Daily Search Forum Recap: November 28, 2008

Nov 28, 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:

  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: November 28, 2008
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone, I am posting the video early in celebration of the special weekend. I spoke for a while on why SEO's should be careful when using a site command. I also spoke a while about link building companies and how they are being perceived these days. Google is allowing some advertisers the ability to show ads based on mobile devices or desktop devices. Yahoo had a search update. Live Search added malware reporting
  • Weekly Search Buzz RoundUp - 11/28/08: Thanksgiving in the Industry, Google's Layoffs, and Microsoft Cash Back
    Hope you guys had a great yesterday and a happy day today! Most of you I know aren't actually working, but some of us are, and we're going to make sure you're well-entertained today in what happened this week in the search industry. Happy Thanksgiving! How was your Thanksgiving? Hopefully you enjoyed turkey or tofurkey and spent some quality time with your family. I know I did. The search industry, naturally, celebrated with us with
  • Google Breaks Speed Record, Sorts 1TB of Data in 68 Seconds
    Google has announced new technological strides: they have been able to sort 1 terabyte of data across one-thousand computers in a mere 68 seconds. (Previously, the same record of 1TB was across 910 computers and took 209 seconds.) For one petabyte of data, it took Google 6 hours and 2 minutes to do the sorting -- and the sorted data gets moved to 48,000 hard drives (crazy!) Google also acknowledges that they had triple redundancy
  • Google's Search Shares Increase Upwards in October
    According to Nielsen as reported by CNET and according to comScore as reported by BusinessWeek, Google search shares went up for the month of October. Nielsen reports that Google's search went up 8.1 percent (to a total of 61.2 percent). comScore's findings were similar: Google now has a 63.1 search share (up from 58.5 percent from last year). Not surprisingly, Hitwise shows a higher Google search share of 71.86%. But some think that Google has
  • SEMPO Has Been Invited to Ring NASDAQ's Bell
    Matt McGee writes at Search Engine Land that SEMPO has been invited to ring NASDAQ's bell in New York City on December 1st. This is a huge honor for SEMPO and it indicates that the organization has been doing quite well this past year. SEMPO has been asked as a result of a big deal with Microsoft where they are working with Microsoft adCenter. Of course, everyone is super excited -- this is great news
  • Google Won't Be Building A New Version of Maps for Palm OS
    A Google Groups thread confirms the sad news of Palm's future. Google has decided not to spend the time, money and resources to build out a new version of the Google Maps for Mobile specifically for the Palm OS. Googler, Tom, from the Google Mobile team said: I don't anticipate any new versions of Google Maps for mobile coming to Palm OS in the near future. I know this isn't news you'd like to hear,
  • Google AdWords Treats Accented Characters As Different Words
    Did you know that using accented characters in Google AdWords would mean you need to use both variations? For example, if you advertiser for the keyword [construção], you would also need to advertise for the unaccented version [construcao]. I guess this is a good thing, because sometimes, advertisers only want to show their ads to those who are capable or knowledgeable to use accented characters when searching. A Google AdWords Help Discussion asks this question.
  • Live Search Adds Malware Reporting to Webmaster Tools
    Microsoft has added malware reporting to Live Search Webmaster Tools. This comes after a significant update just months ago from Microsoft. Now you can easily see if your pages or pages you are linking to contain malware or not. If they do, you can fix your content or not link to a page that contains malware. The Live Search Webmaster Blog has screen captures of what the reports look like when a page is infected
  • Does AdMob or iPhone Ads Make You Money? Not In My Test
    As some of you know, my company has been actively building out iPhone apps to sell on the iTunes App Store. Some of our apps are big hits and some are not. Wednesday, we decided to try out AdMob, one of the most popular ad networks for the iPhone. AdMob can place ads within other iPhone apps, to help promote a brand, product or so on. We ran a $100 test to see what type
  • Google AdWords Provides Option To Advertise Based on Desktop vs. iPhone
    There are sometimes where you don't want to show your Google ads to iPhone or mobile users and sometimes where you don't want to show your ads to desktop or laptop users. Google understands this and has finally given a new campaign setting option within AdWords to specify the "device platform" you want your ads to show for. A Search Engine Watch Forums thread reports one advertiser seeing this option in his account. I personally
  • Happy Thanksgiving '08 From The Search Industry
    We wanted to wish all you American's a Happy Thanksgiving. As you can see, if you click through to the Search Engine Roundtable, we have a special theme live for the day - it is worth checking out. In addition, many search search engines and search related sites have special logos or themes live. Let me take you through them, as I do every year, at the Search Engine Roundtable. Google's Logo: Yahoo's flash logo:

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