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:
- Poll: Should URL Shortening Services Pass Link Value?
A Sphinn thread has discussion around a "quick" study done to test if URL shortening services like TinyURL and others pass any link value. Clearly, all the time you and I spend on services like Twitter, makes this question something that many SEOs and webmasters want to know. The study said that these services do not pass link value. Some don't believe the study, some do. I won't be getting into the validity of the
- Google Starts Emailing Webmasters Regarding Web Site Issues Again
Back in September 2005, Google began emailing webmasters about violations to the Google webmaster guidelines. Then in March 2006, Google started stepping up those notifications. Webmasters were loving Google reaching out to them with issues, so they can address them quickly. But then the spammers and hackers got involved. In May 2007, we reported that fake Google emails were being sent to webmasters, scaring them. These emails repeatedly went out and Google had to do
- Can All Google AdWords Accounts Be "Saved"
There is an interesting thread at WebmasterWorld forums on the topic of saving Google AdWords accounts. You know how Google has this quality score component to AdWords? ;-) Well, sometimes an ad or ad group or account has a very low quality score, making your cost per click prices soar. Some call this the Google Slap. That being said, if the quality score gets really bad, is it ever worth ditching the account and starting
- Is a Bug Allowing Extended AdWords Titles?
Over the past couple months, I have been seeing thread after thread from AdWords advertisers with complaints that their competitors are showing over the 25 character limit in the Google AdWords title of the ad. Google says there is a max 25 character limit for the title, including spaces. But advertiser after advertiser have been posting in the forums, with complaints that advertisers are using more than that 25 character limit. A month or so
- Is Push Gmail Coming to iPhone?
A Google Mobile Help thread might have some signs that Google will be releasing push email for the iPhone. Before you jump up and down in joy, I am making an assumption on this news from the following details. In a Google Mobile Help a Googler named Robin marked a user's answer as being correct, when the person said, and I quote: Google will probably release push email for the iPhone (using an Exchange protocol)
- Craiglist Adds NoFollow Meta Tag To Pages
It appears Craigslist, the very popular and old school directory listing site, has added the nofollow meta tag to most of their pages. If you view the source of the listing pages, you should see <meta name="robots" content="NOARCHIVE,NOFOLLOW"> in the header of the pages. This tag was designed to tell a search engine not to follow any of the links on the page, including all the internal links. This is part of the reason the
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Google launched Google Bus in India (Tamilnadu), WebmasterWorld
- Splitting Large Articles Into Pages (Best Practise?), Google Webmaster Help
- AdWords API Python Client Library Updated (v4.3.0), Google Groups
- Facebook Explains About Failed Twitter Takeover, WebmasterWorld
- How can legal locksmiths convince Google that most search results return phony, unlicensed locksmith companies ?, Google Maps Help
- Tip #18: Organizing Your Account - Ad Group Themes, Google AdWords Help