Google Search Share Stable, Bing Growth Continues At Yahoo’s Expense

In February, Google controlled 67.5 percent of US search query volume, according to comScore. Bing had 18.4 percent and Yahoo, 10.3 percent. These numbers were essentially unchanged from last month. Compared with a year ago, Bing’s share has grown and Yahoo’s declined. In February 2013, Google had an identical 67.5 percent of queries while Bing […]


Google Can Now Solve Your Geometry Math Questions

Google has quietly upgraded their search calculator to not just answer your basic math questions or graphical or 3D math questions; now, it can do your geometry homework. You can ask Google geometry related questions and it will solve them for you, such as [perimeter of a trapezoid]: As Alex Chitu notes, you can also […]


Google Knowledge Graph Adds “Related Topics” Section

Alex Chitu noticed that Google’s Knowledge Graph has now added a “related topics” for certain types of queries. The example provided shows a search for [equilateral triangle shows a Knowledge Graph that also adds topics for equilateral polygon, square, regular polygon, and pythagorean theorem. Clicking on each brings up the knowledge graph answer for each […]


Okay Google: Take A Photo/Video Comes To Google Mobile Search

Google announced on Google+ that you can now ask your Android phone to take a photo or a video by saying, “Ok Google,” then “take a photo” or “take a video.” This will launch the Android camera app in the photo or video mode so you can quickly take a photo. I should note that […]


Spring Equinox Google Logo Marks First Day Of Season With Blooming Flowers

After an especially long winter, today’s Google logo is a site for cold eyes, celebrating the much anticipated start of Spring with an animated illustration of flowers blooming. The logo starts with a white amoeba-shaped character holding a watering can on a blank screen. As the oddly-shaped character waters the ground and himself (herself?), flowers […]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 19, 2014

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 Matt Cutts: We’ve Taken Action On A Large Guest Blog Network Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced really early this morning on Twitter that Google has taken action […]


Bing Adds Directions Driving Directly In Search Results

Bing announced they now offer driving directions in the form of a quick answer directly in the Bing search results. For example, last week, I drove from New York to Toronto and I wanted to tell how long the drive was. So all you need to do is search for [nyc to toronto] and Bing […]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 18, 2014

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 Starts Allowing Keyword Variations Once Flagged As Duplicate Just about anyone who has imported a campaign from Google AdWords or uploaded a new keyword set into Bing Ads has […]


GetListed Tool Relaunches As Moz Local

Last year, David Mihm’s GetListed service was acquired by then SEO Moz (now Moz). Today, it relaunched as Moz Local. It’s a similar service with a number of enhanced capabilities, the most important of which is local listings submission. Agencies and business owners can use the tool to research where their listings appear online, manage […]


A Dilbert On Search Engine Keyword Research

There was a fun search marketing-related Dilbert strip last week on the topic of doing and presenting your keyword research to your boss. The search marketer says: “I did A-B testing and found the search terms that bring the most people to our site.” He then adds “the most effective search terms are “wingless skunk”,” […]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 17, 2014

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: 10 Key Takeaways From Meet The Search Engines @ SMX West Another SMX is in the books! This show definitely had one of the most engaged attendee groups I have ever […]


10 Key Takeaways From Meet The Search Engines @ SMX West

Another SMX is in the books! This show definitely had one of the most engaged attendee groups I have ever seen at any conference in recent memory. The polite, attentive search engine marketers weren’t there to just network and enjoy the San Jose sun. They were interested and looking for answers. And on day three […]


Google’s Matt Cutts Gives SEO Advice For Times When Your Products Go Out Of Stock

Google’s Matt Cutts answered in a video what webmasters and site owners should do about their out of stock products on their e-commerce sites. Matt Cutts basically said it depends on the size of the e-commerce site. He broke it down into three sizes: small sites with tens of pages, medium sites with thousands of […]


Register Now for SMX Advanced – Rates Increase Next Week

Search Marketing Expo – SMX Advanced is a fast paced, engaging, and intimate experience that emphasizes sharing ideas and networking with peers. The Search Engine Land editorial team creates the agenda, so you’ll be treated to sessions that are Q&A-packed, frequently controversial, always informative…and don’t stop to cover the basics. SMX Advanced has sold out […]


Study: Researchers Blame Google Flu Trends Inaccuracies On Ongoing Algorithm Updates

Researchers at Northeastern University in Boston claim the regular overestimation of flu cases by Google Flu Trends can be blamed on Google’s ever-evolving algorithms and the inaccurate analysis of big data. Google Flu Trends often has been cited for incorrectly projecting the number of flu cases. In 2010, a University of Washington study claimed Google […]


Ranking Benefit To Making Your Site SSL? Not Yet But Google’s Cutts Would Like To Make It Happen.

Google has been migrating all their properties to work over SSL over the past years and they are still working on that migration process. Google would like to see you make your site work over SSL as well. So much so that Matt Cutts said at SMX West that he would personally love to make […]


Holi Google Logo Celebrates India’s Festival Of Colors On Google India’s Homepage

While many will see a St. Patrick’s Day logo on Google’s homepage today, Google India users will see a Holi logo to mark India’s spring festival of colors. Celebrating the arrival of spring, Holi events include a Holika bonfire on the eve of the holiday with singing and dancing. Holi festivals are hosted openly in […]


Saint Patrick’s Day Google Logo Marks The Holiday With Irish Claddagh Symbol

Today’s St. Patrick’s Day Google logo celebrates the patron saint of Ireland with a green stained-glass style illustration featuring a Claddagh symbol – two hands holding a crowned heart. From the village of Claddagh, Ireland the Claddagh, commonly seen on rings, represents love, friendship and loyalty. Never actually canonized by the Catholic Church, St. Patrick […]


SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 14, 2014

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 Penalizes Two German Link Networks; One Being efamous Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced on Twitter today that they have penalized and taken action on two additional German […]


Google Penalizes Two German Link Networks; One Being efamous

Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced on Twitter today that they have penalized and taken action on two additional German link networks. He mentioned one by name: efamous. efamous looks like a typical ad network, but I guess they passed PageRank through their link network, which is against Google’s guidelines. Cutts also said […]


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