Daily Search Forum Recap: May 12, 2008

May 12, 2008 - 5:00 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:

  • Is Network-Linking Frowned Upon?
    A High Rankings Forum member talks about how he has a variety of sites that are all networked on the same server with the same owner. They're not related topically, but there are some subpages where adding links may be of value to search engines and visitors. Would it be bad to link to pages in the same link network? Are there any risks? It depends, actually. If you're trying to hide the relationship between
  • UK Users Report Google AdSense Phone Verification Not Working
    Numerous new Google AdSense publishers are reporting that they are trying to get their phone numbers verified with Google AdSense in the UK, but Google is not calling their phone numbers to complete the verification process. AdSensePro Ashley writes that this seems to be a problem and Google is aware and is working on it. Thanks for your reports. Please be assured that we are aware that some publishers are currently unable to complete the
  • Yahoo Drops Search Marketing Ambassador Program
    A forum member pointed out that the Yahoo Ambassador Program signup page is no longer accepting new members. I'm not able to find any news on this story at press time, but I do have a screenshot of the page: The question remains: is Yahoo dropping Search Marketing altogether? Forum members say they can still log in and see their reports, but that makes sense for the time being. Maybe, instead, they are dissolving the
  • Google AdSense No-Nos
    A featured WebmasterWorld thread has a fun list of "not to do with your AdSense account because Google might ban you for these things." Here is the list complied by a new member, BrandNewDay: Click your own adsAsking other people to click your adsJoining a program that promises you that people will click your ads if you click their adsTelling all your friends about your sitesExchanging Adsense code with other people or programsBuying and/or operating
  • HS Parameter in Google Search Results When Using Firefox
    The folks at WebmasterWorld really look at every fine detail when it comes to Google's search behavior. Moderator, Receptional Andy said he noticed that when searching in Firefox at Google, Google would append an HS parameter in the URL, when clicking from search result page to search result page. For example, conduct a search for anything at Google using the Firefox search bar. Then move your mouse over the next link at the bottom of
  • Almost Three Years Later, Yahoo Publisher Network Still Failing To Compete Globally
    Yahoo's contextual product, Yahoo Publisher Network, Yahoo's Google AdSense product, almost three years later is still failing to compete with Google globally. The Yahoo Publisher Network launched on August 3, 2005, back then as a beta, exclusive to US based publishers only. Still, almost three years later, Yahoo refuses to take YPN globally. Why am I writing about this now? Well, I guess the three threads per day on "When is YPN coming to [location]?
  • Mother's Day '08 from Google, Yahoo, Dogpile, Ask.com & Search Industry
    Yesterday was Mother's Day and the search engines and search industry blogs/forums had special themes and logos up for the day. Here is a compilation of the logos I found: Google: Yahoo (Flash): Dogpile: Ask.com Cre8asite Forums Search Engine Roundtable Plus today, Google has a special logo on Google.co.uk for Florence Nightingale: To view last years Mother's Day logos from the search engine industry, click here. Also, Gary Price has his quick Mother's Day facts.
  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: May 11, 2008
    In this special Mother's Day video recap, I discussed that landing page load time is coming to the AdWords quality score algorithm. The AdWords display URL policy is now being enforced. We noticed Google changes in terms of the floating four, minus sixty penalty was confirmed and more Google changes. Google's AdSense and AdWords reporting is messed up. Microsoft gave up on Yahoo. Google loves Comic Sans as a font and much more. To win,

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