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 SearchBuzz RoundUp: 12/5/08 - Google's Frugal Christmas, Popular 2008 Searches, Ninja Day
Welcome to December, where all your holiday wishes should come true. Hopefully you're finally recovered from last week's turkey (though if it were up to me, I'd have some more. Too bad I didn't eat at home!) And hopefully you also gained some money during Cyber Monday if you're an advertiser (or got a great deal if you're just a smart shopper). Now that it's Friday, check out this week's news in search: Google: Cheapskates
- Yahoo VP Qi Lu Replaces Kevin Johnson's Vacancy at Microsoft
Since the end of July, there's been a vacancy at Microsoft as Kevin Johnson moved on from the company. The New York Times reports that Johnson's vacancy is finally filled: Qi Lu, a former Yahoo executive, has taken the position. In selecting Mr. Lu, who will become president of the money-losing online services group in January, Microsoft chose an executive with deep technical knowledge over others with more advertising and media experience. He will be
- Google and Yahoo's Ad Deal Ended Because of Anti-Trust Concerns?
We reported on November 5th that Google and Yahoo ended their ad agreement. We only knew what the Google Blog (and other news outlets) told us: the government didn't seem too happy about the agreement and advertisers were concerned. In the past 24 hours, though, it's come to light that there was a lot more than just a "governmental concern." The truth of the matter is that the United States Department of Justice was "three
- Google Updates Webmaster Tools & Crawl Rate Controls
Google has made two changes to Webmaster Tools. The first is they consolidated your settings into a single page for a site and the second is they are now giving more control over your crawl rate. There is a new "Settings" link on the left hand side of a site profile in webmaster tools. That settings section gives you the ability to manage a site's geographic target, preferred domain, enhanced image search preference and your
- Google Webmaster Help Finds A New Home
It is now official! Google Webmaster Helps Groups has officially closed yesterday and they have opened up a new discussions area at Google Webmaster Help. Susan from Google explained that the archives at the old group "will remain read-only, but no new posts will be accepted." So go to the new introduction thread and say hello to the new group! Currently, the following Googler's are signed up: Matt CuttsJohn MuellerSusan MoskwaSagarK Vanessa Fox posted the
- Google AdWords Allows Blackhat SEO Ads
A WebmasterWorld member is surprised Google is allowing ads with the titles "Blackhat SEO" to show up in AdWords ads for searches on seo. Here is a screen capture I took yesterday, but it is still showing up today. The member asked if there is something that can be done. One member replied that you can notify Google about this at this feedback form. However, senior member, pageoneresults, response might be the most accurate: Heh!
- Google Gets Cheap: Cancels '08 Holiday Gifts To Advertisers/Publishers
AdWordsAdvisor has replied to the WebmasterWorld thread I was tracking on Google sending out holiday gifts to advertisers and publishers. AdWordsAdvisor said Google will not be sending out gifts to advertisers and publishers like they have in the past. Why? AdWordsAdvisor say because it "is not the most appropriate gesture this year given the current global economic climate." Are you kidding me? Just say the truth. The gesture is right, cause these publishers and advertisers
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Google Allows Alcohol Ads in the UK, WebmasterWorld
- Google Images adding older photos - everything old is new again, WebmasterWorld
- Yahoo Tries to Bitchslap Google, Sphinn
- DeSphinn Topic Suggestions So It's Not Personal, Plus: How To Have Sphinners Take Responsibility For What They Promote, Sphinn
- Google Friend Connect, DigitalPoint Forums