Daily Search Forum Recap: January 29, 2008

Jan 29, 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.
  • SphinnCon Israel Sold Out
    SphinnCon Israel has officially sold out today. In fact, we added 15 additional seats, increasing our capacity to 165 people from our original 150 people. I apologize to all those that did not get to come to the first ever SphinnCon and the first ever sudo-SMX event in Israel, but there is always next year! One thing is for sure, we know there is real interest and support for such an event in Israel
  • Learning from Google's Red Flags in Link Building
    SlightlyShadySEO wrote an interesting blog post about how you can look at things that no longer work in terms of SEO and use what you've learned to avoid making mistakes that will cause penalties. Here's what he's found from his own observations: Here's one example about paid links. Beforehand, you could directly solicit for links, use link brokers, and pay for blog posts. SlightlyShadySEO says that there's still doubt about how Google filtered these sites
  • Jonathan Simon of Google Answers Questions from Pubcon 2007
    Last week, Jonathan Simon posted on Google Groups about the questions and answers he received while at Las Vegas Pubcon 2007. For reference, here are some of the questions and answers that were discussed. Scrapers If your content is being scraped, it is a nuisance, but usually you need not worry about it. If, however, you find they outrank you, send a spam report to Google or file a DMCA take down notice. PPC vs.
  • Are You a Search Spammer?
    Jeff Quipp over at Search Engine People has started a funny blog post about search spammers. His post, entitled "You might be a search spammer if...." has hit the front page of Sphinn and caused a lot of chuckles. Here are some of the items on the list: You know what a Markov Chain is you use an image editor to write your emails you think of him as “Matt Cutts Me Out” Surprisingly, there
  • Google AdSense to be Running a Paid Reviews Program?
    Shoemoney blogged that Google AdSense might be running a paid reviews service in the near future. The email is unconfirmed and there's no comment from the Google AdSense team yet, but forum members are already suspecting that it's going to happen. The question is: how? If the rumor is true, will Google require "nofollow" on all these links? (You'd think so.) How about redirected URLs? (Possibly.) People still find it funny: haha about time google
  • Yahoo Search January '08 Update Complete
    The January 2008 Yahoo Search Update is reportedly now fizzling out. A WebmasterWorld thread says the results are beginning to look stable and the update seems to be settling out. Typically with Yahoo updates, the results initially look out of place and some listings seem a bit awkward. Towards the end of the update, results stop moving around and results begin to set in their place. WebmasterWorld's senior member, BillyS said: As of yesterday things
  • Google Says EDU Links Are Not Better Links
    Googler, JohnMu, wrote in a Google Groups thread that links from EDU domains are not in itself better links than .com or .net links. John said: In general, I would like to add that no, backlinks from .EDU domains generally do not get "additional credibility from Google" I believe this may be one of the first times we have official confirmation in writing from a Google representative that EDU links are not anymore valuable then
  • Confirmed: Google Position 6 Penalty Being Reversed
    We now have official confirmation that the Google position 6 penalty is now being reversed. Sebastian commented to let me know that Matt Cutts of Google has confirmed at Sphinn that whatever was causing quality sites to be moved down to the 6th position in the Google search results, is now being reversed. Matt said: When Barry asked me about "position 6" in late December, I said that I didn't know of anything that would

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