Below, a recap of stories posted today and since last Wednesday to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately. Note that the recap of our stories and headlines around the web are longer than normal due to us being largely off over the Thanksgiving holiday. There was a lot of catch-up to do!
From The SEW Blog...
- Q&A On
Google's Belgium News Agreements
This week, news emerged about an agreement between Google and two Belgian author groups that were suing it over copyright issues. Below, a short Q&A on what this means for Google. Highlights: The case goes on with three other groups taking part, but large damages seem unlikely. The new deal gives especially seems to give Google photo rights. Google says it is not doing an about-face on opt-out in Denmark. More about these an other issues covered below, based on a talk with Google spokesperson Jessica Powell. Plus, some bonus stats on how much traffic newspapers get from search engines....
Cutts On Site Problems & Mistakes To Avoid
Ever wonder what is going through the head of a Matt Cutts (Googler) while he is sitting on a site reviews panel reviewing sites? Matt Cutts posted his detailed notes of the panel he did in Vegas at PubCon. He explains some on site problems and mistakes a webmaster should avoid. It is worth a read, because Matt totally kicked my coverage of that session....
Complete Google Master Plan
Google Operating Systems located and posted the Full Google Master Plan 1.0. Remember about a month and a half ago, the Google Master Plan was erased? Well, according to Google OS, said it was erased because it was getting a bit "crufty." The image was taken by Chris diBona, here it is:...
Forums Roundup: Nov. 27, 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: Hack Your Competition Out of Organic Search - MSN And Yahoo Join Google With Sitemaps - How Local Search And SEM Relates - What to Look for When Purchasing Links? - What Tools Does An SEO Guru Use? and more....
Settles With Some Belgian Publishers Over Belgium News Inclusion
Via Techmeme, news that Google has settled with two Belgian publishing groups involved in a lawsuit against it over content included in Google News Belgium. This comes a day after Google's legal case was reheard in an appeal. The settlement, following what seems a similar settlement with AP earlier this year, seems to open the door that Google is going to continue making such appeasements rather than fight cases in court....
Sending Out AdSense Holiday Gifts
It is that time of the year again. We have our first report of a Google Adsense holiday gift from WebmasterWorld. The gift appears to be a 3.6 inch TFT digital photo frame. No pictures of the frame yet, but I hope someone emails one to me....
Video France Sued For Copyright Infringement
Reuters reports Google France was sued by Flach Film, a French film producer, for copyright infringement. They claim their video, "The World According to Bush," was published on Google Video France, and viewed more 50,000 times, before Google removed the video. The French film producer estimates $648,700 in prejudice but Google said "our terms and conditions specify that users (Internet surfers) don't have permission to use videos which they don't own the rights to." Google has put away $200M for copyright case legal issues with the YouTube acquisition....
To Go To Belgium Court Finally
The AP reports that Google is finally going to show up in court to present their side of the case in the Belgium copyright suit. Google has never showed up to fight the publishers and papers in Belgium the first time the case was heard....
Blog Results Search Creep
Andy Boyd found Google testing blog search results at the bottom of the Google search results. He posted a screen capture here, as you can see, it is fairly similar to how they have integrated news archive results into Google search....
Image Search Bug Showed Sex Images For Innocent Search
Yesterday, on Thanksgiving, The Register reported that a search at Yahoo Images for franchise returned very offensive and disturbing images. I will not describe the images, but I saw them myself and as soon as I saw it, I emailed my contacts at Yahoo. Soon after the images were pulled from the search results. It seems to me that someone figured out a way to easily insert pornographic images into Yahoo images for a search term even with safe search on. The Register has blurred and censored screen captures of the first line of results....
Indented Google Results Bug?
Philipp Lenssen spotted listings with more than one indented results for a search on get fuzzy. The first two results were from comics.com and the two other indented results were from Yahoo News. All these results were under the first listing, so we had three indented results showing under the top listing. Typically, there is only one indented result and no more. I cannot replicate this, it seems like a weird bug that may have been fixed. Philipp has a screen capture of it in action....
Book Search Catches Victorian Plagiarists
We tend to assume that plagiarism is a reasonably modern day phenomena but a fascinating article from Paul Collins "Dead Plagiarists Society" illustrates that is not always the case. In fact it would appear that Victorian authors stole work from earlier authors who in turn had stolen it from even earlier ones, and the article gives some nice examples of this. More importantly, it provides a fascinating use for Google Book Search, which I'd certainly not considered before, and it's actually a rather interesting experiment - take a partial sentence, plug it into book search and add words onto the...
