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:
- Announcing the SEMMYS: Search Engine Marketing Awards
Matt McGee arranged a very cool contest that highlights the best posts in Internet Marketing this year. His creation has been called the SEMMYS. And both Barry and I are judging it. In addition, several of our posts have been nominated: Impact of Changing Registrar Data on Search Rankings Pages Ranking Poorly in Yahoo but Well in Google? Why Do Some SEOs Want the Toolbar PageRank to Go Away? Google Declares War on Paid Links:
- Beware of Google AdWords Cold Callers: It's Not Google
A Google Groups member reports that he has recently gotten a call from a company called Wisdek that promised to deliver high-quality ads for a fee. He wasn't interested, but they proceed to show him that they could deliver. After asking for a few short keywords and ad copy, he checked Google for the terms a few hours later and was surprised to see that his ad was actually up there on the top of
- Don't Let Your New Domain Hurt Your SEO
Some webmasters don't understand the value of SEO. How many times have you gone to a website and seen a notification saying "This website address has changed. Please update your bookmarks." Why not implement a 301 redirect instead? The issue is that you should implement a 301 redirect. Otherwise, if both sites rank (as in this case), your redirected site might outrank the site with all the content. In this particular user's case, an .edu
- Is the SEO Shop Losing its Value?
Mike Grehan wrote a ClickZ post yesterday about how SEO seems to be an art that is losing its value. His argument is that "textbook SEO" is being replaced by newer methods of optimization, such as social media and other forms of internet marketing. Additionally, SEO recommendations from a case study seems to work for only so long. Eventually, the recommendations are implemented and additional suggestions are of "limited" value to the client who signs
- Googler, JohnMu, Get Well Soon!
JohnMu, John Mueller, a Google Webmaster Trends Analysts, is reportedly feeling under the weather. Why is this important? Well, JohnMu is probably the single most active Google Webmaster support representatives in the forums today. He has provided support over New Years but also on Christmas! He replies to an overwhelming number of Google support questions day in and day out at Google Groups and even over at our SEO forums, such as Cre8asite Forums and
- AOL UK Search Only Showing 200 .Net TLDs in Search Index?
A WebmasterWorld thread is reporting that when searching over at AOL Search UK, and restricting pages to just "UK Only," the results you get are rarely ever from .net top-level domains. WebmasterWorld administrator, Tedster, confirmed this to be the case: I just went to the aol.co.uk webite and did "UK only" searches such as "keyword inurl:.com" -- you're right, AOL is choosing to show only .co.uk and .org.uk for their "UK only" searches. Not so
- Google Fixes AdSense Reporting Sorting Issue After One Month
About a month ago, we reported that AdSense reports were not sorting properly. On my "Overview" screen, when I click on "Top Channels" it is not sorting by "Earnings" as usual. I can't detect a sort field by the data presented, it seems either to be unsorted or sorted by channel-id or some other hidden field. A Google representative confirmed the issue and said they are working on it. One month later, it is now
- Buy Expired Domains For SEO Link Value?
Link building is a crucial aspect for SEO. SEOs have and continue to try everything to build quality links quickly for their sites and their clients. Often, the topic of buying a an expired domain - to leverage the links from that site, as opposed to starting fresh. A HighRankings Forums thread talks just about that. A member asks, should I buy an expired domain, so he doesn't have to start from scratch. Forum owner,
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 9 Facebook Tips That You May Not Know..., Sphinn
- An Apology To Wired & The Search Marketing Community, Sphinn
- Can inactivity cause ranking drop, WebProWorld
- Does Google place more importance on .com site?, WebProWorld
- Good Seo Podcasts?, HighRankings Forums
- Google's Conversion Optimizer Leaves Beta, Sphinn
- iPhone Browser - Google and others see a surge, WebmasterWorld
- Is hidden keyword text on a page deceptive?, WebProWorld
- Non-WWW 301 Redirect Problems on Live, WebmasterWorld
- There's No Such Thing As A Worthless Link, Sphinn