Daily Search Forum Recap: March 11, 2009

Mar 11, 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:

  • Most SEM Companies Are Weathering Recession Just Fine
    Late last week, I polled our readers, asking them how are you weathering the recession. As it turns out, most SEM and SEO companies are saying, they are doing just fine. In fact, most said they have seen a recent spike in sales leads with a recent spike in actual sales. As I reported then, some companies have noticed a recent turn around in business after being hit by a slow down to the recession.
  • Google Analytics Should Consider Google Images a Search Engine
    One of my top referrers on virtually all my web sites is Google Image Search. Google Image Search typically is in the top five referrers for most of my web sites. And it is likely one of the top referrers for your web sites. The issue is, Google Analytics doesn't consider Google Image Search a search engine. A Google Analytics Help thread has a request from a webmaster or two that they would love to
  • Google Sends 'Horny' Guys To Marketing Firm's Doorstep
    Imagine that a search for "Gentlemen's Club" and your zip code in Google returns your business in the top result set. Now, imagine if you are not a Gentlemen's Club and you get all these men coming to your office and you have to turn the men away. How would you feel? That is exactly the issue one music PR company is having. A Google Maps Help discussion thread has a business owner who asks,
  • Google Search Sending Weird Spikes in Traffic?
    A WebmasterWorld thread has several different webmasters reporting seeing huge spikes in Google referrals recently and then those spikes dropping down. The first post was on February 28th, but the spikes continue to happen on random days for several webmasters. Here is the first post: I have a Amazon site using AWS to display product pages. I have about 500,000 pages indexed on Google and generally see about 200-400 uniques a day. Yesteday, 2/27/09 I
  • Google AdSense Wants You To Add Google News Widget To Your Site
    The Google AdSense blog suggested that publishers add the Google News Widget to their web site. But publishers are not understanding why they should direct people off their web sites for free. A WebmasterWorld thread asks, what is the incentive to lure visitors off your web site and into Google News? One publisher said, "if a widget is going to take visitors away from my site, it certainly better compensate me for them!" I spent

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