Search Market Share: Yahoo Hits New Low About To Slip Into Single-Digits

us-map-bing-google-yahoo-featured On the heels of Yahoo's Q1 2014 earnings in which its search business showed signs of life comScore released new monthly search market share figures for the US market. They show Yahoo with 10.1 percent of the market -- a new low for the company. It would appear that Yahoo is continuing its long, slow market share decline and about to slip into single digits for the first time. In absolute numbers, however, Yahoo search query volumes were up. So were Yahoo's rivals. By comparison Google was flat and Bing was up 0.2 points. It appears that Bing continued to siphon off Yahoo's usage. [...]


Report: Google Now Master Of Lobbying, Backroom Dealing

google-legal-law-featured An article in the Washington Post asserts that Google has now become a master lobbyist and behind-the-scenes manipulator in Washington. It details the company's increase in campaign contributions and outreach efforts to influence legislators. The message of the lengthy article is that Google is now buying influence and policy outcomes that favor the company. Source: Washington Post There are numerous concrete examples cited for the idea that Google has manipulated policy outcomes or bought influence through contributions to individuals, third party groups or academic institutions. [...]


The Latest on “Not Provided” and More at SMX Advanced – Register Now

smxadvanced-featured Ask a search marketer what they love about their job and you’ll likely hear “it’s always changing.” Just this week, Google upset the apple cart by announcing it’s extending “not provided” to paid ads. Will that change have meaningful impact for you? That’s just one of the topics SMX Advanced will tackle, without getting bogged down explaining the basics. If you’re an advanced SEO, paid search or social media marketer, SMX Advanced is for you. Here’s what you get by attending: 30+ sessions and keynotes featuring accomplished marketers revealing tactics you won’t [...]


Search In Pics: Google & Bing Light Bulb Signage, Superman Suits & World Cup Google Soccer Ball

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 World Cup Soccer Ball & Caxirola: Source: Google+ Google GSOC Socks: Source: Google+ Google Ceiling Mounted Light Bulb Sign: Source: Google+ Bing Light Bulb Sign: Source: Google+ Superman Suit In Google's Telephone Booth: Source: Google+ [...]


SMX London: Inspiring Keynote, Exceptional Networking

SMX London Search Engine Land's SMX London search marketing conference is returning to the UK on May 13-14, 2014. We've got a revamped, updated agenda, and have already confirmed dozens of world-class speakers. SMX London is a can't-miss event for all serious marketers, whether you're the CMO or working to implement your key campaigns on a tactical level. Keynote: Ajit Sivadasan, Vice President and General Manager, Lenovo Corporation Ajit Sivadasan manages a team spanning 10 countries worldwide, focusing on driving online and digital demand generation and brand campaigns integrated with social media, [...]


Introducing MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference. Registration Now Open!

Search Engine Land parent company, Third Door Media, Inc. introduces MarTech, a conference for people pioneering the field of technology-powered marketing, will be held in Boston August 19-20, 2014. Secure your spot & save with our lowest alpha rates - Register now! [...]


Invest in You: Attend a Workshop at SMX Advanced

smxadvanced-featured Successful marketers invest time learning new skills and perspective-changing ideas. That’s why we’re offering six unique workshops and summits featuring leading experts on June 10 at SMX Advanced. Choose from: Search Engine Land Summit: Attend for new perspectives and inspiration on search engine marketing. You’ll hear presentations from nearly a dozen pioneering search marketers, each discussing a topic they believe will change the way you approach your profession. Moderated by the editors of Search Engine Land. Advanced AdWords Training: Boost your PPC campaign performance with [...]


2014 US Search Awards Now Accepting Entries

US Search Awards 2014 The US Search Awards are now accepting entries for this year's awards ceremony scheduled on October 8 in conjunction with Pubcon in Las Vegas. Recognizing US based organizations, agencies and individuals doing search and digital marketing, this is the second annual US Search Awards ceremony. The event will include 20 different award categories, ranging from "Best Use of Search" to "Best Integrated Campaign" and "Search Personality of the Year." US Search Awards claims this year's event will be: The biggest celebration of search, PPC and digital marketing in the USA, attracting hundreds [...]


The Big SMX London Preview – A Virtual Tour Of What To Expect

SMX London Search Engine Land's SMX London search marketing conference is returning to the UK on May 13-14, 2014. We've got a revamped, updated agenda, and have already confirmed dozens of world-class speakers. SMX London is a can't-miss event for all serious marketers, whether you're the CMO or working to implement your key campaigns on a tactical level. As always, you can expect the great content, keynotes, networking activities and meals for which SMX events are famous. With all of the rapid changes that have been occurring with search marketing, we've also developed a ton of new content for the [...]


Google Gets Another Street View Privacy Fine — In Italy

street-view-car-featured It seems like each European country is taking its turn fining Google for some privacy infraction. This time, it's Italy and involves Street View. Google has reportedly paid a roughly $1.4 million (1 million EUR) fine. According a story in Reuters, the issue this time was the failure to clearly mark Street View cars during Italian street photography in 2010: The fine announced on Thursday relates only to vehicles not being labeled clearly enough. The watchdog has also reported to Italy's judicial authorities that Google accidentally captured fragments of electronic communications as part of [...]


