Daily Search Forum Recap: November 16, 2007

Nov 16, 2007 - 3:00 pm 0 by

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.

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  • Weekly Search Buzz Roundup - 11/16/07: Microsoft Live Search Webmaster Tools, Android Contest & Search Engine Roundtable Recaps
    Hope y'all had a nice week, but we can't forget that it's Friday and it's time to relax. Before you do, though, let's cover what you may have missed... you wouldn't want to be out of the loop, would you? Veteran's Day Did you know that Monday was Veteran's Day in the states? Now you do. And search engines may have reminded you. This year, only a few took on the theme: Google and Dogpile.
  • Forums are Web 1.0, Blogs are Web 2.0
    Well, not quite, but forum members are noticing that people are shifting their focus away from forums and into blogs. Do forums have to adapt? Not necessarily. Some forum members are not yet embracing the blogosphere. The audiences may stay the same. And so, many think that forums can still coexist with blogs and newer social media. RuudHein adds the following: By nature, I believe, all social media, including forums, are complementary. Forum administrators often
  • Check if Wikipedia Links To Your Site
    A High Rankings Forums member wonders if there's a way to check how many links are on Wikipedia. A few people say yes, you can. Some possible methods of exploration include the linkdomain:yoursite.com site:wikipedia.org or Google Webmaster Tools. But Barry, our savior, gives the most authoritative answer yet: To see your links from Wikipedia (nofollowed or not followed) go to: Here is an example search of our links in Wikipedia. Nice. If you didn't know
  • Gmail Problems Plague Users, Google Acknowledges Issues
    Are you using Gmail and are being redirected to basic HTML? Google wants to know if you've been afflicted by this new bug -- they acknowledge the problem -- and they want you to provide some insight for them to diagnose the issue via Google Groups. In related news, Gmail users are also finding that their emails are disappearing, according to NetworkWorld. Thankfully, that's not happening to me or any other forum members for that
  • Shopzilla Pays Bloggers $100 After 'PR' Issue
    Shopzilla must've been hit hard by the PageRank massacre, or so one would suspect. A blogger was offered $100 to remove a PayPerPost review that he had written on Shopzilla. But in the second mail they were offering me $100 for the removal of the link. I was really amazed to see the mail because they paid for putting the link and now they are offering for the removal of the link also. Uh, what?
  • Google AdSense Creator Moves On
    One of Google's "godfathers of AdSense" has left the company to start his own, according to CNN. Gokul Rajaram, 33, is off to start his own venture, but not without praise from Google. Before his departure, he was presented with a plaque signed by a few hundred Googlers at his own farewell party. Interestingly, there's a lot of good background on AdSense in that article: “Google had already understood how to match keywords with URLs,
  • Google Warns of Companies that Guarantee Top Placement in AdWords
    Typically, you need to worry about companies that promise a top position in Google's organic or free listings. But Google also warns that you should be wary of those companies that will guarantee the top position in their paid listings, Google AdWords. Googler, AdWordsPro, said in a Google Groups thread: Bottom line, if anyone says they can 'guarantee' top placement - whether in the unpaid search results or within AdWords - then buyer beware. AdWordsPro
  • Google Hits Some Sites with PageRank 0s
    Andy Beard has been tracking the Google PageRank changes like a hawk and he reported PageRank Zeros to many sites. There are also many people reporting PageRank Zeros at DigitalPoint Forums. Those reporting that they have a PageRank of zero are also reporting that their rankings and traffic from Google are the same. I have seen some sites with a PR0 that do not sell links, so I am not sure if it is directly
  • Early Feedback on Google AdSense Click Area Change
    We were the first to notify people about the click area changing in AdSense a few days ago. I thought it would be interesting to aggregate some of the reaction to the change from several channels. The theory is that since Google made the click area of an AdSense ad more defined (i.e. less clickable area) that AdSense publishers would realize a drop in earnings and CTR. The AdSense blog posted about the change last

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