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 Bug Removes Web Designers in Local Pack
Now, if you do a search for web design, web development, or most digital agency like queries, with or without a local qualifier (i.e. web design new york), Google won't show the local 7 pack. Mike Blumenthal covered this well, but it needs more attention. In the past, a search for [web design, suffern, ny] or a search for [web design] when Google knows your location, would trigger a 7 pack that looks something like
- Buy a Banned Domain? Should You Ask Google for Forgiveness?
A WebmasterWorld thread has one webmaster who allegedly purchased a domain name that was banned by Google. He basically asked, how does he get this domain to be clean and start over. In the past, I would have said, just submit a reconsideration request and hope that Google trusts that you are starting new. And that is the advice given in the thread. But after sitting in a site clinic with Matt Cutts at PubCon.
- SEO Gets a Google Birthday Cake
An SEO from DigitalPoint Forums is celebrating a birth day. What is so special about his birthday? Well, his sister baked him a cake, but not just any kind of cake, a Google cake. He explained: Hey, it's my birthday today and I just wanted to share with my DP friends what kind of birthday cake my sister made for me! I didn't think I was that crazy but I guess she did! Here is
- News Corp May De-List Themselves From Google & Partner With Microsoft Bing
Let me summarize some of the news around News Corp, Google and Microsoft Bing over the past couple weeks. Rupert Murdoch of News Corp is upset that Google indexes his news sites content without paying a fee for doing so. Google tells Murdoch, if you don't want in our index and the traffic that it sends to you, just tell us in your robots.txt file and we won't index you. Murdoch then says, he may
- Bing on Link Building
The Bing Search blog wrote a blog post on link building for "smart webmasters." A WebmasterWorld thread is currently dissecting that blog post, piece by piece. Martinibuster, Roger Montti, took the time to pull out the key points of the blog post: You contact webmasters of other, related websites and let them know your site exists. If the value that you have worked so hard to instill in your site is evident to them, they
- Google Maps Navigation Available for Android 1.6
The Google Mobile blog announced that Google Maps Navigation, which was originally only available on Android 2.0, is now also available on 1.6 of the Android mobile OS. Google Navigation is a free navigation system that works on mobile devices with Android 1.6 or 2.0. For more details, see this page. Tom in the Google Mobile Help forum added a few more details that are not in the blog post. (1) Android 1.6 that is
- Google AdSense Bug Displaying Weird Characters in Ads
There are many reports at the Google AdSense Help forum with publishers complaining that Google is displaying weird characters on their ads. Here is a picture of one: Notice the ad at the top right showing weird characters. Google has confirmed the bug in those threads and said: We're aware of the issue and we're looking into it. Currently, there is no ETA for when the issue will be resolved but it is good to
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 3 optimization webinars taking place this week, Google AdSense Help
- Google To Acquire Teracent, WebmasterWorld
- Hello experts, when I checked the keywords list in webmasters central, I see that html tags and attributes are listed., Google Webmaster Help
- Issue with print preview on documents, Google Docs Help
- LinkedIn Opens Up API to Developers, WebmasterWorld
- Discover What Google Really Thinks Of Your Pages, Sphinn
- Number of videos viewed no longer available on your channel, YouTube Help