Search Headlines & Links: September 15, 2006

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...

  • AOL Offers 5 Gigabytes of Free Online Storage
    In the not search-related but still useful category, AOL is now offering 5 gigabytes of free online storage through its Xdrive subsidiary. All you need is an AOL screen name—no other strings attached. It's an excellent service, very easy to use, and I highly recommend it for backups, extra storage, or just an extra locker for music, photos or other digital media. More info and free registration here....
  • See Ads? Now You Don't! Google AdWords Rotating Out Top Sponsored Links
    Google is now displaying or not displaying the top sponsored links (with the blue background) based on searcher behavior. What I mean is that if you, as an individual, tend not to click on ads, Google will drop off the top ads from the page and place them on the right side. I discovered this in the morning, and I have a quote from a WebmasterWorld member in my post named Google Testing Removing Top Blue Ads Based on User Behavior, which says that Google is in fact testing this. I personally tested it myself and noticed that if I...
  • Google Adds Tabs To Personalized Home Page
    Last night Google has added the ability to add and manage tabs on your personalized home page. At the top of the page, you should see a "Add a tab" link. Clicking on that will enable you to add a tab to your home page, helping you keep your Google home page more organized. Both Garrett Rogers and I took screen captures of our personalized home pages. Garrett added a "work" tab, I decided to add a "feeds" tab, that contains all my feeds. This can be very handy for those who are big into Google Personalized home page....
  • Windows Live Hot? You Won't Know Since Referer Data Is Stripped
    Shocking, but true, Live.com Is Not Passing Referral Information, as I reported this morning. I spent the past 30 minutes or so debating with Danny and digging through my own log files and asking DaveN for his confirmation on this. Windows Live Search, which is now the default MSN search engine strips out the referer data, so you cannot track the traffic they are sending to you. After review, it seems like Live.com is using some sort of JavaScript to do some sort of click tracking, without using a URL string to track the click. That JavaScript appears to be...
  • Search Forums Roundup: Sept. 15, 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: Links to the week's topics from search engine forums across the web: Which Web Services Do You Use? - Mining the Tail? - AdSense On Home Page - Does It Cheapen The Look? - What are the Barriers to Using Search Analytics? - Digg Dealing With the Same Problems as Google? and more....

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