Happy Father’s Day From Google & Others

We wanted to wish all the fathers out there a happy Father's Day from all of us at Search Engine Land. To celebrate, below is a collection of some of the logos from Google and the rest of the industry. Happy Father's Day! Google: Yahoo: AOL: DogPile: Bing: Ask.com: Cre8asite Forums: Search Engine Roundtable: [...]

Google’s Yellow Memorial Day Ribbon & Logos From Other Search Engines

Today is Memorial Day, so please expect lighter then normal coverage here. I have [...]

Ask CEO Safka to Depart

According to the Wall Street Journal, Ask.com CEO Jim Safka is leaving the company. He will become the head of Chegg, Inc., which rents textbooks to students online. The decision to leave is apparently Safka's, for personal reasons. Longtime IAC executive Scott Garell will take over as "President of Ask Networks." In its most recent earnings report, IAC's "media & advertising" business (which reflects search revenues) was off 22 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Ask's market share, as the WSJ article points out, has remained largely flat during Safka's time at the helm, [...]

Happy Mother’s Day Logos From Google & Other Search Engines

The Search Engine Land team would like to wish you a Happy Mother's Day today. As tradition, I like to post the various logos from the search industry, to help celebrate the day. Here are the Mother's Day logos. Google: Yahoo (animated): AOL (animated): Live.com: Ask.com: Google Maps changed the Street Views guy to a mom and son: Search Engine Roundtable: [...]

Earth Day Logos From Google, Yahoo & Others

Happy Earth Day everyone! Like last year we wanted to post a collection of the logos created by the search engines for today. Here they are: For the animated versions of Yahoo and AOL's logo, see my post at the Search Engine Roundtable and for past years, see 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004. [...]

Ask.com Shows Display Ads On Home Page

If you visit Ask.com today, you may notice that they have ads for their sister sites. Here is a picture of Ask.com with a Match.com ad, an IAC property. Currently, Ask.com is the only "search engine" to have display ads on their search home page. I'll leave my negative thoughts to myself this time. [...]

St. Patrick’s Day Search Logos, Maps & Images

Today is St. Patrick's Day and the search engines have created special logos and maps for the day. Let's start of with a collage of logos, that I compiled at the Search Engine Roundtable. The Live Search Blog has a blog post that shows how Live Search Maps has several maps that shows few collections of favorite destinations for St Patrick's Day. For example, Boston, New York, Chicago and Seattle are some of the US cities that have parades today. Finally, Andrew Girdwood spotted some risky images on Google for a search on happy st patrick's day. I saw them myself last night, but Go [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day From Google & Others

Valentine’s Day is being celebrated around the world and today, Google had not one, but two different logos, depending on where in the world you accessed Google. Plus, search engines like Yahoo, Live, Ask and others had their special logos. Below is a compilation of logos that I collected throughout the day, the special day. Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Google's Two Logos: Yahoo: AOL: [...]

New Ask Datacenter Expands Search Capacity

In the on again off again debate about whether Ask remains serious about search, a new blog post suggests that Ask is making a bid to improve its search index and efficiency, having completed a move to a new datacenter: Our engineers were going to have to spend more time on improving efficiency, and less time on new feature development. So we've been in the planning stages for moving to new datacenter spaces since 2006, and we've executed the move of thousands of systems over the past several months . . . We're excited about our new infrastructure position because it supports new and [...]

Google & Others Martin Luther King Jr.’s Logos

Like last year, today, the search engines are commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I attached a collage of logos and themes from the various search engines, including Google, Yahoo, AOL, Live.com, Ask.com and Dogpile. To see them all in greater detail, you can visit their respective home pages today or go to the Search Engine Roundtable, where I posted each logo individually. Like I said in my other post, I suspect these search engines will all have special logos tomorrow, for Inauguration Day, in the US. [...]

Ask.com Partners With NASCAR, Says “Super Verticals” Will Put It Back In Search Race

Ask.com -- saying it plans to compete against the likes of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft -- has announced a new "Super Verticals" strategy to take on its much larger rivals. These are specialized search engines that provide direct answers to factual questions. First off the mark? A NASCAR search engine. And yes, Ask also becomes the official search engine of NASCAR. You won't find the NASCAR search engine from Ask.com available yet. It will be released in conjunction with the Daytona 500 race on February 15, just part of an overall marketing plan that Ask hopes will attract NASCAR fans [...]

