Jun 26, 2008 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Last week I had posted on our blog, the unofficial transcripts and the audio recording of the Google Webmaster Live Chat 'June Tune' 2008.

Now via the Google Webmaster Central Blog, Google has released the official transcripts and the recordings of the Webmaster chat. The Webmaster chat was a thundering success with Webmasters from numerous states and countries such as Alaska, Argentina, Arizona, Australia, Brazil, California, Canada, Chile, Colorado, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, Florida, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, New Zealand and many others joined in for the chat session. The transcripts of the Google Webmaster Live Chat 'JuneTune' has been slightly polished by Google and is now officially available at the Google Groups.

The 'JuneTune' also included 4 presentations from Google professionals. Here are two of the presentations as given by Google.

Personalized Search by Joh Mueller:

Case Sensitivity in Web Search in General by Maile Ohye:

Among the host of goodies present at the Google Webmaster Central Blog, there is also an audio recording of the Live Chat Session. Here is the .mp3 audio file
for our readers to download at will and listen to the live chat.

Over at the Seomoz, Randfish has taken an impressive initiative and sort of played out a role play. According to him, due to the time limitations that the Googlers faced at the Webmaster Live Chat, it is quite possible that many Webmasters may not have been fully satisfied with the answers. Hence, Randfish has answered those questions alongside the Google answers so as to clear a perspective to the readers. Here is the Q&A (questions & answers) round from Randfish:

“Q: What about a feedback status on Spam Report? I mean when I report spam site, I immediately get a message that the suggestion will be taked [sic] on mind, but nobody let us know when, or if the reported site or submission are right or not.

A: Andrea, normally we're able to take a look at the reports pretty quickly. I like the idea of giving a little more feedback though.

Rand: Google can take anywhere from a day to 2 years to take action on spam reports. Generally speaking, unless the violation is egregious (or appears publicly in the media), Google likes to find scalable, algorithmic solutions to spam issues. Thus, they'll take your report, compile it with dozens of similar reports of the same types of violations, and work from an engineering perspective to come up with a solution that will catch everyone using the tactic, not just the single site/page you reported. We've filed spam reports with Google through clients on numerous occasions and it's very rare that any fast, direct action is taken. In several cases, reports that were filed a year or more ago for cloaking, keyword stuffing, and link manipulation still haven't seen any results.”

“Q: how do you define and penalize duplicate content? are syndication deals excluded?

A: Hi Seth, we just did a post on duplicate content on the Google Webmaster Central blog which has a lot of useful information that may be helpful for you

Rand: Sadly, syndication deals are not excluded, but I also wouldn't necessarily say that duplicate content is always penalized. I believe the post Mariya is referring to is here – Duplicate Content Due to Scrapers. It's a solid discussion of the topic, and notes that most of the time, you're not going to encounter real "penalties" for copying content, you'll just have those pages filtered out of the results.”

“Q: What can we do to get the geo-target country correct when ccTLD isn't available and Webmaster Tools declaration (3-4 months ago) did nothing.

A: Tim Dineen, I think we offered the feature in the front-end and then started supported [sic] it in the back-end a little later, but I believe that we handle the geotargeting in the webmaster console pretty quickly these days.

Rand: There are a lot of other factors besides just the Google Webmaster Tools declaration that can help to put you in the right country for geo-targeting. I'd think about first using a domain name with the proper ccTLD. You mentioned that the right name wasn't available – I'd consider some other alternatives before giving up. I'd also make sure to host the site (whatever the TLD) on an IP address in the country you're trying to target, using the language of that country, getting links from other domains from that country, and registering with Google Local/Maps with a physical address in the country. Adding the physical address to the pages of the site and getting listings in local directories will also aid you. We've experienced the same problems with the Google Tools country-specific targeting and find that in general, although it suggests that it will solve the issue, there are actually a myriad of factors Google considers before they'll "take your word" from Webmaster Tools that you're actually intended for a country-specific audience.”

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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