Google Calls on Webmasters to Help it Improve Search

Google hires employees all the time, but interestingly the company has basically put out a help wanted ad on its Webmaster Central blog, looking for academics to help it improve search quality and fight spam. “Yes, we’re looking for help…

Bing’s Take on Content Quality

Since the Google Panda Update first launched back in February (and really for some time before that), there has been a lot of discussion about search quality throughout the industry – the quality of the content that search engines are…

Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update

Blekko, the alternative search engine that aims to challenge Google and Bing by reducing spam and low quality content in search results via human curation, has refreshed its index and results pages in an update it refers to as “Zorro”.…

Blekko Refreshes Itself, Challenges Users to a Game of 3 Engine Monte

Alternative search engine Blekko has launched a major update, called “Zorro,” which includes an expanded search index with integration of the slashtags, which have been the staple of the site. On the new results pages, users will see sites that…

Google Sacrifices Search Quality to Preserve Open Web

Google has pulled its search engine at google.kz out of Kazakhstan, where the country’s government is requiring all .kz domain names to be operated from servers located in the country. Now when you go to google.kz, you’re redirected to google.com/webhp?hl=kk.…

Google Panda Algorithm Update (And Related Stories) – A Roundup

We’ve been covering a Google’s Panda Algorithm update a lot since its initial launch (in some ways even before its launch). We thought it might be useful for some to provide something of a round-up of coverage as a one…

What Would Google Search Quality Be Like Without AdSense?

I don’t think many people will argue that Google’s AdSense program has been a major catalyst in increasing the amount of content/search spam on the web. This may not have been Google’s intention for the service, but it has clearly…

Google Panda Update Victim HubPages Posts Quality Standards in Recovery Effort

We’ve covered HubPages a number of times since Google’s Panda update originally launched, as they were one of the victims that lost significant search visibility as a result. Since the update, the site has been making various adjustments to its…

30% of All YouTube Videos Make Up 99% of Views

YouTube announced today that it is transcoding all new videos into the WebM format, as well as other supported formats, which include MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEGPS, WMV, and FLV. In the announcement, they say they are working to transcode…

Google Panda Update Hits Demand Media’s eHow This Time

As you know, Google has rolled out the Panda update internationally in the English language. SearchMetrics has put out a list of the top victims in the UK. We’ll be exploring more of this in time, but one thing that…