Daily Search Forum Recap: February 16, 2009

Feb 16, 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 & Yahoo Stiff America On President's Day But Logos From Live.com, Ask.com, & Others
    Today is President's Day, a legal holiday in the United States. It is around the time of Washington's birthday and it is used to celebrate all the Presidents of the United States every year. But today, Google and Yahoo do not have logos for the day. We know Darwin one upped Lincoln at Google on their birthdays, but to go silent completely on President's Day? It should not come as a surprise for those who
  • Fake News Makes Its Way To Google News Via Ads
    A search in Google News for santa cruz storm brough up a fake Google News item via the Google AdWords ads for some searchers. Here is a picture sent to me by a reader: Google started showing ads in news results a while back. One advertiser tried to use this as a way to scare people around the world, by saying the new United States President, Barack Obama, was killed. Clearly, that is not true.
  • Advertisers Complaining Yahoo Search Ads Not Sending Enough Traffic
    A WebmasterWorld thread reports that some Yahoo advertisers are upset with what they call a recent drop in traffic from Yahoo's ad network. Others confirmed what this advertiser said, saying that his traffic is "way down" from the Yahoo Search Marketing network. We know Yahoo has cancelled the content network in the UK and there are many rumors that Yahoo will cut more in this area. If you are a Yahoo advertiser, please take the
  • Google AdWords Now Requiring Pricing Details in Ringtone Ad Copy
    According to a DigitalPoint Forums thread, Google has updated their AdWords policy to require that all ringtone ads contain pricing details directly in the ad copy. I tried to find any official updated documentation from Google on this new policy, but was unable to do so. Thus, this is not confirmed yet by Google but honestly, it would not surprise me, if this was indeed a new policy. The email received by this advertiser was:
  • Google AdSense & AdWords Reportings Takes A Weekend Break
    Over the weekend, there were hundreds of posts and dozens of threads with complaints from both Google AdWords advertisers and Google AdSense publishers. The complaints were that the reports were not being updated. Google has confirmed the issue in Google AdWords Help discussions area saying: There was a stats issue in the Ads system that affected stats related to Adwords and AdSense.The issue started at roughly 4AM PST on Sat 2/14/09 and lasted several hours.The
  • Google Testing SearchWiki On AdWords
    I am shocked to see this! Google seems to be testing part of SearchWiki, Google's way of promoting and removing results, to be spotted in the AdWords or sponsored ads section of the Google search results. Some people are noticing the X icon, which allows searchers to delete results from Google, in the sponsored listings. Here is a picture from Rehan via WebmasterWorld: Why am I surprised to see this on the AdWords results? Well,
  • 2009 Valentines Day Logos from Google, Yahoo, Live & Search Industry
    Happy Valentines Day everyone! Here are the logos from the various search engines: Google had two logos, depending on where in the world you were: Yahoo's animated logo: AOL's animated logo: Live.com's Theme: Ask.com's Theme: DogPile's logo: YouTube's logo: Cre8asite Forum's Logo: BruceClay's logo: Search Engine Roundtable (us) Theme: For the past years, see Valentines 2008, Valentines 2007, Valentines 2006 and Valentines 2005. Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

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