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:
- Google AdSense Adds "AdSense for Search"
The Inside AdSense blog talks about the newest feature available to Google AdSense users: AdSense for Search is now powered by custom search. This new feature gives you the following benefits: site search, improved indexing of pages, vertical search, the ability to fine tune search results and ads with keywords, selecting ad location, and more. Check out the video for more information: As someone who had an extremely difficult time trying to get Google Coop
- Google Reader Adds "Share With Note" Feature
Want to share something you found particularly useful on Google Reader with some more information? You now can, thanks to a new feature called "Share with Note" that looks just like this: On the bottom of any feed item, click on "Share with Note" and the screen above pops up. You can then give some feedback into why you're sharing the particular blog post or news story. In other words, it's a feature that Google
- Are Long URLs Spammy?
I'm sure you've seen those URLs -- www.domain.com/4-star-hotel-in-barcelona-spain.php. The question is: is this a tactic that we consider spammy? Not really, according to a High Rankings Forum thread. On the other hand, if it was www.domain.com/4-star-hotel-apartment-penthouse-keyword4-keyword5-keyword6-in-barcelona.php, that may raise some eyebrows. Additionally, if you think about it, unless you change the post slug of a WordPress post, thousands of these long URLs are generated every single day. (Tip: Shorter URLs are easier to remember and
- The Floating Four At Google: Google's Position Four Seems Funky?
A WebmasterWorld thread has some interesting observations, which I thought would be fun to name the "Floating Four" symptom. In short, it seems like there are some pages that happen to float into the fourth position at Google's search results and then a couple hours later disappear. This pattern has been repeating itself time and time again. WebmasterWorld's senior member, internetheaven, first reported this. He isolated his issue from a position 6 listing, floating to
- Yahoo Changing Product Submit Fee Structure to Auction Model?
A WebmasterWorld thread has a copy of an email a Yahoo Product Submit advertiser received. The email basically says that Yahoo will be switching from a flat category price structure to a bidding marketplace type of structure, like we have at Yahoo Search Marketing or Google AdWords. Why would Yahoo be switching the Product Submit pricing structure from a flat tier structure to a bidding structure? Possibly to earn more money? Possibly to consolidate the
- Screen Shots of New Google AdSense Font, Comic Sans
Friday we reported that Google is testing new fonts in AdSense ads. Well, I finally found a screen capture of this in action via DigitalPoint Forums. Here is the screen capture: Pretty funky looking, no? If anything, this is a Google test and if they launch this new font, I hope they make it an option for the publisher. Personally, I find the font a bit unprofessional for many sites. But it may work for
- Google Fishing Out AdSense Arbitrageurs Through AdWords Accounts?
A WebmasterWorld thread has speculation that Google is now seeking out AdSense arbitrageurs through AdWords accounts. The rumor is that Google is banning AdSense publishers by looking to see if their AdWords accounts are sending traffic to pages with AdSense on them. About a year ago, we reported, Google To Shut Down AdSense Arbitrageurs. But then learned it was more focused on made-for-AdSense (MFAs) AdSense arbitrageurs. Google didn't deny that they have been going after
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- The Ethics of Linkbait. Again., Sphinn
- Top 5 Non-SEO Ways to Increase Rankings, Sphinn
- AdSense feature requests May 2008, WebmasterWorld
- AdSensePros - Inside Adsence says its open for comments - but its not, Google Groups
- Google I/O Developer Event, Google Groups
- Google Translator added hindi :D, DigitalPoint Forums
- non-SEO ways to increase your search rankings, Search Engine Watch Forums
- Yahoo SearchScan released, WebmasterWorld