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 - 11/14/08: Great PubCon Keynotes, Liveblogging Dispute & Veteran's Day
Guess what? The "con" part of PubCon is over and the guys are preparing to head to the pub later today. But alas, I'm back in New York -- like Barry, I took the red-eye. It's 11AM EDT (or 8AM, whatever) and I'm all confused about where I am and how I got here. But moving on... PubCon Keynotes Rocked I had the pleasure to liveblog the George Wright keynote at Pubcon. He talks about
- Is it Worthwhile to Buy a High PageRank Domain and 301ing it?
What happens if you want some good link juice to your domain? You may engage in the practice of buying a site and 301ing it to your old domain. In yesterday's PubCon session, we even talked about buying sites for maximum exposure and minimum risk. But the question is really: will you get juice by doing this? At a High Rankings Forum post, member Randy claims that Googlers say that the "trust" of the site
- Do You Need Enrollment in the Google AdWords Professional Program to take the AdWords Exam?
Google has a requirement -- at least, the site says so -- that you need to be enrolled in the Google Professional Program to be considered for the AdWords exam. But is it really required? AdWordsPro thinks so (but unfortunately isn't 100% sure). I think that if it says it's required, it probably is. The question is: is Google really strictly enforcing this requirement? Search Engine Roundtable readers: do you know? Have any of you
- Gmail Adds Video and Voice Chat
Want to see who you're talking to over your IM? You may want to use iChat or Skype, but now, Google Talk can support voice and IM chat. You can find out more. For those who are dependent on Skype (and perhaps 3-5% of my friends actually use the service consistently), it's nice to know that Gmail will probably fill the void for the remaining 95-97%. Many forum members found that Skype's functionality was limited
- I'm Insulted But Should We Give Up Live Blogging?
It is now 8am, I am at my desk, in my office in New York. I landed this morning at about 5:20am in Newark, NJ, after flying all night (the red eye) back from PubCon Vegas 2008. It was an exhausting three days. Between live blogging, keeping up with the forum news, writing at Search Engine Land, speaking on panels, meeting with people and search companies, running my daily business and being married - it
- Ditched GoogleBot But Now Want To Make Friends Again?
I found an interesting tidbit while reading a somewhat detailed thread at Google Groups. The scenario is as follows. You have blocked Googlebot from accessing your site for a 6 month period or so. Then you want to welcome Googlebot back into your site by removing the disallow from your robots.txt file. Will Googlebot bite? If so, how long will it take? Yea, you ditched Googlebot and now you realize what a good friend Googlebot
- Google AdSense's Two Hour Reporting Outage
Google AdSense had a two hour outage yesterday morning causing lots of concern amongst the publisher groups. There are two long threads, one at Google Groups and another ad WebmasterWorld discussing the outage. The first report came in at 4:09am (EST) Thursday morning and at about 6:44am, first reports came in that the statistics started to populate in the AdSense reports. At 1:05pm (EST), AdsenseAdvisor and AdSensePro Jennifer wrote the same message, a minute apart,
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- auctions.google.com!, DigitalPoint Forums
- How To Optimize For The Google Content Network (pt3) - AdWords Help, Google