SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 1, 2010

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Is Google’s Street View Trike Headed Your Way?

    Google has announced the winners of its Street View Trike suggestions contest – a contest that started last October with Google inviting the public to tell the company where to send its trike for hard-to-reach Street View images. With nearly a quarter-million votes cast, Google says the winners are: [...]

  • Bing Adds Search History To Auto-Suggest

    Bing has announced that it’s using your search history in its auto-suggest feature. In a post on its Search Blog, Bing says that “44% of non-navigational search sessions last longer than 1 week,” meaning the inclusion of previous searches in auto-suggest adds to the convenience factor of searching similar topics/queries over time. Queries from your search [...]

  • Pew: Portals Most Commonly Used News Sites

    The Pew Internet project has just released a lengthy report on online news consumption entitled Understanding the Participatory News Consumer. There are no search-specific findings; however it appears from the survey data that “portal websites like Google News, AOL and Topix are the most commonly used online news sources, visited by over half of online news users on a typical day.” Here are some of the high-level findings from [...]

  • Google Adds Flickr, Picasa Photos To Street View

    Google has been showing crowdsourced photos from its own Panoramio service in Street View for just about a year, and it’s now announced that user photos from both Flickr and Picasa are being added to the mix. The integration works the same way it has since last February; when images are available, a small box [...]

  • Post-Click Conversion Optimization For Long Sales Cycles

    Some retailers have great success persuading customers to buy after a single click on a paid search ad. The reality for most companies, however, is that single click-to-purchase transactions are rare. It can take several visits and multiple touch points before any revenue is generated from initial clicks. In cases like this, companies often end [...]

  • Selling The Benefits Of SEO In A Large Enterprise

    This is the first of a two part series on selling SEO in a large enterprise. Part 2 will be published as my next Industrial Strength column. In Part 1, the focus will be on why getting search traffic is important to an organization. Part 2 will explore some of the consequences [...]

  • Leveraging Your Employees For Local Search Rankings

    Many management advice books recommend that businesses should make better use of what’s often their biggest investment: employees. Yet, a lot of companies fail to inspire, motivate and exploit the good ideas of their employees. Local search marketing often has an employee component that’s overlooked as well. Read on for some tips on leveraging your [...]

  • Admitting Role In Google Anti-Trust Complaints Microsoft Complains Of Google “Lock In”

    Responding to Google’s aggressive assertion that Microsoft is behind many of the anti-trust complaints that have been leveled against Google in the recent past, Microsoft in a blog post by Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Dave Heiner essentially says “get over it.” Google claimed that Microsoft was directly or indirectly responsible for the anti-trust complaints [...]

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