August 2008: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land’s 10 most popular stories from August 2008:

1) Google’s Email, Gmail, Having Major Issues – It is not uncommon for Gmail (Google Email) users to complain about outages and issues with sending and receiving email. But right now, there are hundreds of Gmail users complaining that Gmail is down or simply not sending or receiving emails. A current search at Twitter on Gmail will return hundreds of messages with Gmail complaints. I am personally receiving a "Temporary Error (502)" and was receiving other weird errors when trying the Gmail interface. Some are reporting that Gmail is working fine through POP and IMAP protocols, but just not via the web interface.


2) 6 Common Website Mistakes That Are Costing You Money – As I’m reviewing company websites to prepare for our August SEO Training Class, I’m struck by how often I see the same website mistakes. Since we’ve been offering the SEO classes over the past 7 months, we’ve reviewed over 40 websites. In each class of 6 online marketers, there’s never a dearth of problems to point out to them. I’m not talking about minor glitches here, but stuff that prevents the website from reaching its full potential with the search engines. In other words, as long as these problems exist, they’re not going to be able to gain all the targeted search engine traffic that they could be. To put it into terms that anyone can relate to–the company is basically losing money every day they don’t fix their website. Here are 6 common website mistakes that could be costing you money.


3) Olympics Logos From Google, Yahoo & – Today is the day that the 2008 Summer Olympics kick off in Beijing. Here are the logos from Google, Yahoo and for the special day:


4) Search & Internet Explorer 8 – After finally getting the new Internet Explorer 8 beta installed (demands to upgrade Windows, verify Windows, sigh), I spent some time playing with the new search functionality and checking to see if Microsoft was going to try to stack the deck in its favor with the new browser. So far, it remains pretty even handed. Indeed, so far, Microsoft seems kind of lame given that there are some cool search features you’re hard pressed to locate. Let’s take a tour.


5) Google Adds Olympics One Box Results – I was chatting with Danny about the Yahoo Olympics Shortcut on the Daily SearchCast and Danny noticed that a search for beach volleyball olympics on Google returns a Google OneBox result.


6) Google Insights For Search Launches – Google has launched Google Insights for Search, a tool that helps advertisers and marketers understand searcher behavior. The tool offers a comprehensive set of statistics based on search volume and patters. You can compare seasonal trends, geographic distributions, and category-specific searches, and you can group all these variables together to get extremely specific. In addition, Google allows you see "rising searches" overall or in a specific filter that you have set up. Overall, this seems to be a huge extension to Google Trends, Google Ad Planner, and the tools available within AdWords to advertisers. I will share some examples with you below, in order to help you understand the powerful set of features Google Insights for Search can offer you.


7) Looking For The Paris Hilton Campaign Video — How’d The Search Engines Do? – As much as I’ve enjoyed comedians poking fun at John McCain’s ad that uses Paris Hilton to mock Barack Obama, even better is a new fake ad where Paris Hilton herself takes on McCain. People are clearly turning to the web to find it – Google Trends shows plenty of people seeking it in a variety of ways. A quick look at that below, how easily (or not) the video can be found on search engines, and the video itself.


8) 3,000+ Hours Of Olympic Video: Can Search Engine Users Find It? – During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is streaming 2,200 hours of exclusive live Olympic video, as well as over 3,000 hours of replays. This content is housed exclusively on the NBC site. Users can search to watch their favorite highlights or catch something they may have missed. But can hungry Olympic video fans find their way to this mass of popular NBC content? Like the number of gold medals Michael Phelps will win, this remains to be seen.


9) Finally Gets Google Suggest Feature – After being in testing for literally years, Google Suggest is finally coming to This is the feature where as you start to type in the search box, related searches automatically appear below where you are typing.


10) Googler Asks, "Marry Me" Via Google Maps – The Google Earth Blog reports that Googler Michael Weiss-Malik has proposed to his girlfriend, Leslie, via Google Maps. They documented everything on their new web site,, but here is a picture of the proposal using an embeddable Google Map: View Larger Map

To see all of our most popular stories over time, visit our Most Popular Stories page.

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About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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