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:
- Get Ready, Here Come More Google AdWords Account Bans
The mass AdWords banning that has continued on since late September of this year is just going to get worse. Google told me last night that they are stepping up the account level bans and making them permanent on the account level. Nick Fox of Google told me Google is now better at enforcement and able to offer more comprehensive enforcement of their existing policies. This is why they have decided to step up these
- Google Sitelinks Linking to Wrong Sites?
A WebmasterWorld thread reports that someone is noticing that his site's Sitelinks in Google are pointing to a different site. I am not sure how that is possible. How can Google link a Sitelink for one site to a different site? But according to this webmaster, it is true. I do not have any proof that this is happening, nor will I ever get proof because WebmasterWorld does not allow examples. But I believe it
- Google Translate Gets Major Upgrade
Google announced a major upgrade for Google Translate. I am personally very impressed. The new features include: New layoutInstant translationShows reading phonetically in EnglishSpeaks English translation for you (i.e. text to speech)Type phonetically also Here is a video demonstrating the new features: There are both compliments and anger about the change in the Google Translate Group. Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums and Google Translate Group.
- Holiday Shopping With Google Search Options
Jaime from Google reminds us in a Google Web Search Help thread about a 1.5 month old search option feature Google added, named "More shopping sites." Basically, if you conduct a search on Google, click on "search options" and then click on "More shopping sites" Google will try to show you results from sites selling things. Here is a picture: This kind of reminds me of Yahoo Mindset, a tool Yahoo created a while back
- Google Earth 2.0 for iPhone
The Google LatLong blog announced an upgrade that is currently now available in the iTunes App store for the iPhone. Google Earth 2.0 is out and it has new features, including: My Maps IntegrationPerformance ImprovementsImproved "Icon" SelectionAdded 13 languages, now 31 languages in total With iPhone App updates, when they are available in the iTunes App Store, they might not be available for all users. Kind of like when a Google update is out, some
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Register for this week's optimization webinars!, Google AdSense Help
- You can now view previous homepage images, WebmasterWorld
- Arbitrage OK?, WebmasterWorld
- Blogger of the Week: Brad Geddes on actionable AdWords reports, Google AdWords Help
- Should I use the <video> tag to make sure robots understand the content of videos on my site?, Google Webmaster Help