Daily Search Forum Recap: January 21, 2009

Jan 21, 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:

  • Google Maps Says 3 Hour Drive To Go From Staten Island to Staten Island
    Let's say you wanted to drive from the zip code 10302 to 10308, which are both in Staten Island, New York. If you plugged that into Google Maps, Google would tell you, you have to be prepared for a three hour or more commute. For some unknown reason, a bug in Google Maps, thinks the zip code 10308, which is owned by Staten Island, is in Schenectady, in upstate New York. Adam from the Google
  • GetListed.org Brings Much Needed Tool for Local Search Marketers
    How often to do you hit yourself on the head and say, "why didn't I think of that?" That is how many felt when Patrick Sexton and David Mihm launched GetListed.org. GetListed.org is an incredibly useful and easy to use tool to quickly see how your local search listings play in the local search space. Let me show you. First you enter in a business name and zip code. Then GetListed.org polls Google, Yahoo, Live
  • Google Blog Search May Not Discover Your New Blog Posts
    A Google Groups thread has confirmed reports from Jeremy Hylton of Google, that Google blog search, in some cases, has issues finding and returning new blog posts in Google Blog Search. Jeremy explained that earlier on, there was an issue with Google crawling certain blogs. But then at the end of December they fixed that issue. Now, it appears there is an issue with the same type of blogs, where Google is missing random new
  • Google Confirms Not Paying Some AdSense Publishers
    There is an extremely large thread at Google AdSense Help group with publishers complaining that they have not received payment this month from Google. Jennifer, a Google AdSense representative, confirmed that Google did not pay some publishers due to a bug of some sort. She said: We've been monitoring this thread and I can confirm that we have an issue on our back end that is preventing some publishers from seeing payment holds on their
  • Google's Hyves PageRank Loophole? Check If Site Has Google Penalty
    Marcus Tandler blogged about a discovery in a German SEO thread at my old time friend's forum named ABAKUS Forums (translated version over here), about a weird loophole that seems to allow you to check if a site is penalized or not, via the Google Toolbar. Let me show you how it works. Here is an example. (1) Open a browser that has the Google Toolbar installed, with a PageRank feature. Navigate to http://www.seo-radio.de/ (as

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