Daily Search Forum Recap: September 12, 2008

Sep 12, 2008 - 4:01 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:

  • Google Is Testing New Webmaster Tools Verification Process
    It appears like the Google Webmaster Central team is testing a new verification process for Webmaster Tools. A Google Groups thread reports finding the following data in his log file: - - [11/Sep/2008:10:17:09 +0100] "GET / google38b4a154a92b0b4f.html HTTP/1.1" 200 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)" - - [11/Sep/2008:10:17:09 +0100] "GET /fdfdkll.html HTTP/ 1.1" 404 - "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http:// www.google.com/bot.html)" Googler, JohnMu, said that this is related to Google testing a new
  • Google Germany Drops Adult Video Sites Like RedTube.com
    It appears Google Germany has removed many, if not all, adult video sites from their index. A Google Groups thread reported this, where an adult video site owner said his Adult Tube site was removed from Google.de and so were all his competitors. Googler, JohnMu, explained that a site command for at least one of the sites, such as site:www.redtube.com, returns a message from Google that it was removed due to local laws. If you
  • Marissa Mayer of Google Speaks about the Future of Search
    On the Official Google Blog, Marissa Mayer has spoken about her role at Google and the future of search. She explains that search will be becoming more mobile, that voice and natural language search will probably be more emphasized, and that other advances will be made as well. Additionally, Mayer talks about the impact of universal search and personalization. Finally, Google will likely emphasize language using machine translation. Mayer concludes her insightful blog post letting
  • Google AdWords System Maintenace: Tomorrow, September 13
    Tomorrow, between 10AM and 2PM PDT, Google AdWords will be down for maintenance. During this time, you can't log into your account, but your ads will run normally. There's nothing special for this maintenance as far as I can gather, but Google reminds us that they run this on the second Saturday of each month, so tomorrow it is. Forum discussion continues at Google Groups and WebmasterWorld.
  • Who's To Blame? Google or Tribune for United Airlines Stock Drop
    If you haven't seen my coverage of the Google News Error Aids In United Airlines Stock Drop at Search Engine Land, let me bring you up to speed in a couple lines. Earlier this week, Google's news crawler crawled Florida Sun-Sentinel website to find a link to an article that discussed United Airlines filing for bankruptcy. The article was actually an old story, but had no date, so Google picked it up as a new
  • Microsoft adCenter Desktop Beta Feature Requests
    Yesterday we talked about how Yahoo is lacking a desktop editor for their search marketing platform. Today, there is a nice thread at Search Engine Watch Forums on the topic of improving the adCenter Editor Beta application. Search Engine Watch Forums moderator, Mel66, said offered up five pieces of advice: Don't require us to hit "save" to save the changes, it is too easy to forgetAdd help content in the toolGive better warnings as to
  • Your Link Building Request Will Fail
    Ever ask someone to add a link to your site as part of some link building strategy? Most people have encountered link building requests every so often in this sphere. Have you ever asked? Have you had success? Wiep Knol has explained why most link requests fail. The end result? It depends on who, what, when, where, and why. For the "who," you want to be identifiable and more transparent than the person named Kelly

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