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:
- Archives of Google SERP Updates Available on WebmasterWord
For the last few months, we've been reporting Google SERP changes as has been observed by the WebmasterWorld community. We haven't been able to locate a list of archived threads, though -- until now. Tedster has shared a list of WebmasterWorld Google SERP changes posts. The cycle begins in December 2006 and has continued pretty tremendously through today. If Google history is an area you'd like to explore, be sure to check out the archives
- Did a Google AdSense Maintenace Phase Kill My Income?
Many webmasters have been complaining this past weekend about poor income earnings on Google AdSense. The mentality is that there are "terrible stats" and that the earnings are "ridiculous." Complaints range from "maybe the AdSense era is finished for me" and "soon, I'll be owing Google money from the poor return." And the timing is suspicious because we are in the midst of a holiday shopping period--regardless of the economy, earnings shouldn't be so low.
- Want to Get on the AdWords Discussion Blogroll?
AdWordsPro Sarah is asking forum members about their favorite blogs. There's no end game yet, but it was proposed that if there are enough relevant blogs, it's possible to get a "forum blogroll." Wouldn't that be cool? So, what blogs on paid search do you read? So far, we have a nice list of well-known blogs and others. And of course, we have our own Google AdWords category which definitely fits the bill -- and
- Domain Name Lost? How Do You Point Links to New Domain?
A Google Webmaster Help thread shares a sad story of one person who built up a site on a members.aol.com hosted service. Recently shut down their AOL Hometown, which is the host space for these sites and this person's site is archived locally, but the domain is gone forever. What can he/she do to get Google and the other search engines to recognize that the old domain is now pointing to the new domain? In
- Does Changing Domain Registrar Info (Private Whois) Impact Google Rankings?
The topic of does domain registration impact your search engine rankings is nothing new. We have covered this topic here at least a handful of times, especially since Google became a registrar. But a new WebmasterWorld thread has several case studies from SEOs on the topic. It all started when senior WebmasterWorld member, SEOPTI, said that he forgot to use private whois information when renewing his domain. His domain name went under the real information
- Google Now Serving & Tracking AdSense Ads Via DoubleClick?
Some of the Google AdSense ads have recently been served and tracked via DoubleClick. Here is a picture of me with my mouse over a Google AdSense ad from my personal blog. As you can see, the tracking URL is http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/iclk?. We know Google was planning on using DoubleClick cookie tracking as part of them acquiring DoubleClick. So maybe this is part of this integration? I am not the only one seeing this. A few
- Google Webmaster Tools Meta Tag Verification Currently Broken
JohnMu at Google has posted a thread announcement at Google Webmaster Help discussions stating there is an issue with some folks who might be trying to verify their sites with Google Webmaster Tools. Specifically, if you are trying to use the meta-tag verification method, you may currently be unable to verify your site with webmaster tools. Dozens of reports came into the forum on Friday. So John posted an official thread and wrote: It seems
- Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: December 7, 2008
Google got me angry when they called gift giving at this time, "inappropriate." It is hard time, but SEMs stick together. Google updated webmaster tools with enhanced features. Google fixed an IFrame spam classifier bug. Google Blog Search's link command should be fixed now. Google Webmaster Help moved. Google is testing text ads on image search. Google AdSense is spammy around the holiday season. Google, Yahoo and Ask.com released their most popular searches for 2008.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- How to track Google SearchWiki with Google Analytics, Sphinn
- Search Engine Journal Family Continues to Grow, Sphinn
- Zero-byte report inside zip file returned from API, AdWords API Forum
- China's .cn becomes the second most popular TLD, WebmasterWorld
- Link Development vs. Traffic Development - 2008 edition, WebmasterWorld
- Media Literacy for SEOs (or, Why SEO Outing is Bad), Sphinn
- Typo SEO is a No Go Unless You Know the Flow, Sphinn