Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:
From The SEW Blog...
- Google Working To Stop Lawsuits Over YouTube
The Financial Times reports that Eric Schmidt's Google is running from media company to media company trying to offer upfront cash, in sums of "tens of millions of dollars," to slow and "halt" the threat they pose to YouTube. FT.com says that Schmidt met with CBS, Viacom, Time Warner, NBC Universal, News Corp and others recently. There are some more details over at paidContent....
- Yahoo Sending Panama Invites Out
I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable this morning that Yahoo! Search Marketing Version 2.0 (Panama) Invites Going Out. I was one of the first to be invited to upgrade to the Panama release, but outside of my group, it appears that now others who have requested the upgrade are now receiving them. Wondering what the process for upgrading is? Well, (1) it takes about 8 hours for the upgrade to happen, so it while you do not need to make changes to your account and (2) keyword listings with zero impressions for past 13 months or zero clicks for...
- Google Loading Cookie When Using Firefox RSS Display
Nathan Weinberg covers a report from LegRoom.net that shows Google is loading a cookie on your browser that won't expire until 2038 when you access RSS feeds via the Firefox 2.0 RSS display. The real issue here, as I understand it and as LegRoom suggests, is that Google's favorite icon is loading a cookie on your browser. Since Firefox 2.0 is using the favorite icon in the RSS display, the cookie is automatically being added to your computer. Firefox is also calling the other RSS readers for their favorite icon, but I believe those favorite icons do not set a...
- Yahoo Asking Users To Rate Usefulness Of Search Results
SEOdisco has screen captures of Yahoo asking him to rate how useful he finds the first two organic results for his search query. He is asked to rate it on a scale from one to five, one being "not useful" and five being "very useful". This is not the first time we have seen Yahoo ask people to rate search results, I reported it back in July of this year. In addition, we know Google occasionally asks users to rate the AdWords results....
- How Much Should SEOs Earn
Rand at SEOMoz has another excellent post named SEO Salaries - How Much Should You Make. He details what he believes SEOs of all calibers should make. Here is a quick snap shot:...
- Gmail Tests Open In Google Spreadsheets Link
Philipp Lenssen reports that Google is testing a link to open your Microsoft Excel documents within Google's Spreadsheets application. I tried sending myself an XLS document, but I did not get the "Open In Google Spreadsheets" hyperlink. Philipp has a screen capture of it in action, and he explains, "We can expect much more of this cross-integration to be rolled out in the future."...
- Ask.com Creates Flash Demo To Explain Why Ask.com "Is Better"
Ask.com released a new flash demonstration that goes through all the features of search engine. The purpose of the demo is to illustrate to standard web users, how Ask.com provides easy to use tools and quick "smart answers" to give you a "better" overall search experience. I think they did an excellent job with it, starting the demo off explaining that Ask.com is different, in that they help you "Find" and not just "Search." The demo is linked to from the Ask.com home page but if you are on a Mac you won't see it. You will have to go...
- See And Find With Quintura
Quintura is the latest in the line of visual search engines such as Kartoo, Mooter and WebBrain. Quintura basically takes your search term, runs a search and then translates the results into a tag cloud effect on the screen. Users can then simply look at the results (powered by Yahoo) listed under the tag cloud and click on the link as per normal, or they can explore words displayed in the semantic map to focus the query more closely. The results section of the page is not exciting - title, URL, keywords in context and sometimes the size of the...
- Search Forums Roundup: Nov. 3, 2006
Today's SearchDay, Search Engine Forums Spotlight, features our weekly links to this week's hot topics from search engine forums across the web: Deal or No Deal? - Turning Clicks Into Sales - The Google News Effect - Dumb Mistakes Resulting in Loss of AdSense Revenue - SEO Mythbusters, and more....
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- Google adds support for 17 new languages, Digit news
- Jeeves, You're Fired, Washington Post
- Microsoft Live (MSN Search) Update 11/3, Search Engine Roundtable
- Some Firefox Browsers Blocking Google AdWords Clicks?, Search Engine Roundtable
- YouTube Going Mobile… in 14 Months?, Techcrunch
- Yahoo! Shopping. Now Easier Than Ever, Yahoo! Shopping Blog
- Working with Advanced Queries in the Live Search Box, Live Search Blog
- The post-interview interview, Google Reader Blog
- A Role for Time and Query Quality in Search Results, SEO By The Sea
- YouTube Will Go Mobile; Yahoo Food Online and More Selected Food Reference and Recipe Resources, ResourceShelf
- Google Page Creator Patent Application Published, SEO By The Sea
- When Search Marketing Firms Turn Clients Away, SEOMoz
- Matt Cutts Feels Pain of a Search Engine Penalty, Threadwatch.org
- First impressions count, Google AdSense Blog
- Cracking the Digg.com Algorithm, Search Engine Journal
- Ask.com review, PC Magazine
- Could Firefox be the Downfall of Google, DaveN
- IAC Goes Google Route, The Street
- German English football leagues mull legal action against Google, LSE
- Job hunting? Make sure Google shows your good side, CNN
- A Long List of Competitive Link Searches, SEOMoz
- More Google Co-op Results, Google Blogoscoped
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