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.
- Google's Vending Machine - Verdict: Cool
Toxigon has a very cool photo of a vending machine in Google's Japan office. Since I'm not sure who took this photograph, I'm showing you a small size image here: The large size image is on the Toxigon website. Are you really surprised at such a welcoming vending machine? ;) Google, after all, is the best company to work for! Forum discussion continues at DigitalPoint Forums.
- Would Your Website Pass a Google Review?
Aaron Wall wrote a very good piece on whether your website will pass a Google review and says that human reviews can potentially bring your site down. He mentions tactics you should use to avoid such reviews, including building quality content on your site, creating quality signals, and avoiding making drastic changes to your site so that you don't get flagged for review. The discussion moves to Sphinn where most people think that their websites
- Do You Engage in 3-Way (Triangular) Link Exchanges?
As the link building strategy becomes more and more difficult (at least by some), people are seeking out alternatives to the standard two-way linking practice. In a WebmasterWorld thread, a member is looking at a triangular link strategy which wouldn't be directly reciprocal but he's hoping that he'll still benefit. Would you do it? If you're looking for reciprocal links, three-way linking isn't much better. Furthermore, if the goal is to outwit Google, Google knows
- Google AdSense Publisher Prepping Site For New York Times Feature
A DigitalPoint Forums thread has the owner of a Google Maps mashup named Speed Trap get ready for being mentioned in the New York Times. The publisher said his site will be featured in the NY Times online site and in the physical paper and he wants to prep his site for the traffic. On one hand, he is worried about the traffic raising a red flag and possibly, as he puts it, getting him
- GoogleBot Getting Tired? Google's Spider Crawling Less Documents
A WebmasterWorld thread reports from dozens of Webmasters that GoogleBot, Google's web crawler has not been crawling as many documents as they have in the past. Many webmasters are noticing reduction in crawl rates as much as 90-percent, relative to historical numbers. I am not sure how wide spread the issue is, or if it is an issue at all. It might be just more efficient crawling or it may be something else. But this
- Google Opens TV Ads To All US Advertisers
Google's AdWords blog announced that all US based advertisers should now be able to participate in Google's TV Ads. Honestly, I think Google opened this up to all US advertisers on April 11th or the day before and just announced it today. Personally, I am a US advertiser and I still don't see the option, maybe something on my account is flagged as not liking TV. I do have clients that clearly have the TV
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- DoubleClick Mobile Integrates With Mobile Ad Networks, WebmasterWorld
- Why Whitehats Need to Know Blackhat SEO, Sphinn
- Google's Whois Domaintool Pages Have Paid Links Passing PageRank, Sphinn
- Have you tried Google Mobile Ads, Search Engine Watch Forums