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:
- Yahoo Officially Launches Video & Image Search Ads
The Yahoo Search Marketing Blog has officially announced the launch of video and image ads within the search results. Currently, you can see the results for searches at Yahoo on esurance or pedigree. Here is a screen shot of it in action: A search for Pedigree returns a video ad at the top: Clicking on the video will open up a video player: Yahoo has been testing video outs with select partners for a while.
- Google Extends AdWords API 12 Deadline To March 9th
We reported earlier that Google AdWords is sunsetting the AdWords API version 12 on February 23, 2009. Google has been forced to extend that deadline to March 9th, due to the Perl library not being updated until recently. The Perl library is managed by a third-party, outside of Google and it just took him extra time (of his free time) to get this done. So, Google decided to push off the deadline to March 9th,
- Google Sitemap In "Pending" Status? Don't Worry
If your Google Sitemap file is in "pending" status and you are worried that it will never come out of that status, I would not worry. Google recently posted an announcement that this is a known issue and they are working to resolve it. The announcement was posted by Google's JohnMu: Some new Sitemaps submitted via Webmaster Tools may remain in a "pending" state. We are aware of this issue and are looking into it;
- People Don't Always Complain About Google AdWords
By nature, people are often more likely to write a complaint about something than to write a positive letter of encouragement for a job well done. I recently spotted a positive note left by a Google advertiser in the Google AdWords Help forum and I thought it would be nice of us to highlight this thread. The advertiser was basically commenting on the topic of click fraud and how he/she feels Google is doing a
- Recent Google AdWords Quality Score Slap?
I often see a post here or there, on a daily basis, of an AdWords advertiser complaining their quality score has significantly dropped and they have been "Google Slapped." But in the past few days, I have seen an influx of these types of posts. So I suspect a new quality score algorithm was pushed through that Google did not deem significant enough to mention on their blog, but which did have significant impact on
- Hijacking Google Translations? Vimeo Hijacked By YouTube?
Some of you may have seen the post at TechCrunch which has a screen capture of Google Translate translating the name "Vimeo" into YouTube. Vimeo is a popular competitor to YouTube and as you can imagine, Vimeo's owners and fans don't consider Vimeo to be YouTube. But yet, when you plugged in the name Vimeo to Google Translate, it returned the translation of YouTube. In fact, a Vimeo representative posted a thread at Google Web
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Google SearchMasters Conference 2009 (Bangalore, India), DigitalPoint Forums
- Remember: Link Building is not just for SEO, Sphinn
- Sitelinks not showing up in verified Webmaster Tools account, Google Webmaster Help
- Suit Against Google, WebmasterWorld