SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 4, 2011

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 Working On NFC-Based Mobile Payment Service: Report

    Google has its eyes on a mobile payment service that would allow users to pay for common goods and services by waving or tapping their mobile phones. That’s according to a BusinessWeek report that cites “two people familiar with the plans.” BusinessWeek’s sources say the payment service could debut this year. It would be based [...]

  • 15 Link Building Predictions & Recommendations For 2011

    Happy New Year and welcome to the first Link Week of 2011! Just like last year, Julie Joyce, Eric Ward and I have compiled our link building predictions, recommendations, tips and trends for 2011. As you’ll see, our thoughts are as different as we are and cover a wide range of topics and sites. When [...]

  • 5 New Years Resolutions For Those Who Want To Do Business In Europe

    There are many resolutions, eat less, stop smoking, win the lottery, you name it. All over the world most new years resolutions are the same, or at least similar. Most posts you read are from writers writing about their own new years resolutions. For 2011, I would like to give you some resolutions. I’ve written [...]

  • 11 Social Media New Year’s Resolutions For 2011

    Last year, I created my first annual Social Media New Year’s Resolutions and am following it up, 2011 style! This list is meant to be a list of goals to accompany your social media plan – not serve as a standalone social media blueprint. Remember that there is no end-all-be-all social strategy for all companies, [...]

  • Facebook’s Goldman Investment An IPO Delaying Tactic?

    There’s a fascinating discussion developing around the question of what the Goldman Sachs $450 or $500 million investment means for a future Facebook IPO. Does it mean it’s around the corner? Alternatively does it do the opposite and delay an IPO a year or more? At the center of the debate is an obscure SEC [...]

  • Google’s Marrisa Mayer Talks New Role, LBS And Groupon

    MediaBistro interviewed Marissa Mayer about her new role at Google and several related issues. Mayer says she’s “no longer working on search.” She’s now got responsibility for a collection of things associated with Google Maps and local products and some of the company’s mobile products. Mayer again mentions development of “contextual discovery” as one of [...]

  • A Tale Of Three Android Phones: Droid 2, Samsung Fascinate & Google Nexus S

    Over the past few months, I’ve been testing various Android phones. Overall, the platform has continued to improve, to the degree that I can easily swap an Android phone for my iPhone 4 and not feel a loss. But unlike the one-size-fits-all iPhone, each Android phone has its own individual characteristics. Below, a look at [...]

  • Search Month: December 2010 Search News, In Review

    Search Month is an exclusive monthly newsletter for Search Engine Land premium members that recaps stories covered on Search Engine Land from the previous month. Below are top stories organized by topic that happened over the past month. Each topic (or Search Engine Land column) is also a link, where you can click through and [...]

  • Last Call: Yahoo’s adCenter Transition Tool About To Close

    Quick note for any readers who have been slacking over the past few months and have not yet transitioned your Yahoo Search Marketing account over to Microsoft adCenter: The account transition tool inside your Yahoo account is shutting down on Wednesday, according to a post today on the Yahoo Advertising Blog: The transition tool inside [...]

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Recent Hot Items From Sphinn, Our Social News Sharing Site:

  • How To Be a Better Commenter – Three short, simple ways to make sure you're adding value — not noise — when commenting on other blogs.
  • Three's a Trend: The Decline of Google Search Quality – Anil Dash points to three separate articles bemoaning the perceived decline in Google's search results. But not all of the early commenters there agree. Do you?
  • Reduce HTTP Requests in WordPress – Yoast – As usual Joost de Valk providing straightforward information on technical issues regarding WordPress – this time how to speed up your site by reducing HTTP requests which will speed up site loading which is now an important factor in SEO as well as usability and efficient use of resources.

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