Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search
Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we’ve spotted but not blogged
From The SEW Blog…
SearchCast, August 18, 2006: Google Execs Selling Stock; Washington Post
Selling Text Links; Honestly, It’s Go Ogle Checkout Not Google Checkout &
Today’s search podcast covers Googler execs selling stock but not buying; is
the Washington Post’s new text links ad program for bloggers heading for
problems with search engines?; goodbye to some old-school blog search engines;
another click fraud lawsuit filed against Google; Google gains
googlecheckout.com from someone who was planning the so-called "Go Ogle
Checkout" dating site and more!
Washington Post Selling Text Links?
Steve Rubel reported that the Washington Post launched a sponsored blogroll
product that allows people to pay to be listed in the blogroll. You can see it
live on the right hand bottom portion of the WashingtonPost.com web site. I
dug into the source code to discover the blogroll is not using the search
engine suggested nofollow attribute, which Google in particular pushes to be
code, that may or may not limit the PageRank and link popularity to flow to
those sites advertised….
Click Fraud Lawsuit Filed Against Google, But Does It Even Have A Chance?
Third Time’s a Charm? Google Sued for Click Fraud (Again) from eWeek covers
Google being sued for click fraud again. This follows on the recent settlement
in the Lane’s Gifts class action click fraud case, a settlement that makes it
questionable whether this new case will even succeed….
For GoogleCheckout.com & More Google Complaints Against Others Who Registered
Google-Like Domain Names
ResourceShelf has compiled sources of historical complaints Google has issued
to those who have registered Google-like domain names….
Quietly Drops Google Checkout Due To A "Particular Issue"
MarketWatch reports that Levi Strauss & Co.’s has dropped the Google Checkout
option from Levi.com, their main web site. Steve Davis, from the firm that
Levi used to integrated Checkout, said they dropped it from Levi.com due to a
"particular issue," which was not disclosed (as far as I can tell). What is
important to note is that Levi Strauss left Google Checkout on the dockers.com
web site, so that issue couldn’t of been a huge one or even a global issue (I
suspect). I personally have yet to implement Google Checkout on any site, so I
cannot speak from…
- More On
Google’s Warp Speed Run Into The Star Trek Convention
I wrote earlier about how Google was going to be hunting for engineers at the
5th Annual Official Star Trek Convention this week in Las Vegas. Now more news
about that and more….
Only Have Sold GOOG Stock – Cause Of Drop In Stock Price?
Bloomberg has a very interesting report on why they believe Google’s stock has
been falling this year, down about 7 percent this year. They say that Google’s
executives have sold off a boatload of stock since the IPO….
Data Refresh: More Supplemental Results?
Wednesday night, Thursday morning, forum threads starting popping up about a
Google "data refresh" taking place. A data refresh is like a small Google
update, and many webmasters have noticed a change in the search results at
Google. Google has not yet confirmed that there has been an update, nor has
there been a ton of discussion on the topic, as of yet. That is why I believe
this is a "data refresh" and not a full fledge algorithmic change. Part of the
data refresh seems to have put many pages into the supplemental index, an
index that no webmaster…
- Aug. 18,
2006 Search News Forecast: Sunny!
After reviewing Techmeme, scanning over 100 feeds and consulting with Barry
Schwartz on search forums activity, the official Search Engine Watch Blog
forecast for search news today is sunny.
Forums Roundup: August 18, 2006
Today’s SearchDay, Search Engine Forums Spotlight, features our weekly links
to this week’s hot topics from search engine forums across the web:Google Buys
Neven Vision to Boost Photo Management – Biggest Misconceptions People Have
About SEO – Importance of Fresh Links – Kanoodle & Moniker: What unique
strengths and assets do they bring together? and more….
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
Easter Egg, Google Blogscoped
Amazon.com’s Movie Service: Now Called “Unbox Video” Or “Lumiere”?,
DeWitt leaves A9, Niall Kennedy
Yahoo founder Filo to sell more shares, News.com
Google IPO faced close scrutiny, MarketWatch
10 things you should be monitoring, Pronet Advertising
mislays Tibet, The Register
on AOL Debacle (Video), Google Blogoscoped
Google Video: No Tube of Plenty, BusinessWeek
Is Yahoo Answers Really The Answer, ABC News
Washington Post Launches Blogroll Ad Network, Micro Persuasion
Advertising Placements by Industry and Top Sponsored Links, July 2006,
Google’s Writely released; will another sector be squashed?, TechCrunch
Optimization: Make Your Sites Load Faster for Free, Blogging Pro
No Need to Seed: IVN to Spark Viral Videos with Paid Placement, ClickZ
New features for YouTube, Download Squad
Create an Email Blacklist in Gmail, Google Operating System
- Are Ad
Networks & Rep Firms Different?, iMedia Connection
Building More Effective "Contact Us" Pages, ClickZ
The Click Fraud Conundrum, ClickZ
The IAB’s Make-or-Break Moment, ClickZ
- The Secret Group-Digging
- Warning: Do Not Use Google
Google’s Own Executives Rate the Shares `Sell’: Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg
Database of Public and Private Schools, Google-Mapped, ResearchBuzz
Yahoo! Autos digging for feedback, Niall Kennedy
Rewriting Digg feeds using Atom 1.0, Niall Kennedy
- Levi’s Thinks Google
Checkout is Pure Pants [not good, to non-British speakers], Threadwatch
Changes and New Data Made to U.S. Census FactFinder Database,
Update: Hoover’s 100: Most Searched For Companies on Hoovers.com; New:
Hoover’s Leadership 100, ResourceShelf
- Del.icio.us Adds
Thumbnails and Search Advertisements, Search Engine Journal
- SES and
Google Dance 2006 (Video), Google Blogoscoped
- Top 11
Reasons SEO is Better Than PPC, Stuntdubl
Click Rate for Top 10 Search Results, Jim Boykin
Can Subdomains Violate a Trademark?, ClickZ
- Omgili, a new
discussion forum search engine, Pandia