Daily Search Forum Recap: October 12, 2009

Oct 12, 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:

  • Columbus Day Theme by Bing, Not Google, Yahoo, Ask.com or AOL
    Today is Columbus Day, and the only search engine to have a special logo or theme up today is Microsoft's Bing. Here is a picture of Bing today, with one "hot spot" highlighted: Pretty neat theme, background and hot spots. We also, at the Search Engine Roundtable, have a Columbus sailed the ocean blue theme. Here is a picture: We don't have logos from the other major search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, Ask.com or
  • Bing Webmaster Tools Unexpected Errors
    If you try logging into Bing Webmaster Tools, you will be greeted by a message that reads "We are experiencing an issue processing your request at this time." But Bing does tell you that the "Webmaster Center Team has been notified of the error and will work to resolve it. Try again in a few minutes." But trying again in a few minutes won't help, because it has been an issue over the weekend. The
  • Woman Loses Unemployment Checks Due To $1 Per Day Google AdSense Income
    Lawyer's Unemployment Benefits Yanked Over $1 A Day From Blog from Forbes reports that a woman who was earning $405 a week in unemployment benefits had those benefits pulled by New York State after she began earning about a $1 per day with Google AdSense on her blog. Forbes wrote: Does writing a blog constitute work? That appears to be the position of the New York State Department of Labor, which recently declared a laid-off
  • Google's "Show More Results" Plus Box
    More and more people are noticing Google's new more results user interface, where it shows a plus box, instead of taking the user to a site command like search result. You can likely reproduce the plus box yourself for a search on sitelinks. You will notice the page looks like this: If you click on the blue link plus box that reads, "Show more results from googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com" it will expand to show you five additional
  • Google Releases New AdSense Webinar Schedule
    Those of you who missed the first round of the AdSense Webinars are now in luck. Google recently posted the new AdSense Webinar Schedule and AdSensePro Ashley told us about it at the Google AdSense Help. Here is the new schedule and you can sign up over here. AdSense Optimisation - Everything you need to know on October 14th, 5pm GMT or December 2nd, 5pm GMT.Teaching our teachers: AdSense on your Education site on October
  • Will Google's Penalties Hurt or Help Google Remain Relevant?
    One of the key topics I have heard being discussed in the speaker room last week at the SMX East conference was that the Google results were not good. It rarely came up in the sessions, except for Greg Boser on the Crystal Ball panel, but it came up often in the speaker room and in side conversations. Looking at the Google results, for standard queries, simply did not satisfy many SEOs and SEMs. Obviously,
  • Google Showing Only 7 of 10 Local Results Now
    The local SEMs are buzzing about how Google dropped three listings from the local space in the Google search results. Now, instead of showing the "ten pack" of ten local search results pulled from Google Maps on the Google web search results, Google is now showing the "seven pack." Yes, instead of A through J, we are getting A through G results. Here is what I see now for a local result for the query

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