SearchCap: Google Flash Mobile Warnings, Bing Webmaster Communication & Cortana Gets Academic

scap240pxBelow is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Bing Admits They Need To Do Better With Webmaster Communication In a blog post today on the Bing Webmaster Blog, Bing’s Igor Rondel, Principal Development Manager of the Index Quality team, said you can expect Bing to do more proactive communication on the Bing Webmaster Blog in the future. Igor said Bing needs “to do a better job of proactively communicating updates” and they realize […]
  • RKG Q2 Report: US Search Ad Spend Up 23 Percent YoY, Both Google And Bing Ad Spend Rise After slowing down after the holiday season, US paid search performance metrics are up both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter in Q2 2014 according to RKG’s quarterly report. Ad spend rose 23 percent year-over-year among RKG’s retail-heavy client base. Both Google and Bing saw spend increases. Non-Brand Search Trends Overall spend on Google rose 24 percent year-over-year. […]
  • Google Adds Zip Code Matches In Knowledge Graph Carousel Google has added zip code matches and lookups to the knowledge graph section of the search results. If you search for [new york, ny zip codes] in Google, you will be presented with all of the zip codes in that location. This loads a carousel that lets you slide through the various options: When you […]
  • Paid Search Spend Rose 21 Percent YoY In Q2, With Mobile Up 98 Percent [Covario] Global paid search investment continued its rise through the first half of 2014, according to Covario’s latest quarterly analysis of search spend. Overall spend among the firm’s clients rose 21 percent in the second quarter year-over-year, and 2 percent over the first quarter of 2014. Mobile search spend nearly doubled, rising 98 percent year-over-year and […]
  • DoubleClick Search Solution Center Offers Wealth of Resources for Digital Search Marketers We are pleased to announce a new resource for digital marketers and search marketers on Search Engine Land, the DoubleClick Search Solution Center. This new center contains a number of customer success stories told through videos, several white papers and case studies that explore the reasons and ROI of search platforms; a curated news feed […]
  • Should You Be Bidding On Your Brand Terms For Your Search Ads? While many advertisers have bought into the idea of bidding on search terms that include their brand name, there are still plenty of smart people that question the incrementality of such a practice. We’ve questioned it ourselves, most recently in a 2012 study. That study looked at incremental clicks in instances where you’re already appearing […]
  • Using Adobe Flash For Your Web Site? Google Mobile Results Will Issue Searchers A Warning. Flash, Adobe’s multimedia based web site technology, is not a friend of mobile devices or search spiders and now Google has decided to step up their campaign against such sites using the technology. Google announced that starting today, they will be issuing warnings to searchers when their algorithms detect that the web site is not […]
  • Bing & Cortana To Get Academic Search Integration At A Whole New Level Microsoft shared details about their future plans for deeply integrating academic data/search into the Bing search engine. Starting this Fall, Microsoft said they “will be able to point the way to a wealth of information from the academic community.” Microsoft explained that currently Cortana, Microsoft’s version of Google Now and Apple Siri, is powered by […]
  • Changing Existing Links: Perfectly Normal — Except When It Isn’t You may have recently read Links That Change Are Trusted Less By Google’s Algorithms, which was sparked by a recent tweet from a former Google employee regarding changing links: Did you know Google is less likely to trust a link once it has changed from the 1st time it was seen? — Pedro Dias (@pedrodias) July 1, […]

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