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:
- Google One Box Blindness
An early WebmasterWorld thread is discussing the topic of Google One Box "blindness." Google One Boxes are those enhanced results you see at the top or within the search results of Google. When they first came out, there were hard to miss, but now SEOs and maybe some searchers are subconsciously blocking them out, like they would ads? Here are some examples of "one boxes": Get the point? Do you think all this injection of
- Introducing The Google Mapping Tool Availability Matrix
Google Maps has tons of features, but some of those features are not available in all regions due to many reasons. In order to help document what is and what is not available in certain regions, Google created a page named the Mapping Tool Availability to help you see which Google tools are available for mapping your area. Google breaks the page down by several regions including Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Middle East,
- Do You Compete in PPC Bid Wars?
A WebmasterWorld thread has new discussion around the topic of pay-per-click (PPC) bidding wars. A PPC bidding war is when two or more advertisers want to out bid each other in the search ads in order to either deplete the funds of the competition or to secure a certain position in the search results. With the PPC ranking models these days, it is often hard to just compete on price for the top search ad
- Rendering Google AdSense on iPhone or Android Has Minor Quirk?
A WebmasterWorld thread reports that when you try to login to Google AdSense using your Android device or an iPhone it rendered the reports all weird. I tried to reproduce this on my side, but I am currently not able to. What many are reporting is that the report seems to load in an iframe below the login box, after you login. Let me quote one of the reports: I typed my username and password.
- Removing A Competitor's Google Maps Listing
A local mover reported in a Google Maps Help thread that his competitor has successfully removed his listing from Google Maps by having hundreds of people report his address as "inaccurate" in the Google search results. Back in October, Google added a link to the map results found in the results to enable users to mark a business listing as accurate or not and this person is claiming that his competitor was able to use
- Google Holiday Logos, Also Yahoo, Bing & YouTube Winter Logos
The next two weeks are typically the slowest two weeks in the search industry (and probably most other industries). It is the holiday week, with Christmas and New Years coming, as well as it being the first day of Winter today. Google already started their holiday logo blast, although Google missed Chanukah this year, they are calling the logos "Holiday logos". You will be able to see a new one every day and Google will
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- AdWords Features: Expanded matches to earlier queries., Google AdWords Help
- Google Found Guilty of Violating Copyright, WebmasterWorld
- Search History shows my searching for porn!!???!!!, Google Web Search Help
- Giving SEO The Credit It Deserves, Sphinn
- Google Guru?, Google Web Search Help
- Linkable Asset Inventory: A Starting Point For New Link Building Campaigns, Sphinn
- Paranoid & Picky Client - Or - Insensitive Copy Work, HighRankings Forums
- Thoughts on the Google-Yelp Deal By David Mihm, Sphinn
- Let’s Try to Find All 200 Parameters in Google Algorithm, Sphinn