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:
- What SEO Tools do Gurus Use?
There are a myriad of tools out there. But what are the best tools? A High Rankings Forum member asks that question. The feedback is pretty helpful and should be useful to anyone looking to get inspired with some ideas. Keyword Tools WordTracker Keyword Discovery DigitalPoint's Keyword Suggestion Tool Analytics Google Analytics ClickTracks Ranking Tools Thumbshot Rankings Informational Tools WebBug Xenu Link Sleuth Copyscape WebPosition Google Website Optimizer Firefox Addons Web Developer Toolbar Many other
- Microsoft adCenter Requiring Advertisers To Increase Bid Prices
A WebmasterWorld member is disgruntled with Microsoft adCenter. Ever since his ads were optimized, adCenter stopped displaying them. He writes: I have been running some campaings for 2 months. When I started optimizing bids my ads stopped being shown on msn and live. I have no impressions at all. Rep says my site is not banned, but I need to change ads and increase bids which are not copetetive. My bids ARE competetive, I change
- Ask.com UK Hires Former Google Exec
Vunet.com reports that Ask.com has hired a former Google executive, Cesar Mascaraque, as the company's new European managing director. In a statement, Mascaraque said that he's very excited to join as Ask is the fastest growing search engine. Forum members, obviously, have a problem with that perception, as Hitwise shows that Ask.com shares haven't grown significantly over the past few months. Perhaps, though, things are about t change. Mascaraque was also quoted as saying "I
- Google Says No to Floating AdSense Ads
About a year ago we heard rumors that Google AdSense might test floating ads. You know those ads that actually move with you as you scroll through the page. Some floating ads run across the screen and jump in your face. here are some examples of floating ads. One would immediately think that floating your AdSense ads in this manner are totally against Google's terms of service. Why? Because you cannot bring crazy attention to
- Google AdSense Goes Down For Couple Hours
I rarely login to check my Google AdSense account, but I did last night and was presented with an error. The error was in a dozen plus languages, but the English version read: The Google AdSense website is temporarily unavailable. Please try back later. We apologize for any inconvenience. At first, I thought it was my network but it seems like it was very widespread and lasted at least a couple hours. We have reports
- Google Reverses Number 6 Penalty?
In late December, we reported about a possible Position 6 Google Penalty. What that meant was that many people noticed their number one or two rankings all of a sudden dropped to position number 6. Google's Matt Cutts denied such a penalty existed: Hmm. I'm not aware of anything that would exhibit that sort of behavior. But you never know what was put into the algorithm that would make Google behave that way? In any
- Companies Spending Too Much on Vanity Search Ads?
A Search Engine Watch Forums thread is discussing if some companies are taking vanity search ads too far. Typically, the vanity search ads companies should own are for their own name and domain name. But some are going further. Some want to own it all and become synonymous with the product line they are selling. At what point is it too much? For example, a search on computers returns ads from Microsoft, HP, Dell, Gateway,
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Ambitous Plans For MySpace, Search Engine Watch Forums
- My feed subscriber stats in Webmaster Tools are frozen - for months, WebmasterWorld
- Trim the Fat! 200 Negative Keywords to Consider for Your PPC Campaigns, Sphinn
- Yahoo Directory not in Google cache - Still worth it?, WebmasterWorld
- Yahoo Local listing affecting Google results?, WebmasterWorld
- Link Buying: Reviewed and not Guaranteed is the line in the sand., Sphinn