Daily Search Forum Recap: March 6, 2008

Mar 6, 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 Analytics Releases Benchmarking Tools, Data Sharing, and More
    Yesterday, Barry blogged at Search Engine Land about some new features in Google Analytics. The features include industry benchmarking which compares your site to other sites in your industry, data sharing settings which ties in with industry benchmarking and lets you opt-in to share your information with Google and its users, and audio ad integration which highlights when your Google audio ads have gone live -- all within Google Analytics. Google has released a benchmarking
  • You Should Attend the Small Business Marketing Unleashed Conference Because....
    Jennifer Laycock made a super cool video showing you why you should attend the Small Business Marketing Unleashed conference: Looks fun, right? Jennifer discusses on Search Engine Guide the planning behind the video too: it required no editing and cost $148 over 18 hours. Was it worth it? The coverage on different blogs was vast, and you just got yourself a mention on Search Engine Roundtable, Jenn! ;) By the way, if anyone will be
  • How Does Google Handle 301 Redirects?
    A post from Strategic Marketing Montreal discusses the implications of using a 301 redirect within Google. Apparently, a specific domain changed, but fortunately, the 301 redirect worked so well that there was no drop in rankings. This blog has just moved and the good news is that the move was done in such a way that the Google visibility was maintained unchanged throughout the move. Interestingly, though, the site 2 results in the SERPs. One
  • Conference Controversy: Paying Speakers & Sponsor Paid Sessions
    Two threads erupted yesterday all on conference controversy in the search industry. We have a thread on the controversy of paying speakers at Cre8asite Forums and a thread on the controversy of sponsor paid and run sessions at Sphinn. Should Search Conferences Pay All Speakers? This is far from a new question, this question is on the minds of all speakers and those who have been in the conference circuit forever. There is knowledge that
  • March 2008 Google AdWords "Slap": Minimum Bids Surge
    There seems to be a ton of discussion going on at DigitalPoint Forums and some at WebmasterWorld about a recent Google AdWords Quality Score update where many AdWords advertisers saw their minimum bids spike up. The reports all come from advertisers noticing a major change in their minimum bids as of yesterday, March 5, 2008. When major price changes occur in AdWords, it has been coined a Google Slap. People say Google is forcing them
  • Google Forgets To Renew SSL Certificate For Conversion Tracking
    Last night at Search Engine Land, I reported Google Forgot To Renew Their SSL Certificate. A WebmasterWorld thread reported the issue with https://www.googleadservices.com SSL certificate at noon (EST). What that meant was that from between noon time and about 8pm (EST) last night, customers who clicked from your AdWords ads might have been issued a security warning on your site. This would only happen if you used Google's conversion tracking script. But for those that
  • Google Confirms Page Load Time As Future Factor in AdWords Quality Score
    Yesterday we reported that Landing Page Load Time Will Impact Google AdWords Quality Score. We finally received confirmation of that from AdWordsAdvisor in both WebmasterWorld and Search Engine Watch Forums. Here are the details: This factor is not yet live yet.There is no official date as to when it will go live.Google thought they would launch it, so they put it in the FAQs but did pulled back and forgot to remove it from the

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