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:
- Weekly Search Buzz Roundup: February 29, 2008 - SMX West Recap, Yahoo Search Monkey & Google Sites
Hey everyone! I'm totally on zero sleep from flying from California to New York and losing a night, but I had to blog this weekly buzz roundup because Barry said so because this is my 1,000th Search Engine Roundtable post! Woohoo!! Please celebrate with me. Any tokens of appreciation can be sent to Schwag Addict. The "About" tab has my address. ;) SMX West We totally rocked the house for SMX West, and our consolidated
- Several Google AdWords Prepay Accounts Offline
Google has confirmed that there are several members who have Google AdWords Prepay Accounts that are offline and are not performing at all. AdWordsPro writes: This issue is being addressed as a high priority by engineering, and I suspect that it will be resolved shortly. It's been two days and there are no additional reports nor any updates about the problem being fixed. Forum discussion continues at Google Groups.
- Google's JotSpot Acquisition Relaunches as Google Sites
Sixteen months ago, Google acquired JotSpot. This week, this acquisition amounted to something: JotSpot is now Google Sites, which is available to Google Apps users exclusively. The new Google Sites claims to "centralize all types of information -- from videos to presentations -- and share your site with just a few people, your entire organization, or the world." Essentially, it's a competitor to Microsoft's SharePoint service, which has been suggested by several news sources. Here's
- Happy Leap Year Day: Google Frogs & We Leap
It is not often we have a leap day so I knew Google would create a special logo for the day and they did. They actually went with what I thought they would go with, a frog. Simple but it works. I am surprised we didn't see anything from Ask.com, Yahoo or DogPile on this. Too make up for them, we created a theme, yes the people are leaping... Don't you love it when you
- Wrong Site Appearing for Google Info Operator Command?
Ever conduct a info:www.seroundtable.com command on a site and notice the wrong site coming up? It happens and can happen because of a few reasons. If this happens to you, what can you do? (1) Try telling Google via the Google Webmaster Help Group (2) Ping a Google friend (3) Or as Tedster explains, click on the "Dissatisfied? Help us improve" link at the bottom of that result. Here is a screen capture of an
- Get Google Webmaster Tools on iGoogle as Gadgets
Google announced you can now add Google Webmaster Tools stats directly to your iGoogle home page. It comes from a feature request we linked to in the past and now it is here. Vanessa Fox has an excellent post documenting how to get them on your page. I went through the process as well. I have one pet peeve. I went to add the information for the Search Engine Roundtable to my iGoogle page, as
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Google Testing Universal Search Elements below PPC!, DigitalPoint Forums
- Sitemaps cross-submissions through the robots.txt, Google Groups
- Nofollowing External Links - the SEO Lady's View, Sphinn