Google Voice Search Coming To iOS, Chrome For Android Gets An Update

Google released a couple of new UI features with the latest Chrome update for Android yesterday and announced that voice search will be coming to Chrome for iOS "soon". Android Updates With the Android update, the long search URL box is gone and search queries in Chrome display in the omnibox. And now, while browsing, webpages show in full screen; the top toolbar disappears when you scroll down to give more real estate to the webpage itself. Scroll back up to the top of the page, and the toolbar will reappear. Voice Search Coming To Chrome iOS Voice search made a big splash at Googl [...]


5 Excel Skills Every Marketer Should Know

analytics-data-excel-featured [caption id="attachment_160723" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo from marfis75[/caption] One question I get asked a lot is this: what Excel skills are most important for marketers to learn? I have whittled that interminable list down to five skills that I believe are absolutely essential for marketers to know, presented below in order of importance. Table Formatting I believe that table formatting is the baseline skill that every marketer needs to know how to use, and I wrote a post here on Search Engine Land on how to use table formatting with some discussion on why it’s so he [...]


Bing Officially Releases Bing XML Sitemap Plugin 1.0

bing-logo After releasing a preview of the Bing sitemap plugin a few months ago, Bing is ready to officially launch the Bing XML Sitemap Plugin 1.0 to the public. This sitemap plugin allows webmasters to easily create XML sitemap files for their websites that can be submitted to Bing Webmaster Tools or other search engines. It works on both Internet Information Services (IIS) for Windows Server and Apache HTTP Server. What has changed between the beta version released a few months ago and the release today? Automatically ping the search engines after each Sitemap update (currently ping Bing an [...]


Foursquare Updates Android & iOS App With New “Super-Specific” Search Filters

foursquare-logo Foursquare has added new search filters that allow Android and iOS users to make "super-specific" searches, filtering by price, locations where users have or haven't checked in before, locations 'friends have checked in', if a location is 'open now', and if a location is 'offering specials'. To demonstrate how specific users can be when searching for local destinations, Foursquare offered the following five search examples on their blog this week: "A cheap sushi place that’s nearby and open now, but that I haven’t been to yet." "A bar downtown that’s new to me, but that my frie [...]


Report: Google To Bid For Waze — To Shut It Down?

Waze logo According to a just-published Bloomberg report, Google is preparing a bid for Waze. Earlier this month, rumors indicating Facebook was in late-stage acquisition talks with Waze for roughly $1 billion appeared online. Other parties (Apple, Microsoft) may now also be interested in the social mapping service. According to the Bloomberg report: Waze is fielding expressions of interest from multiple parties and is seeking more than $1 billion, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The Palo Alto, California-based startup might also remain independ [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 23, 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: Penguin 4, With Penguin 2.0 Generation Spam-Fighting, Is Now Live The fourth release of Google’s spam-fighting “Penguin Update” is now live. But, Penguin 4 has a twist. It contains Penguin 2.0 technology under the hood, which Google says is a new generation of tech that should better stop spam. Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s Web spam team, announced the new Penguin 2.0 update during [...] Penguin 2.0 Losers: Porn Sites, Game Sites, & Big [...]


Penguin 2.0 Losers: Porn Sites, Game Sites, & Big Brands Like Dish.com & The Salvation Army

google-penguin-featured Google's fourth Penguin update -- what the company is calling Penguin 2.0 -- hit last night, and less than 24 hours later we're already getting a first chance to look at what sites might be considered "losers" in terms of search visibility. In a nutshell, the list includes: porn sites, game sites and big brands like Dish.com, the Salvation Army, CheapOair and Educational Testing Service (yes, ETS, the company that makes a lot of those standardized tests you probably took as a child). The SEO software company, SearchMetrics, has just shared its initial look at what sites have been affecte [...]


“My Photos” — Google Now Lets Find Your Google+ Photos Within Search

google+photos Google now lets you search your private photos and the photos your friends on Google+ share with you. All you need to do is search on Google for keywords such as [my photos] or [my photos sunset] to bring up matching photos. You can even search for your friend's photos such as [danny's photos sunset] or [matt’s photos of food]. Note, Google explains that they use "computer vision and machine learning to help recognize more general concepts in your photos such as sunsets, food and flowers." So this appears like it will get better over time, as it is used more and more by searchers. [...]


Yahoo Testing New Search Results Page

yahoo-y-logo I'm not sure anyone would notice in all of the Google Penguin news and discussion, but Yahoo appears to be testing a new search results page. I'm able to see the new interface when logged in and using Firefox, but I still see the old/current interface when using Safari and logged in to a different Yahoo account. Some other Search Engine Land editors are also seeing the new interface now. A Yahoo spokesperson gave us their boilerplate response when asked if this is just a test, or if it's rolling out now to all users. Yahoo! is continually developing and testing new product concepts in a [...]


Don’t Miss Out On Learning From The Pros. Attend An SMX Advanced Workshop!

Sharpen your marketing skill set by attending one of six post-conference workshops at SMX Advanced, June 13th in Seattle. Choose from SEO, international search, social media community management, AdWords, local search or in-house SEO. Secure your spot - register now! [...]


