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:
- Poll: Ranking Top in Regional Googles & Google.com
A HighRankings Forum thread asks if it is possible to rank number one in Google.ca and Google.com, if the site is using a .ca ccTLD and is hosted in Canada. As you can see, the question has a lot of variables. It is also dependent on the keyword. For example, I hope I can rank well in any Google regional flavored search engine for my company name, RustyBrick. But to rank well for a more
- Google Local Business Center Updates Not Working?
There is an unusual spike in complaints in the Google Maps Help forum that the Google Local Business Center is not functioning correctly. People are saying that although they are updating the information in the local business center, those updates are not being reflected in Google Maps. Typically, updating the local business center would reflect the change in Google Maps "almost instantly" said one local SEO expert. But now, it is taking days and nothing
- Mainstream Media Covers "Google Bans and Buries"
All of you are well aware of the penalties Google shells out to webmasters for disobeying their word. But does your mom know them? Does your aunt or nephew - probably not. That might soon change as more and more mainstream media outlets begin to cover how Google works and interacts with the web sites that make up their powerful index. Ki Mae Heussner of ABC News wrote an article named Google Bans and Buries
- Twitter Goes Down: Mainstream Media Covers It
As many of you know, Twitter had some issues yesterday. It wasn't just Twitter, but Twitter got the most hurt from the DoS attack. If you haven't heard the news then (1) you were away, (2) you don't use twitter, (3) you don't read or watch the news or (4) you aren't reading this blog. If you fall into any of those cases, pick one of the hundreds of headlines on this story from Techmeme.
- 300 Status Response Codes: What Do Search Engines Do With Them?
A Google Webmaster Help thread has a new topic that I never covered before in my (almost) 6 years of covering SEO forum threads. A Webmaster was using a server response code of 300, which is a response of "Multiple Choices." What does that mean? The W3.org explains: The requested resource corresponds to any one of a set of representations, each with its own specific location, and agent- driven negotiation information (section 12) is being
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- AdWords system maintenance on Saturday August 8th, Google AdWords Help
- Content May Be The SEO King But Check The Palace Architecture, Sphinn
- Ignoring Social Media Makes You Mute, Not Invisible, Sphinn
- Microsoft snaps up Office.com domain, DigitalPoint Forums
- Reminder: Retiring the "One at a time" Feature, Google Base Help Forum Announcements
- RushmoreDrive shuts down, Search Engine Watch Forums
- Scheduled Maintenance for AdSense and Ad Manager, WebmasterWorld
- Where did the "Learn more" link for denied webpage removals go??, Google Web Search Help