Daily Search Forum Recap: April 21, 2008

Apr 21, 2008 - 9:41 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 PageRank Sculpting Get You Penalized in Google?
    A DigitalPoint Forums thread asks if PageRank sculpting, be it through the nofollow attribute, JavaScript or robots.txt file, can it penalize you in Google? Will Google ever look at that to penalize your site? And so on. I am 99% sure Matt Cutts of Google said you will not be penalized for using the nofollow attribute to flow your internal PageRank, as you see fit. We have some more conversation on quotes from Matt on
  • Google AdSense Publishers Report: Clicks Not Being Counted
    WebmasterWorld members are reporting that they're logging into their Google AdSense accounts due to an addiction that needs to be stopped and are finding that AdSense is reporting much lower clicks. One person in particular said that his ads are showing zero clicks but even had it clicked on by someone "overseas" to see if it was a problem on Google's end). Everyone agrees that "something is weird" and only martinibuster suggests that you should
  • The Most Annoying Google AdSense Unit Is: The Large Rectangle
    About 6 weeks ago, I polled our readers on which Google AdSense unit they found to be the most annoying. The results are in and the winner of the most annoying AdSense unit is the large rectangle unit. As you can see, the Large Rectangle, by far, beat out all the other units. What does the large rectangle look like? Here is a live large rectangle: google_ad_client = "pub-0102506597954630"; /* 336x280, created 4/18/08 */ google_ad_slot
  • Google Drops Price For AdWords API Usage
    AdWordsAPI Advisor posted in a Google Groups thread that Google is now able to drop the prices they charge for using the AdWords API. How can they do this now? Debbie Leight, Product Marketing at Google, said because Google was able to enhance the API system to "drive greater efficiencies." Those new efficiencies are now represented in a new lower rate. Here is the revised rate chart: Service Name, Former Rate (in API units), New
  • Reminder: Don't Publish Test Ads on Google's Ad Network
    A DigitalPoint Forums thread kind of laughs at an ad they spotted within the Google AdSense network. An ad leading to Fragrance Net shows how sometimes advertisers can get too busy to remember to not publish an ad that is just a test. To be fair, this doesn't have to be an ad from Fragrance Net, it can be from one of their affiliates. In any event, the lesson is the same, be careful with
  • Google Offers More Advice On Linking Out
    Googler, JohnMu, has some basic linking advice in a Google Groups thread. In short, John explains that logic behind who you should or should not link to. I'll quote John: In general, if you can provide relevant links for users of your site, feel free to link to them. That's how the web works :-), even if those links partially come from sites that you also own or work on. That said, if those links

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