Sorry, BuzzFeed: Pinterest Isn’t A Better Search Engine Than Google

Pinterest I went on a BuzzFeed diet about a month ago, where I stopped following the site and reading the content there. I should have stuck to it, because I wouldn't be wasting my time now dissecting one of its stupid, pageview-baiting stories. In this one, Pinterest is positioned as a better search engine than Google. The story runs through 10 examples illustrating how Pinterest "beats" Google "nine out of ten times." But despite the headline, these aren't examples of Pinterest being a better search engine than Google. They're examples of Pinterest supposedly being a better image search engine than [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 31, 2013

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the Web. From Search Engine Land: Yandex Turns Up The Dial On Personalized Search The Russian search engine Yandex has announced changes to how it presents personalized search results, saying that personalization is now based on what’s happening within a single search session. When the company launched personalized results late last year, it was based primarily on looking at a user’s search history within the previous few weeks/months. Now, [...] Search In Pics: Google’s Virtual [...]


Yandex Turns Up The Dial On Personalized Search

yandex-logo-200px The Russian search engine Yandex has announced changes to how it presents personalized search results, saying that personalization is now based on what's happening within a single search session. When the company launched personalized results late last year, it was based primarily on looking at a user's search history within the previous few weeks/months. Now, the personalization happens within seconds and is based on the current search session. More than half of all searches on Yandex, however, are about something that interests the searcher at the very moment of searching and stops int [...]


Search In Pics: Google’s Virtual Supermarket, The Internship Screening & Google’s Internet Switch

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's Internet Switch: Source: Google+ Google's Virtual Supermarket In The News: Source: Google+ The Internship In Movie Theaters: Source: Google+ Louis Gray's Android Shrine: Source: Google+ [...]


Google Business Photos Expands To Europe & Asia

google-business-photos Google announced they have expanded their business photos program into Europe and Asia. Google Business Photos is a way for you to share the inside of your stores on Google Maps. There are groups of trusted photographers that take the photos for syndication into the program. Now, this is available in more places around the world. Specifically, seven new countries now support this program including Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland. The Business Photos program enables merchants to create 360-degree, interactive tours of their establishments. Th [...]


Tips for Analyzing The Impact Of Your Marketing Activities In Google Analytics

I work with a wide variety of clients across a wide variety of industries, and one of the most common issues I come across is what I call analytics forgetfulness. What typically happens is that a company will devise a plan to improve their online marketing and will implement various changes as a result -- but then, nobody remembers to measure the impact of these changes or otherwise conduct any sort of followup down the road. Email marketing pieces, AdWords changes, even new landing pages are added to a marketing campaign; yet the "when," "how" and "who" are lost in the ether. Below are [...]


Google Celebrates Julius Richard Petri 161st Birthday With Petri Dish Doodle

Julius R. Petri Google is giving a nod to science today by commemorating Famed German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri's 161st birthday with a Google Doodle. Petri is credited with the invention of the Petri dish which he created while working as an assistant to bacteriologist Robert Koch in Berlin. The Google logo has been replaced with six animated Petri dishes, all in Google colors along with a play  button. After clicking the play button, viewers can watch the dishes being swabbed with a q-tip, followed by bacteria forming the Google letters in each dish. Hovering over the dishes brings up a small [...]


Infographic: The Matt Cutts Debunking Flowchart

matt cutts featured Officially, Google distinguished engineer Matt Cutts heads Google’s web spam fighting team. Unofficially, he’s Google’s chief debunker. If someone seems to be talking crazy about Google, Matt may turn up with a polite clarification. When does Matt react? This is Search Engine Land’s guide, based on years of observations (you can click to enlarge it). Origin Of The Flowchart This flowchart originally appeared two years ago, on May 31, 2011. I was delivering on a promise I once jokingly made to Matt, that I would outline his debunking process as I'd observed it from afar to work. [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 30, 2013

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the Web. From Search Engine Land: Google Search Rolling Out Nutrition Information On More Than 1,000 Foods Building on their Knowledge Graph technology, Google search is rolling out nutrition information on more than 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals. Users will be able to search on everything from simple one-word terms like apple or carrot to more complex dishes such as burritos or chow mein to find relevant nutrition information. According to [...] Google Adds Structured Dat [...]


SPONSOR MESSAGE: 2013 Digital Marketing Optimization Survey Results

This survey shows: 45% of marketers don’t have a mobile optimized site Testing is usually only performed on top entry pages 87% of those surveyed say less than half of visitors get targeted content Download now » [...]


Google Search Rolling Out Nutrition Information On More Than 1,000 Foods

google-food-burger-200px Building on their Knowledge Graph technology, Google search is rolling out nutrition information on more than 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals. Users will be able to search on everything from simple one-word terms like apple or carrot to more complex dishes such as burritos or chow mein to find relevant nutrition information. According to Google's announcement, Google voice search users will hear answers to specific questions, like "How much protein is in a banana?" or "How many calories are in an avocado?" as well as receive relevant nutrition information in search results, and [...]


