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eBay Bans Google Checkout Payment System

Jul 8, 2006 114 reads by Candid SEO

eBay has added Google Checkout, Google’s new shopping & payment system, to its list of payment services which are not permitted on eBay. This is the beginning of the payment systems war. 

According to the eBay Accepted Payments Policy, the ones accepted are-

Google Dependent On Trust Factors?

Jul 8, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

Todd Malicoat believes that Google places too much weight on "trust factors" when determining if a page should rank well or not. He posted The Trust Knob is WAY too High – Google Trustbox to prove it. Todd quotes some well-known SEOs saying that trust factors are weighted at 85%, whereas copy is only given 15%.

Search On Google Shows Results For Yahoo!

Jul 7, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

SEO Speedwagon notes that a query in Google on [therapy products] displays a see results for box for Yahoo search. Now that is strange. If you can't watch it live, watch the screen capture.

Google Fixes XSS Security Holes

Jul 7, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

Recently a loophole was found in Google that allowed hackers to deploy phishing scams, cookie stealing, and creation of worms. The worst part is that it does not require you to be logged in to exploit this cross site scripting. However, Google found the security vulnerability and patched it quickly.

Matt Cutts replied to the Threadwatch post stating that the hole has "either fixed or the fix is going out."

Kinderstart Transcript Available

Jul 7, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

There was another hearing in the KinderStart  versus Google case last Friday. The judge asked Kinderstart to provide some more information. The full transcript of the June 30th hearing can be downloaded here.

Link Building Versus Link Development

Jul 7, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

A thread at WebmasterWorld points to Link Building as a bad phrase. He says, link builders might be happier with the term reputation development.
 The links that we "build" has to be the ones where we control the pages. But then do these links matter? These do not go with counting a site's authority. Only those links matter on which we have no direct control – ones we can't actually "build." So it's  better to rephrase the term with link developement that would encourage us to work ethically and to show our skill to the outsiders.

Is ASP.NET 2 + url Rewriting Harmful?

Jul 6, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

Matt Cutts is back at work, answering queries and clearing confusions. The latest question is "Does Google make any distinction in scoring between Apache, IIS, or other web servers?"

Matt answers “Nope. You can use either web server and Google will rank the pages independently of the web server platform.”

REMINDER: Phasing-out KeywordService

Jul 6, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

Google has sent out another reminder regarding the phasing out of KeywordService. Here is the latest from Google-

As a follow-up to our September 30 and April 13 postings, we would like to remind everyone that we will remove KeywordService from our next version of the AdWords API (due out in a few weeks).

Therefore, any API applications still calling KeywordService should begin migrating to CriterionService as soon as possible.

BBC News Features Article On Google Search Spam

Jul 4, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

A BBC News has published a front-page article named Google to stay focused on search brings the issues of search spam to the public. The article explains that 70% of Google's focus in on Web search. It goes elaborately into the issue os search spam. The article quotes Douglas Merrill, of Google engineering, saying, "Spam is an arms race," explaining that "spammers are highly motivated. There is a lot of money at stake."

Google Pages Allowing Google AdSense Ads

Jul 4, 2006 113 reads by Candid SEO

Google Page Creator, the site building and hosting service has offered a new feature in the form of allowing the implementation of Google AdSense ads into user sites.  This will earn bonus revenue for both Google Pages users and Google itself.

Google Pages users received a mail today which stated the steps-

1. Log into your AdSense account at www.google.com/adsense

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