Daily Search Forum Recap: November 15, 2010

Nov 15, 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:

  • Some Missing Google Maps Reviews Return
    A week ago, we reported that more Google Map Reviews went missing. Google actually said, for some there is a bug but for many others, they likely won't return due to Google taking a "stronger stance against spam and other forms of abuse." As of this weekend, some have been reporting their reviews are back. We have two threads at Google Places Help with comments from local businesses. One said: As of yesterday afternoon the
  • Google Merchant Center "Offer Too Big" Error
    Ronald from the Google Merchant Center team posted on a new error some merchants might see. The post is at the Google Merchant Center Help forum. The new error is named "offer too big" and can occur when your feed has an "unusually high number of characters" that are not relevant to the product in the feed. Ronald explained: In the last few days, some of you may have noticed a new error message in
  • Google AdSense Pageviews Bug For Second Ad Unit
    For the past several months, Google has had an issue with reporting on pageviews for the second ad unit on a page. The issue has become more noticeable now that the AdSense beta is in the hands of all publishers. A WebmasterWorld thread brought this old issue to light for me. The publisher explained "only the first ad unit on a page triggers a page view. Thus, if you have two ad units on a
  • Google Now Doing a Better Job of Indexing Flash (SWF) Files
    Google officially began indexing forms of Flash (SWF) files in 2008. But there were signs of Google indexing Flash back in 2004. That being said, Google announced that they are able to index and use "almost any text a user can see as they interact with a SWF file on your site." Google said: Currently almost any text a user can see as they interact with a SWF file on your site can be indexed
  • Careful What SEO Plugins You Install
    Joost de Valk posted some scary stuff over on his Yoast blog this weekend. In short, an SEO plugin used on WordPress was not really an SEO plugin. It was pure spam and malware. Bloggers who installed it virtually handed over their sites to this plugin and it resulted in a huge mess for them and the internet. Joost de Valk reviews plugins for WordPress, but when he saw "BlogPress SEO" he was a bit
  • Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: November 12, 2010
    This week at the Search Engine Roundtable, I covered the news that Google has released the year long beta for all AdSense publishers to test out. Google Instant Previews officially launched and I had some suggestions for Google Webmaster Tools in regards to that. Google changes the search ads label from "sponsored links" to "ads." They also test eleven ads at the top. The Microsoft adCenter bug might mean you have been banned due to

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