Yandex Reports 62% Share Of Russian Search Market With Q1 2014 Revenue Up 36%

yandex_eng_logo-360 (1) Yandex 2014 first-quarter earnings release shows the Russian search engine's revenue was up 36 percent year-over-year since the first quarter of 2013, totaling RUR 10.9 billion ($305 million). The site's share of the Russian search market averaged 61.9 percent, with search queries growing 21 percent from the first quarter of last year. Yandex net income for the first quarter of the year was RUR 2.6 billion ($71.5 million), up six percent from Q1 2013. "We enjoyed growth in the number of advertisers, enhanced Yandex.Direct functionality for domestic and international clients and made seve [...]


Google Adds New Features To The Keyword Planner Tool

google-adwords-featured Google has added nine new features to the Google Keyword Planner Tool today. Here are the new features in the Keyword Planner tool that you should be able to play with yourself today. The images and descriptions are from Kim Clinkunbroomer's blog. (1) Nice graphical visualizations and estimates for geographics that breaks out locations with volumes. You can change your time views as well. (2) Location breakdowns for geographics of your targeted location. For example, if you are targeting an area such as the United States you have the following options: In blue you will see your Ta [...]


New Google Maps “Digital Timeline” Shows Street View Images Dating Back 7 Years

street-view-car-featured Google Maps has launched a cool new feature for its Street View images that lets you see past pictures of various landmarks dating back seven years. From the announcement, "If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons." Going back to 2007, the "digital timeline" offers images of various locations, including New York City's Freedom Tower: The announcement also included images of Onagawa, Japan, showing how the feature could be use [...]


DailyMotion Says Google Is Cheating, Serves Up Its Own Video Content Over DailyMotion Videos

DailyMotion-logo-Feb-2014 The president of French video platform DailyMotion Giuseppe de Martino told UK newspaper The Independent he believes Google is leveraging unfair search practices, serving up YouTube videos in place of DailyMotion content. Independent reporter Ian Burrell writes: [De Martino] claims that sometimes when internet users search Google for DailyMotion videos they mysteriously don't appear - yet YouTube-hosted alternatives appear among results. According to the report, Google denies they have engaged in any unfair search result practices. DailyMotion boasts 120 million monthly unique visitor [...]


Bing: Again, Why We Are Better Than Google At Image Search

bing-photos-images-featured Several months ago, Bing told us seven ways Bing is better than Google at image search. This week, Bing posted more examples in the Bing blog of why Bing is better than Google at image search. The examples are of course specific sets of queries that show better results for Bing over Google. I wouldn't be surprised if Google can do the same thing on a set of examples on their end. That being said, here are some of the new examples: (1) Bing says they are better at understanding image quality, just compare a search for [photos of yunnan] where Google shows maps and Bing shows images of [...]


Schema Markup Shows In 36% Of Google Search Results, But Almost No Websites Use It [STUDY]

html-code-tools-websites-600 More than one-third of Google's search results incorporate Schema.org rich snippets, but only a tiny fraction of websites are actually using the markup code. That's according to a new Searchmetrics study out today that examined Google's U.S. search results in March "for tens of thousands of keywords and over half a million web domains." The study found that 36.6 percent of Google's search results include "at least one snippet with information derived from Schema.org." The most common integrations were the Movie and Offer types at 27 percent and 21 percent, respectively. After those two, [...]


Google’s “Step Inside AdWords” News: Features For App Ads, More UI Tools, No Wild Surprises

google-adwords-600 Anticipation has been running high among paid search marketers about what today's AdWords announcement -- dubbed "Step Inside AdWords -- might hold, since Google began teasing the news. However, any fears of drastic changes in the vein of last year's move to enhanced campaigns will be quelled -- to a still calm. Google AdWords product management VP, Jerry Dischler, shared several new initiatives with a select set of customers at the AdWords Performance Forum, being shared via livestream at noon Eastern Time today. The new features and tools will be rolling out of beta to all AdWords user [...]


Rufous Hummingbird & 5 Other Animals Featured In Google Logo Marking Earth Day

Google Earth Day logo rufous hummingbird Today's Google logo marks the 44th celebration of Earth Day. In honor of this day devoted to environmental policies, Google has created an interactive logo, depicting six animals from across the globe. Each of the animated illustrations includes a link to share the image of the animal on Google+, Facebook or Twitter, as well as a search icon to learn more information about each creature. A replay button switches from one illustration to the next. The first image is of the Rufous Hummingbird, a migratory bird that is known to travel more than 2,000 miles through the Rocky Mountains and [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts: How To Avoid Buying A Domain Name Previously Ruined By Spammers

Matt Cutts screen shot April 2014 In his latest video, Google head of web spam (and, today, Boston Marathon runner) Matt Cutts offers a few quick tips to avoid purchasing a domain name that may have been previously destroyed by a spammer. The video is in response to the following question from a site owner who purchased a bad domain: How can we check to see if a domain (bought from a registrar) was previously in trouble with Google? I recently bought, and unbeknownst to me the domain isn't being indexed and I've had to do a reconsideration request. How could I have prevented? Cutts first recommends doing a site-colon sear [...]


Bing Predicts Reality Show Winners Using New “Bing Predictions” Search Technology

prediction-crystall-ball-guess-600 Bing announced today it is launching Bing Predictions, a new feature that uses search query data and social signals to predict outcomes and events. To kick-off its latest technology, Bing is applying its new search feature to predict the results of voting-based reality shows like The Voice, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. Users can perform searches on terms like "The Voice Predictions," or "The Voice," or even contestant names like, "Bria Kelly," and Bing will deliver a carousel of a show's contestants along with an estimation of who is winning, as well as which contestants are [...]


