Cortana Expands To Other Markets, Becomes “Xiao Na” In China

There’s increasing evidence that Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana is being positioned as a key differentiator vs. Android and iPhones. A new TV commercial (below) purports to compare Cortana to Siri, with a mock Siri voice saying “I can’t do that” a number of times. This morning Microsoft announced new geographies and new features for Cortana […]


SearchCap: Expedia A Google Hotel, Google Penguin Is Punitive & Right To Be Forgotten Condemed

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: UK House Of Lords Condemns Right To Be Forgotten The House of Lords in the UK has little power in government or policy making except at the margins. Similarly, the British […]


SearchCap: Bing Safety, Yandex Earnings & Bing Ads New Look

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Bing Ads Is Getting A Slick New Look That Will Feel Familiar Bing is unveiling a new look that will start showing up in the web interface next week. The new […]


100 Internet Marketing Experts Speaking at SMX in NYC

More than 100 of the world’s most knowledgeable internet marketers will present at Search Marketing Expo – SMX East, September 30 – October 2 in New York City. They’ll share what makes them successful, what keeps them up at night, and what you’ll need to know to succeed in the next year. You’ll hear from: […]


Yandex Q2 Revs Up 32 Percent, Queries, Paid Clicks Up Too

Russia’s deteriorating relations with Europe and the U.S. don’t appear (so far) to have impacted its leading search engine Yandex, which announced second quarter results this morning. Yandex reported revenues of RUR 12.2 billion ($361.5 million), up 32 percent over last year. Income was RUR 3.6 billion ($1.08 billion), representing a 13 percent increase over […]


Bing Site Safety Page: Explains Why Sites Are Flagged In Bing’s Search Results

On the Bing Webmaster Blog they announced a new feature named the Bing Site Safety Page. The Bing Site Safety Page will show up in the search results when Bing has flagged a specific site as having a safety issue. Bing will then show the searcher what the issue is with the site, hoping the […]


Bing Maps API Improves Mapping Imagery

Bing announced on the Bing Maps Developer blog that they have rolled out better rendering and styling improvements to their map imagery. They added a new gradient coloring for land areas that adjusts the brightness to your zoom level. The new gradient helps improve the contrast, making streets and other features more visible, says Microsoft. […]


SearchCap: Google Timeline Knowledge Graph, AdWords Click Fraud Service & Google Axing Features

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: How To Conduct A Winning Local Search Audit Every week, our support team at BrightLocal fields numerous questions from our customers about how best to conduct a local search audit. The […]


Link Building and Content Marketing: How They Work Together – August 5th Webcast

Digital Marketing Depot presents “Link Building and Content Marketing: How They Work Together” on Tuesday, August 5th at 1 PM EDT. Jon Ball of Page One Power will discuss how link building and content marketing work together. He’ll also why links are still relevant, how to approach a link building project, and realistic link building […]


Google Search Designer Explains Why Some Features & Tools Get Axed

Google often removes features from their search results and other services. Jon Wiley, Google’s Principal Designer of Google Search in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) thread answered the question on why Google removes features people love. Most recently, Google completely disabled the Google discussion forum search filter, which was actually removed from the search […]


SearchCap: Google Local Pigeon Update & AdWords Dynamic Sitelinks

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories As the analysis continues on yesterday’s Google local search algorithm changes — that we’re calling the Pigeon update — one thing appears […]


Pigeon: Search Engine Land’s Name For The New Google Local Search Update

Last night, Google released a pretty significant local search algorithm update. Google told us there was no internal name for the update, but now that we see that it was fairly significant, we decided to give it a name: Pigeon. Pigeon is the name we decided on because this is a local search update and […]


Google Quick Answers Adds Images

Google’s quick answer results have recently added images to some of the answers. Alex Chitu spotted this and I was able to replicate it for many queries. Such as for [how old is barack obama] to [how many children does michael jordan have?] Here are both desktop views and mobile views of the images in […]


Google: We’re Working On Multiple Language Translation Detection

Jon Wiley, Principal Designer for Google Search, participated in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion, where in one question, he was asked to share something cool he is working on. He shared that Google is working on a feature to listen to multiple languages at the same time and be able to process them […]


Since May 91,000 Right-To-Be-Forgotten Takedown Requests

The Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF) content removal requests in Europe keep coming in. It’s difficult right now to know whether they’re leveling off or continuing to increase. On the first day of availability Google’s RTBF online form, it received 12,000 submissions. Sources familiar with the status of Google’s program told us that there had […]


SearchCap: Foursquare Swarms, Facebook Search & Google Maps Explore

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: It’s Time For Marketers To Attend To The Branding Benefits Of Search Google recently released a study that concluded, “Search Ads Lift Brand Awareness.” The study tested brand recall for searchers […]


Search Marketing Expo – SMX East Lowest Rates Expire Tomorrow. Register Now!

Join the most accomplished search marketers in the world at SMX East, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in NYC. The conference will feature three days of tactic packed sessions, the highest-level networking anywhere, and much more. See the agenda. Lowest Super Early Bird rates expire tomorrow – Register now & save $300!


SMX East Super Early Bird Rates Expire Friday – Last Chance to Register & Save $300!

Time is running out! SMX East Super Early Bird rates – the lowest offered – expire end of day Friday, July 25th. Register now for an All Access pass. Here’s what you get: Exceptional content: 3 days featuring 60+ tactic-packed sessions that will help you build site traffic, grow sales, boost your ROI and acquire […]


Foursquare Sneak Previews New “Personalized Local Search” & Moves All Check-Ins To Swarm

If you’ve been one of the few fearless folks holding out from updating their Foursquare app, your days are numbered. In a blog post and an email sent out to early adopters , Foursquare alerted its constituency that as of tomorrow all check-ins will be required to occur on Swarm, the new hub for check-ins. […]


SearchCap: Weird Google Quick Answers, Google Maps Ads & Luxury Paid Search Spend

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Top Luxury Brands Spent $22 Million On Google Text Ads In The U.S. Last Year [Study] Paid search research firm, AdGooroo, has analyzed the paid search activity by luxury brands and […]


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