SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 29, 2014

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From Search Engine Land:

  • People, Videos, News: Twitter Adds New Search Filters Earlier today Twitter announced that it was bringing a number of new search filters to the site. These include: people, photos, videos, news. There are also “people you follow” and “near you” filters that further refine results. If one were to search for “Super Bowl,” results could then be filtered by those tweets that incorporated […]
  • Searching For Super Bowl Ads? Watch Our Official Playlist With all the excitement of the big game building and our third annual #Hashtag Bowl quickly approaching at our sister site, Marketing Land, we’ve put together a special page where you can watch all of the official Super Bowl ads as they go online. You’ll also find teaser ads as well as alternate ad versions […]
  • Google’s Matt Cutts: Don’t Try To Build Links Through Article Directories Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, posted a video answer encouraging webmasters not to use article directory web sites with the goal of building links. The question posed was: Links from relevant content in article directories — Seen as good or bad? E.g., I link my beauty website from a cosmetic surgery article on […]
  • 11 Reasons Link Building Is A Futile Waste Of Time — And One Big Reason It Isn’t I don’t have to build links anymore, and I have never felt so liberated. So free. All the years I spent endless hours trying to help content get discovered — and I didn’t realize I didn’t have to do any of it. Those 163 conference gigs? Waste of time. 300+ articles, columns and posts? Digital […]
  • Report: Google Close (Again) To EU Antitrust Settlement The third time may be the charm. According to Reuters Google is (once again) “close to settling a three-year antitrust probe by European regulators after it offered ‘much better’ concessions” to the European Commission (EC). However Google has been here before. Two previous antitrust settlements were strenuously opposed and thus defeated by Google critics and competitors. […]
  • Google May Be Forced To Pay $1 Billion To Patent Troll A New York-based “patent troll” called Vringo, through its subsidiary I/P engine, successfully sued Google, Microsoft, AOL and others using two patents related to search advertising. The plaintiff won approximately $30 million at trial in 2012. Google was asked to pay $15.8 million of that amount. Yet plaintiffs were also seeking ongoing royalties, which the court has now awarded. […]
  • Seattle Seahawks Take The Lead In 33 States For Bing Super Bowl Searches In an anticipation of the big game Sunday night, Bing has tallied searches for both Super Bowl teams across the country and found the Seattle Seahawks won the largest share of search volume in 33 states. The search engine was quick to note the percentage of searches are “generally evenly divided indicating that Sunday’s game […]
  • How To Optimize Database-Driven B2B Websites Database-driven websites are very common in the B2B sector. This is because many companies want to have a catalog of products available on their site for distributors, but it would not be cost-effective to manually build out those pages as they are meant to generate leads, not revenue. Optimizing database-driven B2B sites follows the same […]
  • Google Takes Down Another Link Network, France’s Buzzea Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced on Twitter earlier this morning that Google has taken action on another “link network” named Buzzea. His tweet read, “Today we’re taking action on a French link network that violates our quality guidelines (Buzzea).” In addition, Matt added that they are working on a German based link […]

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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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