Matt Cutts: Grab Bag Friday

Thought I’d give a head’s up to anyone reading that Matt Cutts is running what he calls a grab bag this weekend. He’ll be taking questions from webmasters and answer them in a post over the weekend. There are 112 questions already posted as I’m writing this, but if you have something to ask get it in anyway and watch over the weekend for an answer.

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Google Releasing Click Fraud Data To Advertisers

If you’re an AdWords advertiser you may notice a new feature in your account if you haven’t already logged in to see it. As of yesterday Google began to release click fraud statistics as part of the AdWords reporting system.

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Accessible Search From Google Labs

Last week Google Labs released its new accessible search for the visually impaired. It’s about time one of the search engines took accessibility seriously and I applaud Google. With an estimated 45 million blind people and 135 million visually impaired people worldwide let’s hope the other search engines follow suit and add their own accessible search.

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Does Keyword1Keyword2.com = Keyword1-Keyword2.com?

A few days ago in a thread at Webmaster-Talk I was giving advice to someone who had chosen a new domain of the form keyword1keyword2.com. I’ve been of the opinion for a long time that search engines won’t see either keyword1 or keyword2 in the domain keyword1keyword2.com, but a post later in the thread questioned whether or not that was true, implying that they will pull keyword1 and keyword2 out of that domain.. So which is it?

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A Tale Of Two Design Philosophies: Consistency Vs Wow

This morning I read an interesting article courtesy of the New York Times comparing the approaches of Google and Yahoo when it comes to releasing new applications. Yahoo’s approach has been to maintain consistency across it’s various products where Google has usually gone after the ‘wow’ factor when releasing something new. Most of us aren’t Google or Yahoo though, and the two philosophies has gotten me thinking about designs in our own smaller sites, particularly this site, and if either approach is better than the other.

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