Daily Search Forum Recap: March 23, 2009

Mar 23, 2009 - 4:00 pm 1 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:

  • Advertisers, Publishers & Affiliates Scared Over Proposes California Tax Law
    There are two different threads at WebmasterWorld that show publishers, advertisers and affiliate's concern over a new proposed tax law in California. The law, as understood in the thread, would potentially tax any seller who using AdWords to market their product or service. Moderator, incrediBILL, explained: The conclusion I drew after reading the law is that since AdSense directly refers customers via links, as do the AdWords ads showing in the SERPs, it's therefore theoretically
  • Proof Google Treats Underscores & Hyphens Differently?
    Over a year ago, almost two years ago, there were rumors that Google would treat underscores in the URL the same way they treat hyphens in the URL, as word separators. Matt Cutts squashed the rumor back then, suggesting that Google was not treating them the same. Historically, underscores (i.e. domain.com/file_name.html) was treated as a single word (i.e. filename) and hyphens (i.e. domain.com/file-name.html) was treated as two words (i.e. file name). A new WebmasterWorld thread
  • iGoogle Signing You Out?
    Personalized search and personalized home pages can be great for most users. The only issue is that you need to be signed in, most of the time, to get personalized results from Google. And if you love those personalized results and home page from iGoogle, being automatically signed out without requesting to be signed out, can be a bit frustrating. Over the past week, I have seen dozens of threads pop out in several Google
  • AdSense Publishers Not Happy With YouTube Earnings
    There are two threads at Google AdSense Help discussions with AdSense publishers who are simply not happy with the earnings they have been reported to receive from their YouTube content. Let me quote you some upset publishers: My revenue is down more than 50%. There were people who were expecting to earn $200 in January and instead earned $80. I was expecting $1000-$2000 and earned a little over $80. Received my report. 1/5th of my
  • Google AdWords API Usage Reporting Glitch
    There are reports in the Google AdWords API Google Groups that the Google AdWords API is reporting inaccurate data from the usage tool. First reports came in on March 19th, where an AdWords API user said: We have just rolled out an application using API and the Unit Usage from 3 days ago is not showing up. It says on the page where this is viewed that it is updated daily. Anyone know whats going
  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: March 20, 2009
    Today's Search Video I talk quickly about the logos for the first day of Spring, and also St. Patrick's day logos. Google finally spoke about the AJAX pages. Yahoo added features to search marketing product. Google AdWords tests favorite icons. AdWords keyword tool has a bug. Yahoo Directory might be free. I offered three link building tips. I also gave two SEO tips. Don't fall for a potential Google money scam. SEOs are split on

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