SEO Weekly Digest – Issue 51
Twitter Introduces Search Relevancy Features
Trending topics on Twitter are a powerful method of getting behind a cause, promoting a brand, or joining a group of people with whom you have something in common. I’m sure you’ve all seen trending topics which contain spam – i.e spammers use the trending topic’s hashtag so their tweet will be seen by more people. News coming from Twitter yesterday via their blog reveals that they want to do something about it. By showing higher quality results in trends, they hope to cut out the noise and provide relevant results.
MSN Bot 1.1 Retires
Microsoft announced this week that they are officially retiring MSN bot 1.1 and have already introduced MSN bot 2.0. The webmaster blog goes on to say that by the end of this week we should no longer be seeing MSN bot 1.1 in our referrer logs. Hopefully bot 2.0 will be a whole lot more nimble than its older counterpart.
PubCon Iron Man Schedule Released
PubCon Vegas next week looks to have some amazing sessions and events. In addition to the daytime schedule, there’s also a whole host of evening events planned. From Tweetups, to Werewolf parties, to poker tournaments, PubCon Vegas has an evening event for everyone. All events do require a PubCon badge for admission, however.
Google Launches Google Dashboard
You’d have a tough job if you tried to make it throughout the day without coming across a Google product on the Internet. That’s why Google wants to give us greater control and transparency (no, really) over the Google products we use. Here’s an explanation from the blog post explaining the Dashboard:
Designed to be simple and useful, the Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use (when signed in to your account) and provides you direct links to control your personal settings. Today, the Dashboard covers more than 20 products and services, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Web History, Orkut, YouTube, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts, Latitude and many more.
Google News Releases New Sitemap Format
Those of you with news sites will want to listen up – Google released updates to the Google News Sitemap format this week. There is a transition period where Google will still pay attention to the current sitemap format, but recommend that you submit a new sitemap with the new format as soon as possible. They recommend you do this to avoid interrupting your content’s inclusion in Google news, and we wouldn’t want that, would we?