2009 New Years Day Logos from Google & Others

Happy New Years everyone! Below is a collection of logos for the special day from the search industry, reposted from my other search blog, here for everyone to see. On behalf of the Search Engine Land team, we would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2009! Google's Logo: Yahoo's Animated Logo: Seems like Yahoo had a calendar that said December 31, but on New Years itself, they have nothing. Update, they had a logo for a few hours, a reader sent it to me, here it is: Live.com's Theme: AOL's Animated Logo: [...]

Christmas Logos From Google & Others For 2008

Happy Holidays from Search Engine Land! Below is a listing of special logos from Google and the search industry for the holidays. I also posted this at the Search Engine Roundtable, with links to the past five years of logos from our industry. Everyone, have a happy holidays and thank you all for reading! Google: Yahoo: Live.com: DogPile: Ask.com: AOL.com: Baidu: FriendFeed: Quintura: BruceClay: Hitwise: Marketing Pilgrim: PPC Heros: Cre8asite Forums: Search Engine Ro [...]

Ask.com Plays The Google AdWords Arbitrage Game

Ah, Ask.com. Since I wrote their obituary in March, not much has got me thinking they'll make a comeback. Sure, there was the gimmick of kind of bringing back Jeeves himself. But the spate of "hotels.ask.com" ads I see them running on Google makes me think they're dropping further from being a search engine and more into a search arbitrage play. Take a look at this search for new hampshire hotels: See the ad? It promises that you can "Book here & Save A Massive 50%" with the site listed being New-Hampshire.Hotels.Ask.com. Click on the ad, and you get this: Rathe [...]

Happy Thanksgiving & Programming Note

Happy Thanksgiving Search Engine Land readers! Today, in observance of the holiday, we hope to not write here today. So make sure to tune in tomorrow for today's search news and tomorrows. To give you something fun to look at, I'll post what I did at the Search Engine Roundtable, a collection of special Thanksgiving logos from across the search industry. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Google's Logo: Yahoo's flash logo: [...]

Jeeves Returns To Ask Jeeves; Ask.com Still Shuns Him

Try it, go to askjeeves.com, notice how it redirects you to ask.com and then shows you the old Jeeves character. Is Jeeves back? Don't you remember? Ask.com retired Jeeves back in February of 2006. Now, two and half years later, they are bringing Jeeves back? Is it possible? Last signs of Jeeves showed he was in the adult entertainment business (joking), possibly because Ask.com's search technology has been looking a bit shaky, to say the least. All in all, it does indeed seem like Ask.com is going back to 1996 and maybe this just helps us prove it? I will email Ask.co [...]

Spooky Search Engines On Halloween

Google, Yahoo, Live, Ask, DogPile and many more are celebrating Halloween with special spooky logos or themes. Below you will find the logos and themes I spotted throughout the search industry. Google seems to have totally 'geeked out' the fear in Halloween by adding spooky thoughts to their robots.txt file: User-agent: zombies Disallow: /brains Without further ado, here are the logos and themes I found throughout the industry: Google's Halloween Logo: Yahoo's Halloween Logo: DogPile's Halloween Logo: Live.com's Halloween Theme: Ask.com's Halloween Theme: [...]

Ask.com Goes Back To 1996 With New Release

Ask.com has released version 11 of their new search engine today. The new version somewhat goes back to the Ask Jeeves approach, focusing on providing structured search results, mostly in the form of answers. Techmeme has coverage of the news item, with the main articles currently from the NY Times and News.com. We expected this was coming and now it has. Ask.com is focusing more on structured sources of content to formulate the search results. Jim Safka told the NY Times that this makes the search engine faster, in fact, they estimate it is now 30 percent faster than the previous ver [...]

Olympics Logos From Google, Yahoo & Ask.com

Today is the day that the 2008 Summer Olympics kick off in Beijing. Here are the logos from Google, Yahoo and Ask.com for the special day: We also reported this week that Google and Yahoo both have special search results related to the Olympics. But so does Live Search. In addition, Google Maps blogged about Olympic features they added, and so did the Google Mobile blog and official Google Blog. [...]

Ask Announces Search Deal With Photobucket

Ask announced that Photobucket has put its search box on the site. Photobucket is owned by MySpace parent News Corp., which has a search deal with Google. The Ask deal with Photobucket includes sponsored listings and other ads. Previously, web search on Photobucket was provided by Google. According to Ask: Through the terms of the pact, the Ask.com search box is now prominently displayed across Photobucket.com, driving millions of additional Ask.com search queries each month and exposing the Ask.com brand to Photobucket’s 44 million monthly unique users worldwide. The agreement also inclu [...]

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