Daily Search Forum Recap: August 15, 2008

Aug 15, 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:

  • Weekly Search Buzz RoundUp - 08/15/08: Google Search Share Tops 70%, Gmail Outage Affects Thousands & Don't Depend on Goldmine Research for Ethics
    Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week and are pumped for SES San Jose next week! I know I am and I still don't know if I'm going! :) Here are the noteworthy news for this week: Google Search Share Tops 70% Google has had more than 70% of searches according to a Hitwise report. Is Google now a monopoly? It's debatable, but if there's choice involved, most feel that it's not. Do
  • How Will the SEO Bubble Pop?
    You can clearly search and find that many people think that SEO is dying a painful death, but do you know exactly how that will happen? Well, Ian Lurie decided to speculate how the SEO bubble will pop and proposes three theories. In his first theory, bigger agencies will start doing their SEO in-house. In his second, SEO will just not be needed because of cut costs. In the third theory, Ian says that clients
  • Webmasters Question Effectiveness of Google Base and Shopping SERPs
    Is it beneficial for you to submit the products you have for sale on Google Base? What about utilizing Google Checkout? How does this fare for your product sales? This is the question posed by a seller on WebmasterWorld. There are mixed results -- some say that their sales have increased exponentially. Others said that they didn't see their products listed anywhere. Now the question is pointed at you. Have you used Google Base to
  • Google AdSense Testing Black Borders Without Consent
    A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Google is testing placing black borders around AdSense ads without the consent of the publishers. First reports of this came in at about 1pm (EST) yesterday, where the publisher expressed his distaste. I really can't stand it when Google try new things with adsense. I am seeing Black borders around some of my ads every now and again. First with the various fonts, now with this. So much for nicely
  • Ranking Software & Google's Opinion
    A couple weeks ago, Google slightly changed how they show the Google search results, which resulted in several search ranking software packages to not function properly anymore. I reported this under the title of WebPosition Ranking Software Being Blocked by Google? early on and Scott Goodyear from WebPosition commented here and also at WebmasterWorld with his two cents. Scott took offense to me using the word "blocking" in the title. The truth is, I posed
  • Google Opens AdSense For Feeds
    We are hearing reports that Google has opened up the AdSense for Feeds Google product to more AdSense publishers. A Google Blogoscoped Forums thread and a WebmasterWorld thread has several publishers noticing the new option. Personally, I thought AdSense for Feeds was open to all by now, but I guess I was wrong. We were one of the first sites to ever deploy AdSense in our feeds. Back in May 2005 Google announced the beta

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