How does Google treat +1 against robots.txt
"The +1 Button interacts with robots.txt and other crawler directives in an interesting way. Since +1's can only be applied to public pages, we may visit your page at the time the +1 Button is clicked to verify that it is indeed public. This check ignores crawler directives. This does not, however, impact the behavior of Google web search crawlers and how they interact with your robots.txt file."
Editor's note: details on how to add Google's +1 button to your website can be found here.
Google share of searches at 66 percent in July 2011
"Google accounted for 66.05 percent of all U.S. searches conducted in the four weeks ending July 30, 2011. The combined Bing-powered search comprised 28.05 percent of searches for the month, with Yahoo! Search and Bing receiving 14.49 percent and 13.19 percent, respectively. [...]
Yahoo! Search and Bing achieved the highest success rates in July 2011. This means that for Yahoo! Search, more than 81.36 percent of searches executed resulted in a visit to a Website. Google achieved a success rate of 68 percent, an increase of 1 percent in July 2011."
Editor's note: according to the report, Yahoo/Bing users find what they're looking for more quickly. You can use IBP to optimize your web pages for high rankings on Google -and- Bing.
Search and email remain the top online activities
"92% of online adults use search engines to find information on the Web, including 59% who do so on a typical day. This places search at the top of the list of most popular online activities among U.S. adults. But it is not alone at the top. Among online adults, 92% use email, with 61% using it on an average day. [...]
Perhaps surprisingly for an online activity that has been around for a while, search is most popular among the youngest adult internet users (those age 18-29), 96% of whom use search engines to find information online. But even among the oldest internet users (age 65+), 87% are search engine users."
Google +1 – can it ever be a major ranking signal? History says not really
"Anyone remember the original snap.com? Snap.com’s innovation was heavily based on # of clicks and time elapsed between returning back to the search engine.
There are a ton of reasons on how you can leverage your social media to help you with SEO, but in terms of social influencing rankings anytime soon I am not holding my breath."
Google allows bidding on competitor URLs on Google AdWords
"People who are not so web savvy often type the URL into the search field rather than the URL field to find a website. [...]
Contacted Google support about this, I would have thought this is a breach of T&C, but they claim they can only protect a trademark, not a domain name."
Search engine newslets
- Test SEOprofiler's new backlink manager and the link opportunity finder.
- Discussion: is there another Google algorithm update?
- The AdWords billing tab is temporarily unavailable for some accounts.
- Google Places bug loses major Hawaii Hotel.
- Video: Is there a limit to how many 301 (Permanent) redirects I can do on a site? Answer: no.
- Google tests a new Instant interface.
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