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:
- SMX Local and Mobile 2008: What Did You Miss?
Last week, one of the smaller SMX conferences, SMX Local and Mobile, was held in San Francisco. We didn't cover it here at Search Engine Roundtable, because we know other bloggers would be able to pitch in. That's where my buddy David Mihm comes in. He blogged The Mother of all SMX Local/Mobile Recaps and summarized the key points that were expressed by many participants. He also broke down the pros and cons of the
- Google Announces the Google Map Guide Staffers
In the Google Maps Help Group, you're introduced to 7 new and old Googlers who will help make your Google Maps experience a more pleasurable one. The Google Maps Guide folks are: Maps Guide Jen, from Illinois Maps Guide Sirene, from Michigan Maps Guide Tom, from Massachusetts Maps Guide Ravi, from California Maps Guide Brian, also from California Maps Guide Adam, from California as well Maps Guide Mike, from Switzerland Cool stuff. Welcome aboard, all
- Google Recommends Using Microsoft SEM Tools
Does Google have a tool for suggesting misspellings for your AdWords campaign? Nope! Instead, a Google rep, AdWordsPro Sarah, recommends someone else. Can you guess who? Well, in case you didn't read the subject of this blog post, it's Microsoft! A Google Groups thread suggests that you try the Keyword Mutation Detection tool from Microsoft! However, you also can try to use Google's keyword tool; it just needs to have sufficient search volume to be
- Google AdWords API Reports and Fixes Database Issues
Last week, there were reports of the Google AdWords API not functioning properly. In particular, the "quota units used" counter was not changing, nor were usage counters retrieved via API. When this was reported (7/21), Jeff Posnick (AdWords API Advisor) acknowledged that there was a database issue on Google's end and reported this to the engineering team. Yesterday, Jeff updated us to say that the Google engineering team has fixed the problem. Missing data from
- Are Links From Blogs As Valuable These Days?
Recently, I have been hearing a lot of buzz on the topic of links from blogs. Some are suggesting that blog links don't have the 'oomph' they once had. Now, I suspect when these people are classifying "blogs," they mean a standard personal blog and not an industry niche blog or news site. But you never know. There is a thread at WebmasterWorld discussing the pros and cons of blog links. Many blogs link out
- Google Webmaster Tools Verification Bot Not Passing The Reverse DNS Test
When a search engine spider, bot, crawler visits your site, they should all be capable of passing what is known as a reverse DNS test. I have details on how this works over at this article. A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Google's Webmaster Tools verification bot is not always passing the test. A user said that he first noticed this when he had to keep in reverifying his sites with Google Webmaster Tools. Sometimes the
- Google Maps Updates Design & Features But Users Not Happy
Google announced that they have updated Google Maps with a new design. They made the top cleaner and bluer. But with that, they removed some features that really make Google Maps users upset. Last night, I saw the new Google Maps interface, but this morning, it seems like Google reverted back to the older interface. Why? A Google Groups thread announced the update and has a lot of criticism from users. Here are the main
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Amazon Checkout Launched, WebmasterWorld
- Facebook Disables Scrabulous in US and Canada, WebmasterWorld
- Gmail Expired SMTP certificate, Google Groups
- Google says submit to Yahoo Directory, WebmasterWorld
- HP, Intel and Yahoo In Cloud Computing Research Data Centers, WebmasterWorld
- Keyword Position Problems (banned From Google), HighRankings Forums