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:
- Need Help Using Google's New Ad Manager?
I promised when Google launched Ad Manager that I would provide a tutorial of some sorts on how to set it up for your site or blog. I didn't have time last week, but today, I finally got around to writing up the tutorial. It is so big that I decided to publish it at RustyBrick.com. I named the article How To Set Up Google Ad Manager On Your Site or Blog. It goes through
- ZDNet Editor Discovers Google Mobile Interface Through Robots.txt
A ZDNet editor was looking at Google's robots.txt file when he stumbled upon an entry for http://www.google.com/m/lcb. It looks to him like a brand new Google Mobile interface that can pinpoint your approximate location and give you suggested places to visit. His take: The feature works pretty well, but it would be even better if it could somehow figure out your exact location rather than simply the city. This way it could browse real businesses
- Google Gmail 502 Errors: "We're Working On it"
Yesterday, one of my Google Apps for my Domain accounts was down for several hours. It eventually came up but it looks like some other Gmail folks aren't as fortunate. A Google Groups thread has several members complaining that they are receiving 502 errors when trying to access their Gmail accounts. There is a pretty big outcry of how Gmail is not stable enough for them. Gmail Alerts Manager updated another Google Groups thread with
- I'm Deindexed... Now What?
A High Rankings Forum member has lost his high rankings (no pun intended). Apparently, he's been deindexed since January 2008. His first inclination at this point is to check the IP address, assuming everything else is looking good. Is the IP really the right direction to go? As one member puts it, it can help, but moderator Randy has a different take. As a general rule the search engines do not ban IP numbers. There
- SEO Clients Not Being Responsive?
What do you do when you have an SEO client but they refuse to give you access to their servers and do not act upon recommendations that you're giving nearly blindly since you have no access to their statistics? It depends on how you approach the client when offering services. Before a contract is signed, it's ideal to tell the client that you will need full access up front. Since there is no right answer
- Google Webmaster Central Team to Offer Live Chat on Friday, March 28th
Google Webmaster Central is hosting a live chat session this Friday at 9pm (PST), noon (EST). Adam Lasnik of Google posted some details at the Google Webmaster Central Blog. Date/Time: Friday, March 28 at 9am PDT / noon EDT / 16:00 GMT The location of this live chat has not yet been announced, but they will update this Google Groups thread with the details, when available. It appears the Googlers will be viewable via a
- Google Webmaster Tools Can't Verify Serbia's .rs TLDs
Serbia currently has two TLDs, .rs and .yu. The .rs TLD is now replacing the .yu TLD, all .yu TLDs should be transferred over to .rs by September 30, 2009. FYI, .rs stands for Republika Srbija (The Republic of Serbia). On March 10th, webmaster were now able to registration their new .rs domain names. Many people started the transfer process from their .yu TLDs to the new .rs TLDs. They set up the 301s, moved
- Microsoft Live Search March '08 Update
It seems like there was a major update over at Microsoft Live Search. The update appears to have begun some time yesterday morning. The update was suppose to loosen up the spam filter a bit to allow the crawler to index more sites and include those sites in the search results. Maybe Microsoft tweaked that filter just a bit too much. According to a WebmasterWorld thread, many are complaining that the search results seem to
- Screen Shots of Google AdWords Demographic Bidding
This morning I complained that Google AdWords demographic bidding was announced to be available to all advertisers but yet truly not available to all advertisers. At 7pm (EST) tonight, Google emailed me back, telling me it is now really live. And they are finally right. Here are screen captures of how demographic bidding works in the AdWords console: Go to a campaign and click "edit campaign settings." Then at the bottom right of that screen
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Do You Really Get That Many Local SEO Clients?, Sphinn
- Google Birthplace Hacked Using Wordpress Exploit, DigitalPoint Forums
- Google Pushing FCC For Use of Underutilized Airwaves, WebmasterWorld
- Secrets of Going Popular Twice on Digg, Sphinn
- Which Is Better - PPC or SEO? How One Company Increased Traffic 60% After Ditching PPC for SEO, Sphinn