SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 26, 2014

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From Search Engine Land:

  • AdWords Flexible Conversion Counting Officially Lauched, Welcome “Converted Clicks” and “Conversions” Earlier this month, we covered Google’s news to select advertisers that it would be rolling out new options for tracking conversions in AdWords. The company officially announced the launch of Flexible Conversion Counting, and advertisers will see new columns in AdWords. In reporting terms, the change means the Conversions (One-Per-Click) will be replaced with “Converted […]
  • Hiding From That Google Penalty? It May Find You At Your New Home Did you know that even if you try to run away from your Google penalty, it might end up finding you anyway? In a recent Google Webmaster Hangout, hosted by Google’s John Mueller, John said that even if you move your penalized site to a new domain name and don’t redirect the penalized site, Google […]
  • Google Brings Back Right-Click-For-Directions To Google Maps Google Maps users can once again right-click anywhere on the new Maps to get quick directions to or from the spot that they’re clicking. They can also use the “What’s Here” option to quickly get the lat-long coordinates for any spot on the map. These are two of many features that users have asked Google […]
  • Google’s Matt Cutts: While Scientific Content Is Great, Clarity & Focusing On The Searcher Is Important In today’s video from Google’s Matt Cutts, Matt answers a question asking if Google prefers ranking content that is more scientific in nature or content that is “easier to read” with greater clarity. First off, Matt said it was a question that made him think, which implies that there is no exact answer. If you […]
  • Google Shares Performance Stats On Search Network With Display Select Campaigns Last fall, Google rolled out a new campaign type called Search Network with Display Select. The option was designed to make it easier for advertisers constrained by management resources to run both search and display ads, while shedding the waste advertisers typically saw when they combined search and all of the display network in the […]
  • FOX Partners With Google To Allow Voting For American Idol On Google’s Search Results FOX and Google have partnered to enable American Idol fans to vote for the finalists directly in the Google search results. That means you no longer have to text your vote, you can do it on Google.com. How does it work? Simple, you go to Google on your desktop or mobile device and search for […]
  • 6 Tasks To Automate In AdWords Without Scripts Or Tools When we think about automation in PPC, our minds tend to jump to expensive tools like Marin, Kenshoo and Acquisio or advanced algorithms and Google Scripts. However, you shouldn’t let the word “automation” scare you into forgetting the simple things that make it great: speed and consistency. Today, I’m going to take you through six […]
  • Movie Sites Ranking Better In Google, Now That “Transient Issue” Fixed A couple days ago, we reported that Google was investigating an issue where several movie blogs lost their rankings in Google. The head of search spam Matt Cutts himself said, “I hope to dig into this soon.” Well, he did and he restored the rankings for those movie blogs calling the ranking problem a “transient […]
  • Welcome Martin Beck, Who Joins Third Door Media From The Los Angeles Times We’ve grown again! Third Door Media, the company that produces Search Engine Land and Marketing Land, is excited to welcome Martin Beck to our editorial team. He joins the team as our new Social Media Correspondent, and his first day will be Monday, March 3rd. Martin has spent nearly 25 years in a variety of […]
  • German Design Firm Claims Willful Patent Infringement Over Google Earth A German design firm is claiming that Google and Google Earth have infringed its patent (USRE44550 E1) and is seeking triple damages under the notion that the infringement was intentional or willful. The firm, ART+COM (“ACI”), makes the following claims: The development history of Google Earth indicates knowledge and infringement by key Google employees Google Earth […]

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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