Google Launches Video Sitemap!

Dec 19, 2007 | 1,663 views | by Navneet Kaushal

On the Official Webmaster Blog Google informs about the launch of the "Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol." This new protocol would help the user to make their videos more searchable by the Google Video Search. It says "By submitting this video-specific Sitemap in addition to your standard Sitemap, you can specify all the video files on your site, along with relevant metadata."

Recently, Peter Norvig, the Director of Research at Google was asked. How does Google ensure that the quality of SERPs returned by it is good?

To which he replied "We test it in lots of ways." Firstly, "… we track what users are clicking on. If they click on the number-one result, and then they're done, that probably means they got what they wanted." But "If they're scrolling down, page after page, and reformulating the query, then we know the results aren't what they wanted."

Here's what you have: Zuula, a meta search engine which lets you run concurrent searches on eight different search engines.

zuulamain Zuula: Simultaneous Search On Several Search Engines

It has a tabbed format to allow the user to switch from search results from various search engines.

zuulaformat Zuula: Simultaneous Search On Several Search Engines

At present it allows simultaneous search on eight search engines.

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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!