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 Your SEO Clients a Warranty!
The very smart Sarah Bird at SEOmoz has recently blogged about the importance of managing client expectations when working in this area. She says that it's normal for people to overpromise and underdeliver. If you run into a client who has extremely high expectations, what are you to do when they aren't getting what they want? She says that it's important to have something in writing (a warranty): Including solid warranty language in your client
- Dealing with Pagination for High Rankings
A WebmasterWorld member is working on a site and is running into difficulty with rankings that are dropping. When checking Google Webmaster Tools, the big issue is that the pages have the same meta tags, descriptions, and titles. What kind of options does the webmaster have to recover his falling rankings? As Tedster reports, sometimes it may be better not to index paginated pages -- it can cause confusion. Many people agree that indexing the
- Does the Amount of Content Matter for SEO?
Everyone emphasizes that content is king. But does the amount of content make a difference? This is the issue that is currently being discussed at High Rankings Forums. Well, contrary to what they usually say, size doesn't matter this time. The number of pages is insignificant. Content still is king, but the amount is up for discussion. When it comes to content, quantity is not the concern. Instead quality is of utmost importance. As forum
- Does Google Every Totally "Forgive" A Site For Being Penalized?
There is an excellent thread at WebmasterWorld discussing if Google will ever fully "forgive" a site after it has been penalized. For example, let's say you have been slapped with a link penalty, and you remove all those bad links. Will Google every rank you as well as you once ranked? The thread has some excellent experience to quote: Senior member, netmeg, said that Google does completely forgive: one of my clients was completely banned
- Google Webmaster Tools Warns Of Spikes in Bandwidth Fees
I have a client with a very large database driven site. The site is extremely crawlable, which makes for a really nice amount of pages for very specific search terms. I cannot share the site I am talking about, because I do not have client approval. But I did want to share a new Google Webmaster Tools message that this client received, that, in a sense, warned the webmaster that Googlebot may "consume much more
- Sadness In The Search Industry : Respect Each Other
I honestly hate to write about this and I will not be talking in any specifics. But in the past week or two there has been a lot of sadness around the industry, the search industry of course. No, this does not relate to Microsoft or Yahoo. No, this does not relate to Ask.com possibly giving up on search. This relates to the SEM/SEM community. I will link you over to three Sphinn threads, all
- Google Maps Now Has Walking Directions
A Google Groups thread lead me to believe that Google Maps will soon be offering walking directions to everyone, in the near future. So, I decided to check the example I was watching, i.e. 200 Madison Ave to 200 Lexington Ave in New York and I see walking directions! I lead off this post that this was coming soon, but it is now here, at least for me. Yes, I covered signs of this at
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- AdWords Advertisers: Preheat your ovens to 350, Search Engine Watch Forums
- Dear Spammers: links from the Upcoming Section are being nofollowed. Please stop spamming now. Thank you., Sphinn
- Facebook Accuses German Social Networking Site of Copying, WebmasterWorld
- Facebook Redesign Rolls Out Slowly, WebmasterWorld
- Google API usage counters doesn't change, Google Groups
- Google Selling Fewer Ads, WebmasterWorld
- Google Share of Search Dips, Yahoo and Live Search Rise, WebmasterWorld
- Yahoo Announces Settlement Agreement with Icahn, DigitalPoint Forums
- Yahoo Makes Agreement With Carl Icahn Over Proxy Contest, WebmasterWorld