Google Panda Update Slams Content Farms

Whether you call it “Panda,” as Google prefers, or “Farmer,” as the media labeled it, one thing is certain: the search engine’s latest update sent shock waves through the Internet. Many sites lost their positions in the SERPs, while others were apparently unaffected. How can you maintain or regain your standing?
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U Rank: Microsoft Discovers Social Search

Everybody wonders what’s bubbling away in Google Labs, to the point that we sometimes forget that other major search companies boast their own research and development departments. To wit, Microsoft Research began offering its own variation of social search in October 2008. Dubbed U Rank, it’s an interesting experiment.
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Youlicit Invites Us to Rediscover Search

Google owes its success to automated search algorithms, but many niche sites and search engines put their faith in the “wisdom of crowds.” Youlicit approaches search from this angle. Founded in 2006, the “discovery engine” hopes to show you parts of the web you’ll like based on what you already like.
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