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:
- Porn Spammers Targets Holocaust Terms in Google
A Google Web Search Help thread reports that Google has been the target of spammers who are trying to push their pornographic videos into Google. This is nothing new, but the terms these spammers are using now include Holocaust related terms. A search in Google for a popular Holocaust film, Witnessing History - a Teen Second Life Exhibit returns a Google Video result in the web results (universal search). Here is a picture: Googler, Skylar
- YouTube Uploads Might Get Stuck "In Processing"
One of the worst parts of uploading to YouTube, especially large and long HD quality videos, is waiting for YouTube to finish processing the video so people can watch it. I normally create a 15 minute or so video, in HD quality, upload it sometime before 11am to YouTube and it often won't be available until after 6pm. The upload process takes an hour or so and the processing can take several more hours. On
- Sidewiki Defeat Helps Block Only Google SideWiki Comments, Not Toolbar Users
The other week, we wrote about how to block Sidewiki users from commenting on your site. The issue was, it basically blocked all Google Toolbar users from accessing your site. There is a new script that reportedly blocks only those who try to use Sidewiki to comment on your site, without blocking all Google Toolbar users. It named the Sidewiki Defeat and can be viewed at code.google.com/p/sidewiki-defeat. I spotted this via a Google Webmaster Help
- Google Sandbox: Does/Did it Exist? Poll Results
Back in February I ran a poll asking if the Google Sandbox still exists and if so, is it US based only? I don't think I ever published those results, so I apologize. A new Search Engine Watch Forums thread has new discussion around the topic. To be honest, the Google Sandbox, as it once was, is rarely discussed in forums anymore. As I said in the previous post, the Google Sandbox goes back to
- It's Froogle, No It's Google Products, No It's Google Base, No It's Google Merchant Center
Yesterday, Google announced the launch of the new Google Merchant Center. The Google Merchant Center will replace Google Base for those who submit products through Google Base. Confused? Google Base is sticking around, but Google has added a new Google Merchant Center, which is focused around merchants who submit product data to Google. Before the other day, all products submitted to Google, to be displayed in Google Product Search, was submitted (mostly) through Google Base.
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Don't Use YouTube To Build YouLinks, Sphinn
- I can't unfollow some people, Google Reader Help
- Best Practices For Image Optimization, HighRankings Forums
- Can't get rid of "Add people to your Friends group to start sharing." message on home page, Google Web Search Help
- Google Wave to be released to 100,000 testers, WebmasterWorld
- is your company name in every Ad?, WebmasterWorld
- Online advertising 'overtakes TV' in the UK, WebmasterWorld