“After evaluating the benefits of our partner network, we’ve decided to retire the Hosted domains product within AdSense,” Google wrote in the email. “Going forward, undeveloped domains will only be served through our existing AdSense for Domains distribution network.” Google linked to a migration guide on its site (some links from which are not currently functioning), which advises that hosted domain AdSense participants move their sites to other third-party domain parking providers, such as DomainSponsor or Sedo, which already have relationships with Google to serve ads. After April 18, Hosted domains will become inactive and owners will no longer be able to earn from them. On July 27, AdSense users will no longer be able to see the Hosted domains in their accounts. Account holders will not be able to create new Hosted after March 21. It’s not clear what is happening, if anything, to AdSense for Domain participants who do not have their domains … [Read more...] about Google Shutting Down Hosted AdSense For Domains Program
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About two seconds afterGoogle Trends ForWebsites came out,peoplestartednoticingthat one company’s websites oddly had no data available — Google’s own.Google will tell you all about the traffic to competitorslike Yahoo and Microsoft but gives away nothing about itself. The sameis true for the newly-releasedGoogle Ad Plannertool. It’s notright, despite Google’s weak excuse of not wanting to provide "financialguidance" about itself via the tool. Google either needs to post its own information pronto orallow any company to opt out. The First Rule Of Google Trends Is You Don’t Talk About Google Trends Why do searches for traffic data aboutgoogle.com, youtube.com, blogger.com, and other Google properties revealnothing? The official statement, from Google: We have a policy of not providing interim financial guidance, and havedecided not to release Google numbers in accordance with that policy. We arealways open to reconsidering decisions we’ve made, … [Read more...] about Mr. Google, Tear Down This Google Trends Wall!
Google is backtracking on its previous refusal to hand over private data collected in April by its Street View cars to several European governments. The Financial Times reports that Google will initially give the intercepted data to officials in Germany, France, Spain, and Italy sometime within the next two days. The Financial Times quotes Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who repeated what Sergey Brin said last month about the Street View blunder: “We screwed up. Let’s be very clear about that,” Mr Schmidt said. “If you are honest about your mistakes it is the best defence for it not happening again.” Schmidt also told the Times that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that Google collected personal data such as bank account details. That won’t sit well with privacy regulators, many of whom are buzzing around Google looking for any opportunity they can find to challenge Google on the privacy front. But Google also isn’t doing itself any favors … [Read more...] about Google Backs Down, Will Give Street View Data To Privacy Officials
I believe the change is in the number of ads an AdSense for Search partner can display to a user through a toolbar or client application program. I believe this because the guidelines only allow two ads per page and I suspect this just might not have been enforced. Google told me they are making this change “to improve the user experience, we are updating our AdSense guidelines regarding browser toolbars and other client applications powered by Google search and ads feeds with the goal of ensuring consistency and transparency.” Eric Martinuzzi of Craig-Hallum highlighted the change in a research note to clients. Eric pointed us to a Vertro earnings transcript, where CEO Peter Corrao mentioned the change within the earnings call. Corrao said his company had implemented the change and was working closely with Google to ensure it was within the new guidelines. From my understanding, there are not many AdSense partners who have been impacted by this change, perhaps because they … [Read more...] about Google Cracking Down On Toolbars Showing Too Many Ads
Google’s Map Maker has often received bad press due to the amount of spam that originates from users of the product. In May of 2015, Map Maker was actually shut down to help prevent disasters like this one. So Google’s announcement that they’re shutting down Map Maker entirely in March of 2017 made a lot of people really happy. It’s the end of spam, right? We should all be celebrating, right? Nothing could be further from the truth. Allowing spammers to hide rather than vanquishing them The truth is that users — some with less-than-virtuous motives — will still be able to make edits to business listings, just like before. Instead of doing it on Map Maker, however, they will do it through Google Maps by pressing “suggest an edit” on the listing. Spammers know this, of course, and have already shifted the majority of their edits to Google Maps because it hides their activity from the general public. Currently, when a user makes an edit to a … [Read more...] about Why Google shutting down Map Maker should terrify SMBs