Search Engine Forums Spotlight: January 25, 2008

What's going on in the search industry? Find out here, with these links to some of the latest topics being discussed in our own Search Engine Watch Forums, and other search marketing forums across the Web:

AdWords 101 Writing Creatives
Search Engine Watch Forums
"You can't stress enough to focus on conversions and test, test, test!"

Site Search?
Cre8asite Forums
"Adding a script to do search on a website is not an easy task, entailing 'stop words', cron jobs and the like. My recommendation is to try and improve on the CMS search code. It will probably be easier."

Jobs in SEO
High Rankings Forum
"I really can't figure out how I can utilize my SEO skills when there's no SEO company in my neck of the woods."

Inbound Link Quality in Google
Search Engine Watch Forums
"What do you think are currently the top characteristics of a quality inbound link for Google ranking improvement?"

The Best Completely Free Tools We Use
Cre8asite Forums
"What are the best completely free tools that we use in our website/new media/everything computer-style world?"

Web Stats Software
High Rankings Forum
"Why is it common these days to use JavaScript rather than analyzing log files? Is there a software that I can install myself to generate a log file?"

AdWords Vanity Bidding
Search Engine Watch Forums
"Bidding yourself up to #1 on large production keyword sets is a dangerous game. That's vanity bidding. I've found that not only does CPC shoot up, but cost/conversion goes through the roof."

Fishing For Work
Cre8asite Forums
"Most cold-calling attempts result in nada, but some do turn into contracts."

Alt Tag on All Images?
High Rankings Forum
"We've recently received some advice that EVERY image should have an alt tag. Currently, every hyper-linked image has an alt tag... should we tag up every spacer and shim gifs?"

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About the author

Kevin Newcomb joined ClickZ in August 2004, covering search marketing and other online marketing topics. He has been reporting on web-based businesses since 2000.

Before the bubble burst, Kevin was a marketing manager for an online computer reseller, handling copywriting, e-mail marketing, search marketing and running the affiliate program.

With a combination of real-world marketing experience and years of business journalism, Kevin brings to ClickZ a unique ability to deliver news and training materials that help online marketers do their jobs better.