Daily Search Forum Recap: September 3, 2009

Sep 3, 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:

  • Google Maps Business Reviews Gone Missing?
    I have been noticing a recent spike in the number of complaints about their business reviews going missing in Google Maps. One of those complaints has a response from a Googler. A Google Maps Help thread has one business listing owner complaining that he lost 16 reviews. Googler, Brianna said that Google is looking into the issue, she said: We are looking into this. When did you notice the occurrence of the disappearance of your
  • Google AdSense Testing New Colors For Scrolling Ad Arrows?
    Google AdSense first began experimenting with arrows to scroll the ads displayed back in December 2007. It became a confirmed feature in April 2008. Now, people are noticing that the colors of the arrows are being changed. A WebmasterWorld thread had one publisher notice that "every now and then they'll be highlighted, in my case to match my title color." Others have confirmed seeing this. I personally could not replicate this on any of my
  • Bing's More Info Box "WARNING 2: session_destroy" Error
    There are some complaints in the Bing Forums that the Bing mouse over box, which we discussed yesterday, has a weird error. When you mouse over certain listings, Bing may show the following type of error in the box: WARNING 2: session_destroy() [function.session-destroy]: trying to destroy uninitialized session in/usr/home/mitetsn/public-html/cart/includes/functions/sessions.php on line 146 The session destroy warning seems to be coming from Bing's handling of the site. Ovi in the forums gave us a bit more
  • Google AdSense Publishers Happy With Competitive Ad Filter Changes
    The Google AdSense blog announced they have made two changes to the Competitive Ad Filter tool. Here they are: Faster filtering In the past, the Competitive Ad Filter sometimes took up to several hours to block URLs you'd entered. Knowing you've wanted a faster filtering system, we're excited to let you know that URLs added to your Competitive Ad Filter are now usually blocked within 30 minutes. We hope that this will help you quickly
  • Google Crawls Robots.txt Files Daily
    JohnMu from Google posted in a Google Webmaster Help thread that Google typically crawls a site's robots.txt file on a daily basis. This is the first time (at least that I can remember) I have seen a Googler make a statement on the crawl frequency of robots.txt files. JohnMu said: We usually only check the robots.txt file once a day for most sites, so I assume you were just still seeing the version that we

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