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:
- Search Industry Celebrates Holiday Season 2007
As you may know, today is the 8th and final day of Chanukah. But we haven't yet discussed our pretty theme that went up last week nor have we highlighted other themes on search engines around the web. Here's the Search Engine Roundtable Chanukah theme. It will probably go away soon, so take a look at it now. Ask.com celebrated Chanukah with a dreidel. Dogpile is ready to celebrate all three holidays with different themes
- Search Marketing Industry Wishing Larry Page & Lucinda Southworth a Long & Happy Marriage
Sorry, women. The two Google founders are no longer single. Officially. In May, Sergey Brin got married. This past weekend, Larry Page tied the knot too with his longtime girlfriend. Most forum members are offering their congratulations. Others are hoping that his prenup was as "ironclad as possible." But others are taking the high road and wishing that Larry Page gets much privacy, since not many people are giving it to him. Still, as AdWordsAdvisor
- Google's Navigational Bar Goes International
Many of you in the US may already be so used to the navigational bar on Google that you wouldn't notice a difference elsewhere. But here it is in case you're "banner blind." The Google Operating System blog announces that other Google websites, such as Google.co.uk, Google.fr, and Google.de are now using this same navigational bar. This is confirmed by Search Engine Land who says it's now available worldwide. It's interesting to see that this
- What Do SEOs Dream About?
The I'm Not a Doctor blog has an interesting poll: how often do you dream about SEO? The poll has some interesting results so far (one guy dreams about SEO every night, but most go with once a month). The discussion led to Sphinn where many people admit that they do dream about their work -- a lot. Haha. Yup, I am sad to say that I do. I was just thinking about how dorky
- Do You Use Sphinn? If So, You Should Meet the 20 "Power Players"
If you're a user of the Sphinn social news network, you might be inundated by the folks who participate on a regular basis. So who should you know? A SEOmoz post (or rather, a YOUmoz post - it's in their user generated content section) posted by member bookworm-seo has a real in-depth article of the top 20 Sphinners and why you should befriend them. So why? Well, they're seeking out some great content that you
- Google AdWords/AdSense & Microsoft adCenter Login Problems Resolved
Yesterday, both Google AdWords and Microsoft adCenter had reported issues with logging into their respective advertising consoles. The first Google AdWords issues were reported at WebmasterWorld last night at 7:40pm (EST). Similar issues were reported with the AdSense console at DigitalPoint Forums at 7:35pm (EST) last night. AdWordsAdvisor confirmed the issue at 8pm (EST) last night saying: OK, yes, this is known to engineering - it's impacting a small percentage of advertisers, and folks here
- Google to Release AdWords Editor 5 Today?
A WebmasterWorld thread reports one Google AdWords advertiser has been upgraded to the new AdWords Editor, version 5. I reviewed the release notes and there is no mention of version five. I downloaded the latest version and that version is still version four. I checked Google for mentions of a version five and found this post from yesterday. The post says, he met with Alex from the Google New York office and Anva from the
- Can Stale Content Hurt a Site's Current Search Rankings?
A WebmasterWorld thread has Labnol asking, "Can rankings vanish because a site is not updated?" If you do not update a site's content, can it set off a red flag at Google or another search engine and have the site loose its current search rankings? The consensus in the thread is that having stale content should not penalize the site. There are many sites that are rarely updated but continue to rank well for both
- Google Testing Scrolling AdSense Ads
Reports from DigitalPoint Forums and WebmasterWorld show proof that Google is testing out a scrolling ad feature with AdSense. Here are select images taken from forum uploads of how Google has implemented the feature, take notice of the small arrows on the corners of the ad. As you can see in these four sample images, Google has added arrows up and down (or left and right). When you click those arrows, the ads scroll to
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Funny: Check Out the Meta Keywords at WhopperFreakout.com, Sphinn
- "view ads about" box, DigitalPoint Forums
- *Your 2007 AdSense Holiday Wishlist*, Google Groups
- Google Adds YouTube to Navigation, Search Engine Watch Forums
- Google Can't Access Site Url's - Still Gives A Pagerank Of 4, HighRankings Forums
- The Whys and Hows of Insert Keyword, DigitalPoint Forums
- Yandex - Help!, Cre8asite Forums
- Sphinn Friends & Stalkers: A Dead End?, Sphinn