Daily Search Forum Recap: May 13, 2008

May 13, 2008 - 5:18 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:

  • Matt Cutts Discusses Google's Knowledge of Spam
    At the recent Web 2.0 expo (which I totally wish I went to), Matt Cutts presented on "what Google knows about spam." I actually watched the 9+ minute video (yay me!) and found it informative. Basically, he summarizes a few key points: you should build reputation and trust into your system, you can thwart and frustrate spammers (as they're people), and you should try to make your system hard to infiltrate by spammers. He even
  • Google Adds Video to the News Mix
    The Google News Blog has announced that it is now incorporating YouTube videos with Google News results. As the blog post explains, "You'll see the prefix "Video" next to story titles, and clicking on these video links will open a video player directly on the page so you can watch the video right there." While this was announced in August of 2007, it seems that forum members are starting to see this more often, though
  • Google Goes Social With Friend Connect
    Yesterday, the Internets were abuzz with news that Google has launched Friend Connect, which appears to be "APIs for Open Social participants to pull profile information from social networks into third party websites," according to TechCrunch. Google's own press release mentions that Friend Connect makes websites social. The move is applauded by many forum members, who feel that it's great that Google is taking the initiative to make the web more social. Others are a
  • Most SEOs Believe Competitors Can Hurt Your Google Rankings
    About a week ago I ran a poll that asked Can Someone Hurt A Competitors Google Rankings With Links? I ran the poll because there is a lot of debate around this topic. So I figured, why not ask you guys and you guys said that yes, competitors can hurt your Google rankings. Here are the details of the poll. In short, 70% of the 135 responses said that yes, a competitor can hurt my
  • Yahoo Now Showing Geo-Location Under Search Ads
    Try it, a search on plumbers or bowling or lawyers and so on all may return a fourth line to the search ads at Yahoo Search. The fourth line might show a geo-location. Here are some pictures: If the advertiser is geo-targeting the location of where you are searching for, then the fourth line may show the location. As I explained at Search Engine Land, I was tipped off by BrandVerity Blog on this. This
  • Google Moves "Saved Locations" Feature in Google Maps
    Google has moved the location of the "Saved Locations" feature in Google Maps. Now, you should see an arrow down on the right hand side of the search box, in Google Maps. Clicking on that arrow will show you your saved locations. It is in that area where you can find the "Edit saved locations" feature, as well. Here are screen shots to illustrate: (1) Click on the arrow down: (2) Will trigger a box
  • Google Has More Mass Email Problems With AdSense
    Dozens and dozens of Google AdSense publishers have reported receiving an email from Google with the subject line, "Important Account Information." The email basically was a reminder to those publishers who have not yet accepted the updated terms and conditions from February. The issue is, the email was sent to many publishers who have already accepted the new terms and conditions. As AdSenseAdvisor said in the WebmasterWorld thread: Our team sent an email today with

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