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!

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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 | 2,899 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 “,” 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 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.

Recently, Yahoo! Began testing the integration of Delicious' user generated bookmarks into its search results pages. It was during the late 2005, when Yahoo! acquired Delicious, the social bookmarking service created by Joshua Schachter.

For the time being, users will see the Delicious icon as part of their normal search results, which indicates the number of people who have bookmarked those pages along with the tags people have supplied.

Google's latest tweak with Google accounts is to invite the users to associate an extra email address to their existing account with Google, observes Tony Ruscoe. Google offers the benefit of providing this information as “Adding and email address helps Google associate useful information with your Google account. For example, Google calender can show invitations sent to any of your addresses.”

20 Analytical Tools For Your Blog!

Jan 21, 2008 | 9,812 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Analytics are important to help you build a brand and to effectively promote your website. The criticality of blogs cannot be understated in helping you build your brand and credibility. There are many parameters and metrics which can help you mold and control your campaign for promoting your blog. In an insightful blog post Lee Odden has compiled a list of analytic tools for assessing a blog's performance.