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:
- You Don't Have To Sell Out To Blog In This Industry
One of the oldest areas of unspoken SEO blogging is the SEO Code. In short, blogging (now inclusive of Twitter) is a dangerous thing in this industry. On the one hand, you want to break stories, post something unique and different and even cause a buzz to get lots of people talking about your blog. On the other hand, you don't want to be ousted by the community for 'outing' any other SEO. Todd (aka
- Google Maps Bug Causes Reviews To Go Missing
A confirmed Google Maps bug seems to be causing the reviews in Google Maps to disappear. A Google Maps Help thread has several business owners complaining that their reviews (all or many) are now missing. Googler, Joel H said that Google is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it. I'll quote him: We're aware of this issue and are working on a fix. We'll update the group when more information becomes available.
- Google Image Labeler Plagued With Pornography?
Google Image Labeler is a fun game people can play to help Google Image Search better understand and tag pictures within the Google Image Search index. This game launched in September 2006 and has been somewhat under the radar since then. Recently, I saw not one, but two different threads in Google Web Search Help forums by two different people, who both spotted pornography in Google Image Labeler. One even saw child pornography. Here is
- Google Banning AdSense Publishers For Not Updating Privacy Policies?
Ever since May 2008, when Google began supporting third-party cookies as part of the DoubleClick acquisition, Google has been asking AdSense publishers to update their privacy policies to include language that third-party cookies are in fact utilized. Then, more recently, Google started behavioral targeting ads and asked publishers again to update their privacy policies. A new wave of AdSense publisher account bans has been spotted in the discussion forums and some believe this is due
- Google Logo Not Broken, It's Morse Code
If you visit Google.com today, you may notice a new logo on the home page. The logo looks like this: The logo is to remember Samuel Morse who was born on April 27, 1791. Today is his birthday, and Samuel Morse invented Morse code. We have several threads on the topic, many of them asking why is Google's logo broken. In fact, one asked why is Google's logo not fully loading? Googler, Jamie created a
- Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: April 24, 2009
Google, Yahoo and Microsoft all reported pretty poor earnings this quarter, in fact, they all made history. I talked about how Google handles expired domains. Google's Gray bar PageRank score, what does that mean? I show how you can verify your profile in Google. Use Google's new Similar Image search feature. Microsoft is still faking their search referral data. Google began to push the new AdWords user interface on advertisers. Google also allows Google Base
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Redirecting One Twitter Account To Another, HighRankings Forums
- Tricked into signing up, WebmasterWorld
- Ask.com becomes Germany's search engine no.2 through arbitrage, Sphinn
- Before hiring a search engine optimization expert or company, Google Webmaster Help
- Really dangerous - Wrong number for police, Google Maps Help
- Stats Stuck Saturday 4-25-09 - Issue Resolved, WebmasterWorld
- Sudden drop in traffic - but still in first position, WebmasterWorld