Yahoo BOSS Expands To Offer Geolocation Data

Yahoo BOSS Yahoo's Build Your Own Search Service (BOSS) has recently expanded to include geolocation data from two Yahoo services: Placefinder and Placespotter. BOSS is Yahoo's Search API, available for a fee based on usage. From the blog post, it sounds like Yahoo is closing down Placefinder and Placespotter as standalone, free services, and is incorporating them into the paid structure of BOSS. Placefinder provides geocoding and reverse geocoding, which enables developers to convert an address to its latitude/longitude or vise versa. Placespotter provides related location information Yahoo BOS [...]


Pinterest Now Sending More Traffic Than Yahoo Search, Shareaholic Says

yahoo-logo Yahoo's slide continues with the news today that Pinterest is now sending more traffic to publishers than organic Yahoo search results. That's according to Shareaholic, a provider of social sharing buttons and widgets with more than 200,000 publishers using its tools. In a blog post today, Shareaholic says Pinterest was the fourth biggest traffic source in August among its publishers -- beating out Yahoo organic search, which fell to fifth. Overall, Google search was the top traffic source, followed by direct traffic and then Facebook in third. (See far right column below.) Pinterest als [...]


Study: Bing And Yahoo Search Share Largest On Internet Explorer Browser

Screen Shot 2012-08-28 at 11.46.32 AM Internet Explorer (IE) is the browser where the most "non-Google" searches happen, according to data from ad network Chitika. The company analyzed "hundreds of millions of ad impressions [in the US and Canada] from within the Chitika Ad network" earlier this month. Chitika was seeking to determine search engine usage on each browser. Overall Chitika found that Google generated 74.7 percent of search traffic across all five browsers examined. Yahoo was second with 12.3 percent and Bing third with a 9.74 percent share across browsers. By comparison the most recent comScore data show Google [...]


For Olympic Medal Count Info, Yahoo Gets Gold, Google Silver & Bing Bronze

olympic-search-featured Want to know the how various countries are doing in the London 2012 Olympics? For finding out using a major search engine, I give the gold to Yahoo, with Google narrowly missing to earn silver and Bing getting bronze mainly by virtue of being third in a three contestant race. Ready, Set, Search! Checking for results today on my phone, I was pretty impressed with Google's Knowledge Graph box that came up at the top of my results, showing the medals won by various countries. Kazakhstan was ranked seventh? Cool to discover! Plus, I was able to quickly learn this was for winning gold in road c [...]


10 Blue Links Be Gone: Yahoo Axis Offers Browser & Visual Search Experience

yahoo-axis-featured Search launches seem to come in threes. A couple of weeks ago we had Bing Social, then came Google with Knowledge Graph and now Yahoo introduces Axis. When I met with Yahoo earlier this week to hear about it I received the now familiar speech that Yahoo is still very much in search and continuing to "innovate" around the UI and UX. There have been some interesting efforts along those lines on the PC in the past (Yahoo Search Direct), but Axis actually is genuinely different and noteworthy. Three screen experience Axis is available for all three screens: PC (as a browser plug-in), the i [...]


Yahoo Search Sees 8th Monthly Share Decline — comScore

yahoo-y-logo It's that time again: April comScore qSearch data are coming out tomorrow. But the financial analysts are releasing it first to their clients and others who've subscribed to their missives. According to our source, comScore will report that both Google and Bing have made small, incremental gains since last month and seen modest growth since last year. One or both are growing, it appears, at Yahoo's expense. AOL and Ask are basically flat. Yahoo is at its lowest point to date and has recorded its eighth straight monthly decline in terms of market share. Our source believes that Yahoo's s [...]


Search Alliance: AdCenter Migration Complete In UK, Ireland And France

adcenter logo Microsoft and Yahoo -- the Search Alliance -- have announced the completion of the migration of advertisers to the adCenter platform, from Yahoo Search Marketing, in the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. Since they previously migrated all Yahoo algorithmic search results to Bing, the transition is now complete in these countries. The migration has been underway since February. Next up for the transition comes Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Yahoo and Microsoft will start working with partners to make the change this month. The companies have typically offered migration assistant soft [...]


