Daily Search Forum Recap: January 21, 2008

Jan 21, 2008 - 6:00 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:

  • Why You Shouldn't Trust Google
    Tad Chef, aka SEO 2.0, wrote an interesting piece on the Collective Thoughts blog about why you shouldn't trust Google. Among his reasons: Google supports and implements censorship measures in nondemocratic countries like China Google owns one of the biggest US SEO companies, now isn’t that a conflict of interest? Google will disclose your private data or IP to identify you even to authorities of non-democratic countries or in cases where people are guilty of
  • Google Search Shares Go Down, While Google Video Shares Go Up
    According to Marketwatch, Nielsen is reporting that Google has only captured 56.3% of the US search market in December compared to 57.7% the previous month. The gain seems to be in Microsoft, which captured 13.8% of the search share compared to 12% the previous month. But all is not lost for Google, at least in terms of its video properties. CNN Money reports that Google has a 31.3% hold on video, which is substantially ahead
  • Google No Longer Displays Stop Words Notification
    Bill Slawski writes on Cre8asite Forums that when you perform a search on Google with words like "to," "be," "the," or "a," you no longer see a message saying "XXX is a common word and was not included in your search." Instead, it displays all the results, so when I search for my BFF The Lisa, it takes me where I want to go without any setbacks. On the heels of the discovery by Dan
  • Google Webmaster Team Releases Guide for Newbies
    If you haven't used Google Webmaster Tools yet, you might as well start because there's absolutely nothing that should hold you back. It's highly recommended and now it even has its own start guide. The guide gives you basic information about Google Webmaster Tools, from the dashboard to site diagnostics and more. If you've have a burning question about Google Webmaster Tools, it will hopefully be answered here. Forum discussion continues at Search Engine Watch
  • Yahoo Testing Delicious Integration: Pushes Tagging on Novices
    TechCrunch got a tip that Yahoo Search is testing integration Del.icio.us results in the search results. In my opinion, bad idea Yahoo. Michael Arrington says it "Delicious search is one of the best ways of searching for things when a standard search doesn’t pull up what you are looking for." True, but Yahoo search users won't understand it. They simply won't get it. We have discussion on this topic at Sphinn where SEOs and SEMs
  • Do Links Get Old & Expire As They Get Older?
    A SitePoint Forums thread asks, as links get older, to they loose their power? Here is the exact question: This is something I have noticed couple of times in the past - it "feels" that old backlinks expire or loose value over time. Mostly for Google, although I can vouch for other search engines, since I've been monitoring this behavior on Google only. I know for sure that certain links do exist, but Google either
  • Is Google Skimming Affiliates with the Referrals Product?
    A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Google seems to be misreporting conversion data for the Google Referrals product. The affiliate decided to test out his theory by isolating it to one specific product. The nature of the product he picked was that every conversion would translate to a "non-zero amount." He noticed that the "daily earnings are always a multiple of the single conversion price." That the integer_number is usually less than 1/3 of the number
  • Google AdWords Editor Communication Error Back
    On January 9th, we reported the Google AdWords Editor communication issue was resolved. Well, it seems to be back again. Continued discussion in a WebmasterWorld thread reports from several AdWords Editor users that the issues are now lingering on. I've been trying to post mass quantities of changes today, and it's locked up without posting every time. I've saved off a copy of my changes in CSV format, rebooted, actually reinstalled the AdWords Editor, and
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day & Search Engine Industry
    Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (more over here) and for the special day, we have a special theme live. Here is what it looks like: Google, DogPile and Ask.com also have themes up. Yahoo and Microsoft's Live seem to not have any logo live at this moment. Here is Google's logo: Here is Ask.com's home page: And here is DogPile: Forum discussion at Search Engine Roundtable Forums.

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