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:
- Bing's Quality Based Ranking Team for adCenter
A WebmasterWorld thread reports a search advertiser receiving an email from Microsoft's adCenter team about his ads not showing up in Bing. The email basically said that his site was reviewed by the QBR (Quality Based Ranking) team and they were deemed low quality. Here is a copy of the email, as reported by the advertiser: I have been looking over your account and can inform you that the resultant drop in traffic has been
- Google Search Spanks The Adult Porn Industry?
I rarely cover how Google is treating the adult online industry. But I have noticed a thread at Google Webmaster Help forums that is pretty heated on the topic of Google penalizing hundreds of adult and pornographic web sites over the past week or so. Supposedly, there are many adult webmaster forums discussing this now. Google doesn't typically penalize adult sites for being pornographic. Of course, those sites are labelled in Google as being pornographic
- Report: Searchers Like Bing Better But Won't Leave Google
A Catalyst Group study showed that searchers mostly liked Bing's search interface and results over Google, but would not leave Google because they were familiar with it. TechCrunch covered this study first, where the key findings included: Most searchers liked Bing's design and organization layout over GoogleUsers felt Bing and Google were equal in returning relevant results, despite the layoutsMost searchers would continue to use Google, even though they liked Bing better Here is the
- Google's Search Wiki & Universal Results Pushing Searchers To Page Two?
There is an interesting conversation taking place at WebmasterWorld on the topic of page one results versus page two results. Senior member, Whitey, asks the question, should webmasters begin preparing their sites to rank well on page two over page one? Why would anyone want to do this? Well, some webmasters are suggesting that the first page results are cluttered and polluted with universal results, including videos, news, local and so on. They think that
- Google Scams Getting Worse
In March, we reported about several Google scams. I was hoping that the issue would get better over time, but it just seems to be getting worse. The discussion forums are swarming with questions about these scams. Innocent people are believing they can work for Google and get paid, when in fact, they are not working for Google. A Google Web Search Help thread points out that these Google scammers are not just using Google's
- Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: June 26, 2009
I'm back this week after surviving the possible Swine Flu and getting the new iPhone 3GS, catch last week's text recap in case you missed it. This week, we quickly talk about the new and frequent toolbar PageRank update. We also discuss Bing's search spike, possibly due to spam tests and how you may want to reallocate your marketing budgets. Google is asking webmasters for suggestions, so go get it. Google told us why they
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Announcing New Google Spreadsheets Features, Google Docs Help
- 4 June 2008 penalty - anniversary updates, WebmasterWorld
- Anchors Away!, HighRankings Forums
- Free Webinar on new AdWords user interface - Wednesday, July 1st, Google AdWords Help
- Link development software, WebmasterWorld
- Why Yahoo Directory (and Some Others) Are Not Considered Paid Links, HighRankings Forums