Daily Search Forum Recap: November 20, 2008

Nov 20, 2008 - 4:00 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:

  • The Value of a Link on Google's Home Page
    Ever wonder what a link on Google's homepage would bring in terms of traffic? Let's take this G1 link: The Compete blog gives some detail into the number of clicks that link had while it was extremely visible on Google.com. First, some background. Google planned on running this between the 22nd and 29th of October. It was for Google's new phone with T-Mobile. What's was the value of the traffic to T-Mobile? Well, the visibility
  • Google Maps Loses Saved Locations -- Fix in Progress
    Numerous (10) Google Maps users are complaining that they are reliant upon Google Maps but the "Saved Locations" is empty even though some have saved 50 locations or so. Addresses are hard to remember by the human mind, so why is Google forgetting them too? Fortunately, not all locations are lost. After the problem was reported by 10 different individuals, Maps Guide Mike jumped in on the thread, and as of early this morning, said
  • Publishers' Top Requests to Google AdSense Are...
    A WebmasterWorld thread is gathering the top 5 publisher requests to be shared with Google's AdSenseAdvisor. Forum member participation is building up, with the following requests being made thus far: Ability to block more than 200 sites in the Competitive Ad Filter Ability to block by keyword in domain name. The example used is that a publisher wants to block spammydomain.com and spammydomain.net -- but wants to use "spammydomain" instead of having to use up
  • Google AdWords Query Parsing Explained
    Let's say you've geotargeted your Google AdWords ad for Florida. You'd be alarmed if you saw that the ad was being run in Oslo, Norway, wouldn't you? I suppose I would be. Is this a problem with Google? Well, in a way, it could be. AdWordsPro Sarah explains what could be happening if the geotargeting seems to be off as "query parsing [which] helps people who reside outside your targeted region but are interested in
  • Mid-November Google Search Update
    We have already written our Google November report but when I see a spike in conversation about Google Search changes, I try to keep you informed, even if it is not a new month. So as you know, we covered the Google November changes and we saw a scary change at Google that was a mistake. That being said, here is what seems to be new at Google. Some are noticing the universal search yo-yo
  • Text Link Ads New Product, InLinks, Causes New Link Debate Brawl
    I often try to stay away from talking about all these heated link debates, but sometimes, the discussion around these debates are so important to our industry, that I find myself having no other choice to write about them. That being said, Text Link Ads launched a new product named InLinks, which is being coined around the web as being extremely hard to detect as a form of link buying. So not are they only
  • Google Webmaster Tools Bug In "Top Search Queries"
    Many Google Webmaster Tools users are complaining about not being able to see their "Top Search Queries" report for a week's worth of time. If you go to Google Webmaster Tools, then go to Statistics, and then click on Top Search Queries, you will see an error that reads, "Data is not available at this time." Here is a screen capture: Do note that Google is aware of this issue and hopes to have it
  • Google Does Accept MRSS Formatted Video Sitemaps
    Since we have concluded video is important for your overall search efforts, I figured I follow up about a recent thread I spotted at Google Groups about the question on if Google supports MRSS as a format for Video Sitemaps. The quick answer is yes, but it is not so clear from their documentation. MRSS, which is Media RSS, is one of the two formats Google seems to accept. I submitted an MRSS feed as

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