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:
- Google Improves Flash Indexing Again
On the first day of this month, we reported that Google and Yahoo were to begin indexing Flash files. According to the pertinent Google Webmaster Central blog post, Google is able to crawl the contextual elements in these blog posts. The post itself has been updated with Google mentioning that it rolled out even more features: For our July 1st launch, we didn't enable Flash indexing for Flash files embedded via SWFObject. We're now rolling
- Google AdWords Pros Are Looking for Forum Members to Improve Group Experience
Do you frequent Google Groups for help on your Google AdWords account? AdWordsPro.Sarah says in a forum post that the AdWords team is looking for feedback to improve the forum user experience. If you want to offer your feedback, respond to the Google Groups thread and the AdWords team will contact you via email (your Google Groups email account) when they're ready. The deadline to participate is July 25th. Forum discussion continues at Google Groups.
- Huge Drop in Google Traffic? Can't Find The Problem? Check Your Links
Recently I have been reading and hearing a lot of webmasters complain about a huge drop in their Google traffic. There are just too many threads to reference, so I thought I reference one valuable post by JohnMu of Google. John said in response to why a site lost virtually all of their traffic, in a Google Groups thread: Looking at your site, it might be that one issue could be that links pointing to
- Yahoo Site Command Works Without Applying [site:]?
I am not sure if this is new but it seems if you search in Yahoo for www.domain.com, Yahoo will return results as if you submitted a site command to Yahoo. For example, a search on www.seroundtable.com returns about 18,800, only from seroundtable.com. If you conduct a true site command at Yahoo Search, i.e. site:www.seroundtable.com, Yahoo will automatically redirect you to Yahoo Site Explorer. Yahoo actually started redirecting these types of queries to Site Explorer
- Google AdWords Sandbox Tool Fussy With Diacritics (/daÍ¡iÉ™ËˆkrÉªtÉªk/) or Cyrillics
Diacritics are those letters that have a small sign added to a letter to alter pronunciation. For example, Mexico is often spelled MÃ©xico, with the special Ã©. So when you want to tailor your ads to a specific region and what to show them you know what you are 'talking' about, some advertisers use diacritical marks to accent that point. However, if you use the Google AdWords API's Sandbox, you cannot properly test those ads.
- Google Fridges Begin To Melt Down
Back in April of 2006, Google began sending out Google Fridges to some of their larger advertisers as a thank you. Well, I am now seeing reports via WebmasterWorld that those fridges are beginning to break. WebmasterWorld's Hubie said: I got the Google Fridge about 1.5 years ago, and the damn thing stopped working! the power cord still works, but my fridge aint getting cold anymore. I love this thing...how do I fix it? I'm
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 20 Must-Have FireFox Search Plugins for SEOs, Sphinn
- Advanced Keyword Research for SEO, Sphinn
- Don't Be Popular. Be Useful., Sphinn
- Google.com SERP Changes - July 2008 part 2, WebmasterWorld
- Icahn's Nine for Yahoo Board, WebmasterWorld
- Importance of changefreq in sitemap.xml, WebmasterWorld
- Typo Error In Google, HighRankings Forums
- Yahoo to deliver in-game ads, WebmasterWorld