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 Restores Hacked & Robbed AdSense Account
We have been providing ongoing coverage of the AdSense publisher who was hacked into and had $25,000 or so stolen from him by someone in India. It turned out, after three months nothing has happened. Well, that has changed. Google and the publisher finally got together and were able to restore the account. In the updated WebmasterWorld thread, the thread the publisher was publishing his notes, he said on July 14th: It's fixed! Google Adsense
- Google Video Drops "Download" Button
As Google Video continues to scale back the features and options available, in exchange for YouTube, Google recently dropped the "download" button. The download button, which can be seen here, was available on some Google Video hosted files. Now, it seems to be gone from all videos hosted on the Google Video platform. Nelson from Google confirmed the change in a Google Web Search Help thread. He said: We had discontinued the option of downloading
- Bring Back The Old Google News Design
19 days ago, Google launched a redesign for Google News. Many many many users absolutely hated the design. Last week, Google finally responded with a tweak to the design, giving people a way to show a second column. But many still miss the basic old layout that they have grown to love. If you are one of those, and if you use Firefox, you can download a greasemonkey script to get the told design back.
- DigitalPoint Banned From Google AdSense. But Why?
On July 15th, DigitalPoint Forums, a forum we cover here often, no longer was showing Google AdSense ads on their pages. Rumors began spreading so Shawn Hogan, the owner, posted a blog post saying A 3rd Party CAN Get You Banned From AdSense. He claims that his account was banned due to third-party web sites. He said: While I still think the majority of people who claimed to have their AdSense account unfairly terminated are
- Should Google's Algorithm Be Regulated?
Last week, the New York Times wrote a piece suggesting Google's search algorithm should be regulated. Google handles nearly two-thirds of Internet search queries worldwide. Analysts reckon that most Web sites rely on the search engine for half of their traffic. When Google engineers tweak its supersecret algorithm â€” as they do hundreds of times a year â€” they can break the business of a Web site that is pushed down the rankings. Of course,
- Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: July 16, 2010
This week at the Search Engine Roundtable, we cover a nice amount of news. Before I forget, I forgot to include in the video portion that Google News changed the redesign a bit based on user feedback. The big news is Yahoo is beginning to test the Bing results at Yahoo Search. Google is testing a new design for image search. A Google bug is preventing some referrers to be sent and some searchers for
Other Great Search Forum Threads:
- Are We Over-Engineering the Link Graph?, Sphinn
- Bing donates $3 for each person that establishes it as default search engine, DigitalPoint Forums
- Hi, public transit directions stopped working in Czech Republic. There are no departure times for any bus or tram., Google Maps Help
- Problem with accents?, AdWords API Forum
- Share your opinion with us: Products tab, Google Merchant Center Help
- Want to build links apart from AM and SB, WebmasterWorld