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:
- Digg's Algorithm Cut Front Page Promotions by 38%
Do you all remember Digg's algorithm change in January? Well, it looks like I was right when I claimed that Digg jumped the shark. Pierre at Social Alerter actually provided an in-depth analysis of how the algorithm impacted the popularity of front page stories. In his post, Digg's Algo Change Cut Promotions by 38%, he shows data that supports this statement. Then he asks, "The question is, was the change worth it for Digg? Did
- What You Should NOT do a Search Conferences
Todd Malicoat wrote a funny post about the 15 ways to be a SEO conference douchebag, that is, what you should not do at the search engine conferences to upset other attendees. His list includes being a pushy salesperson, soliciting people to write for you for free, drinking too much, asking questions that have already been answered during the session, stalking women, blog everything you overhear in confidence, and more. What irks me as a
- Google Removes Military Installations off Street View
Because of a threat to national security, Google has removed imagery of US military bases from Street View, according to InformationWeek. The Pentagon said that Google (NSDQ: GOOG)'s Street Views is a threat to national security and made Google pull images taken on streets near U.S. military bases. Google complied with the governmental order, even though the images were taken from public streets. Was the government too hard on Google? As one forum member puts
- SES New York 2008 Conference Coverage Schedule
The big SES New York show starts in just one week from today. Tamar and I plan on traveling back and forth each day to the Hilton to cover the conference, in fact, I hope to be there as early as 6:45am each day, traffic permitting, so I can blog other items here and at Search Engine Land. We are covering about forty sessions, basically in live format. Yes, our style is to type as
- Which Google Data Center Am I On Now?
A very common practice when discussion Google search results changes is to list the data center you are on when viewing Google results. But how do you do that? How do you know which IP address Google is using to serve up your results? One of the best methods is to download the ShowIP Firefox extension into your Firefox browser. After you restart Firefox, at the bottom bar, you will be able to see every
- Google Once Again Says Toolbar PageRank Score To Be "Abstract"
Have we beaten the Google Toolbar PageRank value dead yet? If not, here is yet another reason not to take too much insight to the value displayed in the Google Toolbar. Googler, Berghausen, said in a Google Group thread, and I quote: The other thing is that the PageRank shown in the Google Toolbar is only updated periodically, usually every few months, and is only an abstraction from the constantly updated number our algorithms use.
- Google Sends Out More TV AdWords Beta Invitations
On March 6th, Google seemed to have sent out a boat load of invitations to the AdWords TV ads program, to current AdWords advertisers. Google has been beta testing TV ads for a while now but it seems like they are ramping that up. A WebmasterWorld thread from late last week reports many other advertisers receiving invites to the program. The program is fairly cool actually, take a look at Pinny Cohen's post with all
- Google AdSense Down for Two Hours on Saturday
A WebmasterWorld thread reports Google AdSense going down at about 1pm (EST) and finally coming back up at 3pm (EST). What concerned many publishers was the fact that there was no warning from AdSenseAdvisor in the forums. There was however warnings from AdWordsAdvisor that the AdWords console and API will be inaccessible during that time. A Google Groups thread has a post from the AdWords rep: We'll be performing routine system maintenance on Saturday, March
- A Great SEO License Plate :
I Am Not a Doctor blogged about his new license plates. Yea, he got plates that read <H1>SEO<H1>, talk about loving SEO. Here is a picture: The Sphinn comments rock: Was 'SEONERD' Taken already? ;) So, I thought I was a Geek! Well, our good buddy "imnotadoctor" just went to complete "SuperNerd" status with his new license plates. Share your thoughts....can he be saved?? That is the sweetest plate I have seen in a while!
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Yahoo Goes The Predictable Gender: Women, Cre8asite Forums
- 1 to 1 ratio for Sphinn/DeSphinn?, Sphinn
- Microsoft's Ballmer Talks About The Market, Google and Yahoo, WebmasterWorld
- The Good, The Bad & The Pay-Per-Click Ugly, Sphinn