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:
- Why SEOs Don't Share Their Secrets
Aaron Wall recently posted about why many of the best SEO ideas aren't found on popular blogs. His main points are that many people share incorrect and outdated information and it's dangerous to share the best tips because it could negatively affect you. If you expose a secret, it will be addressed shortly thereafter. The best secrets are those that nobody speaks of. Over at Sphinn, this sentiment is reiterated: There are a lot of
- Why Would You Buy Nofollow Links?
With the entire ongoing debate about paid links, is there a benefit to buying links with nofollow? Perhaps. What would be your argument to go with nofollow paid links? For one, you can possibly get traffic from the link even if Google doesn't give it any love. Another thing is that it's good for branding. Furthermore, if you have a paid link, it's an endorsement. But the bottom line is that many people agree that
- Is Web 2.0 a Good SEO Strategy?
A Cre8asite Forums thread poses the dilemma about web 2.0 sites getting web 1.0 wrong. Bill Slawski quotes the following from Jakob Nielsen's article: Before throwing spending money at "2.0" features, make sure that you have all the "1.0" requirements working to perfection. Of the 149,784,002 sites on the Web, maybe a handful can make this claim. Most sites don't even use the customers' terminology in headlines and page titles â€” if you want one
- Does Microsoft Hate Your Blog?
Bill Slawski discovered a patent application by Microsoft that seeks to "restrict the results for queries to be from blog pages." Does that mean that blogging has had its day? Well, if the key word is restrict and Microsoft is seeking relevancy (since when are blog posts irrelevant?), then maybe they can't limit the number of blog posts that hit the results page. Some people want this to happen. Tim Dineen, for example, has this
- Remove Your Home Phone Number & Address From Google
More and more often, users are finding their home phone number and address listed in Google. For example, a search on john doe, ny, ny returns the follow Google Phone Book records at the top of the page: Google has been displaying phone book records for a long time now, it is nothing new. Also, people tend to blame Google for displaying this information. People, this information is publicly available at many many sites, including
- Tracking 302 Redirects & SEO Progress
A HighRankings Forums thread has one member reporting the "diary" of a 302 redirect. Here is the timeline so far: 12/19/07: 302 Re-direct implemented from www.oldsite.com to www.newsite.com 12/20/07: New site name (not url - so BRAND NAME rather than www.brandname.com) shows in the SERPs old site URL for the brand name. 12/24/07:A number of keywords are now showing up results in the SERPs for the new domain. Are 302 redirects the best way to
- Webmaster Tools Sitelinks Show Up in Google After Four Days?
Last Wednesday we reported many people noticing that Google was showing them more Sitelinks in Webmaster Tools. Now, it appears that people are reporting via a DigitalPoint Forums thread that those Sitelinks are appearing in the search results. I decided to take a look at my rustybrick search example, and I also am noticing more Sitelinks visible at Google.com. December 19, 2007 Sitelinks in Google: December 24, 2007 Sitelinks in Google: The Sitelinks shown today,
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Adsense earnings over xmas, DigitalPoint Forums
- Best. Conference. Ever., Sphinn
- Comparing Traffic From The Big Three Search Engines, Sphinn
- FYI - Expect AdSense support delays during the holidays, Google Groups
- My Maps to OUR Maps, Search Engine Watch Forums
- Notes from Search Engine Strategies conference (Chicago), Google Groups
- Reddit Algorithm Leaked!, Sphinn
- Squidoo for Backlinks or Promotion?, SitePoint Forums
- ZDnet article about new trojan that replaces Adsense code, WebmasterWorld