Daily Search Forum Recap: March 12, 2009

Mar 12, 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:

  • Poll: Search Engines Should Pass Value From URL Shortening Services
    The other day, we polled our audience, asking should URL shortening services pass link value? We now have 168 responses and I thought I share them with you. The response was overwhelming yes. 75% of the respondents said, these URL shortening services should pass link value and the search engines should retain that value to the redirect. 25% said they should not pass value. Here is the pie chart: The "other" responses included, "dont care,"
  • Car Stolen? Find It With Google Maps?
    I found a unique and somewhat weird post at a Google Webmasters Help thread. Let me quote the request for you: I hope you can help find my husbands truck using your technology. 7 welding trucks have been stolen in N. CO and it is our livelyhood. Please help us in any way you can to find it. It was stolen on 3/11/09 at around 4:45a.m. from 1101 3rd St., Windsor, CO. I really feel
  • When Are Terms of Service Violations So Over The Top Where They Don't Violate?
    I spotted a thread at both DigitalPoint Forums and Google AdSense Help discussions that is extremely suspicious. The user is linking to a page that has AdSense ads on them, calling this user out for violating Google's terms of service. It seems like this guy really wants the publisher to get banned. So he calls them out. My thoughts? Well, I got a few. (1) I think that this user may want to ban other
  • Google Reader Adds Commenting To Shared Items
    A Google Reader Help thread has Google Reader users who are very happy with a new feature added yesterday. The feature allows the feeds you share with your friends to be commented on. You can see a detailed walk through of the feature set at the Google Reader Blog. Here is a picture showing the comments in a Google Reader shared section: I personally am not a heavy user of sharing feeds with friends. But
  • Google AdWords API Sandbox Down Again
    Just a heads up to you Google AdWords API users. If you are running development tests off Google's sandbox environment, do not that it is having technical issues for the past day or two. A Google Groups thread has confirmation of the issue by Google's Jeff Posnick. Jeff Posnick said: The engineering team is working to resolve what is believed to be the cause of this Sandbox issue. Without getting into too many details, they'll
  • Google's Behavioral Ad Beta Scares Publishers Over Contextual Relevancy
    Google Gets Into Behavioral Targeting, Launches “Interest-Based Advertising” Beta at Search Engine Land is a must read on this story. In short, Google is testing behavioral ads on the content network, using what they call "interest based categories" and "previous interactions." The cool part is that Google allows you to specify which categories (600 of them) interest you and you can also opt out at http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/. In any event, the Search Engine Land article is

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