Daily Search Forum Recap: May 21, 2009

May 21, 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:

  • What You Should Do With Black Hat SEOs?
    This is a great video posted at SEOptimise on what should Google do with black hat SEOs. The video interviews 50 SEOs at SES London. Really funny stuff - great job! Forum discussion at Sphinn.
  • AdWords Advertisers Get More Transparency But Don't Care About It?
    A couple days ago, Google announced that they will now show all queries that resulted in an AdWords click as opposed to grouping some of the less popular keywords in a category called "other unique queries." This clearly provides more transparency for advertisers to know how each and every click is being spent. This is really a great thing that I know advertisers have been asking from Google for a while. But I have yet
  • Opening a Can of Worms To Find Search Spam
    I often see threads at the Google Webmasters Help discussion forum of people who have sites that were penalized for having issues with their site in the Google Webmaster guidelines. But it is not often where you see a thread that one issue then opens up an other issue, then an other issue and so on. A recent Google Webmasters Help thread has just that. It starts off by looking like the site has a
  • Google Launches New Search Suggestions & Drops Counts
    After some testing, Google has finally announced that they will be launching changes to their search suggestions. The key changes include: (1) Search Ads in Search Suggestions: (2) Improved "navigational query" support: (3) Search Suggestions even on search results pages: (4) No estimated count numbers, as you can see from the screen shots above. Here is a screen shot of the old way: (5) Search suggestions are now personalized based on your search history and
  • Want Your Listing to be Approved in DMOZ? Use Real Titles
    There is an excellent thread at WebmasterWorld on the topic of web directories. Moderator, incrediBILL, runs directories and he goes off on how many of the submissions are not able writing your titles and descriptions to be click worthy, but rather they are stuffed with keywords for the SEO benefit, if any. There is a key point in this thread which explains why possibly many DMOZ listings that are reviewed (many are not even reviewed)
  • Funny SEM Thread: Google's Fault I Got Scammed
    I rarely share funny threads, but I seriously need to lighten things up today, due to the lack of sleep I have been getting. A Google AdWords Help thread has a sad story of someone who was scammed for 1,000 rupees. The funny part is that this was done in person, by someone claiming to be a Google advertising representative. What appears to have happened was that a person claimed to be an authorized agent

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