Aug 2, 2008 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

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!

Google Takes Down Average Position Indicators in the Content Network!:

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.

Google Testing SERPs. Displays Related Queries below Search Results!:

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 “Related” category under the each search result. When you click on the link in the “Related” category, you get new results that do provide any reference to the the initial query that you ran in Google.

Microsoft Live Search Gets a New Look with 'Hotspots'!:

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.

Google to Provide More Transparency for Customized Search Results!:

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.

Google's newest competitor, Cuil it seems is not half as Cool!:

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.

Microsoft Talk about 'BrowseRank'- A Step Beyond PageRank?:, 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.

The Web World Spawns Further With Google Index Hitting The 1 Trillion Mark!:

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 – 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!

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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