Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.
Search Engine Roundtable Stories:
- Is Google Nickel & Diming AdSense Publishers?
A publisher using Google AdSense noticed that he is not making all the money he apparently earned in AdSense. For example, if he's making 12.01 for his AdSense earnings in the content network and 0.05 in the search network, he's only making $12.05 and not $12.06. Is Google taking pennies from him? Not quite, as someone points out. It's possible that he was making 12.0055 and 0.049 which is rounded up and would then translate
- Yahoo Expands X-Robots-Tag: Supports NOINDEX, NOARCHIVE, NOSNIPPET, and NOFOLLOW
Yahoo recently announced that they are supporting four new types of exclusion tags in the robots.txt file: NOINDEX, NOARCHIVE, NOSNIPPET, and NOFOLLOW. The benefits of being able to declare these directives in the robots.txt file enables folks who store PDFs, Word Documents, and other files on the web and cannot easily place these directives in the header. Google actually expanded its robots.txt protocol in July with the unavailable_after tag, and Sebastian discovered the Noindex: /
- Google AdSense Fixes Seven Day Phone Verification Bug
Ever since December 1st, AdSense publishers who needed to verify their accounts via phone were unable to, due to a bug. Google announced on Friday that they have resolved the issue and if you have yet to verify, you can now do so. Once you verify, you may need to remove any holds on your payments. To do so go to your "Payment History" page and look for a 'Required Actions' box at the top
- Google Accidently Bans Hundreds of Users from Gmail
A Google Groups thread is tracking a major problem for hundreds of Gmail users. Many users were noticing that their Gmail accounts were all of a sudden disabled. Google has documentation on why an account would be disabled and what you would see if it happened to your account. But this time it happened to way too many Gmail users for it to look normal. The problem began late on December 5th. The following day,
- Google AdSense to Launch "Ad Review Center"
WebmasterWorld members are reporting receiving an email from Google that they will be launching an "Ad Review Center." The Ad Review Center will be launched within the next few months and enable AdSense publishers the ability to approve ads that are submitted for their site via the placement-targeted method. Google launched placement targeting in September 2005 and then started displaying Advertise on this Site on those ads that support that feature. Google told me they
- Google's AdSense Preview Tool Not Showing All Ads?
A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Google's AdSense Preview Tool does not show all the live ads in the system. For example, this user said he saw an ad on his site. He then went to the AdSense preview tool and the ad was not there. Here is how the AdSense publisher described the problem: I've noticed this for months now, but, recently especially when I try to track down the URL of MFA spam sites
- Clarification on Sub Domains in Google: Google to Make It Harder But Not Impossible
Friday we reported that Google to Begin Treating Subdomains as Folders: Max 2 Results Per Search based on a post from Tedster at WebmasterWorld. Soon after, Matt Cutts of Google commented saying: This isn't a correct characterization of what Google is looking at doing. What I was trying to say is that in some circumstances, Google may move closer to treating subdomains as we do with subdirectories. I'll talk about this more at some point
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Question About Google Snippets, Cre8asite Forums
- Google Needs to Stop Being a Crybaby About Paid Links, Sphinn
- Allinanchor/inanchor differences?, WebmasterWorld
- Matt Cutts: Subdomains and Subdirectories, Sphinn
- What If One Day Wikipedia Began to Sell Google AdSense Ads?, DigitalPoint Forums
- There's Something About Sphinn, Sphinn
- How often do you change your Desc. and KW tag?, WebmasterWorld
- AdSense 2007 Holiday Wishlist, WebmasterWorld
- Big Change To Urls, HighRankings Forums
- Google Posting Forms, HighRankings Forums
- How important is the age of a website?, SitePoint Forums
- How important is URL rewriting?, SitePoint Forums
- Really Long Anchor Text, HighRankings Forums