Search Engines Forum Spotlight

Official SES NYC 2006 Party & Events Schedule
Search Engine Watch Forums

“OK – Here it is. The thread that will be updated with information regarding parties, events and gatherings for the upcoming Search Engine Strategies Conference in New York City [SES NYC” February 27 – March 2 2006.”

MSN Seeks Questions For SES
Search Engine Watch Forums

“MSN is coming to next week’s SES NY show and wants your advice on questions to address, ranging from the crawler to adCenter. Drop your wish list here.”

Google Releases Web Page Creator & Free Hosting Labs Beta
Search Engine Roundtable Forums

“Google Page Creator is a free online tool that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish useful, attractive web pages in just minutes.”

MSN Rolls Out New Search Interface / Algorithm
Search Engine Watch Forums

“MSN’s ever changing search algorithms are frustrating some search marketers, but is the instability just a necessary means to find the right formula?”

Yahoo and Google Alerts

“If you don’t use Yahoo or Google Alerts for following SEO [search engine optimization” news, then what keywords and industries do you use with Alerts?”

Photos Get Google in Trouble Over Copyright Law
Search Engine Watch Forums

“A photo site gets an injunction against Google showing its pictures in Google Images. An end to image search, or a slight bump that will impact relatively few cases?”

Optimized Page Load Time Clearly Increases Revenue
Webmaster World

“… the effect was immediate once the domain had transferred. CTR [click through rate” and clicks went up. I’ve always kept the pages minimalist so as to provide faster loading times – especially the main index page. If the assumptions are correct, then it would appear that the load times are pretty crucial to if a visitor stays, and if they click or not!”

Should We Avoid Within-Page Links?
Cre8asite Forums

“My biggest gripe with Dr. Neilsen’s approach is that he makes pronouncements instead of suggestions. He proposes rules instead of guidelines. He ignores the concept of context, and pushes forth the proposition that every website should be like every other website, because that’s what people are used to.”

Accessibility Advocates Accuse Engines of Shutting out the Blind
Webmaster World

“Now, an Internet petition is asking Google to provide an accessible alternative to the visual verification scheme that currently locks the blind and visually impaired out of participation in all the company’s services.”

What’s the Point of A Robots.txt File If Google Ignores It?
Search Engine Watch Forums

“The robots.txt file says keep out, but Google keeps coming in. What gives?”

In the Era Of Increasing Numbers of Bad Bots Is Robots.txt Irrelevant?
Webmaster World

“I just read through a number of posts in an attempt to understand what, if anything, can be done about bad bots. I found the proposals for white-listing interesting: Throttle all bot type activity except bots with benefits.”

The SEO Consultant Must Retain Copyright?
High Rankings Forum

“I think the SEO should retain copyright on everything possible until they have been fully paid, then release copyright to the client. This is mostly from a business point of view. But there are many exceptions. For example, if you are an employee, not a consultant, then the copyright is already owned by the employer.”

Link Baiting Our Future?
High Rankings Forum

“Linkbait is the future of SEO. Create content that will get Dugg, get on, get linked to by Boing Boing, Lifehacker, Slashdot, etc. and victory in the SERPs [search engine results pages” is yours (assuming you do it right).”

Marketing/Conversion Testing
High Rankings Forum

“A few recent threads have made me start to wonder why webmasters do not do more testing. Not specifically SEO (ranking) testing, but more importantly why more don’t do more marketing/conversion testing? Though I would include both in the question. Is it because people simply don’t know how to do this sort of A/B testing? Or is it because they don’t know how to analyze the results?”

Search Engines – The New Battle Ground for Middle East Conflicts?
Webmaster World

“This is the 3rd time this week that politics and SEO have seriously crossed paths. I find it fascinating that SEO would be used for such purely political purposes.”

Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.

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