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:
- SEO & Print URLs
Many sites feature a way to print a page of your site in a printer friendly view, by removing many of the ads, removing a lot of the navigation and so on. The issue with this, in some cases, is that webmasters creating a new URL with the same content, causing a duplicate content issue on the SEO front. In the past, the solution was to call these printer friendly URLs in a non-search engine
- Google Tries Same Page Anchor Sitelinks
Over a week ago, a WebmasterWorld thread reported that Google was testing a new form of Sitelinks. These sitelinks didn't link to different URLs, but instead, linked to the same URL but with anchors (i.e. # signs at the end of the URL, which drop you down to a section on the same web page). I skipped past the thread, not understanding it as a new feature, until I spotted a post from Google Operating
- Google Fixes AdSense Channel Bug
A month old bug with Google AdSense where you couldn't change channel names in the AdSense console has finally been fixed. Google has yet to confirm it has been fixed, but publishers are reporting in the Google AdSense Help thread that the bug is now fixed. After about 90 comments and four weeks, the bug with updating the channel names seems to be resolved. First reports of it being fixed came in at 4:40am this
- Google Advertising Professional Accounts Can Now Be Transferred
The Google Advertising Professional program which launched in 2004 had one major flaw. They were assigned to companies and the scores and professional status could not be transferred with the individual who took the test, to the new company he or she went to. I am happy to say, that is no longer the case. A new program site for this certification, allows you to migrate your accounts from your old company to a new
- Google Can't Subtract?
I spotted a thread at Google Web Search Help which shows how Google can not subtract the numbers 999999999999999 - 999999999999998. Google returns the result as 0, when Yahoo and Bing return the correct result of 1. Google: Yahoo: Bing: Why is Google returning zero as the answer to this calculation? Is there some type of geek response to this or is Google's calculator malfunctioning? Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.
- Microsoft Bing Still Spamming Fake Referrers In Webmaster Log Files
I normally don't get upset when I report about bugs with search engines, it is what I do. But I am really getting upset with Microsoft and their webmaster support with Bing, really. For the umpteenth time, Microsoft said they fixed the fake referrer issue that has been plaguing webmasters since 2007 and they have lied again. Well, maybe the word lied is a strong word, maybe Microsoft simply has no idea how to manage
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Google Mobile News defaulting to Google search, Google Mobile Help
- Yahoo Creates Bogus Pages by Appending Queries, DigitalPoint Forums
- Known Issue: Feed processing delays, Google Base Help
- Link building for small sites?, WebmasterWorld
- Sandbox DB Refresh: August 28, AdWords API Forum
- what is ethical hacking?, Google Webmaster Help
- Where are my "Items Not In Folders"??, Google Docs Help