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:
- Google Gets Generic on Local Web Search Queries
The Google blog announced that Google is now showing more local results in web search for more generic queries. This is something that was noticed before the announcement but now it is officially confirmed by Google. This means that searches for local-like keywords no longer need to have a location in the query. For example, a search on web design automatically shows me a local box in the middle of the Google web search results,
- Google AdWords Employee Allegedly Breaks Trademark Rules, Sued by SEM
ShoeMoney Sues Google Employee For AdWords Violations from TechCrunch shows how Jeremy Schoemaker (aka ShoeMoney) has filed suit against a Google AdWords employee for allegedly bidding on his trademark and possibly for stealing his keywords. TechCrunch explains that Jeremy found signs that the person who was bidding on his trademark was very friendly with Google employees. In addition, he found that on his LinkedIn profile it said he worked at Google in the AdWords department.
- Google Boosts AdSense Competitive Ad Filter To 500
AdSenseAdvisor notified publishers via a WebmasterWorld thread that the competitive ad filter now supports up to 500 possible filters. I believe this limit is up from 200 filtered URLs from 2006. Some publishers were able to block more than 200. In fact, I was able to block up to 500 since February 2009. However, now all publishers should be able to block up to 500. AdSenseAdvisor said: Check your account. We have more than doubled
- Google Testing Larger Icons on AdWords in Japan
A few weeks ago, we reported Google was testing fav icons in AdWords results. The fav icons was a confirmed test by Google, that is still running to this day. In Japan, they seem to be really pumping up this test, by displaying much larger images near the ads. A WebmasterWorld thread has a member reporting seeing 70x70 images. In fact, I contacted that member, and he posted the details, with screen captures at his
- Why Are Newspapers Complaining? Danny Sullivan Shows The Hard Truth
Over the past few days, the AP and other newspapers and news sources rekindled their campaign against how the Internet works. In short, they are not happy that Google, amongst others, distribute their content to a wider audience and Google doesn't have to pay for such distribution. It gets much more involved and I am honestly way too tired to get into all the details. But that is fine, since Danny Sullivan, at his personal
- Did You Lose Your AdWords Cost Data in Google Analytics?
About a week ago, many Google Analytics users and Google AdWords advertisers began noticing that the AdWords cost data was no longer being sent to the Google Analytics reports. We said that Google sent a warning that this may happen, if you don't link the two accounts. Googler, AnalyticsPro.Chris, created a new "sticky" thread at Google Analytics Help discussions that talks about this issue. Chris said: Going forward, you'll have to tag your URLs and
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- New iPhone gmail optimized web app -- still can't apply or remove labels??, Google Mobile Help
- Taxi fare, Google Maps Help
- Are All of Your Eggs in One Social Media Basket?, Sphinn
- Google Challenged over Electronic Book Database, WebmasterWorld
- Scoping Out A Project, HighRankings Forums
- Using Twitter To Manage Online Brand Reputation, Sphinn