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 - 12/07/07: Search Engine Roundtable Turns 4, Microsoft Explains Cloaking Test & Conference Coverage Posted
Wow, it's been an incredibly crazy week and I am still blogging even though I landed back in New York before the sun rose this morning (and didn't sleep on the plane. Yay!) And now I'm catching up as I have no idea what really happened outside of Vegas. We Turned 4 Search Engine Roundtable is now four years old and we've celebrated with a temporary theme. (And if you haven't noticed, it's Chanukah, and
- Conference Coverage Recap: SES Chicago & PubCon Vegas 2007
Our coverage of the December search marketing conferences is now complete. We have extensive coverage, in raw-live format from SES Chicago and PubCon Vegas. Both conferences were a huge hit and lots of fun and learning took place. Again, a huge thank you to our contributors and writers including Carolyn Shelby, Dave Rohrer, Chris Boggs, Justin Davy, Marty Weintraub, Avi Wilensky and Tamar Weinberg. Your hard work does not go unappreciated by the SEM
- Google Being Lazy About Validating AdWords Display URLs?
A WebmasterWorld thread reports Google is being more lax about validating AdWords advertiser's display URLs. Google AdWords affiliate policy says: We will only display one ad per search query for advertisers sharing the same top-level domain in the display URL. This means that if you're an affiliate advertiser, your ad may not show for a query because another affiliate or the website that runs the affiliate program also has ads using the same (or a
- Google to Begin Treating Subdomains as Folders: Max 2 Results Per Search
WebmasterWorld administrator tedster has informed us that Google will be treating subdomains like they treat folders on a site. In short, he said, Matt Cutts said Google will roll out in a few weeks a new filter to make sure only two results of a domain (no matter subdomain or folder) will show up for a search. Here is tedster's exact quote from a WebmasterWorld thread: News flash from Las Vegas PubCon. Matt Cutts informed
- Live Search Testing Automatic Local Search Results in Australia?
A WebmasterWorld thread reports Microsoft's Live Search automatically regionalizing the search results of Live.com when searches are conducted in Australia. Woz, WebmasterWorld moderator, said Live is "automatically serving results focused towards," plus they have added "an "Australia Only" tick box." Woz says there is no way for him to turn off the local preferences. Here he expresses his frustration: If I go to live.com I expect to see global results. If I want local MSN
- Webmasters Report December 2007 Google SERP Changes
Last month, we provided you with November 2007 Google SERP changes, and this month, the trend continues. WebmasterWorld members report that their rankings have been fluctuating heavily. One reports that his site was not ranked in the top #1000 on Google but then he hit #19. It then increased and the rankings got better, but it soon disappeared out of the top 1000 again. Similarly, another person is reporting that his biggest site is jumping
- Wikipedia Corruption Discovered: Should Search Engines Respond?
The Register reports about some corruption that was discovered within Wikipedia: the existence of a secret mailing list that cracks down on users why may be threats to Wikipedia administrators' power. The article goes into depth about what ensued, what happened, the reaction, and the community is pretty shocked. Can Wikipedia still be considered a trusted source by search engines with this information known? Well, most people say that there are always flaws in these
- Google Changes Site Exclusion Process: Confusing Advertisers
A Search Engine Watch Forums thread has been complaining about how Google's site exclusion feature works. Discover, Search Engine Watch Forums moderator, shared a screen capture to explain the extra step you need to take to ensure you actually exclude your ads from showing up on sites (AdSense publishers or parked domains) that you do not want them to show up on. As you can see, first you type in the domain you want to
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 125 Social Bookmarking Sites : Importance of User Generated Tags, Votes and Links, Sphinn
- An Unjust Fear of Link Buying, Sphinn
- Buying a favicon spot, DigitalPoint Forums
- Getting Stiffed On Affiliate Commissions, HighRankings Forums
- Google Enables Additional Apps for the iPhone, WebmasterWorld
- Google founder set to wed on Branson isle, DigitalPoint Forums
- How to Double Your Subscribers While Blogging Half as Often, Sphinn
- Webmaster Central video blog: Using ALT attributes smartly, Google Groups
- Yahoo! Search: New robots.txt header tags, DigitalPoint Forums