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Knol: Google Coins A New Word

Knol: Google Coins A New Word

By WebProNews Staff December 14, 2007 | 1 Comment

Most of the techie blogosphere can tell you a knol is a unit of knowledge, now that Google has informed us it is so.

Link Selling Equals Google Juice Squeeze
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The paid link debate has a new topic to chew on, namely the official word and demonstrated effect of Google penalizing sites that sell links.

Google Turns Nine(-ish)

Some people refuse to accept that they’re aging.  Google’s okay with the idea; it just refuses to age at a reliable rate.  But the search giant has decided that today, September 27th, is its ninth birthday.

Google Gobbles up News Vertical

Late on Friday afternoon is a brilliant time for Google to announce a major change with their news service if they do not want people to talk about much. With their AP, Agence France-Presse, The Press Association in the United Kingdom and The Canadian Press syndication deals, Google claims they are improving duplicate detection, increasing listing variety, and as a net result they are sending MORE traffic to the people they signed syndication deals with.

Seven More Questions About SEO
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Rand Fishkin followed up his original ten questions (plus bonus) on SEO knowledge with the answers, and some new questions from Danny Sullivan for everyone’s perusal.

SEM Bogus for Sites That Don’t Function
While there are bugs in the Beta version of Sphinn, that doesn’t seem to be stopping search engine marketers from racing over to try Danny Sullivan’s Sphinn.com I visited twice and haven’t joined because I’m disappointed there’s no place for me there.

Squidoo – Principles to Consider

Not enough time for the usual in-depth rant (lucky for you)… but jumping off Danny’s excellent overview, I will assume that Google found within itself to ratchet down the value of Squidoo pages in the grand scheme of things.

Danny Sullivan Goes Digging With Sphinn

The search maven has launched a social community site with a Digg-ish feel and a search engine focus.

Windows Live Platform Discussion

Windows Live is best known as a collection of end-user offerings – like Messenger, Spaces, Search, Hotmail and a whole bunch more.  It’s also in the process of evolving into a platform.  Koji Kato and Danny Thorpe, from the Windows Live platform team, discuss with Catherine Heller a Windows Live Technical Evangelist on Channel 9 their views on internet software and what it means to “componentize” Windows Live.

SMX: Personalized Search – Fear or Not?

Despite the session’s title, the Q&A quickly devolved into less of a discussion of “Fear or Not” and more into “Why did you do this to us, Google?!” (Followed closely by the response, “You’re not normal. Er, a regular user.”)

The World Thinks Google’s Big Brother

There’s a lot of buzzing in the blogosphere right now (you can read Jordan’s coverage here), as it appears Google is under fire again for its privacy policies. AP reports that London-based Privacy International has issued a study of 23 internet companies, with Google coming out dead-last. In fact no other company studied, received the same low rating.

Questions For Semel, Schmidt, And Sullivan
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There are questions we would love to have answered from some of the top figures in the search industry: a pair of CEOs and the search world’s most respected pundit.

SMX: Danny Sullivan Strips For Matt Cutts
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The Search Marketing Expo opened in Seattle with a Q&A session with Google’s Matt Cutts; it seems Matt came back from his vacation with mischief on his mind.

Mahalo To Curate Web Search

Substantial buzz has accompanied Jason Calacanis’ startup debut of Mahalo, a search site with human editors refining the results for the currently 4,000 top search terms.

Mahalo To Curate Web Search
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Mahalo To Curate Web Search
MyBlogLog Update Makes Misstep

Updates are usually good things, resulting in a cool new design, added features, or greater reliability.  But MyBlogLog seems to have goofed – while introducing tagging to its site, the Yahoo-owned social network basically called social media optimizers “spammers” and “schmoes.”

Osmeloski Punches Out Of SEW

Search Engine Watch editor Elizabeth Osmeloski becomes the latest high-profile figure to announce a departure from the influential search news website.

Google Gets Into Neighborhood Search
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Dear old Mr. Rogers often talked about things in terms of neighborhoods, but the algorithms running Google Maps never considered that sort of division.  Now they do.