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:
- Give It Up
This is conference coverage of the Search Marketing Expo Advanced 2008 event. There was an "embargo" on releasing these session notes until this time. Enjoy these outstanding SEO tips. Give It Up! - No more secrets time. In this session, our panel of noted SEOs all share some of their favorite and largely overlooked SEO tips. Then we turn to the audience for more sharing. Attendees vow not to blog what's discussed for the now
- Google Retraction: Blocking Regions Is Not Cloaking
Yesterday, we reported that Google's John Mueller said that if you block a whole region from accessing your site, it would be considered cloaking and thus be against Google's Webmaster guidelines. Since then, we have seen many comments on that coverage, including lots of discussion across dozens of forums. The discussion was not positive and they called this policy, simply, outright wrong. Well, you are all right. Google has retracted that statement. John said at
- Google AdWords API Releases Traffic Estimator Service
The Google AdWords API is now supporting the Traffic Estimator Service, which provides traffic estimates (CPC, clicks per day, etc.) for new and existing keywords, according to a recent blog post. The blog post states: AdWords API users can access our trove of historical keyword and bid data via the Traffic Estimator Service, which gives detailed estimates of how much traffic a keyword may generate at various CPC values. The service is not only useful
- Google Ordered By Court to Turn Over YouTube Records
A recent ruling has people reeling about how a judge recently ordered YouTube to hand over its history to Viacom. All of the sudden, your privacy is not being honored. To summarize the recent story, Wired says that "Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on
- You Can Order Google Branded Window Shades
The Nets2Go curtain and blinds company decided to do some viral marketing that would entail some big tech products, such as Digg, YouTube, Firefox, and of course, Google. Here's the picture for you to see: It's a smart idea, has some really good viral marketing aspects to it, but hey, are people using it? (I would.) Forum discussion continues at DigitalPoint Forums.
- Google's Content Removal Tool Is Not HTTPS or WWW Specific
Did you know that Google's Remove Content tool in Webmaster Tools is not HTTPS or WWW specific? Meaning, if you want to use the tool to remove all your HTTPS pages from the Google index, it will also remove your HTTP version. And if you want to remove the WWW version, it will also remove the non WWW version from Google? A Webmaster learned that the hard way and we see his story in a
- How Do You Define an MFA (Made for AdSense Site)?
A WebmasterWorld thread has discussion around the various classifications of an MFA site (made for AdSense). The question is, what is the true definition of such a site? Is there a gray area or is it black and white? One member classifies three types of sites running AdSense: A site that has content that consists only of ads.A site that has substandard content, and lots of ads.A site that has good content, and ads that
- Is Your Home Page's Google PageRank Less Than Your Inner Pages PageRank?
A Cre8asite Forums thread has a member who is a bit concerned that the page listed in his Google Webmaster Tools, crawl stats section for "highest PageRank" is not his home page. Instead, an internal page is listed as having the highest PageRank on his site. Googler, JohnMu, replied to this webmaster saying that this isn't all that bad. In fact, John said, "I think it's great to see a non-home page listed as the
- Google UK Filled with Aussi Sites?
Tamar covered the Google UK July report yesterday but I noticed a new observation from Gabs at Search Engine Roundtable Forums. Gabs pointed out that Google's UK search algorithm seems to be returning an unusual number of sites related to Australia. He comments that the number one result for [how to cancel company registration] in Google UK search is an .AU TLD, the number six result is a .SG and the number nine result is
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