Daily Search Forum Recap: October 2, 2009

Oct 2, 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:

  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: October 2, 2009
    Google has been banning AdWords advertisers and warning advertisers of bans for low quality landing pages, but I think something is wrong with Google. Google fixed a low share of voice AdWords bug. Google has an image search update in September 2009. Google updated their search options with neat new filters. Google confirmed adding deeper links and named them forum Sitelinks. Bing added a link to their Visual Search on their home page. Google updated
  • Google's Happy Birthday Gandhi Logo
    If you visit Google.com today, you may see a Google logo or 'doodle' with the picture of Gandhi. Today, is Gandhi's 140th birthday, he was born today in 1869. Here is a copy of the logo: With virtually any Google Doodle, there are some upset with Google picking one event over another. One Google Webmaster Help thread has a person complaining Google decided to make a Doodle for Gandhi instead of representing International Day of
  • Google Adds More Search Options & Cleans Up Verticals
    Google announced they have added some search refinements to the various Google search properties. The additions include past hour, specific date range, more shopping sites, fewer shopping sites, visited pages, not yet visited, books, blogs and news. To see them yourself, do a search on Google and then click "Show options" at the top. Danny Sullivan goes through these changes in detail over here, so I won't bother with that. Some Google users are a
  • Google Updates Webmaster Tools Verification Process: Google Sites Verification Breaks
    Google announced that they have updated the verification process for Google Webmaster Tools. The main changes include: (1) META Tag verification is no longer tied to the email address on file, i.e. you can change your email and it won't de-verify your site. (2) The HTML file verification process required that you set up your 404 pages properly by returning a proper 404 server status code. The issue was, many webmasters don't do this and
  • Google Responds To Mass Google AdWords Advertiser Banning & Warnings
    On Sunday we reported that Google was banning AdWords advertisers in the masses for "poor quality landing pages." In some cases, Google was sending out stern warnings to advertisers that they will be banned and in other cases, they just banned these advertisers outright. After a few days, Google finally responded. The response, to most advertisers, is not satisfactory. Here is the official response in its entirety: The suspensions and final warnings that are referenced

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