Daily Search Forum Recap: February 20, 2009

Feb 20, 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:

  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: February 20, 2009
    I covered a lot of news in this 10 minute video. I wish I could make them longer, but YouTube has a 10 minute limit. In this recap, I covered the Yahoo Search video ads. Google tests SearchWiki on AdWords. Google now lets publishers pick their fonts. Google decided to slap AdWords advertisers this week. Google now requires pricing in Ringtone ads. Google's reporting engine flipped on the weekend. Google begins offer searcher tips. Can
  • 70% Of Google AdSense Publisher Report Lower Earnings in January '09
    Earlier this month, we polled Google AdSense publishers, asking how their earnings from Google is working out in this recession. After receiving about a 120 responses, I thought I share the results with you. About 70% said they are earning less these days, whereas 22% said their earnings are the same and 8% said their earnings have increased. Here is the break down: :: Earnings Have Dropped said 82 respondents or 68.91% :: Earnings Remain
  • Google Drops & Yahoo Gains In Search Share, comScore
    comScore released their January 2009 report on search market share, and for the first time in a while, Google's share declined month to month. In December 2008, Google had a 63.5 % share, but in January, they dropped down to a 63.0% share. Yahoo gained month to month with a gain from 20.5% to 21.0%. Google Sites led the U.S. core search market in December with 63.0 percent of the searches conducted, followed by Yahoo!
  • Google News Gadget Breaks iGoogle Page
    Last night, the Google News iGoogle Gadget was having issues. The gadget did not show any news at all. Here is the first report I saw from Google Web Search Help. Suddenly last night when I went to my home page, the Google News section was blank - not stories or headlines - only the Tabs were present. If I expanded Google News I could get all the content, but not the summary. I changed
  • Google Finally Gives AdSense Publishers Font Selection
    After years and years of testing different font types and styles in Google AdSense, Google is now giving the publisher the option of defining which font they prefer on their sites. The AdSense blog finally announced this feature last night and the new fonts include Arial, Times and Verdana. Here is a screen capture: Plus, publishers can set their default font preference over here. Google has been testing font styles since early 2007 and then
  • Google Maps Closes Down Business When it is Still in Operation
    A business owner is showing his frustration with Google over Google Maps listing his business as closed. In a Google Webmaster Help thread, this business owner said: The search result from Google shows our office as closed (the exact phrase shown is "place closed") Can someone please point me how I can get this corrected? Our office is not closed. Want to see it yourself? Here is a link to the live map, but for
  • Does Google Deserve A "D" On Their Better Business Bureau Rating?
    If you visit Google's reliability report at the Better Business Bureau (BBB) web site, you will notice they have a rating of a "D." The D rating is when the BBB says: We have enough concerns about this company (for example, their offer, customer complaints, advertising, etc.) that we recommend caution in doing business with it. How can the BBB caution people conducting business with the largest and most loved search ad company? In the

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