Daily Search Forum Recap: January 12, 2009

Jan 12, 2009 - 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:

  • Does Google Penalize Site Wide Webmaster Tools Accounts?
    There is a webmaster at DigitalPoint Forums who is convinced that Google has penalized all his sites that were verified in his Google Webmaster Tools account. This webmaster claimed his sites are clean and he complies with Google's terms of service. But they were all penalized soon after adding them to the same Google Webmaster Tools account. I find this all hard to believe. It is possible that they were linking together in a weird
  • New to Microsoft adCenter: Custom Dates on Campaigns
    Discovery in a Search Engine Watch Forums thread reports that Microsoft adCenter now gives advertisers the basic feature of allowing advertisers to plug in custom dates into the reporting engine. To see the custom date range option, go to the campaigns and at the top right of the report, click on "change." Here is a screen capture: Then, it will open up to let you enter in a custom date range: Discovery said, "Well it's
  • How Many Grams Of CO2 Does a Google Search Require?
    How many grams of CO2 does the average Google search consume? That was the hot topic of debate over the weekend. The UK's Times Online reported that scientists said a typical Google search consumes about 7g of CO2, which is equivalent to the "amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea." But Google downright denies this. They said in a recent blog response named Powering a Google Search that the
  • Yahoo Search Marketing Now Turning On Content Network? Yahoo Says No
    The past week has been a rough one for Yahoo, in terms of advertiser relations. First they emailed notifications of the terms and conditions, which got them in major hot water. Then even after the hot water, they had the nerve to make changes to advertiser's campaigns and keywords without permission or notification. But it doesn't end there. Over the weekend, we are getting reports from WebmasterWorld from at least two different advertisers that Yahoo
  • Popular Chinese Search Engine, Baidu, To Better Label Search Ads
    The Wall Street Journal reported that the very popular chinese search engine, Baidu, will be testing a better labeling and differentiating the paid results from the organic results. The article said, "The company has begun testing a new model for advertising that will place paid advertisements on the right-hand side of its page." Over at WebmasterWorld we have some conversation on the news. One member feels like Baidu has nothing to lose. He said, "The
  • Poll: Do You Like Google's 2009 Fav (Browser) Icon?
    Let us know in the poll bellow if you like Google's new favorite icon, the icon found in the browser bar on the left hand side of the domain name. The image below shows the three icons used, the one on the left most is the newest. The one in the middle is the one introduced in May 2008 and the one on the right is the original one. Here is the poll, let us

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