Daily Search Forum Recap: January 30, 2009

Jan 30, 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:

  • The Colorblind Want To Use Google Maps Traffic Data
    Google Maps has very useful traffic data but it plots that traffic data using colors. For example, here is a screen capture of traffic new NYC: But those that are severely colorblind are not able to see traffic data. One such person posted a complaint in Google Help Groups asking for an "alternative way" of displaying such data on Google Maps for those that are colorblind. Interesting point, making Google Maps more accessible for the
  • Google Confirms New Display URL Policy: One Domain Per Ad Group
    On Sunday, we reported that Google will now be requiring one domain per ad group as part of their new display URL policy in the AdWords program. In short, what this means is that you cannot advertiser for rustybrick.com and seroundtable.com in the same AdWords ad group. We were unable to confirm that this change is indeed going to happen until today. AdWordsAdvisor in that WebmasterWorld thread confirmed the change by saying: I can confirm
  • Google Reader Recommendation Lists Stops Updating
    We have confirmed reports that Google Reader's recommendation list feature stopped updating some time over the past day or so. The recommendation list is suppose to show you other blogs or feeds that you might be interested in, based on your current feed subscriptions at Google Reader. In a Google Groups thread, one Google Reader user noticed that he/she stopped receiving recommendations. So he/she reported the issue, and Google confirmed the bug. Google said they
  • Google AdWords XML Reports Missing Decimals
    Confirmed reports at a Google AdWords Help thread show that if you use the XML format for Google AdWords reports, you will be missing decimal values in the report. The advertiser who reported this noticed the discrepancy when he generate duplicate reports, one in Excel format and one is XML format. The advertiser said: When I generate reports in excel format, I get the right number for avg cpc with decimasl, and when I generate
  • Google Invites More Advertisers To Test Beta AdWords Interface
    Back in November 2008, we reported Google was testing a new AdWords interface. It seems like we are getting more reports from blogs and WebmasterWorld that more advertisers are now able to see this new interface. It is an opt in feature, where Google is asking some of their advertisers if they would like to participate in the new interface. Tim Cohn posted some additional screen captures at his blog, taking you through some of

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