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:
- When Should You Undo a 301 Redirect?
A thread at WebmasterWorld has a webmaster who is getting a bit nervous that the 301 redirects he set up for a site won't be the best bet in the long run for his end goals. In summary, his original URL was doing "great" in both Google and Bing, with number 3 and 1 rankings, respectively. But about a month ago, he did a 301 redirect and the rankings have not recovered. He wants to
- Public Service Announcements (PSAs) Ads Showed On All AdSense Sites Yesterday
Yesterday, for about five minutes during the day, any site that had AdSense ads on them, showed what is known as Public Service Announcements (PSAs). PSAs are ads that are free and don't earn money, and are shown when Google cannot find a contextually relevant ad. AdSenseAdvisor confirmed the issue in a WebmasterWorld thread, saying: We experienced a very brief (under 5 minutes) issue that caused Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to appear on publisher pages
- Google AdWords Doing Sitelinks Also
My old time buddy, Darrin Ward (founder of SEOChat back in the day), blogged about noticing Sitelinks in the Google AdWords ads. Here is a picture, which I can see myself, for a search on staples.com. Notice the four links directly under the ad, those are commonly known as Sitelinks in the Google organic search world. They kind of look like the one line product links but these are category specific. I am pretty sure
- The Big SEO Ranking Factors List from SEOMoz, Is It Accurate?
SEOMoz published a revised version of their Search Engine Ranking Factors survey. They had 72 contributors complete a long survey, including myself, answering questions specific to ranking in search engines. I am not going to bother summarizing all the details of the survey, you can read them at SEOMoz in a concise fashion. I thought it would be fun to run a poll on this survey, asking our readers, how accurate do you find this
- Google AdSense Welcomes Third-Party Ad Networks
The Google AdSense blog announced that publishers in the Google AdSense network now have the option to allow "Google certified" third-party ad networks to compete for the ad space on your web site. In short, this should help publishers earn more money, due to adding more competition into the network. But you have to opt into this and allow image ads. You might not be able to add this today, since it is "slowly roll
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Yahoo Acquires Arab Online Community, Maktoob, WebmasterWorld
- AudioSwap temporarily not working / slow, YouTube Help
- Getting the most from Web Design Attribution Links, WebmasterWorld
- Twitter Exploit Still Works, Sphinn
- Wikipedia To Require Revisions Sanctioned By Editors, WebmasterWorld