Daily Search Forum Recap: November 19, 2009

Nov 19, 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 Disabling AdSense Accounts For Using Tamper Data Firefox Plugin
    I have been seeing reports of Google banning and disabling AdSense accounts due to using a Firefox plugin named Tamper Data. Tamper Data allows people to view and modify HTTP/HTTPS headers and post parameters, which can be helpful, but also used for evil. The emails being sent to these publishers read: During a recent review of your account, our specialists found that tamper data was used to modify the country listed in your account. Changing
  • Google Maps Satellite Images Being Posterized?
    A Google Maps Help thread reports that at least one satellite image in South Africa has a weird posterization effect to it. You can see it yourself at 33°55'7.79"S, 25°35'2.40"E, or Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Here is a picture: This looks like a heavily posterized image to me, but I doubt that was the case. There must have been some type of interference when the image was captured? Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.
  • Bing UK Out of Beta, But Too Soon?
    About a week ago, Bing announced they have taken Bing UK (www.bing.co.uk) out of beta. They basically said, you can now get more relevant UK results when in the UK and searching in the UK. Here is a snippet from the blog post: When you search for Football, what kind of answers do you expect to find. Well, I guess it depends on where you are doing the asking, if you are in the UK
  • Google Reader URLs a Target for Email Spammers
    For years, email spammers have been looking for ways to encourage people to click on their links. And for years, Google has been a target. Why? Well, when someone sees a link that has google.com in it, people trust it. So over the years, Google URLs that redirect to other sites have been a target by spammers. The most recent Google property targeted by such attacks is Google Reader. A Google Reader Help thread has
  • Danny Sullivan Looks Back at Starting Search Marketing Conferences
    Yesterday, Danny Sullivan wrote an article named 10 Years Ago: The First Search Marketing Conference, A Retrospective. The article is a must read for everyone who is a daily reader of this site. In short, Danny talks about how the first search marketing conference came about. He also talks about the various sessions they hosted then. Including many of the panelists who still talk today at his conferences. Yes, the first conference in search marketing
  • Google Removed Negative Search Result Michelle Obama, Should They Have?
    A week or so ago, we reported that a search in Google images for Michelle Obama returned a racist image. The image was offensive, racist and has been removed from the search results - which is what I was hoping for. But Google responded to the thread and explained that they normally do not change the search results unless: (1) It violates our Webmaster Guidelines (2) If Google believes they are required to do so

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