Daily Search Forum Recap: April 9, 2008

Apr 9, 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:

  • Can You Imagine a World Where Search Engines Banning Sites Would Become Illegal?
    If you're like me, you live on the internet for a big chunk of your day. You thrive on the internet. The internet is a big key player of your being, and if there's no internet, you can hardly imagine your existence without it. This feeling is only going to grow with time. We become increasingly dependent on our online activities. We become increasingly dependent on search. Whereas 20 years ago, we had to do
  • Individual Files Trademark for "SEO"
    I remember working as a private investigator and visiting the United States Patent and Trademark Office way too often as part of my job. And when I read Sarah Bird's post on SEOmoz about an individual named Jason Gambert who is looking to file a trademark for the term SEO, I knew exactly where to go. The background: an individual named "Mr. Gambert" is trying extremely hard to get his "process" of SEO (or so
  • Is it Worth it to "Buy" Links from a PR0 Website?
    Face it. Sometimes you can exchange links for free, and other times, you just have to buy a link. But is there a minimum toolbar PageRank number that you should go by before buying that link? Obviously, this isn't a black and white question. Consider the content of the site. Two of the key questions you should ask yourself are "Is it relevant?" and "Can it deliver traffic?" But beyond that, there's more that can
  • SEOs Split On Value of DMOZ.org (ODP) Link
    On February 20th, I asked our readers if they thought a listing in the Open Directory Project would have a major impact on a site's Google ranking. The response was split down the middle. We only had 58 responses, which is very low for a typical Search Engine Roundtable poll, but the results were really down the middle. As you can see, 47% said that a link from ODP does not have a major impact
  • Google AdSense Tax Season Advice
    It is that time of the year again, just a few more days until Tax Day in America. That reminds me, I need to call my accountant and see the status of my returns... In any event, this is typically when AdSense publishers try to come up with a list of what they can deduct from their AdSense earnings. Keep in mind, I am not an accountant, so any advice here must be run by
  • Lucky Webmaster Buys PageRank 10 Site
    I have been tracking a thread at WebmasterWorld where this webmaster is shocked to learn that the site he just acquired now has a PageRank score of 10. Before buying the site, it had no PageRank score at all but soon after, it jumped up to a 10 out of 10! Lucky Webmaster! Well, not really. My first impression was that someone was spoofing the PageRank, which it turned out to be. So, someone was
  • Google Local Showing Twice As Many Reviews
    If you take a look at virtually any Google Local listing with reviews, you might notice that Google is showing twice as many reviews, as the company really has. For example, my company listing shows a review count of 4, but in reality, I only have two reviews. Here is a picture: Yes, Google shows the number 4 but only really has two reviews listed. A Google Groups thread has confirmation from Google that this

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