SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 3, 2014

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From Search Engine Land:

  • Matt Cutts Video: How Google Determines What’s A Paid Link Google head of search spam Matt Cutts released a pretty detailed video discussing the Google webspam team’s criteria for determining whether a link is considered a paid link or not. There are five basic criteria Google uses in this determination. The first is the most obvious, is the link an explicit link for sale; then, […]
  • Is Chasing AuthorRank A Waste Of Time For SEOs? On June 7, 2011, Google announced support for a new type of markup called the Authorship Tag. This was the rel=”author” tag. It did not take long before the speculation started — when would Google start using data from this new tag to impact rankings? The industry took to referring to this concept as AuthorRank. […]
  • Google Bug Turned Entire Web Into “Lorem Ipsum” Lorem Ipsum is boilerplate text commonly used by the design community to illustrate how the text on a website or print design will look within the visual graphical creatives. It turned out that the boilerplate text of Lorem Ipsum was used on every webpage, according to Google. On Friday, Gabriela Vatu picked up on the […]
  • Google To Launch New Search Results Design With Larger Fonts & No Underlines Soon? Over the past few months, Google has been testing many, many layouts that made the search results look a bit easier to read by increasing the font size and removing some of the underlines for the hyperlinked content. It seems Google has increased those tests, as we are seeing more and more searchers post about […]
  • Bing Quietly Adds A Scientific Full Size Calculator Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, has finally added a full size scientific calculator to their search results. Daniel Rubino from WP Central first noticed this addition on Friday saying that now when you search for a math answer, not only do you get the answer, but you also get an interactive calculator in the search results. […]
  • Time For SMBs To Tackle – Or Be Tackled By – Online Reviews So much of search focuses on being found. But being found doesn’t do much good unless you’re also chosen. The only thing worse than not being found is being found and rejected from consideration. There’s no doubt that online reviews play an increasingly central role in the consumer path to purchase. Research consistently shows that […]
  • SMX West Is Next Week; Get the Pass Right For You, Check Out The Options Search Engine Land’s SMX West conference begins March 11 in San Jose. Attend and you’ll get the latest SEO, paid search advertising and digital marketing tactics from expert speakers. Flexible pass options that fit your budget and schedule are available. Which is for you? Keep reading, and then register! Get It All With An All […]
  • Now Official: Google Adds Restaurant Menus To Search Results That Google menus experiment we told you about a couple weeks ago? It’s now official. But it’s only available in the U.S. at the moment. Google announced that it’s now showing restaurant menus as a OneBox-style answer at the top of its search results. It seems to be primarily triggered by searches that involve both […]

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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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