Daily Search Forum Recap: October 13, 2008

Oct 13, 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:

  • Are Directories Still Worth Your SEO Budget?
    We all know about Google's latest change to the webmaster guidelines, where they removed directories as a good source of links. Having seen that, SEOs and webmasters ask themselves, if seeking links from directories is worth it anymore. A WebmasterWorld thread has a large discussion around the topic. Old time memeber, pageoneresults, said: Personally? I feel it is a waste of your time to do something like this. 750 directories? Did you see that Google
  • Does Google Allow Ads that Mock Suicide?
    Michael VanDemar blogged about apparent Google AdSense insensitivity as it relates to the recession. He says that there's a possibility for the suicide rate to skyrocket, just like it did in the Great Depression. Thus, he's a little disturbed by a Google AdSense ad for Woot.com which said the following: "Before you jump out of that window, why not spend your last remaining dollars at Woot?" Naturally, Michael has found that quite offensive and tasteless,
  • Google AdWords To Use Twitter
    It appears Google AdWords is going to start using Twitter for communication purposes. AdWordsPro Sarah started a Google Groups thread announcing this as a possibility. So I tried a few Twitter accounts and spotted http://twitter.com/insideadwords that contained some early Twitters, mostly with announcement like notifications, linking back to the AdWords Blog. It seems like this Twitter account has been set up since August 18, 2007 as a twitter feed but Google has yet to really
  • Yahoo Improves Publisher Network Relevancy
    Yahoo has said they have improved the relevancy of their ads in the content network, or as you know it - the Yahoo Publisher Network. Yahoo's official forum representative, YahooPete, posted threads at WebmasterWorld, DigitalPoint Forums and Search Engine Watch Forums with the details. In short, not only does Yahoo look at the content on the page, but also tailors the ad to the specific user viewing the page. I'll quote Yahoo on this: The
  • On Columbus Day, Google Remembers Paddington Bear's 50th Birthday
    Today is Columbus Day and we have a special theme up for the day. It looks like this: But if you visit Google, you will see a Paddington Bear 50th birthday logo up for today. The logo looks like this: Boy does that bring back memories. Of course, the logo links to a Google search result for paddington bear. Happy birthday Paddington Bear and happy Columbus Day also! Forum discussion at Search Engine Roundtable Forums.

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