Daily Search Forum Recap: March 13, 2009

Mar 13, 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 :: March 13, 2009
    Google launched a new beta for advertisers to target users based on their interests and online behaviors. Don't worry, AdSense publishers can opt out. AdSense had a major contextual relevancy bug that results in lots of lost money. Utah's House passed a law banning trademarked keywords for search ads. Google pushed off the Blog Search update. Microsoft is discontinuing their adCenter analytics. Google's keyword tool had major issues this week. SEM companies are weathering the
  • Yahoo Search Advertisers Upset With Conversions From Yahoo Shopping
    A WebmasterWorld thread has complaints from Yahoo Search Marketing advertisers on the conversions, or lack there of, from Yahoo Shopping. For example, if you do a search on Yahoo Shopping for ipods you may see Yahoo Search ads at the top of the product listings. Here is a screen capture: As you can see, it takes some scrolling to start seeing Yahoo Shopping results. And some Yahoo Search Marketing advertisers are not happy with their
  • China Blocks Google Docs & FeedBurner
    There are reports from Google Docs Help forum that people in China cannot access their Google Docs or even FeedBurner on feedburner.google.com. Here is what the China Google Docs user said: Google Docs appears to be blocked here in China. I live in Shanghai and work at Concordia International School here. No students can access their docs at school or at home where they are all on different ISP's. I guess that is a better
  • Microsoft Shuts Down adCenter Analytics
    Microsoft has been beta testing adCenter Analytics since 2007, but yesterday, they announced they will be closing the tool down. They really didn't say why. All they said was, "The Microsoft adCenter Analytics team announced today the end of the adCenter Analytics beta program." Current users can continue to use the service until December 31, 2009 but are urged to export their data to one of the many analytics packages available and cease using Microsoft
  • Do Nofollow Tags With Spaces Pass Link Value?
    A WebmasterWorld thread asks an interesting question. If you have a space in the nofollow link attribute, does Google consider it the same as having no space? Let me explain. A standard syntax for the nofollow attribute looks like this: <a href="http://www.site.com/page.html" rel="nofollow">Visit My Page</a> But what if the programmer added a space between the no and follow, such as: <a href="http://www.site.com/page.html" rel="no follow">Visit My Page</a> What do you think? Is Google or other search
  • Google Gives AdSense Publishers Way To Opt Out of Interest Based Ads
    Last night, Google began emailing AdSense publishers about their new terms of service to cover the recent behavioral targeting changes to be made to the content network. The email I have a copy of is sent to a Danish publisher and he used Google Translate to translate the text. Here is a copy: ...Following this announcement, your policy on privacy now reflect the use of interest-based advertising. Please review the information on http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=100557&hl=da to ensure

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