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:
- Frida Kahlo Google Logo
If you visit Google today, you will see a special logo or 'doodle' for Frida Kahlo. The logo looks like: Frida Kahlo was a well-known Mexican painter. You can learn more about her at Wikipedia. And you can also see there where this doodle was inspired from. Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.
- Google Testing Maps In Top Right Position, Above Ads
A reader, Morgan Chemij emailed me an image of Google testing a new maps position in the Google search results. His image showed a map in the top right position, above the Google AdWords ads, for a search on [florist]. Personally, I do not see it, but Mike Blumenthal shows others are seeing it. Here is Morgan's screen capture: As you can see, the map has one of those Google Maps Tags, which costs $25
- SEOs & Publishers Mock Yahoo For Discovering Search Trends For News Creation
One of the most basic SEO strategies for content development is the process of determining what people are searching for in your niche so you can target those keywords. When it comes to news sites, even sites with a niche as specific of this one, you must look at search trends. SEOs and publishers have been using search trends reports, such as Google Hot Trends, Twitter Trends, Yahoo Buzz and other keyword tools to discover
- Google AdWords Ads New Tab Named Dimensions
If you login to your AdWords account, go to a campaign and click on the arrow down near the tabs, you will find a new option. The new tab option is named "dimensions" and provides a different look at your AdWords charts. The reason for this change is because they are dropping the reporting section and adding more reports and filters to these campaign screens. Here are pictures: First reports of this came via Kim
- Publishers Abusing Google's DMCA Policy?
A WebmasterWorld thread reports that some publishers have had their Google AdSense ads deactivated over bogus DMCA filings. DMCA, is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and Google has a policy of "removing or disabling access to material claimed to be the subject of infringing activity and/or terminating subscribers," when in question. Google allows those served with a DMCA notice to appeal the process, but that can take several days. Several days can mean big money
- Would You Buy a Link From Link Brokers Like Text Link Ads?
Over the course of five plus years, the topic of link brokerage houses have been a popular topic in the forums. I often try to stay away from the topic, due to it being a very controversial and heated debate. But I have seen many threads over the years and two recent ones that encouraged me to post a poll asking for your feedback. I have some people who swear by buying links from link
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- 5 Dirty Words in Link Building, Sphinn
- ACAP Enabled Sites - What's Google's policy?, WebmasterWorld
- The Inside Line On SEO, Sphinn
- Time between automatic flag and site review by human?, WebmasterWorld