SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 12, 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:

  • Today On Google+: Booming Adoption, Suspension Info, Spam Blocking & More!

    Below is today’s top news relating to Google+, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. Adoption Rates Google+ Vaulting Past 10 Million User Mark by eWeek’s Clint Boulton covers the stats behind Google+’s massive user influx. This report comes on the heels from Paul Allen’s report of 4.5 million users yesterday. Boulton [...]

  • How CDBaby Built 20,000 Citations With One E-Mail

    CDBaby* is an online distributor of independent music. Founded by well-known entrepreneur Derek Sivers, the service became a huge hit with independent musicians because it offered the first easy way for artists to distribute and sell their music online. Sivers, a professional musician, took CDBaby on a unique path that differentiates it from many other businesses [...]

  • Yandex Launches English-Language Version Its Webmaster Tools

    Russian search engine Yandex has launched an English-language version of Yandex.Webmaster, its suite of webmaster tools. The service can be reached at If you’ve used the Google and/or Bing webmaster portals, Yandex’s will be familiar to you. On sign-up, users have five options to confirm site ownership: HTML file, meta tag, text file, WHOIS [...]

  • The Power Of Hashtags On Twitter

    Hashtags are the world’s chat room. Where else can you hop on the phone or computer and have an instant, passionate conversation about something that shares a hashtag? When it comes to primetime television, current events, or sports events like the Olympics or the Super Bowl, hashtags allow anyone with a Twitter account to take [...]

  • Agencies: Global Search Spend Growth Slows in Q2

    Global growth in search marketing spend slowed in the second quarter, according to reports from two large agencies, Covario and Efficient Frontier. Data released this week is consistent with an earlier report from Citibank. According to Efficient Frontier, search spend grew only 8% in the second quarter, as compared to the same period in 2010. [...]

  • The Most Engaged Population In Europe Is Dutch But The Future Is Russian

    Based on the growth of active users in markets such as Russia and Turkey, maybe it’s time to consider changing the targeting of your international business. Meanwhile, the most active users and the most active population in Europe right now is Dutch! Who would’ve guessed?

  • The St. Basil’s Cathedral Google Logo

    Today is the 450th Anniversary of the St. Basil’s Cathedral, which had its groundbreaking in 1555 and was officially completed on July 12, 1561. It is a Russian Orthodox church erected on the Red Square in Moscow. The building looks like no other building in Russia and has 9 domes and 2 spires. Their official [...]

  • Google Offers Go Live In SF, NY & On Upgraded “Shopper” App

    Following a relatively successful launch in Portland last month Google is now rolling out Google Offers in two more markets: San Francisco and New York. Google has also updated its Shopper Android app to include deals. The app is generally focused on products but now contains tabs that allow users to access the featured daily [...]

  • Bing Maps Tweaks Its Navigation

    Bing has announced a set of much-needed tweaks to the Bing Maps user interface. Rather than scattering navigation options both above and below (not to mention off to the side of) the map itself, all menu options are now accessible in a nav bar that stretches across the screen above the map. It’s a much [...]

  • Report: Google Cooking Up Ad Data Exchange

    Google is reportedly developing technology that would create a market for data designed to help target display ads better, according to a report in Ad Age that cites “executives familiar with Google’s plans.” The story says the data exchange is known internally as “DDP,” and, according to comments made by Google ad chief Neil Mohan, [...]

  • Google+ Vs. Twitter: A Personal View

    As Google+ goes into its second week of life, how’s the service doing? I could quote some numbers. I will, below! But I wanted to do a personal take contrasting it against another social site that I find essential. Not Facebook. Twitter. Me & Facebook Yes, I have a personal Facebook account. But I do [...]

  • Today on Google+: Changes Promised This Week, Gmail Integration Promised & Cartoons!

    Below is today’s top news relating to Google+, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. Problems & Changes Changes Are Coming To Google+ – From ComputerWorld, a report that the many Google+ criticisms are making their way to top Google execs, and that changes will be rolled out this week. [...]

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