Yahoo Testing A Google Knowledge Graph Lookalike In Search Results

yahoo-logo-600 One of Yahoo's latest search results tests should look awfully familiar. The website All Google Testing discovered a test that turns the right column of Yahoo's search results page into a dead ringer for Google's Knowledge Graph. The post even offers some instructions on how to enable the test in your own browser, but I wasn't able to get it working myself last night. Thankfully, this video shows the test in action. Each of the tech company examples included in the video has a section on Yahoo called "Top Products" -- that's different from Google when I look at the real Knowledge [...]


420 Dilemma? Marijuana Emerges In Local Search

marijuana-map-600 Today marks the first time that April 20th -- known amongst pot smokers as "420" and frequently celebrated with smoking parties -- is a legally observable event in the United States (in some places, at least, since the states of Washington and Colorado have legalized recreational use of the drug for adults). So, what does this mean for local businesses and marketers? In 2010, I conducted a limited audit to see if 420 party locations, as well as marijuana dispensaries, appeared in Google Maps. I found little more than a user-generated map back then -- but fast-forward to 2014, and we be [...]


Google Slaps Another Guest Blog Network: PostJoint

google-penalty-600 Google's Matt Cutts somewhat confirmed on Twitter that Google has taken action on another guest blogging network. This network is named PostJoint and claims "there's no footprints." Someone tweeted to Matt that PostJoint was penalized. In fact, if you check out Google for a search on their name, their web site no longer ranks on the first page. Matt Cutts this morning confirmed it on Twitter saying "any link or guest blog network that claims to have "zero footprints" is waving a giant red flag." @techtada any link or guest blog network that claims to have "zero footprints [...]


Google Trends Now Lets Users Subscribe To Receive Email Notifications

google-trends-featured Google Trends announced today it has added a "Subscribe" feature, allowing users to receive email notifications on search topics, Hot Searches for any country, or any US monthly top chart. From the announcement by Googler Gavri Smith on the Google Search blog: I'm a Liverpool F.C. fan, so I set up a subscription to get notifications about searches for the team. I don't always have as much time as I'd like to keep on the daily scores, trades and gossip, so Trends email notifications have been a great way to make sure I catch big news. Here's a snapshot of what Smith's Google Trends email [...]


Schema For User Actions Now Available

seo-code-schema-featured Schema.org announced a new form of Schema they have introduced with support from Google, Microsoft Bing, Yahoo and Yandex named Actions. Schema Actions are a way to communicate via markup on your web page the actions they enable and how these actions can be invoked. Technically, Schema.org describes it as: An action performed by a direct agent and indirect participants upon a direct object. Optionally happens at a location with the help of an inanimate instrument. The execution of the action may produce a result. Specific action sub-type documentation specifies the exact expectation of e [...]


Google Tests Showing Product Ads In Knowledge Graph Carousel Area

test-experiment-trail-600 About a year ago, Google launched the carousel interface to better distribute content from their Knowledge Graph. Well, now, Google is apparently testing showing ads from the paid Google Shopping results in that user interface. Pete Meyers posted on the Moz Google+ page an image of him seeing Google Shopping listings in the carousel for a search on [laptops]. Here is a picture from Pete Meyers of Moz: Pete said that you should notice that "almost everything above the fold is a paid result." Indeed. Google has experimented with showing product listing ads in the knowledge graph [...]


Google’s Matt Cutts On SEO Myths: Ads Correlate To Organic Results & More…

matt-cutts-google-myths-600 In a recent video from Google Head of Search Spam Matt Cutts, Matt talks about the biggest SEO myths he sees today. By far, the biggest myth, according to Cutts, is how people think Google makes changes to their search results with the only intent of making more money. Matt said buying or not buying ads has no positive or negative impact on your rankings. In addition, Google does not make changes to their organic algorithms based on encouraging people to buy ads. All of this, according to Matt Cutts, is a big SEO myth. The other large myth is more of an SEO pattern he sees often in the S [...]


Why Yahoo’s Not Going To Steal The Search Default For iPhone Away From Google

yahoo-featured Apparently, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer wants to be the default search for Apple's Safari browser on iPhone and iPad and has been preparing to make a solid pitch. Well, we all want things we can't have, and I'd be incredibly surprised if Yahoo got its wish here. Kara Swisher over at Re/code has the scoop, in her Marissa Mayer’s Secret Plan to Get Apple to Dump Google and Default to Yahoo Mobile Search story. Be sure to read that. Here, I'm going to share the incredibly tough list of obstacles that would have to be overcome to turn this from a fantasy into reality. Yahoo Has No Search Techn [...]


Zuckerberg: Facebook Graph Search Is “A Five-Year Thing”

facebook-graph-search-600 It's been more than a year since Facebook introduced Graph Search to the world -- its first foray into developing a serious search product for Facebook users. If you think development of Graph Search has been moving at a snail's pace, you're probably not alone. The rollout to all U.S. Facebook users took about seven months. It was almost nine months from the launch until users could search their status updates. And more than a year later, Graph Search still isn't available on mobile. In a new interview with the New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that all of this i [...]


Microsoft’s Cortana Assistant Personalization Comes To Bing On The Web

One of the most interesting things about Microsoft's new Cortana search assistant has just gone live for those early adopters of it: integration with Bing's search results. Cortana Personalization Comes To Bing Those using Cortana will now find "personalized cards" that will appear at the bottom of the Bing home page: Personalized information cards will also be integrated into Bing's search results, when deemed relevant. For example, here's how it looks for someone who has flight information being tracked (which Cortana learns about by reading the email on your Windows Phone): Ad [...]


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