A couple of days back Google's Susan Moskwa & Trevor Foucher published FAQ about sitemaps, see: Google's FAQs on Sitemaps. The FAQs followed from their experience at SES Chicago 2007. Now, Michael Wyszomierski releases notes answering issues faced by many webmasters who he interacted with at PubCon Vegas 2007.

Here are the webmaster's concerns:

Site Verification Files and Meta Tags

Some time back changes to Google's AdSense refferal program had announced, pertaining to the pricing structure for North America, Latin America, or Japan and Google Plans To Retire Its AdSense Referral Program? outside North America, Latin America, and Japan.

The news came as a nasty surprise for the publishers affected by the changes and most were unhappy with it. One of the most vocal critics has been Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net who termed the changes as sheer stupidity! On similar lines Jeremy Schoemaker along with many others protested the changes.

A couple of days back IncrediMail got a shock of its life when Google had severed the advertising service relationship with it, see: Doomsday For IncrediMail After Being Dumped By Google from AdSense Program!. IncrediMail is an Internet content and media company which provides email solutions and solutions for desktop wallpapers and screensavers.

Now it's some good news for them and their stakeholders as the advertising service relationship has been reinstated, announced Incredimail.

Google's Webmaster team has come up with a quick start guide for beginners. The guide covers several aspects such as:Dashboard, Overview, Diagnostics, Statistics, Links, Sitemaps and Tools.

webmaster guide Google Webmaster Central Launches Quick Start Guide For Rookie Webmasters!

Picture Credits: Google Webmaster Tools

It provides lots of elementary information about Google Webmaster Tools. The information that lets you make your website more Google-friendly. It enables you to “See your website the way Google sees it.”

Would Yahoo! Layoff Hundreds?

Jan 22, 2008 | 2,862 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Yahoo! Inc has been making a lot of news off late, see: 3rd Annual Yahoo! Searchlight Awards Announced!, Yahoo!: Personalized Mobile Portal Launched and Yahoo! To Support OpenID Standard.

Now, Yahoo!'s expected layoffs have become the hot topic of speculation these days. Since, no one knows for sure how big would be the magnitude of layoffs, only estimates are being floated around. Kevin Delaney of the Wall Street Journal reports the figures to be in the tune of hundreds and “Yahoo expects to finish 2008 with about the same number of workers as …”

Launched last year, Microsoft's adCenter Content Network only had Microsoft web properties during the initial stage. But now to make a mark in the field and to expand its network, Microsoft is all set to work with high-quality publishers like financial data provider EDGAR Online. This will be the first non-Microsoft web property to carry adCenter ads.

A master plan for the Google development office, Fremont, shows up on a bus advertisement, observes Philipp Lenssen. See below:

google bus Googlers Brainstorm On Buses! What Next?

Andrew Hitchcock got this shot in a bus tunnel in Seattle.

One of the scribbles is a link for jobs in Seattle “google.com/jobs/seattle,” you can see a couple of other scribbles and flow diagrams. Nice “Googling,” no! “Doodling,” on the buses.

In a recent thread titled, “Baidu gains approval to become a Domain Registrar … but for what purpose?” at WebmasterWorld, there is a report from zunmi.com that Baidu had received approval from China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) to become a domain name registrar in last December. According to that report Baidu had applied in September of last year to become a .cn registrar.

According to the data released by Nielsen Online the “share of searches” for Google along with Yahoo! has taken a hit in the month of December 2007 observes John Letzing , while MSN/Windows, Live Search's share has shown an appreciation. The data pertains to the United States.

searchproviders Google, Yahoo!s Share of Searches slips while MSNs Rises

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Singapore has launched a contest for developing a next-generation multi-media online search engine. The contest has allowed for eight months time to build the engine and the reward is a 100,000 US dollar cash prize, as has been reported at Physorg.

The competition has been organized by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. The contestants are required to submit an engine that can, in addition to text, identify and search music and video files as well.