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:
- AdSense Account Hacked, Google Sends ~$25,000 Payment To India?
A large Google AdSense publisher said his AdSense account was hacked into a month or so ago. A guy went in, changed his payee information to an address in India and he didn't notice until the payment was sent already. The publisher emailed Google about four weeks ago and has yet to receive a response from Google. So he posted a thread at WebmasterWorld to complain and get some advice. It appears from this publisher's
- Advertisers Eager To Try Google AdWords New Broad Match Modifier
Google introduced a new match type, well, a modifier to a match type that helps you control your match types a bit more. The modifier lets you be more specific with your broad match keywords, but be more lax than the phrase based match. This new modifier is named the "broad match modifier" and it is currently being tested in Canada and the U.K. To implement the modifier, just put a plus symbol (+) directly
- Groom's Wedding Invitations Has Wrong Address, Asks Google For Help
A Google Maps Help thread has a guy named Mike, who is getting married in July, who is in need of Google's help. He is afraid no one will show up to his wedding and his bride will be devastated. Why? Because of a typo on the invitation that has the wrong address. So he asked Google to see if they can auto-correct the address when someone Google's it. How cute is that? Mike said:
- Google Using Whois Data For Keyword Matching?
The question of how Google may use whois data in ranking or spam detection has been discussed over the years time and time again. There are many ways Google could use the data, from checking who owns which web sites, checking site age, checking transfer of ownership of domains, and possibly for some sort of keyword relevancy factor. The keyword relevancy factor is now being discussed at a WebmasterWorld. One person said that when he
- Scroogle, Private Google Searching, May Close Doors
Daniel Brandt, well-known for his dislike for some of Google's actions and the owner of Scroogle, said he may close down the Scroogle web site. Scroogle is known for searching Google but with privacy, they promise to not serve you no cookies, not record search-term and delete all access log deleted within 48 hours. But when the new Google design launched last week, it made it hard for Scroogle to continue. Scroogle scraps Google results
- Biking Directions For Android Google Maps & Location Tweets Added To Google Buzz
The more well known update to Google Maps was that they released a new version of Google Maps for Android, version 4.2. This new version has biking directions, a start Navigation from your Home screen, ability to share places with friends, and more. It works on devices running Android OS 1.6 or newer, and you can download the app by searching for "Google Maps" in Android Market. There is forum discussion on this announcement at
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Conan @ Google, Google Blogoscoped Forum
- Yahoo Still Indexing Site Under Old Domain Name, Many 404’s, HighRankings Forums
- Conversion Rate Optimisation for SEO, Sphinn
- Domain "Farming" Pros and Cons, Google Webmaster Help
- How the Value of a Link May Differ Based upon Link and Document Features and User Data, Sphinn
- Video Sitemaps and you!, Google Webmaster Help
- Yahoo Site Explorer's Inbound Link Data's Appropriateness For Google, WebmasterWorld