Daily Search Forum Recap: January 11, 2008

Jan 11, 2008 - 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:

  • Weekly Search Buzz Roundup: 1/11/08 - Wikia Search, PageRank Update & Jim Lanzone Leaves Ask
    Happy Friday! After being at work for a full week after the holidays, I'm sure you're excited that the weekend is only a few hours away (unless, of course, you're in the UK or somewhere east of here, in which case you're already relaxing... lucky you!) So let's see, what happened while you were busy catching up with client calls and drowning in paperwork? Allow me to share this week's events with you. Google January
  • I'm #1 but I Don't Get Traffic
    A Cre8asite Forums member was very happy with herself when she realized that she hit the #1 position for a search phrase that had over 70 million results. Who wouldn't be? That takes a lot of time and effort... But then she analyzed her logs. She got no traffic. Zilch. And why? When looking at the results on Google for the same phrase, the competition was Microsoft, government sites, and universities. And then she looked
  • Force "I'm Feeling Lucky" by URL Extension
    Did you know that adding &btnI=745 to the end of a URL in Google will force the "I'm Feeling Lucky" query to kick in and throw you to the #1 result on Google? Well, now you do. Here, take a look at the Google results. First, let's look at the results for RustyBrick. Add the suffix to the domain and you get directed straight to the RustyBrick Website. Cool, eh? My favorite URL extension is
  • Beware of Google AdWords Phishing Email
    A WebmasterWorld member informs the community that he accidentally fell prey to a phishing email that he assumed was coming from the Google AdWords team. While nobody else has been impacted by the email at this point, it's important to be advised that there can be such issues in the future. In the event that you accidentally succumb to the psychological powers of such an email, change your password immediately. Keep the email intact with
  • Google Checkout Launches Shopping Trends (Goes Offline)
    The Google Checkout Blog announced last night that they launched Google Checkout Trends at http://checkout.google.com/trends/. Last night, I tried it out and it worked well. But this morning, it is not working. I hope to update this post with example searches when it is back and running. In short, Google Checkout Trends uses Checkout data to show you trends in what people are buying and selling online. It aggregates the sales data from their merchants
  • Yahoo Directory Displaying Images on Sponsored Results
    We rarely talk about the Yahoo Directory these days, but Loren Baker at Search Engine Journal spotted Yahoo serving images near the sponsored listings within the Yahoo Directory. For example, the NY Internet Consulting directory has tons of ads, most with images near them. Here is a screen capture. Notice the top ad has a smaller image, and the ads on the right have slightly larger images. I have never seen Yahoo place images near
  • Google Finally Fixes AdSense Video Units Problem
    We reported an issue not allowing AdSense publishers post AdSense Video units not only once but twice, dating back to December 21st, I believe. A Google AdSense representative, AdSensePro Ashley, posted that the issue is now resolved. She said: Thanks for your patience while our engineers worked to investigate your concern. I am pleased to let you know that this issue has now been resolved. Now, if your AdSense account is linked to your YouTube

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