Daily Search Forum Recap: August 5, 2010

Aug 5, 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:

  • How To Sell Links On Your Web Site
    A WebmasterWorld has discussion around a topic I don't think I ever covered... How does one sell links on their web site without getting penalized? Of course, you can nofollow the links but what about not nofollowing them? First bet is to not do what we do here, because we are penalized. :) But what can you do to sell links to sites, make some cash on the side and not be impacted by Google's
  • Google's Norvig: Most Popular Result First, Then A Diverse Result Second
    Slate published an article named Error Message: Google Research Director Peter Norvig on Being Wrong and a lot of people are talking about his philosophy on Google and him being wrong. Cool! But he did lay down some tidbits on Google's ranking algorithm. Let me share them with you. One of the more interesting quotes, for me, is: Yeah, that's always a problem. One way we try to counter that is diversity. We haven't figured
  • Google Allowing Bidding & Text Usage of Keywords in UK, Canadian & Irish AdWords Ads
    The Google AdWords Blog announced that UK, Canadian and Irish AdWords advertisers can soon begin bidding on and using trademarked keywords in their ad copy. This complies with the change Google made to their trademark policy in the US in May 2009. U.K., Canadian, Irish, U.S. and many other countries can now: (1) Bid on trademarked keywords (2) Use the trademark word in their ad copy. There are of course limitations: Ads using the term
  • Google Wave Drowns
    I don't think I ever wrote about Google Wave on this site, simply cause it is not search. But now that Google announced Google Wave will be discontinued by the end of the year. Why? People don't use it. What is Google Wave? Here is a video demo: Personally, I tried using it a few times for different cases. But honestly, it didn't work out too well. It was confusing for some to use and
  • Bing Revamps Their Maps: Offers AJAX & Silverlight Experiences
    Bing announced they have revamped their map experience. The maps themselves were redone and actually, there are two different kinds. One for those who install Silverlight on their computers and AJAX version for those that do not install Sliverlight. Chris Pendleton of Microsoft, I believe a huge map geek, explained the key points: Cool colors visually recede allowing warmer overlays to come forward - An elegant backdrop for information delivery and helps content ‘pop’ on
  • Google Places (Maps) Lets Owners Reply To Reviews
    Yesterday, Google announced that verified business owners can reply to reviews left on their Google Places (Maps) pages. Google of course set up some ground rules and provided instructions on how to reply to reviews. Like me, I bet most people won't read them fully before replying. I decided to reply to a review on my business listing: I clicked on respond publicly as business owner: I typed in my message: I hit post: As

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