Daily Search Forum Recap: February 21, 2008

Feb 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.

  • Is Your Website High Quality? Ask These Questions
    Carsten Cumbrowski has written a nice piece at Search Engine Journal about the 50 questions that you should ask to evaluate the quality of your website. He groups the questions into categories from Accessibility to Design to Security and even Legal questions. A sampling of questions: Security: How resilient are forms to special characters? Accessibility: How compliant is the website with W3C coding standards? Valid HTML/CSS? Navigation: Call to action on every page, no dead
  • Video: Google's Adam Lasnik Interviewed
    Lee Odden at TopRankBlog has interviewed Adam Lasnik about Google at SES London which is occurring right now. Adam talks about his role, which is to assist with webmaster communications. In the brief Q&A with Lee, talks about rich media websites and that they should be compatible with mobile phones and other devices (and that you shouldn't stuff keywords - everything on Flash sites should reflect the text). He also talks about duplicate content and
  • Is a Link From Google Worth the Exposure?
    A WebmasterWorld member has been contacted by Google about presenting a story about how Google AdWords has worked for him. If all goes well, Google will interview him and write up a nice article which would ultimately need his approval before being put on the site. Is there any downside to this? Well, if you think about it, what downsides can there be? Google looks to accurately depict your company and you'll probably get a
  • Is There Anything Wrong With Reciprocal Linking?
    We've asked this a lot, but it happens to be a question that concerns a lot of webmasters. A webmaster specifically notices that he's been unable to get links now but it was a lot easier back in 2004 and believes it may be because of the search engines penalizing him. Google Webmaster Central rep JohnMu chimes in to say that it depends how valuable the reciprocal link is. I think the not-so-simple answer to
  • Hiding Content Temporarily Is OKAY, Google Says
    A Google Groups thread asks about hiding content using AJAX and CSS. Google Webmaster Central rep, Wysz, said: If your text is temporarily "hidden" as part of your site's UI but is still intended for the user to see at some point, you probably don't need to worry about Google mistakenly viewing it as deceptive. Yes, so my title was a bit deceiving but this question is a common webmaster question. Many sites deploy styling
  • First Reports of Google Reader Spam Injection?
    A couple of active Google Reader users have reported at a Google Groups thread that someone or something is injecting spam into their daily reading. It is really hard to determine how this is being done at this point (i.e. the reports are really new). Here are two of those reportS: How are these people's blogs showing up in my reader that I haven't added to my subscriptions? Lots of Ads or people I just
  • Microsoft adCenter's Dynamic Keyword Feature Broken: Work Arounds?
    Microsoft adCenter has allowed dynamic keyword insertion pretty much since they officially launched the program. But for a while now, the keyword insertion feature has not been working properly. A WebmasterWorld thread asks if the feature has been fixed yet. The answer is no. adCenterRep, the official Microsoft representative, confirmed the fix is not yet available: I understand the importance of having the {keyword:default} working correctly and we are still investigating into this. adCenterRep offers
  • Google Asks For Feedback With Webmaster Tools User Survey
    Do you love or hate Google Webmaster Tools? Do you have ideas or suggestions for improvements to the tools? Do you want to give Google a piece of your mind? If you log into Google Webmaster Tools and click on a site profile, you will be given an option to participate in a user survey. At the top, middle portion of the page you should see the following text in a yellow background: We want

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