Daily Search Forum Recap: April 3, 2009

Apr 3, 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:

  • FeedBurner Subscriber Reports Bug: Major Drops In Counts
    FeedBurner is having a reporting failure yet again. I have received at least four emails and several IMs since April 1st from concerned bloggers that their FeedBurner subscribers numbers have dropped. I personally saw this myself, where FeedBurner is reporting only 8,000 or so subscribers to this site, when in fact, we normally have 20,000+. The issue? Googler Matt S. confirmed the issue in a Google Groups thread, saying that FeedBurner is having problems retrieving
  • Google Docs Fixes Unpublished Bug
    Christine from the Google Docs team posted an announcement in the Google Docs Help discussion area that two bugs have been fixed. The first bug was that published Google spreadsheets were becoming unpublished by themselves. This should now be resolved.The second bug was that 'Share with the world'/''Let anyone view without signing in' did not work, now it does. Google Docs is very often plagued with bugs, some minor and some serious. The last major
  • Google AdWords API Suffering From 502 Server Errors
    AdWords API users out there, you may have noticed that Google is returning errors for some of your operations and calls. Reports came in on April 1st at a Google Groups thread, which has been confirmed by Google. Googler, Jeff Posnick from the AdWords API Team said: I'm sorry that you're running into this. Our core engineering team has noticed a recent spate of 502 errors in our Production services, and are taking steps to
  • Is There a Keyword Phrase Specific Penalty?
    Throughout my many years (makes me sound old) in the search industry, I have heard about many filters and penalties, including a filter or penalty to prevent a site from ranking well for a specific keyword phrase. For example, if I want to rank well for big blue pineapple chair and I create a page about a big blue pineapple chair but Google never ranks me for that term, I may consider my site to

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