Daily Search Forum Recap: December 10, 2008

Dec 10, 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:

  • FeedBurner Not Tracking Bloglines Subscribers
    It appears there have been recent complaints at the Google Groups discussion area that FeedBurner stats are way down for many folks. Last night, Google, the owner of FeedBurner, confirmed that there is an issue with Bloglines tracking, saying: We have seen many reports that Bloglines subscribers are not currently being tracked. We are making adjustments to restore Bloglines as a subscriber source and will update this issue once it's resolved. (Please note that any
  • Use SearchWiki To Rank Your Web Site Higher in Google
    Barry reports at Search Engine Land that Marissa Mayer spoke at LeWeb in Paris about SearchWiki and said that it's possible that the tool may be used in the future for ranking purposes. Barry refers to the TechCrunch coverage that says that Marissa also acknowledges that SearchWiki will soon be able to be turned off (think early 2009), but more importantly in our space, that if "thousands" of people remove a page using SearchWiki, Google
  • State of the Search Engine Marketing Industry, 2008: Survey Results
    SEM Insights posts results of a survey that included 254 SEM professionals on all levels. Who are our SEM colleagues? How many years of experience do they have? What is their job title and income? After tallying all the results, it seems that the majority of respondents have the following in common: * They have beginner knowledge of SEO (1-2 years) - 19% * Their title is best represented as "search director" - 19% *
  • Google AdWords Now Targeting their "Desktop" Ads to Mobile Users
    The Inside AdWords blog mentions that Google is now empowering advertisers to target their normal "desktop" ads to users on the iPhone, the T-Mobile G1, and other mobile devices with full-fledged web browsers. We acknowledged late last month that you can target ads to different platforms (be it a desktop/laptop computer or a mobile device with full Internet browsers), and now it's been officially confirmed by Google: Amanda Kelly of Google says: This new option
  • Google Experiment Results: The Power of Navigation Links
    In our continued coverage of the a WebmasterWorld thread started by senior member CainIV, we learn two more things. These two items are likely obvious to most, but have been confirmed (at least to CainIV) that they are true based on his experiments. Changes to navigation links can have a serious impact on a site's ranking in Google. CainIV said, "there are certainly nav and footer link thresholds that cause a website - even a
  • Click Data Used in Google Rankings? Google Kind Of Comments
    The question over Google using click data, such as how many people click on your site from a Google result, how many people click click the back button and so on, as it relates to ranking web pages in Google - is nothing new. We discussed it at least three times. But this time we have a small and obscure comment from a Google representative on the matter. A Google Webmaster Help thread has a
  • Does Google Cache Store Pages Locally?
    Google has a cache, basically, the cache allows you to look at pages as Google crawled them. The question is, at least in a Google Webmaster Help thread, is the Google cache storing everything locally at Google? John, a top contributor, said that Google stores web pages locally, but all other documents are not stored locally. So that means, if you pull down a web page, but Google cached it, the web page will likely
  • Yahoo Search Fixing 301 Redirect Issues Already?
    Yesterday I got upset that Yahoo Search Still Not Listening to 301 Redirects. Sometime yesterday afternoon, we were getting reports that this is now resolved. An updated WebmasterWorld thread has the individual upset with how was handling those redirects in the past saying things are now looking better. Here is his post: This seems to be clearing up on its own. I no longer see the non-canonical URL in the links of Yahoo search results;

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