It has been an eventful week in the land of SEO with the latest Panda update shaking up a few SERPS and another couple of blog networks getting shot down. With these headlines dominating the SEO news sites there have been a few other interesting developments that have slipped under the radar. Here’s a few of the stand-out sites/blog posts/resources which I’ve stumbled on this week.
First up, Mike Blumenthal wrote an excellent post on the latest Venice Update on local search over at http://blumenthals.com/blog/2012/04/11/the-venice-shift-from-local-pack-to-blended-results/ , drop back for my own take on how it has affected local Irish search results in the next few days.
Next up, Nicaragua blames an error on Google Maps for their military crossing the border into Costa Rica! http://searchengineland.com/nicaragua-raids-costa-rica-blames-google-maps-54885?fb_ref=sel-story-stbox
Another interesting post by SearchEngineLand explains how Google intends to improve it’s algorithm to the extent that it understands the actual meaning of words. This will result in much more relevant search results as it will be able to identify multiple synonyms and associated terms of your search query. http://searchengineland.com/google-becomes-answer-engine-with-semantic-technology-great-news-for-retailers-116860?utm_campaign=wall&utm_source=socialflow&utm_medium=facebook
A couple of the more off-beat topics I stumbled across this week were:
- Google’s amazing self-driving car. Check out this video of a man who is certified blind driving to his local supermarket and back.
Is there no end to the pies that big G has got fingers in?
- How life could be in the not-so-distant future….
That’s enough blogging for one day….I’m off for a punt on the Grand National. Best of luck to Katie Walsh on SeaBass, €10 e/w and the pints are on me!