Certification & Training Courses
The move toward offering certification and training in search marketing is accelerating. Here's a rundown on some new courses and developments I've heard of recently....
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- *OFFICIAL* SES Chicago 2006 Party and Events Schedule, Search Engine Watch Forums
- SES Chicago 2006 Quad Coverage Schedule, Search Engine Roundtable
- Polonium 210 and Thallium Searches Soar Following Tragic Death of Alexander Litvinenko, Hitwise
- General disarray at The Big 3, Erik Selberg
- Microsoft Live.com MSN Search Turkey Day Update, Search Engine Roundtable
- Google's Inconvenient Truth, Google Watch
- Google.org begins hiring to save the planet, Google Operating System
- New Google General Counsel, Venture Beat
- Google sees up to 40% of transactions online, Bloomberg
- Web Tool Said to Offer Way Past the Government Censor, New York Times
- H. Donald Wilson, the Man Whose Plan Began LexisNexis Has Died, ResourceShelf
- Sergey's embarrassing mother, Valleywag
- Brewster On Google Library/Book Search, John Battelle
- Archive.org Founder Criticizes Google Book Scanning (Video), Google Blogoscoped
- The Internet Archive Gets Its Own Blog, ResourceShelf
- Holiday shopping with Google Checkout, Official Google Blog
- Google Has My Credit Card Number Now, Searchblog
- Two teeshirts good; three evil, Valleywag
- Yahoo Opens Flickr To Guests, MediaPost
- Google Webmaster Sitemaps Tool Back With Old Data?, Search Engine Roundtable
- MSNdude Is Alive & Well!, Search Engine Roundtable
- Podcast: Google Makes Agreement With Some Belgian News Publishers; Digg Encounters Old School Spam Issues; Holiday Catchup & More!, Daily SearchCast
- Banned From Digg, John Chow dot Com
- Akismet, Could They Ban Kevin Rose?, Dave Naylor
- Kevin Rose & Digg on Moderation*, Google Blogoscoped
- Kevin Rose Admitting Digg Has Moderators, The Mu Life
- How Not To Get Your URL Banned From Digg, Pronet Advertising
- Forbes Video Interview With Digg CEO, TechCrunch
- Three reasons why Digg gets its numbers wrong, Valleywag
- The Privacy Implications Of Social Media, The Mu Life
- Spike The Vote, Will Get You Banned from Digg, Now for Sale, Marketing Shift
- Digg Issues Cease and Desist to Diggdot.us, Micro Persuasion
- Shoveling on Digg, BusinessWeek
- Please don't confuse blogging with the echo chamber, Jeremy Zawodny
- Channels 9 and 10 Sponsor TechMeme, Jeff Sandquist
- Google Recommends Using Meta Description Tag, Search Engine Roundtable
- Google: Mobile operators want to block our apps, ZDNet UK
- Google Parking Lot, Google Blogoscoped
- Google's smarties, Valleywag
- Stanford WebBase: Google's Academic Cousin, SEO By The Sea
- Microsoft gathering millions of photos for Virtual Earth 3D, iTwire
- Media group to release grip on PR Newswire, Times Of London
- Powerful Search Features in Netvibes, Google Operating System
- Italy opens probe into Google over bullying video, Reuters
- Google Earth spurs Bahraini equality drive, Financial Times
- MSN Small Biz Directory closed?, Small Business SEM
- Gaia - Open Source Google Earth, Googling Google
- Google shuts down Gaia efforts with cease and desist, Googling Google
- Add Real-time Link Counts to your blog posts, David Sifry/Technorati
- Googles Plans for Australia, Threadwatch
- Sorting Commercial Pages from Informational Pages, SEO By The Sea
- Getting more backward links than Google, Pronet Advertising
- What's the Best Embedded Video Player?, Google Operating System
- The Best SEO Articles of 2006, SEO BlackHat
- Courses on SEM: Coming Soon to a College Near You, Traffick
- Google 1988, InsideGoogle
- AbbreviationZ : Acronyms & Abbreviations Search Engine, Search Engine Journal
- Search Marketing Association Europe - what happened?, Threadwatch
- Google Wired - Tired - Expired, Google Blogoscoped
- Google vs. Yahoo at sports, Matt Cutts
- Nick Wilson starts Podcasting, Threadwatch
- The Google 15, Valleywag
- Web 2.0 Summit Video and Audio Available, O'Reilly Radar
- See inside Google Kirkland, Robert Scoble
- Quality Scores, Minimum Bids and Google Inactivating Keywords, Search Marketing & ROI Technology