Some weeks back, Microsoft promised Webmasters a Live Search Portal. Microsoft officials said that this new portal will have the ability to be part of the beta, to test out new features. And as promised, it is already doing so. Some Webmasters signed up and have already been invited into the beta.

Recently, Francesco Mapelli came up with a new SEO tool, known as the 'Supplemental Index Ratio Calculator'. The main functionality of this tool is to provide the site owners with the percentage of pages from their site that are included in the Google Supplemental Index. The Supplemental Index Ratio tells you what percentage of pages from your website are supplemental results. It is good if your site have a lower Supplemental Index Ratio.

In a thread at WebmasterWorld, it came up that Advertisers are not happy with the Google AdWords Reports makeover. Members are reporting that the AdWords Report Center even with the latest makeover has a resemblance with Google Analytics.

One week back, some changes were made to the AdWords Report Center. The main Reports page got a simplified look, and a new format for report graphs was also introduced. It was believed that the improved Report Center will help in making your data much easier to process.

In Google groups Susan Moskwa asked users how and what they did to keep a check on posts. Some of the questions which include:

  • How do you keep up with what's going on?
  • Do you use the Google Groups UI?
  • Do you use our RSS feeds to follow threads?
  • How do you decide which threads to read?

Rand Fishkin in his website has a post of an interview with Matt 'the Google Guy Cutts'. Not your usual interview, well Rand Fishkin is not ordinary interviewer either, this one features a funny multiple choice questionnaire.

Here goes:

Ques: Does Google recommend the use of nofollow internally as a positive method for controlling the flow of internal link love?

In the latest search engine news, Google Inc apparently is collaborating with China.com to provide the letter with search results, reports Forbes.

"Internet service provider China.com Inc., a unit of CDC Corp., said Thursday it is expanding its Google Inc. partnership to allow more of its Web sites to use the search engine provider's technologies.

Under the new agreement, Google will power search services on China.com's Chinese portal and China search site.

Yahoo! Panama with enhanced tools and new options informs the official Yahoo! search blog.

Some of the features are:

  • "You can now create, edit, copy, delete and view all saved ads (up to 20) for an ad group in one place. More importantly, you can view the performance of your ads against one another with one click.
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gregory coleman thumb Yahoo! Loses More Of Top Executives!Yahoo! Inc, the Sunnyvale, California-based search giant is replacing its principal global sales executive, Greg Coleman thanks to a management shake-up.

Greg Coleman will be replaced by Hilary Schneider, who previously worked in Knight Ridder and Red Herring. The news first broke out when Yahoo! Chief financial officer, Susan Decker sent a memo to the team.

Google, Microsoft-backed group ready to Defend Fair Use informs Arstechnica.

Apparently, the group has introduced a web site called Defend Fair Use indicating they are determined to make this complaint last.

"The site is basically used as a way to disseminate the group's FTC complaint and drum up signatures for a petition that will be delivered to the agency later this year. For those interested in seeing examples of the allegedly abusive copyright notices that prompted the complain, the CCIA has helpfully published several on the site.

Barry Schwartz writes that Yahoo! UK now has introducedc search suggestions.

This means that now when you type in a query in Yahoo! UK it will now give suggestions.