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.

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Photo Credits: rustybrick's photostream on flickr.com

And here's the new look now

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

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Google Launches Toolbar 5

Dec 14, 2007 | 1,954 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.

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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."

Live Search Maps Launched In China

Dec 14, 2007 | 3,486 views | by Navneet Kaushal

The Windows Live Blog reports that Live Search Maps has been launched in China. With this new application, users can not only search China but also the entire world.

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The search page of Google Maps now shows location markers. The markers can be in the form of videos from YouTube, books from Google Book search or geo-tagged photos from Panoramio.

For instance, the query search for google geyser, will return you something like this:

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Google Webmaster Tools article explains how you can make your site more Google-friendly.

You can "Get Google's view of your website, and diagnose potential problems.

See how Google crawls and indexes your site and learn about specific problems we're having accessing it."

You can assess the performance of your site "Learn which queries drive traffic to your site, and see exactly how users arrive there."

logo cn Google China AdSense Open Links in New WindowIt was announced by Google China that to open AdSense links, now one have to click in a new browser window or browser tab.

The reason behind this change is the overwhelming request from publishers to improve user experience of Chinese web surfers. With the opening of a new window, users will not be required anymore to use the back button to continue browsing the publisher’s site. This will minimize the chance of a user accidentally leaving a site.