Weekly Search Buzz Roundup - 06/13/08: Google's Traffic Drops, Yahoo's Click Fraud Report Stinginess & SEO Forum Worthiness Debate

Jun 13, 2008 - 10:03 am 0 by

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Google and Yahoo to Partner for Ads

So this week, we heard that Google will power many of Yahoo's search ads. Then we had a poll. Do you want this to happen? The majority of you (46%) said no. Thirty nine percent of you said yes and the rest of you didn't seem to care either way.

Google Drops Traffic

What's up with the loss of traffic as reported by many webmasters as related to Google search volume? I don't know but when your eggs are mostly in Google's basket, it sucks. I noticed this a few months ago, actually, myself. Maybe I am just lucky. ;)

Yahoo Directory has a PageRank After All

Last week we reported that the Yahoo Directory had no PR. That's not the case according to Matt Cutts. TBPR is fun.

Google Image Traffic Increases

Woot! If you're optimizing your website for images, guess what? Google removed a lot of images from the recent filter that flagged images as "adult."

Yahoo Needs Money, Rejects Click Fraud Reports?

Advertisers are reporting that they are reporting that their Yahoo Click Fraud requests are being rejected. No update thus far, so I'm not sure what else to tell you, but I feel the frustration.

Google's SEO Documentation is Updated

Matt Cutts did a great job explaining the new changes in Google's SEO documentation. A lot of good kibbles and bits there :)

Google Addresses Content Scraping

A Google Webmaster dude wrote a post about how Google handles content theft and says that they've done a pretty accurate job weeding out the scrapers and keeping the original text there. Most people think that's not exactly the case. I might be inclined to agree that there's some work that can be done for a better job in that area, but I imagine a lot has been already looked at.

Your Country Coded TLD Won't Rank So Badly After All.... Unless...

If you have a website that is on another domain but you set the geographic target in Google Webmaster Central to US, you probably won't suffer from bad rankings on Google.com, according to JohnMu. However, if you have foreign-language PDF documents, you may be in for a surprise.

Linking AdSense to Google Account Inevitable

Is this our final notice about linking your Google AdSense account to your Google account? Maybe. So um, yeah. It looks like you don't have a choice. Just do it.

YouTube Annotations: Cool, but Why Don't You work in Embedded Videos?

Okay, so I just spent some time looking at this YouTube annotated video of Matt Cutts and porn. It was very enlightening. I played the video on the post on Search Engine Roundtable but didn't see the annotation, though. I tried again. And again. Then I went to the YouTube page. Viola! Annotations are there! Can you fix this please, YouTube team? :)

SEO Debate: Forums Out, Blogs In?

Are SEO forums a waste of time? or are they valuable? This is a good question. My thoughts: noise on forums. Not so much on blogs in comparison. You have a lot of new folks from a far-away timezone who haven't embraced the blog world and still preach totally inaccurate information on forums not knowing that it's outdated by like 5 years. Still, there's value in forums. Barry finds it. Let's pat him on the back. :)

Have a splendid weekend!


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