Yahoo Q1: Revenue Beats Expectations, Search Up 8 Percent

A short while ago Yahoo released Q1 earnings, which exceeded financial analysts' consensus estimates. Total revenue was $1.22 billion, up 1 percent year-over-year (YoY). Net earnings were $286 million, representing 28 percent YoY growth. Total search revenue was $470 million, up 3 percent vs. last year. Search revenues (ex-TAC) were up 8 percent to $384 million (vs. $357 in Q1 2011). Total display ad revenues were down 2 percent, however, to $511 million. The search gains came notwithstanding a decline in overall query volume last quarter, according to comScore. New CEO Scott Thom [...]


comScore: Only Search Engine To See Drop In Queries In March Was Yahoo

comscore-logo comScore has released their US search market share statistics for March 2012 and the results show that the only search engine to see a decline in search queries from March 2011 to March 2012 was Yahoo. Google, Bing, AOL and Ask all saw at least a 5% increase in search queries, whereas Yahoo saw a decline of 5% in the number of search queries. Search Engine market share has not changed much between the various search engines: Google's share of searches in March was 66.4%, compared with 66.4% in February 2012 and 65.7% in March 2011. Yahoo's share of searches in March was 13.7%, compare [...]


Yahoo’s Re-Organization: Search Stays Alive, At Least On Paper

yahoo-search-featured Following last week's layoffs of about 2,000 employees, new Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson announced today an overhaul of the company's structure -- and, despite concerns about the future of Yahoo search, it remains alive. At least in the memo that Thompson sent to Yahoo employees this morning. Yahoo's new corporate structure will take effect on May 1st and have three primary divisions: Consumer - this will have three units: Media, Connections and Commerce Regions - this is the division that serves Yahoo advertisers and is "accountable for all Yahoo revenue" Technology - the infrastructure [...]


Yahoo In A Fight For Its Life

yahoo logo According to Reuters on Tuesday next week the already embattled new Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson will lay out his vision for the company. The pressure will be on to deliver a coherent and convincing plan -- emphasis on convincing. Following the announcement of 2,000 layoffs earlier this week Thompson sought to reassure Yahoo employees in a company memo. A streamlined organizational structure will better enable Yahoo to compete in the future, he reportedly said. That new structure will apparently not include Yahoo Chief Product Officer Blake Irving, who has resigned. His organization took a d [...]


Yahoo Confirms 2,000 Employees Getting the Axe

yahoo-layoffs-fired-featured After several days of rumors, first reported by AllThingsD, Yahoo confirmed this morning that it's restructuring and laying off 2,000 employees: Today, the company will begin the process of informing employees about these changes. As part of that effort, approximately 2,000 people will be notified of job elimination or phased transition. Yahoo! expects to realize approximately $375 million of annualized savings upon completion of all employee transitions. The company currently expects to recognize the majority of an estimated $125 to $145 million pretax cash charge relating to employee sev [...]


Will Pending Layoffs Put Final Nail In Yahoo Search?

yahoo-search-featured Whatever is left of Yahoo Search -- and, frankly, that's unclear at this point -- might be gone completely within the next couple of weeks. At AllThingsD today, Kara Swisher is reporting that Yahoo is planning substantial layoffs as early as next week, with a company restructuring to be revealed the week after that. Swisher, who's been correct on things like this in the past, mentions "a half-dozen sources" in reporting on Yahoo's impending plans. Of note for Search Engine Land readers is the discussion of what might happen to Yahoo Search. AllThingsD says that Yahoo has been in talks wi [...]


