Daily Search Forum Recap: March 13, 2008

Mar 13, 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:

  • Is it Spam if You Add Your Link to Blog Comments?
    Ann Smarty poses an interesting question on Search Engine Journal. As blogs are communities, it's useful to comment and leave your thoughts. But what if you add your link to the comment? Is it spam? There are numerous tools that can check to see whether the comment is spammy and it depends on your blog installation (MovableType versus WordPress versus any other platform). But Annie notices that search engines are smart enough to factor in
  • Do You Search in the Singular or the Plural?
    A Hitwise post digs into the behavior of searchers and sees whether they prefer searching in the singular or plural. Using the term "laptop" versus "laptops," it is clear that "laptops" is the winner in search. When investigating nine other terms, the following was discovered: ...[W]hile the results are not conclusive, it does seem that plural terms are better at sending traffic to retailers than singular terms. Two thirds of the products tested performed better
  • Link Building Techniques and Tricks
    Three recent link building articles have appeared on Sphinn that are worthwhile for link builders. I'll walk through each of them and explain why they are important. In Squeezing the [Link] Juice out of Low Hanging Fruit, Bob Massa talks about how hard work pays off. He emphasizes many points but stresses that you should carefully select quality directories to submit to and submit properly. This way, you don't have to pay for links. Matt
  • Once Again, Submit Your AdSense Wish List
    As some of you know, we have a new AdSenseAdvisor and this new AdSenseAdvisor is now taking publisher's feature requests, aka their wish lists for what they would like to see on Google AdSense. Some items on the wish list include: Better ReportingImproved Banner ToolsLet Publisher Pick a Minimum BidReferral Ad ChangesClear Up Privacy Policy RulesGraphs to ReportsMore Channels AdSenseAdvisor is taking notes, but also says you can submit your feature requests via this form
  • Find Hidden Links On Your Site? Where Did It Come From?
    A Google Groups thread has several smart webmasters aiding a webmaster who found links on his site via the Google cache. In short, the links are not visible when viewing the page in the browser, but they are visible when viewing the page via the Google Cache. He asks how can this be. One of the cool parts of this thread is that the webmaster won't give up the URL of his site. So we
  • What Would You Do With Your Google AdSense Account Manager?
    AdSenseAdvisor asks in a WebmasterWorld thread, if you had an account manager or advisor to aid you with your Google AdSense account, what would you use the advisor or manager for? Here are some Google AdSense Account Manager tasks mentioned in this thread: Ad optimizationBetter ad targetingIncreased earning tipsA way to vent to GoogleAnswer policy questions Do you have ideas? I have an account manager but I personally rarely ever use him. You can chime
  • Google AdSense's Alternative Fill Color Ad Feature Issue
    Google AdSense users who use the "alternate ads or colors" feature and try using the "fill space with solid color" option have been experiencing issues recently. In this case, when a publisher tries to adjust the color of that space to a new color, it simply won't save. A Google Groups thread has been tracking this issue since Monday and it still appears to be an issue, even though AdSensePro Ashley, an official Google representative,

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