All that happened in the world of search engines in the first week of August. Once again, the blogs are all in chronological order. Enjoy!
Over at PPC Hero John reports that, Google has begun the removal of Content Network average position indicators or figures. In place of the position indicators, Google is now displaying 'N/A' (not available) to the users.
Over at the SEOBOOK, Aaron Wall reports that Google seems to be testing a new feature in its search engine result pages (SERPs). According to the reports, Google seems to be displaying a Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“RelatedĂ˘â‚¬Âť category under the each search result. When you click on the link in the Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“RelatedĂ˘â‚¬Âť category, you get new results that do provide any reference to the the initial query that you ran in Google.
Via the Live Search Blog, Microsoft has announced that, due to the positive feedback it has received from users, the same background images have now officially been inculcated in the Live Search home page. The images that would be displayed in the new Live Search page will be changed frequently and will also have highlighted areas in the image itself. These highlighted areas are known as 'hotspots' and can be explored with the click of a button. These hotspots will produce search results related to themselves. As of now, these new changes have been rolled out for users in the United States alone. However, Microsoft assures that the changes for the Live Search home page would be reflected in other regions shortly.
Via the Official Google Blog, Google has announced that it has begun some changes in the Google Web Search that would enable the users to be more informed as to how the search results have been customized. This feature will be visible in a couple of days, in the form of a message located in the upper right corner of the search results page.
The recent launch of another search engine, named Cuil (pronounced cool), was a simple reiteration of this fact. Though Cuil has been crafted and developed by former Google compatriots, Anna Patterson, Russell Power and Louis Monier, the overall product was not even a close second to Google.
News.com, reports that a Microsoft research team has recently come up with a new concept known as BrowseRank. Through this concept, Microsoft has tried to teach Google a thing or two about ranking pages. According to the new theory, BrowseRank can prove to be more effective than PageRank as it would rank pages according to the user online behavior and not by the amount of web pages linked to a specific web page as done by Google PageRank.
You only expect big news from one of the biggest and the most preferred search engine of the world. Yes, we are talking about Google that started out with a great beginning of its indexing procedure where it indexed about 26 million pages in its debutant year in 1998. This beginning, however seems quite modest now as the Official Google Blog has confirmed the achievement of a groundbreaking new milestone Ă˘â‚¬â€ś the whooping one trillion mark has been bagged by the industrious Google search engineers. Google has made the web world more useful and exciting for its users by facilitating them with the access to 1 trillion unique URLs on the web, all at once.
These are the news, reviews and events that have marked their impact on the Search Engine Industry this week. Sit tight for more news from this ever evolving domain. Have a great weekend!