Search Engine Forums Spotlight

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:

Hiring a Full-Time SEO
Search Engine Watch Forums
“My first step is writing the job description, but since SEO is really an art and very subjective, it’s hard to nail down set requirements.”

Updated Google Webmaster Guidelines
Cre8asite Forums
“Personally, I like that they are going into detail for a few of those issues. Many new webmasters have trouble to understand what is really meant and often do what ‘a son of a friend who has a website’ recommend doing.”

The Three Most Effective SEO Techniques
Digital Point Forums
“I currently believe the following: 1: Inbound links with good anchor text. 2: Search engine friendly URLs. 3: Internal Linking structure. What’s your top 3?”

Guiding the Future of Search Engine Strategies
Search Engine Watch Forums
“We’d like to hear your ideas and suggestions for changes you’d like to see in the Search Engine Strategies conferences.”

Geolocation via IP Address
Cre8asite Forums
“I am thinking of using geolocation via IP address for a large multi-national site. The idea would be that there is a link on the pages that allows users to change this selection if the geolocation doesn’t work.”

Bad SEO Horror Story
High Rankings Forum
“Total bush-league move as far as I’m concerned. Not sure if I should call them on it or just play dumb and see what other doody they try to feed me.”

Why Do People Say PR is Useless?
Digital Point Forums
“Just because a site has good PageRank doesn’t mean that it got that PageRank in a manner that would help it rank for a given keyword.”

Google to Report URL Info for Content Network
Search Engine Watch Forums
“More transparency of the Content Network is a good thing. But I would still like to see Google break out sub-networks in the Content Network and give advertisers sub-network level control”

My Site is Up. SEO is Done. What Next?
Sitepoint Forums
“If you don’t have a past list of clients, then you need to sell yourself. Your personality, your appearance, your skills. It’s a lot harder than making a website and hoping that somebody will find it and hire you, but also more effective.”

The State of UK Search
Webmaster World
“We just have to accept that the UK search landscape isn’t going to change soon. We need to build sites that don’t rely on Google, not an easy task with limited resources.”

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We report the top search marketing news daily at the Search Engine Watch Blog. You’ll find more news from around the Web below.

Editor’s note: A special thanks to Peter Da Vanzo and John Scott of v7n for their help in compiling the Search Engine Forums Spotlight.

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