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Expect Google Webmaster Tools Makeover
The official Google Webmaster Central Blog says within 6 weeks, an overall overhauled Webmaster central – both its Content and Organization will be unveiled.

Vanessa Fox Leaving Google

Google’s popular conference spokesperson and member of the Webmaster Central team, has announced that she is leaving the company to join real estate search company, Zillow.

Webmaster – An Obsolete Concept?

One word that causes a great deal of problems is Webmaster. Perhaps many will disagree with me, but hear me out. I acknowledge that it will be difficult to bury the word. After all even the mighty Google helps to support the word through its immensely useful Google Webmaster Central. However I believe this word and the function that it implies can create a great deal of organizational dysfunction, particularly in big companies.

Telegraph Cluelessly Attacks Google News Indexing
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This time it is the UK-based Daily Telegraph that is complaining about a need to protect their content from search engines.

Google Slips Webmasters More Anchor Phrases

The Webmaster Central tools from Google received a welcomed update last month, to display anchor phrases leading to a site. Google has expanded upon that feature.

SES: Promote Your Site With Wikipedia
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If you check out the Google search results for most terms, you’ll find Wikipedia at or near the top of the list.

Vendor Thoughts On Cisco & Web Conferencing

When Cisco made its announcement about purchasing WebEx on March 15, competing web conferencing software vendor iLinc rushed out a press release the following day, talking about the news from their perspective. This got me wondering what other vendors might have to say about theshakeup in the market. I decided to contact several of them in different niches of the industry and see what they felt like sharing.

Google Shares Backlink Anchor Text Information

If you’re a search marketer, you’ve never had it so good. The days of working in the dark with Google and trying to patch together pieces of software or intricate search commands, are on their way out.

Google Shows ‘Datalicious’ Anchor Phrases

More useful information for site publishers arrives from Google’s Webmaster Central as they begin reporting on anchor text phrases linking to a website; Danny Sullivan coins a word to describe the update.

Comedy Central Brings Web Programming To TV

Comedy Central is trying something different. The cable channel is going against the grain by taking original broadband programming from comedycentral.com and offering it to late night television viewers in its new series “Web Shows”. The weekly half hour series will air at 2 a.m. ET/PT and debut on Monday.

Google Acquiring Video Game Ad Company

Google has agreed to acquire Adscape, a company that puts ads inside of video games, for $23 million. Google had missed out on Massive, a company Microsoft picked up for $200-400 million about a year ago, and is going to have to settle for the much smaller Adscape, which it will have to build into a bigger player. Judging by Google’s great success with dMarc, I’d assume nothing at this point.

Webmaster Central Now Taking Comments

One of Google’s official blogs, and one of the most useful to site publishers anywhere, has taken down the wall between posters and visitors to allow comments.

Google Finally Provides Decent Backlink Data

Ever since Google stopped showing accurate backlink (aka incoming link) counts to websites webmasters and SEOs have been forced to turn to other, more accurate tools like Yahoo.

This hasn’t really been all that bad in my opinion but it is refreshing to hear that Google has finally launched a new backlinks analysis tool within Google Webmaster Central.

Bush No Longer A Miserable Google Failure

The practice of people creating a multitude of links to President George Bush’s WhiteHouse.gov profile with the words ‘miserable failure’ as anchor text has been known as Google bombing. Now Google has made a change rendering that Google Bomb a dud.

Google’s Latest Hotspot: Librarian Central

Google wants to speak – presumably using an “inside voice” – with librarians. To facilitate this, the search engine company has launched the Librarian Central blog. And while some of us might just accept that information and move on, there have been some surprisingly strong reactions to the development.

MSN’s Procrastination Central

The holidays are literally right around the corner, and MSN realizes that not everyone finished their shopping the day after Thanksgiving. Thankfully, they created an online one-stop-shop for the shopper who waited until the last minute.

Comedy Central Gives YouTube OK

After demanding that YouTube remove all of its copyrighted videos last week, Comedy Central has given YouTube the okay to continue hosting video of its TV shows.

Comedy Central Request That Videos Be Removed

The soon to be acquired, YouTube, has received a request from Viacom to remove videos of some Comedy Central shows.

Google Enhances Webmaster Tools
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Vanessa Fox unveiled new features included with Google’s Webmaster Tools in an entry this week on the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog.

Low Cost Alternative to Web Meetings

If you do web meetings with any regularity, you may want to give Central Desktop Live a try.

Over A Million Delicious Users Served

Del.icio.us, the bookmarking service purchased by Yahoo, has registered over one million users of the service now.

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