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 Google Crawling Absolute Paths?
We've repeatedly recommended Google Webmaster Tools to help you assess problems with your website. It can help you figure out if you're having some problems somewhere and then you can get to the bottom of them. In a specific example, a Cre8asite Forums member is finding that Google is crawling absolute paths, such as http://domain.com/var/www/html/page.php and /home/public_html/admin.html, which shouldn't ever happen. Is it a problem with Google, or is there a structural issue with the
- Is there a Minimum Number of Pages Required for Decent Organic Rankings?
While SEO becomes more and more important, people try to find angles that they can exploit or take advantage of so that they can achieve good rankings. In one specific instance, High Rankings forum post asks if there's a minimum number of pages that need to be targeted to achieve decent rankings. It's important to note that in general, a site as a whole is collectively not ranked. Each page ranks individually. Therefore, you need
- Search Engine Optimizers Should Back Up Their Statements!
At SEO Refugee, Skitzzo talks about how the SEO blogosphere is starting to shift drastically and people are giving their opinions as fact. Instead of using jargon like "in my experience" or "as far as I can tell," they think that their specific experiences mean that these statements hold true in all circumstances when in fact most of these experiences are circumstantial and they may not entirely hold true in all instances. The discussion moves
- Plurk Brings Micro Forums, Like Twitter Brought Micro Blogging
A few weeks ago, I joined Plurk to mess around with the newest social media buzz. After playing around with it for a few weeks, I have really grown to enjoy many of its addictive features. The main thing I want to explain is that Plurk feels to me like a micro-forums format. Just like Twitter is a micro-blogging system, Plurk is really a micro-discussion forums platform. Plurk works where you can post a 140
- Use Google Ad Manager To Set Minimum AdSense eCPM
Stuart McDonald posted a thread at WebmasterWorld explaining how you can use Google Ad Manager with Google AdSense to specify a minimum eCPM. You must keep in mind that you need to have other ads in your Ad Manager inventory to compete with your AdSense ads, in order for this to work properly. Google Ad Manager allows you to set a minimum CPM for most ad runs. By specifying the minimum CPM with house or
- Some Webmasters Are Banning Yahoo Slurp
It seems like some webmasters are becoming fed up with the activity of Yahoo's crawl, Yahoo Slurp, relative to the amount of traffic Yahoo Search is sending the web site. In fact, some webmasters have taken the plunge and banned Yahoo from crawling their sites. It is funny, because some webmasters were or are afraid to ban Yahoo because they think it might have some sort of impact on their Google results. One such webmaster
- Moving to a U.S Hosted Server: Will it Impact Country Specific SEO?
A WebmasterWorld thread asks how much of an impact will a site see if it is moved from a Dubai host to a USA based host? The answer is not really all that known. This webmaster's main concern is that he receives "80% of traffic from UAE and have lots of content and back links related to UAE." He wants to continue to receive higher rankings in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regions. He is
Matt Cutts, of Google, posted a blog post at the official Google Blog named Using data to fight webspam. In that post, he describes how the web spam team uses log data, IP addresses, and cookie information to help prevent search spam. The question in the forums is why? Why is Google handing over this information? Let me quote a snippet from Matt's post: The IP and cookie information is important for helping us apply
- Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: June 29, 2008
You love basketball? I do. This video recap, I play some basketball and you can score some great schwag by watching me play. Learn how by watching. So what did I chat about? Google proves to everyone out there that they know who you are, what you are doing and how much you can spend with Google Ad Manager and Google Trends for Websites. I discuss the long URL post I wrote this week on
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Conspiracy Theory: Google Using the Bookmark Data Stream, Sphinn
- Google Tests iGoogle Social Networking, WebmasterWorld
- Changing the Way We Do Science - with Google Software, WebmasterWorld
- Google crashing my server, Google Groups
- Trellian Account Executive / Sales, HighRankings Forums