Daily Search Forum Recap: July 15, 2009

Jul 15, 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:

  • CNET Calls Link Exchanges Poor Man SEO
    Link exchanges: The poor man's SEO from CNET discusses the pros and cons of link exchanges. The article isn't bad, overall. What I personally find funny is that CNET quoted Evan Duffield after Evan emailed CNET with a link exchange request. Evan got a lot more than a simple link exchange, he got a whole article with clean links to his sites on the News.com domain. Anyway, the article is being discussed at WebmasterWorld now,
  • Before Google News Removes Source, They Often Email Publication
    I am pretty fascinated with how Google News works and how the workflow runs there. I recently spotted a thread at the Google News Help forum which shows how not only does Google review publications periodically, but before removing publications, they may email those publications. One site owner was upset his site no longer showed up in Google News. Inbal, a Googler, informed this site owner that after receiving some complaints from Google News users,
  • Google News RSS Searches Having Issues
    For several weeks, Google News has been tinkering with their RSS feeds. We have a thread at Google News Help where Googler, Inbal, said it should be fixed in a week or so, well, it has been a week. We have a new Google News Help thread with an example of foreign language searches via RSS not working. Let me show you. A Google News search for [фармацевтический] which means pharmaceutical returns several results on
  • Google Maps Bubble Info For Longitude & Latitude Coordinates Workaround
    Starting a few weeks ago the Google Maps Help forum reports that when you want to display text in the bubble of a Google Map pin mark, using the longitude and latitude of the location, it would no longer work. For example, you can see it live at this link but here is a screen copy. The issue is, the only way to get this to work is by appending [&iwloc=A&hl=en] to the end of
  • Google Recommends Not Looking at Site Command Results
    The site command (site:www.domain.com) is often used to determine the health of a web site in a search engine. The thing is, Google's site command is far from accurate and too many SEOs look at it too closely. We discussed this before and I just want to cover it again. Googler, JohnMu, said in a Google Webmaster Help thread: Focusing on the site:-query rough approximations will not lead to useful results. Did he just say

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