Daily Search Forum Recap: December 17, 2008

Dec 17, 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:

  • Offensive Google AdSense Ads Showing Up On Publisher Sites
    A WebmasterWorld forum member who runs Google AdSense on his travel site was a bit appalled when he saw that the ads being run are of nude Asian women. He has no idea how those ads got there and is extremely disgusted that the ad was placed on his site which now makes him guilty by association. In fact, it's causing this publisher to consider removing Google AdSense from his site altogether. The ad borders
  • Google Groups Levels: What Purpose Do They Serve?
    In case you haven't noticed, the Google Webmaster Help forum has moved over to the new layout. Now, things are just a tad more confusing and people are wondering what inspired Google to make the changes they have implemented. In a specific Google Groups thread, a forum member asks what Levels mean (notice in the screenshot I've included that he's designated as "Level 3"). So -- what exactly is it? Susan Moskwa responds to the
  • Google's Post Count: Not Too Accurate
    If you've ever noticed on specific searches, Google gives you a post count and estimates the number of authors of posts in the snippet like the screenshot below indicates: But if you ask me, the number there is entirely inaccurate. The question: where does Google get these numbers and how does it calculate them? That is the question being asked in a Google Webmaster Help thread, where Googler JohnMu promised to look into it. John
  • Google AdWords API To Refresh Sandbox & Fix Bugs
    For you big AdWords API users, you should know there that on the 19th, Google is pushing out a data refresh for the Sandbox and that there are continued Sandbox issues and bugs. Sandbox Database Refresh is to take place this Friday, December 19th. Jeff Posnick from the AdWords API Team said, "the normal monthly Sandbox database refresh is planned for this Friday, December 19." He added that you should expect "brief downtime" followed by
  • YouTube Finally Makes Its Way to Google Maps
    Google Blogoscoped reported that Google has finally introduced YouTube videos into Google Maps as an additional layer. You can now view videos, in addition to the photos or wikipedia layers in Google Maps. Here is a screen capture of the "More" button, from where you can activate the video layer: For example, if you go to Times Square NYC, you will find many videos that have been adding to Google Maps, presumably by geocoding the
  • Google Quietly Released AdWords Editor 7.0
    I don't believe I have seen any announcement around the fact that Google has released version 7.0 of the AdWords Editor, but they have. The release notes document many of the changes, including: First page bid estimates: AdWords Editor now uses first page bid estimates for your keywords. Minimum cost-per-click (CPC) bids are no longer used.Keyword Quality Score: The Keywords tab now displays the Quality Score for your keywords.Keyword Opportunities locale: Tailor your keyword suggestions

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