The editor at the Search Engine Journal informs that "Search Engine Journal will be hosting and holding our annual Search Blogs Awards."

There are in total 24 different categories, some of them are: Best Search Agency Resource Blog, Best SEO Blog, Best Search Engine Research Blog, Best Social Media Marketing or Optimization Blog, Best Affiliate Marketing Blog, etc.

Matt Cutts on his blog, has posted a video "about how to use ALT attributes for images."

Pew Internet & American Life Project in a press release report that "47% of internet users have searched for their own name online, up from 22% five years ago." Though this figure pertains to those who've searched for themselves, but they also found that most don't regularly monitor their online presence.

We already have some popular user generated knowledge storehouses such as Wikipedia, Yahoo Answers, About.com, etc but now it looks as if all of them have competition!

Here's what you got, The Official Google Blog reports about testing their new tool "Knol." They say "Earlier this week, we started inviting a selected group of people to try a new, free tool that we are calling "knol", which stands for a unit of knowledge.

Following the launch of Google Toolbar 5 The Google Webmaster Central Blog elaborates on the new features that "help users arrive at your website, or at least see your content, even when things go awry."

Yahoo! Search Blog discusses about the new technology they've come up with. They say that making a blog involves collating pictures, links, maps, etc and that sometimes there's "the hassle of digging up that supporting content is the most painful part. So, to help bloggers address these pain points, we built Yahoo! Shortcuts for WordPress — a technology that sits in the background and finds and offers content to help build out your post in real-time."

According to Barry at Search Engine Roundtable The AdWords Keyword Tool seems to have got a makeover, here's how it looked like before.

keywordtoolold Google AdWords Keyword Tool Gets A Makeover!

Photo Credits: rustybrick's photostream on flickr.com

And here's the new look now

keywordtoolnew Google AdWords Keyword Tool Gets A Makeover!

Here's how it looks when you select the "Website content" radio button.

keywordtoolwebsite Google AdWords Keyword Tool Gets A Makeover!

Google Launches Toolbar 5

Dec 14, 2007 | 1,882 views | by Navneet Kaushal

According to the Google Press Center "Today we announced the latest version of Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. The beta version is now available in US-English at http://toolbar.google.com/T5."

The new features are:

Add your favorite Google Gadgets:

"Universal Google Gadgets now work from Google Toolbar and give users access to additional tools, functionality and content right from the browser. For developers, Google Toolbar is now an additional channel to distribute gadgets, especially ones designed to interact with the websites users visit."

Google continues with the tradition of dressing up divider bars between the sponsored listings and the free listings.
A search for Christmas turns up Christmas tree dividers.

googlechristmas Festive Dividers For Sponsored Links On Google

It appears that this is being implemented in the US only, users outside of US should be able to see these changes by adding &gl=us at the end of the search string.

Google AdWords Blog reports the launch saying "Today, we released version 5.0 of AdWords Editor, our free, downloadable campaign management application. Among other features, version 5.0 includes support for local business ads, an export picker that lets you select specific campaigns and ad groups to save to a CSV file, and the ability to save advanced search settings. You can read our release notes for a complete list of new and updated features."