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:
- Serving Different Content Based on Search Query: Is This Allowed?
A High Rankings Forum member has an interesting question about a website he maintains. In the particular example, he is selling a niche item within a broader category. I'll use an example for illustrative purposes: he's basically selling "children's books." However, he notices that he's getting general traffic from "books" sites, though his specific focus is children's books. Now he realizes that he could potentially benefit from the "books" site traffic, so he's coded some
- Google Map Maker Launched
A Google Groups post by Google Maps Brian announces the launch of Google Maps Maker, which is a "service that allows you add or edit features, such as roads, businesses, parks, schools and more." Only Brian forgot to add the critical parts: how do you actually get to Google Maps Maker? It isn't quite straightforward. Fortunately, Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land had the answer. By navigating to the Google Maps Maker documentation, you learn
- Detailed Screen Shots of Google's New Ad Planner :: Wow!
Google launched Ad Planner yesterday and I just received my invite into the program. All I have to say is WOW! You thought Google Trends for Websites was revealing, wait until you see some of these screen captures. I will show you data that shows sites unique visitors, their income, their gender, behavior and much more. And guess what, this is all for free on almost every site out there (except Google). I'll
- Google Sitemaps New Error: "Dynamic Content"
Several webmasters are noticing new errors found in their Google Webmaster Tools Sitemaps error diagnostic section. The new error is: All the URLs in your Sitemap are marked as having dynamic content. We have threads at WebmasterWorld and Google Groups on the new error. No one knows exactly what makes this error spring up. We do not have a response from a Googler on this error, at least not yet. Google Groups member, Phil Payne,
- Google Prefers Alt Attribute in Images
If you had to pick between using an Alt attribute in your images versus a Title attribute in your images, I would go with an Alt attribute. The alt attribute is basically "alternate text" for your image, it is used to describe the image. For example, an image tag for a boat might look like this: <img src="boat.gif" alt="Big Boat"> In a Google Groups thread, Googler, Reid said that Google "concentrates on the information provided
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