Add Your Review To Google Maps!

Jun 20, 2007 | 2,234 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Megan Quinn has a post on an interesting and fun feature in Google Maps which allows users voice/write their opinion.

map Add Your Review To Google Maps!

Through this feature, you can write/review and share with the world what you like/dislike and give it a rating of either anything from 1 to 5 stars. To do this, type any area either in Google or Google Maps and select the "more info" link, and then click on the "reviews" tabs. Now, you can write your opinions/reviews which will appear whenever anyone searches for the location, whether he or she searches from Alaska or Vietnam.

Google AdWords Advertisers are a worried lot thanks to the way AdWords has an all-powerful way of handling keywords, a thread at Webmaster World reports.

For some unknown reason, an advertiser was served with common denominator keywords when the advertiser did not even seek/bid for it. When the advertiser bid on a keyword -in which case he used "widget", widget became a keyword for which Google started to serve ads (the word "widget" had some 3,500 impressions and 140 clicks). Eg:-

Microsoft AdCenter Responds Late!

Jun 20, 2007 | 2,315 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Microsoft's adCenter may not be prompt but atleast they get the job done and this is the tone at a Webmaster World thread called "Conversion Tracking Gets Turned OFF With no apparent reason where one webmaster lodged the complaint on may 11.

adcenimages Microsoft AdCenter Responds Late!

A webmaster's conversion tracking in two of his accounts was turned off due to which he lost a lot of data.

Seattle pi reports that Microsoft will alter Windows Vista based on Google's complaint that Windows Vista's's desktop search “functionality puts competitors at a disadvantage”.

Over at Webmaster World, one webmaster asks whether “With such an obvious lack of traffic, is YSM even worth it?”

yahoo Is Yahoo! Search Marketing Worth The While?

When an old(over 2 years) Google Adwords campaign which receives an average of around 750 visitors daily (and manages to convert it to a little more than 2%) was run in YSM, it gathered less than 25 visitors daily. Apparently, the ad campaign that was run previously in Google and now in yahoo features the same copy, site, ads etc showed up in the same rank position in both Yahoo! and Google.

In response to the queries and questions at the SMX conference, the official adCenter blog has posted an article which is a detailed explanation “about two areas of adCenter that might be confusing: trademark policy and dynamic text, or parameters.”

eBay and Google, two of the biggest corporate names have been seen childishly scuffling all over the place. We have unbelievably watched spats between the two web giants over audio ads or eBay pulling out ads from Google AdWords, but this one incident posted by Trogdor is the most shocking and hilarious.

Read on for what Trogdor witnesses:

AP reports Google is to construct a a $600 million data center in western Iowa.

Gov. Chet Culver said, "In making its decision, Google recognized what we in Iowa have known all along — our workforce and quality of life is second-to-none." In a statement about the project at Iowa, Paul Froutan, Google's director of operations said, "We look forward to joining the community and are grateful for the support from the state and local governments throughout our evaluation process”.

Wall Street Journal has news that Google “received preliminary regulatory approval to provide Internet content in China, allowing the search-engine firm to offer new services as it tries to gain a larger share of the world's second-largest Internet market.”

google Google Gets Internet License For China!

This is a big hurdle crossed as Google's attempts to advertise its services and also to introduce Gmail service, its very popular Web applications which earlier had many problems. Google Inc does not have their very own Internet Content Provider as it uses ganji.com.

YouTube in 9 more domains announces Sakina Arsiwala, YouTube's International Manager in the official Google blog.

youtube Google YouTube In 9 More Countries!

"Each new site is fully translated and localized for each country including content (Featured Videos, Director Videos, Promotions), as well as the interfaces, search, user support, and such community features as video ratings, sharing, and content flagging. And these new localized versions are built using Google search technology, so you can quickly find more of what you want to see. Perhaps best of all, you can continue to use youtube.com, or move to one of these localized sites — and switch seamlessly between the two. "