Daily Search Forum Recap: February 25, 2010

Feb 25, 2010 - 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 Jazz Slightly Updates It's Look
    Google has been experimenting with the Google Jazz Interface (I know Google doesn't call it Jazz internally) since November of last year. It appears that Google has slightly updated that look from what we originally saw. A Google Blogoscoped Forums thread has a picture from one user of the new Jazz look. Here is the new look: Here is the old Jazz look: They are very similar but there are slight differences. In the thread,
  • EU Probes Google Search Penalties
    Upset you were penalized by Google? You are not the only one. Tons of sites are penalized by Google each day, on some level. But this time the European Union is opening an antitrust investigation to make sure Google is not penalizing web sites for their own gain. Over the years, Google has got into business lines that compete with normal webmasters. From web analytics to selling mortgage leads, Google on some level, competes with
  • Buying Links Can Get Your Site Penalized
    A WebmasterWorld thread discusses the topic of link buying versus link selling. One person made a bold claim that link buying will not hurt you, but link selling can hurt you. I don't think anyone would argue that Google proactively goes after link sellers. But do they proactively go after link buyers? From what I see in the various forums, including the Google Webmaster Forums, Google does actively penalize sites for buying links. Time after
  • Google AdWords Let's You Target a CPA
    A WebmasterWorld thread has discussion about a possible new bidding feature in AdWords. Honestly, I am not sure how new it is, but it basically allows you to set a target CPA (cost per acquisition) and Google will try to optimize your bids to achieve it. The advertiser wrote that he was presented with this option after logging in to manage his AdWords account. Google told him: This new option allows you to bid based
  • Yahoo Partners With Twitter Again
    It seems like for every search company to remain cool, they need to have a partnership with Twitter. And since Yahoo is no longer a search company, I guess they need to be very cool and announce yet another partnership with them. This partnership includes three primary elements: 1) People will be able to access their personal Twitter feeds across Yahoo!'s many products and properties, including the homepage, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Sports, and others, letting
  • Three Google Execs Convicted In Italy Over YouTube Privacy Issues
    Honestly, I am shocked that Italy prosecuted and convicted three Google executives in Italy over a YouTube video. The news was all over Techmeme yesterday. I'll quote Reuters: A Milan court has convicted three Google Inc executives for the 2006 transmission of a video showing the bullying of a youth with Down's syndrome, the judge in the case told Reuters on Wednesday. The three were sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of

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