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 - 08/29/08: Google Suggest Becomes Default, People Hate Search Penalties, and IE8 Beta 2 is Out
Happy last week of August and happy 30th wedding anniversary to my parents! (Yes, it is today!) While most of you are preparing for a 3 day weekend, we're hoping to give you some good reading material. This week, we've seen news about Google (surprised?) and IE8, among a few other smaller things. Here we go... Google Suggest to Change the Search Landscape We've received confirmation that Google Suggest is becoming the default for searchers.
- Google Updates Java Client Library for AdWords API
Google has released a new Java Client Library for the AdWords API. In version 2.1.0, minor fixes have been made which include removing j2ee dependencies, fixing dependencies in build.xml, and reducing the size of the jar by 3 times. You can download the new library here. Forum discussion continues at Google Groups.
- Google Displays Ads at Bottom of Search Results
Google has confirmed that they are rolling out some tests to display different ad placements throughout the search results pages. In this particular instance, Google apparently is trying to display advertisements on the bottom of the SERPs. We're familiar with ads on the right side of the search results, but have you ever seen ads on the bottom? I suppose not. However, AdWordsAdvisor confirms that they are running a test on the Australian version of
- Search Engine Penalties Are Scary, Says Most SEOs
Tamar wrote a piece named Do Search Penalties Worry You? I had her add a poll asking SEOs if they are scared of search engine penalties. The 98 responses are back and it is about split. 56% are afraid of search penalties while 44% are not afraid of search penalties. Personally, I would be afraid of a penalty, even if I was to be hit by collateral damage. I am surprised that more SEOs are
- Negative Keyword Filter for Google Webmaster Tools?
A Google Groups thread is requesting that Google add a negative keyword filter tool for Google Webmaster Tools. Google AdWords gives advertisers the ability to tell Google, I don't want traffic for these keyword phrases or keywords. At least one webmaster requested that this feature would be useful for him on the organic SEO front. Typically, most people don't mind getting traffic for any and all keywords, as long as that traffic is free. With
- How Google Handles Flash in 2008, Former Googler Bergy Chimes In
In July, we reported that Google is now able to better crawl and index content within Flash files. Since then, time has gone on but most SEOs continue to recommend that you stay away from Flash when building a search engine friendly site. A new Google Groups thread takes a new look at how Google handles Flash content. In the thread Beu was able to bring back a former Googler, Bergy, to respond to some
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 11 Slimy Internet Marketing Characters, Sphinn
- Additional AdWords API Guru: Jan Piotrowski, Google Groups
- Google Local Exploit - API, WebmasterWorld
- Marketmotive Adds Search Marketing Certification To Online Training Co, HighRankings Forums
- Revolted about Yahoo Paid Inclusion, Search Engine Watch Forums
- The End Of Seo?, HighRankings Forums
- When Blackhat SEO IS Ethical, Sphinn
- Why You Should Join Twitter Today, Sphinn