Bing News Adds Visual Carousel & Searches Years Back (Not Just Two Weeks)

bing-b-logo Bing announced they have added a new visual way to consume news on Bing News. Now, for searches on notable people, Bing will return an image carousel at the top. Plus, you will also see on the right-hand side of the page related people to the person you searched for. Here is an example of the image carousel on Bing News: This looks very similar to Google's knowledge graph carousel which launched in August of last year. Bing News also added the ability to see news results for queries that have no fresh news. If Bing News cannot find fresh content within the past two weeks, Bing [...]


Still Seeing Post-Penguin Web Spam In Google Results? Let Google Know

disavow links penguin Google's next generation Penguin update is now live, and webmasters and SEOs are carefully assessing how this update has impacted their websites. Google is assessing things as well -- how this has impacted the search results, search quality and searcher satisfaction. Google's head of search spam tweeted, asking that if you still see spammy websites coming up in the Google search results, to let Google know. Matt posted an online Google doc form over here where you can specify the URL of the spam site, the search query you saw it for and any additional comments. Here's a special spam rep [...]


Programming Data Collection For SEO Research

Last month, I showed you three tricks I use when gathering data on websites. I used these techniques to download webpages into a local folder. In and of themselves, these procedures are not SEO; however, a search engine optimization professional working on a large or enterprise website ought to know how to do this. In this article, I'll show you how to: Make a list of pages inside a folder Set up a development environment Open webpages from a script and extract data If you learn these procedures, I am certain you will find legitimate opportunities to use each, together or alone [...]


Google’s Hunger For Structured Markup

Google is keen for structured markup -- to put it mildly. In the not-too-distant past, I wrote about Google's Data Highlighter for event data, a tool which allows webmasters to indicate structured data for events without having to actually mark up the site's HTML code. It has the charming feature that the resultant extracted data is viewable by the webmaster only in Webmaster Tools in the Structured Data section; and, of course, the data is available to Google itself. As there is no actual structured markup ever placed on the page (i.e., no schema.org, microdata or any other markup), th [...]


Welcome To The Mobile Era Of Search

It’s rare when you can pinpoint the moment of a major game changer for an industry to a single day. Usually, these shifts happen over time; and then one day, you look back and realize how momentous a particular event really was. For paid search, there have been many catalysts that have accelerated the industry, most of which were not even specifically search related. For example, the widespread availability of consumer-priced, high-speed Internet access  took years to mature and was the result of multiple global telecoms working in parallel. This development led to more daily time spe [...]


Penguin 4, With Penguin 2.0 Generation Spam-Fighting, Is Now Live

google-penguins-sign-featured The fourth release of Google's spam-fighting "Penguin Update" is now live. But, Penguin 4 has a twist. It contains Penguin 2.0 technology under the hood, which Google says is a new generation of tech that should better stop spam. Matt Cutts, the head of Google's Web spam team, announced the new Penguin 2.0 update during This Week in Google (Episode #199). He referenced the earlier video of himself talking about the next generation Penguin update, and said this is being rolled out "within the next few hours." Webmasters and SEOs: expect major changes to the search results. Matt specifical [...]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 22, 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: DoubleClick Search Tools To Migrate To Enhanced Campaigns Now Out Of Beta The custom toolset Google designed to help DoubleClick search users migrate to enhanced campaigns has come out of beta. The tools are designed to guide users in identifying similar campaigns that target different devices and merge them into one enhanced campaign in five steps: Identify campaigns for merging: Analyze your current AdWords campaigns and automatically generate a list [...]


DoubleClick Search Tools To Migrate To Enhanced Campaigns Now Out Of Beta

The custom toolset Google designed to help DoubleClick search users migrate to enhanced campaigns has come out of beta. The tools are designed to guide users in identifying similar campaigns that target different devices and merge them into one enhanced campaign in five steps: Identify campaigns for merging: Analyze your current AdWords campaigns and automatically generate a list of campaigns you should consider merging together into an enhanced campaign. Download and verify merge suggestions: Download the merge suggestions in the UI, and review them to ensure you’re comfort [...]


Site Command Limited To 30 Results? Google Says A Temporary Domain Clustering Bug

google-site-command Over the past day or so, we've been seeing reports that some of us can replicate ourselves, where the site command (i.e., site:www.domain.com) in Google was limited to only showing 30 results. The rumors were that with the recent domain clustering change Google pushed out this week has severely impacted the site command. Those rumors are true. Google's Matt Cutts told us that this is a "temporary side effect of the domain clustering change," they pushed out yesterday. Matt, the head of Google's search spam said, "we expect that site: will be back to showing lots of results by sometime ne [...]


2013 Doodle 4 Google Winner Showcases Heartfelt Reunion Between A Soldier & His Daughter

Doodle 4 Google 2013 winner The 2013 Doodle 4 Google National winner was announced today on Google's Official Blog. Selected out of 130,000 submissions based on the theme, "My Best Day Ever...", the winning drawing by Sabrina Brady of Sparta, Wisconsin tells the story of being reunited with her father after his 18-month deployment as a soldier in Iraq. As this year's National Winner, Sabrina's doodle will be featured tomorrow on Google's homepage, and Sabrina will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a Chromebook computer and a $50,000 technology grant for her school. Currently a senior at Sparta High School, Sabrin [...]


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