Daily Search Forum Recap: August 13, 2008

Aug 13, 2008 - 5:00 pm 0 by

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:

  • Why Did My Google AdWords Destination URL Stop Working
    A WebmasterWorld member says that somehow his Google AdWords destination URLs are changing, despite the fact that he is only appending tracking information to the URL. Instead, it's using the ad URL but not the keyword destination URL. It only seems to occur with one keyword, though. Why? Forum members are not absolutely sure, but some suspect that it may have something to do with other keywords in the same ad group that are broader.
  • Why Does My Homepage Not Rank for a Keyword, but an Inner Page Does?
    At WebmasterWorld, a forum member is baffled by the fact that his homepage isn't ranking for a relevant search term; instead, one of the internally-linked pages rank. According to the forum member, the homepage has the right keywords within the title tag and should be targeted appropriately, but the internal page outranks it. It seems that this forum member is not alone. Another member encountered a similar issue recently. Other forum members suggest that it
  • Google Search Share Exceeds 70%, According to Hitwise
    Just a few days ago, Hitwise reported that Google's search share has exceeded 70%, accounting for 70.77% of all US searches. In an article from CNet, Google still emphasizes that the company is not a monopoly. While Google is the preferred search engine by most, it's ironic that the same people (who are likely doing Google searches) are still troubled and find that Google's reach is in fact a monopoly. Some say that it may
  • Does Google Really Separate Paid from Organic? The AdWords Bill Test
    A WebmasterWorld thread asks if Google would penalize a site in the free/organic listings if that site does not pay up their AdWords bill. For example, ACME Inc. has been running an AdWords campaign and racked up a bill for $10,000. ACME decided to not pay the bill, because ACME ranks very well for their keywords in the Google organic results. If ACME doesn't pay the bill, would Google lower the ranking of ACME for
  • Google Not Bolding Keywords in Search Results in Some Cases?
    Google has been bolding the search phrase within the search results for as long as I can remember. For example, a search on [search engine roundtable] will bold the words "search," "engine," and "roundtable," on the Google search results page. Here is a picture of one search result for that search phrase: But according to a WebmasterWorld thread, Google is not always bolding words. I have confirmed this to be true, in some cases Google
  • Google Shuts Down FeedBurner's Ad Network (FAN)
    I have been a huge fan of FeedBurner, RSS feed management company, for a really long time. Yes, before Google bought them and even before they had most of their cool features. In any event, I noticed a Google Groups thread, where FeedBurner announced that they have stopped accepting new publishers into the FeedBurner Ad Network (FAN). Matt S. of FeedBurner said: This is a quick note to confirm that FeedBurner's former, independent ad network,
  • Google Webmaster Tools Fixes 404 Reporting Error
    About two weeks ago, we reported that Google Webmaster Tools had 404 reporting errors. Well, after about two weeks, the 404, page not found, reports in Webmaster Tools is now accurate. I logged in myself and saw that Google was only reporting pages that indeed give a 404 status response code. JohnMu, a Googler, replied to the Google Groups thread last night at 7pm, to notify us that it has been resolved. It looks like

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