MyBlogLog
Users of MyBlogLog, a start-up that Yahoo acquired in 2007 for about $10 million, received an e-mail early today announcing the service's demise.[br][br]The announcement is not exactly a surprise. MyBlogLog was one of the Yahoo services listed on a leaked presentation screenshot from December as a property that would likely be sold or shut down as the troubled Yahoo cuts costs.
Blogging SEO Blog AdministrationFeb 24, 2011
2107: new post   Link Building Games and Schemes
What has the link building business gotten into![br][br]WebmasterWorld members debate the common, time wasting approach to asking for links.
Link DevelopmentFeb 24, 2011
2108: new post   Making A Site Mobile and Search Friendly
We've noticed a rise in the number of questions from webmasters about how best to structure a website for mobile phones and how websites can best interact with Googlebot-Mobile. In this post we'll explain the current situation and give you specific recommendations you can implement now.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 22, 2011
2109: new post   Piracy of eBooks: A Growing Problem, Or An Opportunity?
If you're an author with little or no following, surely this is an opportunity. If you're an established author that relies on sales, it's going to hurt.[br][br]Should the established author fight, or ignore, and should the unknown author grasp this as an opportunity to get known.
Content, Writing and CopyrightFeb 21, 2011
2110: new post   Executives at Alibaba Resign Over Frauds
The chief executive of e-commerce group Alibaba.com has resigned after an internal investigation showed sales staff "intentionally or negligently" allowed more than 2,300 fraudsters to set up verified stores.

David Wei and chief operating officer Elvis Lee departed amid what the firm, one of China's biggest internet success stories, described as "systemic breakdown in our company's culture of integrity".
Asia and Pacific RegionFeb 21, 2011
2111: new post   Google Changing Page Titles and Descriptions
Does anyone have a good reason why Google couldn't just leave my home page title and description alone when I put noodp on the page?[br][br]I personally can't think of one. I can understand wanting to let their users know what the site has, but there's NO WAY they know the other titles and descriptions on the SERP pages better than I know them for my niche, and there's NO WAY they know what stands out on that page or results better than I do, so why do they need to mess with my home page title and description, especially when the page contains a noodp robots tag?[br][br]I don't mind if they want to convert ALL CAPS to First Letter Only or truncate it when it's too long, but I wish they would not change the text when I indicate I don't want it changed by using a meta robots noodp tag.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 18, 2011
2112: new post   Google Social Search Integration: Get Ready For Search Marketing Optimization
First, social search results will now be mixed throughout your results based on their relevance (in the past they only appeared at the bottom)[br][br]Second, we've made Social Search more comprehensive by adding notes for links people have shared on Twitter and other sites.[br][br]Third, we've added a new option to connect accounts privately in your Google Account. (After all, you may not want everyone to know you're @spongebobsuperfan on Twitter.)
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 17, 2011
2113: new post   Bing Testing Personalized and Location-Based Search
...something relatively simple: automatically tailoring search results based on your physical location. As 76% of people use search engines to plan trips, events or social gatherings, Bing Local has always provided you with maps to nearby business listings, authoritative reviews and areas of interest. Starting today, we're going a step further with new improvements that take into account where you are and serve locally relevant information directly in the body of the results page.[br][br]Second, we're introducing a feature that helps Bing present the most relevant website based on an individual's previous searches.
Bing Search Engine NewsFeb 17, 2011
2114: new post   Bing Results More Successful than Google?: Hitwise Study Says Yes
More interesting to me is their data on "success rate". Here there is no month-over-month change for any of them. However, the baseline shows a major difference. Success rates on Bing are measured at 81.5% and at Google, 65.6%[br][br]One reason for this is probably the definition of success. The detail isn't made very clear, but it does involve visiting another website. As we've been observing for quite a while, Google SERPs contain a lot of information on their own, and the user often doesn't need to visit another website to have found what they were looking for.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 17, 2011
2115: new post   Google One Pass Launched, A Digital Content Management Service
Google One Pass, a service that lets publishers set their own prices and terms for their digital content.[br][br]With Google One Pass, publishers can customize how and when they charge for content while experimenting with different models to see what works best for them, offering subscriptions, metered access, "freemium" content or even single articles for sale from their websites or mobile apps.
Google Finance, Govt, Policy and Business IssuesFeb 16, 2011
2116: new post   New Chrome Extension to Report Low Quality AdSense Sites
Google introduces a Chrome Extension for users to report low quality sites, (such as MFACF's: Made For AdSense Content Farms)[br][br]We've been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of the signals we're exploring is explicit feedback from users.[br][br]To that end, today we're launching an early, experimental Chrome extension so people can block sites from their web search results. If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 15, 2011
2117: new post   U.S.: New Do Not Track Privacy Bill Introduced
The bill is the first in this session to specifically tackle the creation of a do-not-track system, according to a spokesman for Ms. Speier. In December, the FTC issued a report recommending the creation of a do-not-track system and suggested that lawmakers use the report as a template for legislation.

Since the FTCs recommendation, Mozilla Corp. has said it will include a do-not-track feature in an upcoming version of its Firefox Web browser. But so far, no tracking companies have publicly stated that they will participate in a do-not-track system.
Webmaster GeneralFeb 14, 2011
2118: new post   NY Times Article On Paid Links
The New York Times has quite an article about white hat and black hat SEO - entitled "The Dirty Little Secrets of Search." [br][br]It seems that all through the holiday season, Penney's website was at the top for all kinds of retail searches, including single keywords like "dresses". Given the amount of competition for all these keywords. something smelled funny to the Times. So they brought in an SEO consultant firm, and they found a large number of backlinks, strewn around thousands of nearly abandoned websites.
Google SEO News and DiscussionFeb 12, 2011
2119: new post   Amazon in Spat with Yet Another State
As a result of an ongoing tax dispute with Texas, Amazon.com has decided to take its ball and go home.[br][br]The online retailer said Thursday that it would shutter its Irving distribution facility April 12 and cancel plans to hire as many as 1,000 additional workers rather than pay Texas what the state says is owed in uncollected sales tax.[br][br]Texas wants $269 million from Seattle-based Amazon in past-due sales tax. It sent the bill to the company last October.
EcommerceFeb 11, 2011
2120: new post   The Fallacy of AdSense Failing: It's Not Really That Bad!
People are constantly saying AdSense is failing, going down the toilet, and of course everyone claims absolutely everyone is having these problems. The only thing is "everyone" is just the limited finite group of usual complainers constantly complaining which assumes the AdSense universe is only comprised of all of their complaining peers.[br][br]Have you ever wondered about the thousands or most likely millions of AdSense publishers out there that you never, ever, hear complain about AdSense?
Google AdSenseFeb 11, 2011
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