Daily Search Forum Recap: January 28, 2008

Jan 28, 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:

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt Proposes "Mobile Revolution"
    Mobile web advertising is the next big thing, according to a Reuters report on a speech by Eric Schmidt. Forrester suggests that mobile advertising will only be less than $1 billion by 2012. But Schmidt disagrees, citing that the mobile advertising platform will boom in the upcoming years. Indeed, speculation about mobile advertising is already ongoing and is likely to continue. Forum members suspect that Schmidt is right. Mobile advertising is predicted to take off.
  • Does Google Use Theming to Group Together Similar Sites?
    A HighRankings Forum thread discusses the possibility that Google themes sites. That is, Google groups sites together because of the relevancy of the link. So, for example, if you got 300 links to your blue widget site from a bunch of humor sites, wouldn't Google think that the blue widget site is actually about humor (and not so much about blue widgets)? If you do a Google search for related:www.mysite.com and find similar sites, wouldn't
  • A Suggestion for a More Scalable Reinclusion Request Procedure
    Last week, DazzlinDonna wrote an open letter to Matt Cutts asking him why her PageRank has been impacted when she's already removed all wording to the effect of accepting paid links and submitted a reinclusion request. John Honeck writes about how the events unfolfed, which basically went something like this: Donna wrote the post, it got Sphunn, Matt saw and commented with some proposed changes, Donna responded and made the changes, and other people started
  • Google AnalyticsAdvisor Starts Posting in WebmasterWorld Forum
    On WebmasterWorld, AnalyticsAdvisor has volunteered to spend some time helping webmasters answer questions regarding Google Analytics. Apparently, this guy knows what he's talking about and is deeply involved in the Analytics sphere: AnalyticsAdvisor would post as time allowed - hopefully checking in with this forum at least once a day (Monday through Friday) to see if there are Google Analytics related questions on the table. [snip] This colleague is deeply involved with Google Analytics, and
  • Site Got Hacked? Google Offers Advice on Next Steps
    Sadly, it is not uncommon to hear of a site that has recently been hacked. Google frequently has to deal with sites that get hacked and code gets injected into the site. If that happens, Google sometimes has to delist the site from showing in their index, because it harms the quality of their search results. This has happened with Jennifer Convertibles, where I documented each step on the process and what exactly happened. It
  • Google Fixes Referrals Commission Issue
    The other week, I accused Google of skimming their affiliates, well, I was only half wrong. Google simply was displaying broken referral reports that made it look like Google was taking money away from their referral users. A Google Groups thread confirms the issue was a "display" issue with reporting and has now been fixed. Official Google representative, AdSensePro Ashley, said: In our recent 'follow-up' post on the changes to referrals promoting AdSense, Talia noted
  • Google Picks Up Geographic Target Setting Within Two Months
    Google Webmaster Central launched the ability to set the "geographic target" of a particular site within Google Webmaster Tools back in late October of last year. We have been gleaning hints and tips on if it works and how well it works from the forum threads since. A recent WebmasterWorld thread reports that it can take up to 6-8 weeks after setting your geographic target for Google to pick up on the change and implement
  • Google Tells Us, We Need More Local Results
    Looking for pizza in New York? Well, Google thinks that three results are simply not enough, you need 10. Yes, it is now official, Greg Sterling's Google Maps: From "OneBox" To Ten Local Links has the official word on the ten local results. Google will now show ten links instead of three for the local results. Why? Google said today that the reason it's showing more links is because usability testing revealed that many people
  • Google Celebrates 50 Years of Lego with Lego Logo
    Lego is celebrating their 50th birthday and Google is celebrating the day by sporting a Google Lego Logo: Google has been fascinated with legos, heck, check out more Google Lego logos here. Google's original Google servers were covered in Legos, there are tons of pictures of those lego servers here. And this TIME interview with the Google founders that says the founders have a "known fondness" for legos. Legos are for geeks, that is for

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