Daily Search Forum Recap: December 13, 2007

Dec 13, 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.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Google Analytics Launches Comparison Features
    Forum members are reporting numerous new features that have been released within Google Analytics. Right now, you can compare data points like this: You can use this to compare date ranges, though the wording doesn't quite fit (you're not comparing to site and cannot do so as far as I can tell). Additionally, you can compare two metrics: I'm trying to keep track of everything that is happening within Google Analytics and they're moving faster
  • Google Local Scams Are Taken Seriously
    A Google Groups member points us to some shady practices that a business is applying on Google Local. Apparently, a website registered nearly 100 "businesses" at local nightclubs even though they don't own the nightclubs. Their intentions are to take business away from the nightclubs themselves and to convince buyers that they should buy tickets from this business which apparently has some club associations as far as ticket sales are concerned. Naturally, these tactics are
  • Matt Cutts is a Black Hat
    Last week, at Pubcon Vegas, the SEOmoz crew threw a Werewolf game night and Matt Cutts turned out to be a black hat. Not familiar with what a "Black Hat" is? Well, in the search engine optimization industry, a black hat would be considered a person who uses SEO techniques that are not in accordance with the search engine's terms of service. Matt Cutts, being the head of Google's Search Quality team, would make for
  • Google Groups Performs Database Maintenance
    If you're extremely dependent on Google Groups, be advised that Google is currently doing some database maintenance. Google Groups Guide 2 says: I wanted to let you all know that our team is doing some database maintenance, which is causing subscriptions and certain group settings to not update. They're on it! Forum discussion continues at Google Groups
  • Joost de Valk Releases Link Analysis Firefox Extension
    Joost de Valk has released a Firefox extension that provides data from Google Webmaster Tools, Yahoo Site Explorer, and Microsoft Webmaster Central. By combining all three great resources, Joost has created a pretty awesome link analysis Firefox extension. Here's a screen grab: It looks awesome and everyone else thinks so too. Forum discussion continues at Sphinn.
  • SphinnCon Israel - SMX Israel Event : February 5th
    I would like to formally announce the first SphinnCon event, a "Low-Impact Networking Event" under the SMX brand and Sphinn brand named SphinnCon Israel. It is my hope that the small half day event will turn out to be a huge success that we will have a full fledge two-day SMX Israel event the following year. Here are some details for SphinnCon Israel. Date: February 5, 2008 Time: Noon to 6pm Venue: Jerusalem College of
  • Confirmed: Google Releases AdWords Editor 5.0
    As expected Google released AdWords Editor 5.0 yesterday. The new features include: Local business ads: View, add, and update your local business ads on the new Local Business Ads tab. Export picker: Select specific campaigns and ad groups to export to CSV. Save your searches: Use the 'Name this search' feature in Advanced search to save the settings for up to eight searches. Draft account: Like a draft campaign, a draft account may be shared
  • Google Updates Look of AdWords Keyword Tool
    Google seems to have updated the look of the AdWords Keyword Tool. Here is a before shot: And here are after shots: Notice the new tab for "Website Content": I believe the UK keyword tool has this design for a bit longer - not sure exactly how much longer. Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.
  • Yahoo News INTITLE Operator Not Functioning
    If you try to conduct a title search in Yahoo news, you will fail. Both Yahoo and Google give you a method of searching for keywords that match in just the headline of the article. To do so, you can go to the Yahoo News Advanced Search page and select "in the headline of the article" as shown here: An alternative method, if you are a speed searcher, is to use the intitle: operator. For

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