August 2007: Search Engine Land’s Most Popular Stories

Below are Search Engine Land's 10 most popular stories from August 2007: 1) Google Universal Search Means Looking For Raccoons Is No Longer Family Friendly - A reader tipped me off to this. Search for raccoon, and Google Universal Search puts some pictures up at the top of the page: See it? Third one over? I didn't know a dog and a raccoon could, well... =================== 2) The Right Way To Fix Inaccurate Wikipedia Articles - Suppose your company, boss or political candidate discovers that their Wikipedia article is wrong, or has subtle inaccuracies that nonetheless paint them in an unf [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 31, 2007

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Search in Pictures: Search Engine Fun, Yahoo Giant & The Google Dance In this week's Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more.... Google News Now Hosting Wire Stories & Promises Better Variety In ResultsToday, Google News will begin offering articles from several major wire services and news age [...]


Search in Pictures: Search Engine Fun, Yahoo Giant & The Google Dance

In this week's Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more. Google Makes Ice Sculptures for Fun: Yahoo hires mardi gras girls for fun (at their Intern Farewell Party): But look who is having the most fun... Ask.com: Jeremy Fisher jamming at the "Yahoo! Concert on the Green": Seems like this scary Yahoo giant is enjoying the concert! I found this sign a bit out of the ordinary: Finally, we cannot forget last week's G [...]


Google News Now Hosting Wire Stories & Promises Better Variety In Results

Today, Google News will begin offering articles from several major wire services and news agencies hosted on its own site, rather than sending readers away from Google. The move is part of licensing agreements that have been stuck over the past year. Google News is also promising better duplicate story detection, so that the original source of a news article should be more likely to get visitors and readers get a better experience by not stumbling over the same story hosted by different publications. Google made a much publicized content deal with the Associated Press last year in the wake o [...]


Yahoo Gives College Graduates A “Kickstart” With Social Job Networking Site

Yahoo's new social job network: Kickstart from News.com has an excellent review of Yahoo's new social networking job site named Kickstart. The site is currently is currently a concept, which Yahoo wants to turn into a reality. The concept is to use social features to connect college alumni working at companies to those students who are graduating or have recently graduated. The social element helps tie together people who are currently employed at companies that may be able to help a fellow alumni or friend get a job at their company. Yahoo Kickstart's slogan is: Wish you had an 'in' to [...]


Searcharazzi: Last Time, on Yahoo! Executive Survivor…

Coleman is out, and president Sue Decker rises to the top. Hilary Schneider (is it possible that she is Decker’s long lost twin?) smugly rules ad sales and partnerships (Global Partner Solutions), leaving Jeff Weiner to run content (Yahoo! Network Division). According to a Valleywag tipster, these two hate each other’s guts. Ok, they didn’t say that. But they did point out that Weiner had won back the territories that Schneider had briefly run, resulting in a year-over-year revenue drop of 10-15%. However, Weiner must "partner" with Schneider for any real deals. One can only imagi [...]


How To Go Beyond Google’s Advanced Search Page Date Options

Google Operating System reveals a way to expand your date specific search beyond what Google has available on Google's advanced search page. The date feature gives you a pull down to choose past day, week, month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months or 12 months. But what if you want to see the past 3 days or the past 10 days? As you can see by the URL string for the past day, it adds the =d parameter to the URL. So a search for new indexed pages by Google for my site would use this URL: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:seroundtable.com&as_qdr=d. To modify that to 3 days, you add a [...]


SEOmoz & SEO Book Organize SEO Tools & Add Features

SEOmoz and SEO Book both announced that they have organized their SEO tools. SEO Book organized his SEO Tools page and SEOmoz organized their SEO Toolbox page. SEOmoz also added an easy to use bookmarklet feature named "SEO Dashboard" for premium members. Here is a video from Matthew at SEOmoz on how it all works: [...]


An Insider’s View Of Google Universal Search

Google's Universal Search was definitely a buzz generator at Search Engine Strategies in San Jose. Universal was tagged as probably the most significant development in search this year, and its effects are just starting to be felt throughout the industry, by both searchers and search marketers alike. It’s particularly timely that this week’s guest columnist is Google’s David Bailey, who heads the team working on Universal Search. Today, David shares the reasoning behind the team's work on Universal Search, along with some examples of how it works.—Gord Hotchkiss In May 2007 [...]


Yahoo Adds New Ad Tools & Reporting; Google Changes Reports Interface

Yahoo has announced several new advertising features for their search marketing platform. You can now write ads faster, quickly check your quality score and create and save up to 45 customized reports. Google also announced changes to their AdWords reporting engine. Now, the Google AdWords reports are now more similar to the reports and graphs you see at Google Analytics. Yahoo's feature announcement: Writing Ads You can now write and save up to twenty ads at a time. In addition, you can compare your ads to your competitors, side-by-side, all on one screen. Finally, Yahoo also gives yo [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 30, 2007

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Nielsen Finds High Audience Retention And Overlap For Search EnginesNielsen//NetRatings found that in June and July of this year the major search engines enjoyed high user retention but also high audience overlap, suggesting that audiences are actively using two and three engines. Search engines saw the highest user retention of the three categories that Nielsen compared and examined (search,... Virtual Earth Adds More 'Bird's Eye,' Satellite And 3-D I [...]