Search In Pics: David Hasselhoff With Sergey Brin, Gmail’s 10th Birthday Banner & Google Spam Cake

david-hasselhoff-sergey-brin-google-1396525655 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. Official Google Spam Cake: Source: Twitter Google+ Basketball Hoop: Source: Google+ Gmail 10th Birthday Banner: Source: Google+ Google Putting Green: Source: Google+ Google Glass Selfie: David Hasselhoff & Sergey Brin: Source: Google+ [...]


Search Marketing Expo (SMX) Advanced Agenda Posted – Register Now & Save!

Fluent in search marketing? SMX Advanced is for you. Join us, June 11-12 in Seattle for two days of expert-only sessions, keynotes and the highest-level networking anywhere. This year's sessions are loaded with actionable tips to drive traffic, increase conversions and boost ROI. View the agenda. Save with early bird rates - Register now! [...]


Introducing MarTech: The Marketing Tech Conference

martech_570x280 Search Engine Land parent company Third Door Media today announced MarTech, a conference for people pioneering the field of technology-powered marketing, will be held in Boston August 19-20, 2014. Senior and mid-level executives in marketing, IT and the digital divisions of companies and agencies will attend MarTech. The goals of this vendor-agnostic conference are to: help participants connect the dots between technical possibilities and strategic marketing opportunities; cross pollinate ideas and experiences, facilitating greater collaboration within organizations. MarTech is bei [...]


US Court Says Baidu Has Free Speech Right To Censor Search

baidu-600 Late last week, Chinese search engine Baidu succeeded in gaining dismissal of a lawsuit by pro-democracy activists based in New York (Zhang et al. v. Baidu.com, Inc). Plaintiffs had sued in the US and argued that Baidu improperly blocked them from seeing content on the search engine. Specifically, according to Reuters, the plaintiffs said that people in the US couldn't access content (including their work) advocating greater openness and democracy in China. Among other remedies, they were seeking $16 million in damages. Ironically, the US District Court judge said that Baidu's right [...]


Microsoft Bing Testing Showing “Alternative” Search Engines In Search Results

bing-600 We've seen how Google may display competitive search engines in their search results, based on an EU antitrust settlement. But how will it look for Bing if they did the same thing? Aaron Wall at SEO Book posted a screen shot of what he saw Bing testing around displaying "alternative" results in the Bing search result listings. He searched for [pizza] and in a yellow box, below the top two organic results, displayed a line of results for Citysearch, OpenTable and Yelp. Here is a picture: Google's version seems a lot more extreme but I believe Google, with their marketshare, is bein [...]


The Benefits Of Participating In Our Professional Search Community

SEO Community As a search and internet marketer, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work with our employers and clients, as well as the task of keeping up with the latest developments from search engines, social media platforms and industry tools. Today, I'd like to step back from this and discuss search and social marketing as a community -- and what that sense of community means for us as professionals and as an industry. From the earliest days, search marketers have enjoyed an ecosystem that values sharing knowledge and friendship among search professionals, businesses and search engines. [...]


Search In Pics: Google Spam Fighting, Venom At The GooglePlex & Sergey Brin Sky Diving Again

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 Brian White Fighting Spam: Source: Twitter Google's Sergey Brin Skydiving With Google Glass: Source: Google+ Google's Mr. Jingles On A Wedding Cake: Source: Google+ Venom Spotted At The GooglePlex: Source: Google+ Inflatable Basketball At Google: Source: Google+ [...]


Register For SMX Advanced – Rates Increase Tomorrow

smxadvanced-featured Super early bird pricing for Search Engine Land's SMX Advanced expires end-of-day Friday, March 28. Register now for the lowest possible rate. SMX Advanced is the only conference designed exclusively for experienced paid search advertisers and SEOs. You’ll participate in cutting-edge sessions and network with fellow internet marketing thought leaders. Check out the agenda. Don’t wait. SMX Advanced has sold out every year since it was created in 2007. Register today! Helpful SMX Advanced links: Want to send a team? Save even more with our team rates. Find out how past attende [...]


SMX Advanced Lowest Super Early Bird Rates Expire Friday – Register Now!

smx_advanced_spotlight Join the most accomplished search marketers in the world, June 11-12 in Seattle. SMX Advanced features two days of expert-only sessions, keynotes and the highest-level networking anywhere. Six in-depth workshops offered on June 10. SMX Advanced has sold out since its start in 2007. Secure your spot & save - Register now! [...]


Want To Speak @ SMX Advanced? Here’s How

smxadvanced-featured The agenda is live, and we’re now accepting submissions to speak at Search Marketing Expo – SMX Advanced 2014. To increase the odds of being selected, be sure to have read the agenda. Understand what the sessions are about. Ensure that your pitch is on target to the show’s audience and the session. Please also be very specific about what you intend to cover. Also, if you do not see a particular session listed, this is because there are no openings for that session. Use this form to submit your request. As you might guess, interest is high in speaking at SMX conferences. We literally [...]


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