Search Engine Forums Spotlight

Accents and Search Engines?

“Do you think I should use accents or not? Could it affect my rankings in search engines? If a visitor of my site doesn’t have an Spanish enabled browser, will he/she get strange characters where an accent should be?”

Link Broker
High Rankings Forum

“I’d prefer a cut-and-dry system that eliminates the need for bartering. That’s what I’m trying to come up with here. And maybe paying for links isn’t the solution… maybe trading links will be better, especially in the long run. Either way, there has to be a more efficient way to go about this.”

How Effective Are Titled/Anchored Links?
High Rankings Forum

“When doing a site map and internal navigational linking WITHIN a site, does titling or ‘anchor’ text links make much of a difference? Or is this more of an external linking thing?”

Metasearch Tools – What Are They?
High Rankings Forum

“How does one submit to/use a metasearch tool?”

Geico Sues Google and Overture
Cre8asite Forums

“I’m still wondering if there is consumer confusion when someone searches for a company by its name or trademark, and it’s competitor’s site is the one that shows up prominently on a search result as a paid ad. I think there is.”

A Dropped Site Checklist
Webmaster World

“‘Losing’ a site can be a painful and frustrating experience. To help ease the pain, perhaps a starting list of potential issues might help.”

New Froogle Merchant Center
Webmaster World

“Added tools, functionality, reporting.”

250 Words Is Just Too Much
High Rankings Forum

“You don’t need to just make hundreds of words in a big block of text or anything, it’s up to your designer to incorporate the text into the page so that you would never guess it has that much text. 250 words is nuthin! Simple as pie to write that much and it’s probably harder to write less to say what you need to say.”

Statistical Validity of Wordtracker Data
High Rankings Forum

“On phrases without predicted values in the thousands (which most are not), can the numbers really be trusted as a gauge of optimization priority?”

Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.

SearchDay Week in Review

Everything Google
SearchDay, May 20, 2004

Underneath its simple, sparse interface, Google is loaded with useful tools and services, though they’re not always easy to find. A new book offers an insider’s guide to maximizing the power of the search engine.

Google Desktop Search Tool Rumored & Software Principles Released
SearchDay, May 19, 2004

The New York Times report on Google plans to release a desktop search tool. The rumor comes on the heels of a new Software Principles page the company posted yesterday.

Search Engines Turning Trademark Law Upside Down
SearchDay, May 19, 2004

Search engines, most notably Google, are pushing the limits of trademark law, allowing anyone to use these protected marks in advertising. Some trademark owners are fighting back.

Google Launches Official Google Blog, Not Blog Search
SearchDay, May 11, 2004

Google has launched its own official blog, promising much insight about the company though not yet delivering much. The company also says it has no news about long-discussed plans to offer blog or web feed searching at Google.

Yahoo Reawakens The Paid Inclusion Debate
SearchDay, May 18, 2004

Yahoo drew widespread criticism for new paid inclusion programs launched in March. What is Yahoo doing? How does it impact the advertiser and searcher? Are there changes Yahoo should be making? The first in a series of articles looking at paid inclusion.

Google Sends Cease-And-Desist To Orkut Geomapper Site
SearchDay, May 18, 2004

Google has sent a cease-and-desist letter to close the Orkut Personal Network Geomapper web site, which lets you view the personal connections of those within Google’s Orkut social networking service.

Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication’s search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Read up before jumping on Google IPO…
USA Today May 21 2004 12:31PM GMT
The Ticker: Google IPO good for Bezos…
New York Daily News May 21 2004 11:42AM GMT
Google, Microsoft Take Battle to the Desktop…
Boston Globe May 21 2004 10:54AM GMT
FBI talks big, does little with spammers… May 21 2004 10:49AM GMT
Web Hosting News: Interland Survey Finds Web Sites, Search Engine Keywords Beat Traditional Marketing Tactics…
Web Host Directory May 21 2004 10:43AM GMT
10 things for Google’s ethics committee…
BBC May 21 2004 10:25AM GMT
Bezos got in on Google for six cents a share…
Seattle Times May 21 2004 9:43AM GMT
Google gaga…
USA Today May 21 2004 9:19AM GMT
Net aficionados grovel to test Google’s email…
USA Today May 21 2004 5:48AM GMT
‘Future of Search Will Make you Dizzy’… May 21 2004 3:47AM GMT
WashPost: Google still making noise…
MSNBC May 20 2004 11:39PM GMT
Google, Yahoo, and CNN: ARGH…
ResearchBuzz May 20 2004 11:13PM GMT
Web creator slams ICANN proposal for more top-level domains…
Computer Shopper May 20 2004 1:15PM GMT
Dow Jones, Google News win Codies… May 20 2004 6:46AM GMT
Google defines good manners… May 20 2004 5:07AM GMT
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