Nielsen Finds High Audience Retention And Overlap For Search Engines

Nielsen//NetRatings found that in June and July of this year the major search engines enjoyed high user retention but also high audience overlap, suggesting that audiences are actively using two and three engines. Search engines saw the highest user retention of the three categories that Nielsen compared and examined (search, travel, jobs). According to the release: Among the categories, search providers had the highest visitor retention rates, with an average of 71 percent of June visitors at home returning in July among the three leading search players. Google Search led with a retention [...]


Virtual Earth Adds More ‘Bird’s Eye,’ Satellite And 3-D Imagery

Gary Price points to a Microsoft Virtual Earth blog posting that reflects enhancements of low level orthogonal "Bird's Eye" photography within the U.S., as well as satellite mapping for a range of countries and locations outside the U.S. In addition there's also now more 3-D imagery and more 3-D cities in Virtual Earth. [...]


Google To Resume Webmaster Penalty Email Notifications

The Google Webmaster Central Blog announced they will be resuming the emailing of penalty notifications to webmasters. Google stopped sending these notifications when they learned that some people were using these notifications as a way to scare, spam and send viruses to webmasters. Soon after, Google launched a message center to notify webmasters who have registered with Google Webmaster Central about penalties that have been applied to their site, from within that system. Not everyone is registered, of course. That is why Google has resumed the email portion of notifying webmasters of Go [...]


Yahoo Reorganizes, Schneider Now Sits Atop Sales & Marketing

The New York Times and PaidContent report on a new reorganization at Yahoo. Among the changes, Executive Vice President of Sales Greg Coleman will be leaving Yahoo early next year and Hilary Schneider has been promoted to EVP to lead a new group called "Global Partner Solutions," which is now responsible for sales, marketing and business development. David Karnstedt, SVP, North American Sales, who oversees the newly combined search and display ad efforts, will report to Schneider. Here are some excerpts from Sue Decker's memo (from the WSJ) announcing the changes: First, we are placing re [...]


Top Ten Organic SEO Myths

SEO myths get crazier every year. Some are based partially in reality, and others have spread because it's often difficult to prove what particular SEO action caused a resulting search engine reaction. For example, you might make a change to something on a page of your site, and a few days later notice that your ranking in Google for a particular keyword phrase has changed. You might naturally assume that your page change is what caused the ranking change. But that's not necessarily so. There are numerous reasons why your ranking may have changed, and in many cases they actually have noth [...]


Got The Current Time? Your Search Engine Does!

Next month, AT&T is killing its call for current time feature. One reason? There are too many other ways to get the correct time -- and search engines are among those resources. Below, a look at how easy search engines make it to get the current time for anywhere in the world. Typically, a search in the format of "time in [city] or [state] or [country]" returns the current time for the area you searched for at the top of the search results, for most major search engines. For example, here's time in paris from Ask.com: Ask has also just enhanced this feature more, which we covered last we [...]


Send To (German) Car: The New Local Search Front

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at one point that one of the reasons Google wanted to get into radio advertising was that the company couldn't reach users during the morning or afternoon commutes. That's all changing very quickly. Both Google and Yahoo have almost simultaneously announced in-car mapping and local search functionality. As an extension of its earlier "Send to Car" Maps partnership with BMW, Google has introduced in-car local search for BMWs in Germany. Here's a video that partly illustrates the functionality. Google has also expanded the Send to Car Maps functionality to Italy [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 29, 2007

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Yahoo Launches Search Suggestions In The UKYahoo UK has launched Search Suggest at Yahoo Search for UK users. If you do not see it now, you will probably see it in the "coming days," a Yahoo representative told me. When you begin to type a keyword, Yahoo will now offer their UK users suggestions. I covered... Sproose Adds Voting To Help Rank Video Search ResultsSproose announced the launch of a Digg-like element to their video search engine. Users can [...]


Yahoo Launches Search Suggestions In The UK

Yahoo UK has launched Search Suggest at Yahoo Search for UK users. If you do not see it now, you will probably see it in the "coming days," a Yahoo representative told me. When you begin to type a keyword, Yahoo will now offer their UK users suggestions. I covered the US launch of search suggestion back on July 12th. Yahoo has also been beta testing Search Assist, which I happen to now see as of this morning. Search Suggestions On Steroids: Yahoo Search Assist from Danny Sullivan a while back showed off many of the features of this new beta interface. I am personally able to see it in N [...]


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