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 Recap - 08/22/08: SES SJ 2008 Recap, AdWords Quality Score Update & Apple Store is Cloaking!
Can you believe the summer is almost over -- for real? And can you believe that SES San Jose is over? I can't--and I still wish I went! (As you could probably tell, I didn't. I'm moving in 2 weeks!) Search Engine Strategies San Jose 2008 So what did you miss this week? Well, we had some nice bloggers help us with great coverage of Search Engine Strategies. All in all, the 4 days were
- Webmasters Discuss Google Base and Shopping SERPs
A week ago, we blogged about the effectiveness of Google Base and the shopping SERPs. To reiterate, webmasters have wondered whether Google Base would help them achieve better traffic or if there was no change when utilizing this other Google product. In a blog comment, an anonymous retailer says that using Google Base has helped him/her get an increase in traffic and the person encourages others to try it out. On WebmasterWorld, many people say
- Google Map Maker Now Available in 57 Countries
At the end of June, we announced the launch of Google Map Maker. Now, two months later, Google has its own update. From a Google Groups thread, we're told that Google Map Maker is now available in 57 countries. Again, here are some features available to you when you utilize the Map Maker: There's a Map Maker User Help document for more ways to use this tool and a Google Map Maker Group as well.
- Google AdWords New Quality Score Announcement
Google has new and important information about the Quality Score, according to the Inside AdWords blog. According to the AdWords team, the Quality Score is more accurate since it will be computed during every single query. Keywords will no longer be marked as "inactive for search." Also, there's a "first page bid" to replace the "minimum bid." The AdWords team explains: First page bids are an estimate of the bid it would take for your
- Yahoo! Site Explorer Gets a Facelift
The Yahoo Search Blog tells us that Yahoo! Site Explorer has a new interface with more dynamic features. Additionally, the redesign boasts a new Site Summary page that provides interesting statistics for sites that have been authenticated with Yahoo! Site Explorer. You can see this and more at https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/new/. (The blog post already has some nice comments, including a bunch of spam comments that I hope Yahoo deletes, like this: "Hi, This new tool is
- Is Apple Cloaking Their iTunes Content, With Google Looking The Other Way?
Over the past few weeks, my brother and I have been working on a side project at RustyBrick on building out iPhone Apps. During this process, I took detailed notice to how iTunes works, how their API functions, and how Google indexes that content and it has raised some questions in my mind. Let me step back and take you through this. We build an iPhone or iPod Touch application for the Jewish community. It
- Can A Google Penalized Site Get All Of It's Trust Back Quickly?
A question I get quiet often is, my site has been penalized, and I want to know if I will have to start from scratch, to earn Google's trust back? I often say that I doubt you have to start "from scratch," but I am sure you won't be at the level of "trust" you once had with Google, after they have learned that you once did something that was not so good in their
- SES San Jose Roundtable Live Coverage Day Four Recap
Here is the concise version of the live blogging coverage our volunteers put together at SES San Jose yesterday: Searching For Jobs in Search: Starting and Advancing Your Career in the Industry Search Advertising Tools Organic Listings Forum The Best Kept Secrets to Search How to Choose a Search Vendor Trademark Issues: What SEMs Should Know Fast, Free and Easy Tools to Get You Going Special Kelsey Group Presentation: The 3G iPhone: Local Search Demos
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- A In-depth look at the "SEO'ed" Thesis Theme for Wordpress, Sphinn
- AdWords API Starter Kit Updated (v2.0.0), Google Groups
- Domain Name Gaming: Tricking Engines and Annoying Searchers, Sphinn
- How To Tell If Article Content Is Being Picked Up?, HighRankings Forums