Bing And Google Gain Market Share While Yahoo Drops

The comScore February search market share numbers are being exposed by the various financial and investment firms this evening. Bing continued to gain, while its partner Yahoo lost market share. Google was up compared to January and year over year. Keeping in mind this isn't yet the official comScore release, the following are the numbers for February: Google: 66.4 percent (vs. 65.4 percent a year ago) Bing:  15.3 percent (vs. 13.6 percent a year ago) Yahoo: 13.8 percent (vs. 16.1 percent a year ago) Ask: 3 percent (vs. 3.2 percent a year ago) AOL: 1.5 percent (vs. 1.7 percent [...]


Yahoo Working On Search Across Devices

yahoo-computers-platforms-featured After handing over its core search results to Bing in the summer of 2010, Yahoo promised that it would continue to try new things related to its search interface. One of those new ideas is a feature that would let Yahoo users begin a search on one device -- a desktop computer, for example -- and continue to use/interact with the search on a different device, like a tablet or laptop computer. In an interview with MediaPost, Shashi Seth, Yahoo's Senior VP of Search and Marketplaces, explains this search-across-devices idea. Here's how MediaPost describes it: Yahoo has begun to test th [...]


Yahoo Launches Mobile-App Search (For PCs) In The UK

Over the weekend there was coverage of a seemingly new feature on Yahoo search: mobile-app search. However that actually launched in the US in the middle of last year. The recent coverage was triggered by the launch of the app-search capability in the UK, which is new. The UI has been improved somewhat since I last looked at it. As an app search tool it's quite nice. Neither Google nor Bing offer anything comparable in their main search engines. Of course users can search directly for Android apps in the Android Market. Somewhat ironically one of the mobile apps that Yahoo discontinu [...]


It’s Official: PayPal President Scott Thompson The New Yahoo CEO

Screen shot 2012-01-04 at 5.23.55 AM AllThingsD reported late yesterday that PayPal president Scott Thompson would likely be named CEO of Yahoo. It's now official; Yahoo just put out its formal press release announcing Thompson's appointment. In appointing Thompson, Yahoo is choosing a leader with a deeper technology and product background than prior CEO Carol Bartz who was abruptly terminated last September. In the interim Yahoo CFO Tim Morse has been serving as CEO. Not going to sell itself now There had been an expectation that Yahoo was going to sell itself or a significant minority stake to a private equity buyer or ano [...]


With Holidays Near, Yahoo Upgrades Its Shopping & Recipe Search Results

yahoo logo Yahoo is rolling out a couple new search experiences that are aimed squarely at holiday searchers: recipes and shopping. Prior to tonight's new display, a search for "apple recipes" would include the standard algorithmic results (i.e., 10 blue links) along with a small shortcut at the top of the search results pointing searchers to recipes on shine.yahoo.com, Yahoo's lifestyle content site for women. Now, the Yahoo.com search results offer a much richer experience. The new content includes (1) a slider with top-rated recipes from AllRecipes.com and other sources; (2) a Filter by [...]


Yahoo & Microsoft Proceeds With Search Ad Transition In 2012

Microsoft announced they are now ready to move forward with transitioning over the search ad technology from Yahoo to Microsoft in the European regions. Microsoft said, the "European roll out is scheduled to begin with the UK, Ireland and France in the second quarter of 2012." Yahoo and Microsoft have already transitioned the search ad technology in the U.S. and Canada, as well as some other regions. But the transition scheduled slowed as revenue figures did not meet estimates and advertiser expectations were poor. Yahoo and Microsoft has completed the organic transition less than a [...]


Not Just Google: Siri Searches Bing And Yahoo Too

Earlier tonight Danny Sullivan discovered that Siri will also search Bing and Yahoo, though it searches Google by default. If you say, "Search the web for . . ." or you ask Siri a question it can't answer it will search Google (the iPhone's default search engine). But if you say, "Search Bing for Steve Ballmer News" or "Search Bing for weather" or "Search Bing for Search Engine Land" you get the following: The same is true for Yahoo. If you say, "Search Yahoo for Wilson Phillips" or "Search Yahoo for Google Earnings" you see these results: Who knew? Well, if you launch Siri, clic [...]


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