Daily Search Forum Recap: August 4, 2010

Aug 4, 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: "Probably Possible" 3rd Party Bad Links Can Hurt You
    Time after time, Google has said spam links can't hurt you. Google said it a bunch of times, competitors can't hurt you, but most SEOs do not believe that. I spotted a new thread at Google Webmaster Help where Google is somewhat changing their tune to this claim. JohnMu of Google said "theoretically, it's probably possible" that competitors can use links to hurt your rankings. Of course, John said it is extremely unlikely, adding: But
  • Tim Mayer Leaves Yahoo, Kinda Like Matt Cutts Leaving Google
    Yesterday, Tim Mayer of Yahoo tweeted that he is no longer at Yahoo. Finishing up my first day post-Yahoo: Was very busy today- need to make time for a long bike ride tomorrow less than a minute ago via web Tim Mayer timmayer Tim Mayer, if you don't know him, was like the Matt Cutts of Google but to Yahoo. I first sat down to chat with him one on one at a PubCon in 2004. He is a great guy, well respected in the industry and as Danny described he practically worked at every search engine out there.
  • Google AdWords Fixes Search Volume API Bug
    A bug reported about 40 days ago has finally been fixed by Google. The bug was specific to the AdWords API not returning search volume data for certain months. The report was in the Google AdWords API Form and said: We are using TARGETED_MONTHLY_SEARCHES to obtain the search volume in each of the last 12 months, and it returns search volumes for June 2009 up to March 2010, but it doesn't return anything for April
  • Google Citing MayDay Update For Poor Google Rankings
    We all know a heck of a lot about the latest large Google Algorithm update named May Day or MayDay. If not, click those links to learn about it. Colin McDermott pointed me to a Google Webmaster Help thread where a Googler, JohnMu, is using May Day as an excuse for why a particular site does not rank well. John said: It looks like the changes you're seeing here may be from an algorithmic change.
  • Yes, Yahoo Slurp Is Still Active
    A WebmasterWorld thread asks if Yahoo's crawler, Yahoo Slurp is still active. As we know, Yahoo has begun testing Bing powered Yahoo search results and may transition completely over as soon as this month. But what will happen with Yahoo's crawler? Ultimately, I believe it will go away. But right now it is active. I see it in my logs and so do other webmasters. So what will happen with Yahoo Site Explorer? Will it

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