Search Engine Forums Spotlight – Dec 21, 2006

Links to the week’s topics from search engine forums across the web.

Note: This is the last Search Engine Forums Spotlight for SearchDay compiled by Robert Clough. I would particularly like to thank Robert, Editor of Search Engine Guide for his tireless and reliable scanning of search engine forums over the past years, culling the best threads and making them available on a just-in-time basis no matter where I was in the world, so the week’s top forum posts could be a Friday staple for SearchDay.

Robert is taking a well-deserved hiatus from compiling these forum posts, and I wish him all the best for the noble goal he is pursuing. Thanks Robert!

Google Website Optimizer – Better Then You Think?
Search Engine Watch Forums
“Almost 2 months after its release; we look at how Google Website Optimizer could help websites increase conversion rates, how it can be done and whether noticeable results really can be achieved.”

Google Steps More Boldly Into PayPal’s Territory
Webmaster World
“What I find so interesting about Google’s active promotion of Checkout is the real money they are throwing at the problem to get merchant’s signed on and consumers using it. It is a dramatic departure from forays into other areas in the past where it relied on word of mouth and viral promotion…”

Will DMOZ Be Back or …?
Search Engine Watch Forums
“Doesn’t look good in its current state. AOL needs to put it up for sale or we will most likely be holding funeral services for it in the not to distant future.”

Rate To Add New Pages
Cre8asite Forums
“I have just finished a new section that will contain about 30k new pages. At what rate do you think I can publish these new pages so as to not set off alarm bells at googleplex?”

Google AdSense: No Images To Be Lined Up With AdSense Ads
Webmaster World
“We ask that publishers not line up images and ads in a way that suggests a relationship between the images and the ads.”

Secondary Search Engines?
High Rankings Forum
“A book on PPC [pay per click” that I am currently reading … suggests that a good beginning approach to PPC is target one of the less important search engines first rather than Yahoo or Google. This may well make sense but it also triggers several questions.”

Education for Online Marketers
Search Engine Watch Forums
“Universities are failing to teach today’s students the fundamentals of online marketing in business curriculums.”

Websites Are Not All About SEO And Marketing
Cre8asite Forums
“Designing the visual to be whatever you can imagine is quite likely to cause some usability problems, if you’re aiming for extremely low contrasts or extreme minimalism, using abstract symbols in place of words, etc. But this isn’t to say that the site can’t be done as well as possible within that visual limitation.”

Google Gets Into Domain Registration
Webmaster World
“The Mountain View-based company is offering its latest service in a partnership with and eNom, two of the many administrators that help Web sites officially register their names under domains like ‘.com’ and ‘net.'”

Pandia’s Christmas Wish List To Google
High Rankings Forum
“…it is ironic that you are contributing more to the proliferation of automatically generated nonsense pages than anyone else by allowing spammers to earn money on ‘scraper sites made for Google Adsense’.”

Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.


Related reading

SEO is a team sport: How brands and agencies organize work
How to pitch to top online publishers: 10 exclusive survey insights
search reports for ecommerce to pull now for Q4 plan
amazon google market share for ecommerce, data