Daily Search Forum Recap: February 3, 2009

Feb 3, 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:

  • In Past Two Years, What Has Changed Most With SEO?
    A HighRankings Forum thread has a very interesting topic just getting started. The thread creator asks, "What Has Changed In Seo In Last 2 Years?" This is a great question. People think that SEO tactics are always changing. You need to constantly tweak your site to get the most out of your SEO success. While others believe the same SEO principles have remained the same for the past five years. Yes, you always need quality
  • Slanderous Google AdWords Ads? Want To Remove Them?
    A Google AdWords Help thread has a short question and short answer on how to deal with slanderous or negative Google ads about an individual or company. The question was, "How do you remove a false statement posted about an individual?" AdWordsPro Sarah explained that in these cases, you need to fill out a Google AdWords feedback form. Once you submit the form, Google will have someone manually review the ad and take action, if
  • Should You Be Charged For Verifying Your Site With Google or Search Engines?
    A Google Webmaster Help thread asks if he is being ripped off because his hosting company wants to charge him to help him verify his site with Google Webmaster Tools. So you know, all it takes to verify a site with Google Webmaster Tools is to either upload a blank html file or add a meta tag to your site. Is it criminal for a hosting or design company to charge for this? I don't
  • Google News Font Size Bug Confirmed
    Google has confirmed the miscellaneous reports of the Google News home page having font size issues. In a Google News Help thread, Googler, Inbal, confirmed the issue that some users are noticing. In short, some users are noticing that the font used on Google News is much larger then expected. Exactly how large is hard to say, since I am personally not able to replicate it. But users are reporting, "way too large," "much larger
  • Google Won't Let Some Searchers Turn Off "Safe Search" Filter
    Google has a search preference that allows a searcher to define how strict the adult filter should be. It is called Safe Search and I think it was originally designed by Matt Cutts. In any event, I am seeing dozens of reports of the Safe Search filter getting "stuck." The largest standalone thread is at Google Web Search forums which describes the issue as users not being able to remove the safe search preference to
  • Google Mistakenly Sends Dozens of Unwanted SMS Messages To Users
    Over night, for about four hours, Google's SMS search feature sent dozens of SMS messages to Google SMS users over and over again. There are dozens of threads complaining about the issue, but the two largest threads have hundreds of posts each and can be found both at the Google Mobile Help Forum. First, Google denied the issue, blaming it on their mobile phone provider. Googler, Zeke, said: Could you please try calling your carrier

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