Daily Search Forum Recap: March 10, 2009

Mar 10, 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:

  • Happy Purim: No Logo From Google This Year
    In March 2007, Google Israel had a special logo for today's Jewish holiday, Purim. Last year and today, there is no special logo at Google Israel or Google or any of the search engines that I looked at, including Yahoo, Live.com, Ask.com, or even DogPile. But that is okay, we have a special theme live for the holiday. Here is a picture of it, but you can see the whole theme live at the Search
  • Utah Law Passes Ban On Trademarked Search Ads: SEMs Discuss
    Last week at Search Engine Land, I covered an Eric Goldman story on Utah trying to pass a bill for the third time, on regulating search ads. In short, the bill finally passed in the Utah House (still needs to be approved by Senate) and it holds search advertisers liable for targeting trademarks as keywords. It does not hold the search companies, i.e. Google, Yahoo and Microsoft liable (that bill failed). To see the bill,
  • AdSense Stats Issue Maybe Related To Google's Contextual Relevancy Failure
    This and last week we reported issues with Google reporting up to date stats. Many publishers felt that Google had a major reporting delay and they were very concerned. Typically, it turns out to be nothing and the numbers tend to update themselves over time. But this time, it was a little different. Google admitted to a bug in the AdSense contextual targeting system that returned irrelevant ads on publisher sites. Typically, Google AdSense ads
  • Google Postpones Blog Search Ranking Update
    Two weeks ago, we reported that Google Blog Search To Test New Link Command Features Next Week. Well, it has now been postponed a bit. An updated Google Groups thread has Googler, Jeremy Hylton saying this has to be pushed off by a couple weeks. He said: Unfortunately, we ran into some delays with these experiments and had to push back the schedule a couple of weeks. I know many folks were eager to see
  • New Yorkers Upset Google Label's World Trade Center Site as Ground Zero
    If you go to Google Maps and zoom into the World Trade Center Site, you will see that Google has labeled the area, "Ground Zero." Ground Zero was what many people started calling the World Trade Center after the terrible attack on September 11, 2001. I think most of us still remember the day vividly. But some New Yorkers (and I am a New Yorker) are upset that Google still labels the area Ground Zero.

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