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:
- Weekly Search Buzz Roundup - 11/30/07: Bad Cyber Monday, Google Sells PR7 Links & Barry Reaches 5K
It's been a long week, or at least it feels like it. TGIF is all I have to say about that. :) Searching Blogs: Use Ask It looks like Ask has emerged a winner lately compared to Google's Blog Search. The results are a lot better according to Barry Schwartz and Barry Welford. Two Barrys can't be wrong. You Can't Hide 'em Lotto Winnings A crazy guy in Miami (my hometown) decided he'd win the
- Tips to Tell if You've Been Smart Priced with Google AdSense
A WebmasterWorld member asks: how do you find out if you've been smart priced? Do you get notified? No. It's a "big black box" as someone else says and the amount of money you earned instead is more important. Other telltale signs: When you receive only 1 cent to 3 cent clicks over 100's of clicks for ads which sell medium to expensive products or services, you KNOW, you have been smartpriced. When your income
- Will Google AdSense be Impacted by the Dell Lawsuit?
A Washington Post article refers to a recent lawsuit between Dell and a number of domain registrars who are cybersquatting on misspellings of Dell's various domains so that they can profit off PPC ads. This has been a problem for quite some time. WebmasterWorld members wonder if this suit will impact Google AdSense's domain parking advertising programs. It could, and some folks hope that it does since they're similar victims and also suffer the typosquatting
- Lost? Google Mobile Phone Locator Will Find You
Google is testing technology that will find you if you're lost, as long as you're equipped with a cell phone (and even if the cell phone doesn't have a GPS receiver). The new tracking feature introduced Wednesday is being touted as an added convenience because it will enable people on the go to skip the task of typing a starting address on a mobile handset's small keys when they turn to Google's maps for guidance.
- Tune Up Your Yahoo Search Marketing Campagn
Yahoo Search Marketing has released a pretty cool feature that allows you to fine-tune your campaign and have greater control (and feedback) over your accounts. Additionally, you can now save your preferences so that when you log in, your previous view is restored. Here's an example of the Campaign Tune-Up feature. As you notice, there's a new tab to allow you to tune your campaign. Once Yahoo performs the tune-up, you can view your results.
- Google AdSense's MediaBot Crawler Breaking URLs?
A single report comes from a preferred WebmasterWorld member that Google's MediaBot, the crawler Google uses to power the AdSense ads are cutting off his URLs right after the .ht of the .html pages. Here is an export of a portion of his log files: 211.10.xx.xxc - - [30/Nov/2007:13:05:16 +0100] "GET /some-file.html HTTP/1.0" 200 11706 "http://www.example.com/other-file.html" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)" 220.127.116.11 - - [30/Nov/2007:13:05:17 +0100] "GET /some-file.ht HTTP/1.1" 404 2390 "-" "Mediapartners-Google"
- Download Your AdSense for Search Top Query Data Before Google Deletes It
If you login to your Google AdSense account and go to your AdSense for Search reports, you should see a new warning from Google that they will be deleting AdSense for Search top query data that is older than one year. The message reads: Effective December 10, AdSense for Search top query data that's more than a year old will no longer be available. If you have any critical reports, please run and save them
- Will Webmasters Adopt The New Robots.txt Proposal (Automated Content Access Protocol)?
Yesterday the Automated Content Access Protocol group released their ACAP Technical Framework (Extension of robots.txt format PDF). Danny does an excellent job explaining the implications for search engines with his ACAP Launches, Robots.txt 2.0 For Blocking Search Engines? In short, he says, let's wait and see if the major search engines adopt the new protocol which calls for more "emphasis on granting permissions and blocking" as well as additional support for "time-based inclusion or exclusion."
- Google Experimental Offers Vote Up Search Listing: End of SEO?
Yesterday I covered the news at Search Engine Land of a new Google experimental search feature that lets you move search results up and remove results from the Google search results page. The changes you make only impact you - your login and does not influence the overall scope of the search results. But can they? Who knows. We have been seeing Google test remove results features before and then drop the feature. Here is
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Got my first YouTube Adsense Video Click, DigitalPoint Forums
- How Many SEOs Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?, Sphinn
- Managing Your Small Business Blogging Schedule, Sphinn
- What keyword tool do you use?, Search Engine Watch Forums
- Wow, DigitalPoint Forums
- Link exchange - Positive value or thumbs down !!!, SitePoint Forums
- Links From The Wrong Side Of The Tracks, HighRankings Forums
- Pros and Cons of "Sister Sites", WebmasterWorld
- Supplementals: Not What They Used To Be & Tips for Getting Out, WebProWorld
- Traffic Estimator & Language/Geo Targeting, Google Groups