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:
- How Do We Determine Authority for Link Building?
Michael Gray writes an interesting post about that teaching advanced link building and PageRank will never die. In the article, he explains that everyone who learns about optimization techniques are at different levels; some are more advanced and may consider topics to be basic. Now what happens if you recommend link building tactics from an "authoritative" site? By whose metric? If you apply this to authority as determined by "PageRank," Michael has a problem with
- Google Reader Really, Really Wants You To Share With Your Friends
Google has announced a new Google Reader feature that lets you share your blog posts with friends -- separate from your Gtalk contacts. Here's an example screenshot of what it looks like: Google is really excited about this, and so are users. They are even ready for more -- sharing specific folders with specific friends, having a conversation with their friends, etc. One big concern, however, is the fact that Google has pushed this too
- Do Search Penalty Discussions Worry You?
With the variety of penalty discussions we read about, one who starts following the forum discussion is bound to get paranoid. At least, that's the case for one WebmasterWorld member who considers himself "white hat," but still is worried about the variety of penalties that he keeps reading about. Another person chimes in on the discussion and says that most penalties did not impact the white hats. He says that if you're "truly white hat
- Google Fixes Sitemap Pending Issue & Blogger Crawling Issues
Over the past couple weeks, we reported about two issues: (1) Did Google Stop Crawling Blogger Blogs on Personalized Domains? (2) Google Bloggers Having Sitemap File & Continued Crawling Issues? Google seems to have resolved both issues. The Google Groups thread has a response specifically about both issues, where JohnMu of Google said: It looks like this issue should be resolved now. It might take some time for things to catch up across the board,
- 404 or 301 Your Old Pages? Which is Best For SEO?
There is a very large discussion at Sphinn around a Search Engine Journal post named How to Get Rid of Multiple Subpages & Not Get Penalized. The discussion is around the topics of using different techniques when removing or redirecting pages. Which is better to do for SEO? Do you want to 301, redirect a page, or 404, return a not found status, a page? I can tell you that my company does this fairly
- Don't Fall For The "Most Dependable" Award
Back in June, I told you the story I had with and other SEOs had with the Most Dependable awards being given to SEOs and Web Design companies, amongst others. In short, a company named Goldline Research calls you, telling you that they create an "editorial" page in a popular magazine, like Entrepreneur magazine and others. The page will highlight your company as the most dependable in your niche and region. The catch? If you
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Filing a Google Reconsideration Request: What is the Process?, WebmasterWorld
- Forget Community. Forget Conversation. Business Blogging Is About SEO., Sphinn
- H5 tags coming before the H1, WebmasterWorld
- Question About Keyword Phrases, HighRankings Forums
- Yahoo Fire Eagle, User Location Sharing App, WebmasterWorld