File a reconsideration request when you buy an old domain
A webmaster has problems with his new domain name: "I did a domain name change a little over a month ago. For the first week everything was amazing and I didn't lose any traffic at all. Then, a week later it dropped by 50% and that`s where it has stayed since."
Google's John Mueller answers: "it looks like your new domain name may have been used for other purposes previously. In general, when you change to a new domain name that might have been used before, it's a good idea to submit a reconsideration request, detailing the change of ownership (or at least change of purpose)."
Google Places and their new rejection algo
"Google Places introduced a new, much more aggressive listing level spam review process in the Places Dashboard. Your once flying high listing that was bringing in customers by the droves now may be buried deep within the listings or worse, banished from the listings altogether. [...]
The main trigger is using any word in the business name, address and categories in the description or additional fields so you need to review these carefully before submitting any new changes."
Google releases several smaller features
"When you include your date of birth on your Google profile, you may notice a special treat on the Google homepage on your birthday [...]
We just renamed [Google Suggest] to 'Google Autocomplete'. As part of our launch of Google Instant, we thought 'Autocomplete' fit better with the new functionality—automatic queries and automatic results."
How does Google deal with HTML 5 and non standard pages?
Google's John Mueller comments on that topic in a forum:
"In general, our crawlers are used to not being able to parse all HTML markup - be it from broken HTML, embedded XML content or from the new HTML5 tags.
Our general strategy is to wait to see how content is marked up on the web in practice and to adapt to that. If we find that more and more content uses HTML5 markup, that this markup can give us additional information, and that it doesn't cause problems if webmasters incorrectly use it (which is always a problem in the beginning), then over time we'll attempt to work that into our algorithms.
With that in mind, I definitely wouldn't want to stand in the way of your implementing parts of your site with HTML5, but I also wouldn't expect to see special treatment of your content due to the HTML5 markup at the moment. HTML5 is still very much a work in progress."
Yahoo is going to close the Yahoo UK & Ireland directory
"The Yahoo! UK & Ireland Directory will be shutting down on 18th of November 2010. [...] You may continue to maintain your listing through the US based Directory Submit program. Your site will remain listed in the Directory as it is now, and the applicable annual fee will apply on your anniversary date. No further action on your behalf would be required."
Search engine newslets
- Google releases mobile Ad Sitelinks.
- Google Places embarks on TeleSales campaign for tags.
- The 15 greatest Google Autocomplete fails.
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