Daily Search Forum Recap: September 23, 2008

Sep 23, 2008 - 5:00 pm 2 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:

  • Major Google SEO Change: Google Prefers You Don't Use URL Rewrites
    The Google blog has officially said that they prefer that in most cases, you should not use rewrites to change your dynamic URLs to static looking URLs. In my opinion, this is a major 360° on basic SEO practices. SEO 101 is to make sure your dynamic URLs are search engine friendly. But now, that has all changed with this blog post and even well before this blog post. Back in October 2006, we told
  • "Bruce Clay Blog Without The Lisa? That's Like Peanut Butter Without the Jelly!"
    The Bruce Clay blog has had one of its most shocking blog posts in awhile -- The Lisa is moving on. Lisa has decided to move back to the east coast (she's from Long Island and she went to school in Boston!) Since Lisa is like my favorite SEM blogger ever, I know I'm going to miss her Bruce Clay contributions to the SEM community. As Rhea Drysdale says on Sphinn, "Bruce Clay blog without
  • Making More Money With Google AdSense in 2008?
    Are you making more money with Google AdSense in 2008 then you did in 2007? That is the question asked at a WebmasterWorld thread. The answers are pretty much across the board, with only several responses. I figured, since we have a large AdSense publisher readership, that I ask you. So take the poll below: Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.
  • .TV & . ME TLDs Can Be GeoTargeted In Google Webmaster Tools
    Typically, TLDs (top level domains) that end with country specific IDs cannot be geo-targeted in Google Webmaster Tools. For example, if you own domain.co.il, you typically cannot set the Geographic target of that domain to England or the US. But there are some exceptions. A Google Groups thread documents, at least, two exceptions to the rule. A .TV and .ME domain can be geotargeted using Google Webmaster Tools. Here is a screen capture of a
  • Increase in Google AdWords Accounts Being Hacked Into?
    Over the past month or so, I have been noticing a larger volume of reports of advertisers claiming their AdWords accounts were compromised. Here is a recent thread at WebmasterWorld plus Jeremy Mayes, a seasoned PPC guy, was also compromised. There are many other newish threads with people reporting this issue and one of my accounts was even compromised a couple weeks ago. Google handles this process very well. In fact, they alert you of

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