Google Adds Structured Data Markup Helper Tool

google-webmaster-tools-video-1330350240 Google announced today a new, fun and useful tool to help webmasters markup their webpages with schema structured data. Structured data markup can help a webpage enhance its search listings by adding rich snippets to the search results page. Google announced two upgrades here to the structured data tool. Google added a new tool to allow webmasters to visually markup their webpages and then download the the HTML markup code to add to their HTML. The tool is named Structured Data Markup Helper. The tool lets you click on the various content and images on the page and then mark what data it [...]


SEM-Like Control For Successful PLA Campaigns

There are notable similarities between keyword and PLA campaigns that, when leveraged properly, will give retailers greater control of their campaign management. Let’s evaluate how retailers can leverage best practices from their keyword campaigns and apply them to their PLA campaigns for maximum efficiency and control over their budgets. In SEM, search engines decide which ads are shown for which queries based on keywords; but, advertisers don’t have to yield control of their spend to the search engine. Instead, they can institute a proper campaign setup that allows for control at a gr [...]


Bing “Re-Imagined” For Windows 8.1: More Beautiful, Comprehensive And Integrated

bing-windows8-featured Windows 8.1 is intended to "fix" many of the perceived problems of Windows 8. However, for the Bing team, the release of Windows 8.1 offered a new opportunity to more deeply integrate Bing into the OS and provide a richer experience for users. With the new release, Bing becomes something more than a "search engine." It becomes a central utility and content discovery tool that offers a "re-imagined" experience. Bing will help users discover and organize information both on the PC and on the Web. It also finds personal content in the cloud. The notion is to both simplify and deepen the [...]


How to Counter Your Ignorant Boss’ Misconceptions About SEO

office-boss-angry-featured Any in-house SEO professional (or consultant) who has been in the industry for even a short time has likely had to dispel misconceptions and inaccuracies about SEO to a senior manager, budget holder or client.  These misconceptions can often be so embedded that they result in an underfunded, under-resourced and under "mind-shared" SEO program. To address many of these misconceptions -- and also have a little fun with the SEO-ignorant Boss -- we put together a sample interaction between "Ann," the Director of Online Marketing at medium-sized clothing retailer ACME Co., and her VP of Marketi [...]


Will Enhanced Campaigns Drive Mobile CPCs Down?

google-adwords-square-logo There are two pieces of conventional wisdom surrounding Google's Enhanced Campaigns that seem to get tossed around a lot without much thought or examination. The first is that this new campaign model will make it easier for small advertisers to get into the mobile advertising game. The second related piece is that Enhanced Campaigns will likely lead to higher mobile CPCs and that this is one of Google's primary motivations for changing its model. I have personally been guilty of echoing both of these sentiments to varying degrees -- but as we get closer to the mandatory transition in Jul [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 29, 2013

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the Web. From Search Engine Land: Video: Google’s Matt Cutts On Advertorials & Webmaster Guidelines Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, posted a new video today on YouTube clarifying Google’s stance on Advertorials and “native advertising.” Advertorials are editorial-like content that is published because an advertiser has paid the publication to publish the story or the content. Recently, we covered a story on how a major U.K. floral company [...] Google Refuses H [...]


Video: Google’s Matt Cutts On Advertorials & Webmaster Guidelines

google-penalty-square Google's head of search spam, Matt Cutts, posted a new video today on YouTube clarifying Google's stance on Advertorials and "native advertising." Advertorials are editorial-like content that is published because an advertiser has paid the publication to publish the story or the content. Recently, we covered a story on how a major U.K. floral company was penalized for using advertorials as a way to boost their Google search rankings in an artificial way. Google's Cutts wanted to make it clear that it is against Google's Webmaster Guidelines for webmasters and advertisers to use advertori [...]


Google Refuses Hollywood Studio Requests To De-List File Storage Site Mega

dmca-google In recent weeks, Hollywood studios NBC Universal and Warner Bros both submitted DMCA takedown requests asking Google to de-list the file storage website Mega from its search index. According to a report on TorrentFreak, NBC Universal claimed Mega's homepage  linked to the NBC-owned film Mama, while Warner Bros alleged Mega made pirated copies of its film Gangster Squad available from its website. Since Mega's homepage doesn't link to any files, Google did not remove the website from its search index. Launched in January of this year, Mega is the successor site of Megaupload, a fil [...]


AdWords Bulk Uploads Now Available For Ads And Ad Groups

google-adwords-square-logo Google is following up last month's launch of keyword bulk upload from the Web UI with bulk uploads for ads and ad groups. By clicking the "Editable" box before downloading a report from AdWords, you'll be able to make changes to ad creatives, pause ad groups or change budgets within the report. A good piece of advice from Google is to save your original report as there is no way to revert back after uploading changes. In the Excel spreadsheet, you'll see "Action" in the first column. This is where you signal changes to AdWords; if you leave this blank, the system will ignore the row [...]


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