Daily Search Forum Recap: February 7, 2008

Feb 7, 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 PageRank: It Means Nothing!
    While everyone continues to stress about Google PageRank (and I, too, am one of those types at times... some people make fun of me often), it's rather easy to give up and hand it to Google for impacting your site rankings. But guess what? A High Rankings Forum member mentions that his site went from a PR5 to a PR0. And the traffic went up, not down! The point is that PageRank is overrated. We
  • A Look into a Manual Review by Google
    Apparently, SlightlyShadySEO is very shady. He noticed that his site was manually reviewed by Google and took the time to blog about it. He writes: Manual reviews are Google’s awknowledgment that anything algorithmic will have flaws. ... The manual review I stumbled across today was one that appears to be centered around cloaking and [possibly] link spam. By examining specific referrer URLs, he assumes that Google is doing certain searches based on webmaster spam reports
  • Microsoft Launches Smart Web Ads
    Yesterday, Microsoft showed off new forms of advertising, including demographic targeting and ads in video clips, according to Forbes. Some of the proposed ad changes include targeting advertisements around key ideas rather than hundreds or thousands of keywords. The ads are not so search-centric and rely on browsing habits, such as watching videos. One crunched a clip, looking for the most appropriate stretch of time and spot on the screen for an advertiser's 'bug,' or
  • Google AdSense Account Linking and Login Update
    The folks at WebmasterWorld are frustrated with a relatively new implementation on the Google AdSense side where they are being asked to update their login information. The message is as follows: "Welcome! You're signed in to Google Accounts under the email [your email address] and your Google Account password, but this is not a valid AdSense login." The reason for this, according to the Inside AdSense blog, is because your AdSense account shares the same
  • Google Docs Launches Freeze Columns and Forms
    The Google Docs Blog has announced that there has been an update to Google Docs that allows you to freeze columns and share information on forms. To be more specific, they say: We're really excited to bring you forms! Create a form in a Google Docs spreadsheet and send it out to anyone with an email address. They won't need to sign in, and they can respond directly from the email message or from an

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