SearchCap: The Day In Search, April 20, 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:
- Yahoo Announces Q1 2010 Earnings: Income Up 87%
Yahoo announced (PDF) their first quarter 2010 earnings and showed a revenue increase of 1% and income increase of 87% from the first quarter of 2009 compared to the first quarter of 2010. Revenues were $1,597 million and income from operations was $188 million for the first quarter of 2010.
Part of the [...]
- Google Opens Tool Showing Government Requests For Data
Google has announced a new tool that makes public the government requests it receives for data and content removal. It’s called Government Requests, and it currently shows requests that Google received between July 1 and December 31, 2009.
Google admits, in a very detailed FAQ, that the data is not comprehensive. (The tool doesn’t include stats [...]
- How To Use Social Media Monitoring Tools To Aid Product Development
To many, the process of developing a successful product can be a mystery. Sometimes companies will spend months of development time to create a product that doesn’t reflect the needs or the scope of its intended market. And other times, successful products are developed completely on accident. Because of this, it can often seem impossible [...]
- Link Building’s Glass Ceiling
Any of you who have read any of my posts over the years know I’m a contrarian link builder. I don’t like general directories, I’ve never believed in mass article syndication, I don’t buy links, I don’t like reciprocity for the sake of reciprocity, and I despise press releases purely for the sake of link [...]
- Ten Countries Want More Privacy From Google
Google received a letter from “privacy officials” in 10 countries with a list of complaints and demands surrounding privacy. The letter focuses on Buzz and the privacy fiasco that surrounded its launch, as well as StreetView. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:
Buzz is a “hook” for government officials chronically unhappy with Google’s stand on some [...]
- Google’s Virtual Keyboard Now In Search Bar
Google is deploying their virtual keyboards on the search results pages for their non-English based search portals. For example, you can see them live at Google Poland and Google Israel and Google Russia, amongst others.
Here is a screen capture:
As you can see, the keyboard icon is next to the search box. [...]
- Buy Search Indexes Off The Shelf From 80legs
The startup 80legs launched in September of last year to make web crawling affordable and accessible to anyone that wanted to subscribe to the service. The company makes crawling the web or customized slices of it available to even small companies. More flexible than something like the Google Custom Search Engine, pricing ranges from free [...]
- Video: The New International Language Of Search
In this age of video, is it possible that some international marketers would be wise to shift their budgets not to website localization — but to using the moving image? Perhaps video really is the universal language of search!
- Google Click-To-Call: Keeping It Simple
Google’s click-to-call offering has received a lot of attention over the past few months, and for good reason. There is great value in offering advertisers an option to track and monetize mobile Internet-driven phone leads. The model allows mobile consumers searching Google to click on the phone number in an ad to auto-dial the advertiser. [...]
- Google Local Business Center Becomes “Google Places”
Google has decided to change the name of what was called the “Google Local Business Center” to “Google Places.” The rationale, according to the press release, is to better connect Google Place Pages with the place where local business information is claimed, entered and enhanced:
Why? Millions of people use Google every day to find places [...]
Search News From Around The Web:
- Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System, New York Times
- Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Drops Out of Funding Race for Foursquare, AllThingsD
- Google Spent $1.38 Million On Lobbying In Q1, Up 57 Percent From Last Yea, TechCrunch
- How Google Is Going To Put The Squeeze On Salesforce.com, businessinsider.com
Local, Maps & Mobile
- City.com Goes Up Against Yelp, Screenwerk
Paid Search & Contextual
- Google-Backed Pixazza Extends “AdSense For Images” To Home, Travel And Sports Sites, TechCrunch
- Nielsen: Facebook’s Ads Work Pretty Well, Ad Age
- Hearst Appears Close To Buying Digital Ad Firm iCrossing For $375 Million, paidContent.org
- WebmasterWorld Builds Their Own Search Engine, Search Engine Roundtable
- Who’s Responsible for Teaching, Protecting SEO?, outspokenmedia.com
SEO & SEM
- Help Google index your videos, Official Google Webmaster Central Blog
- Can I exclude certain words from Googlebot?, YouTube
- Outsourcing Content Creation Vs. Hiring in House, Michael Gray
- rel=”canonical” for non-HTML files?, Maile Ohye
- Search Engine Optimization vs. Customer Connection, Search Engine Guide
- URL removal explained, Part III: Removing content that you don’t own, Official Google Webmaster Central Blog
- Who Doesn’t Need SEO, Search Engine Journal
- WordStream Launches New SEO Toolset with Advanced Keyword Research and Content Optimization Feature, WordStream
- 90% of Content on Google Buzz is Bots, Report Finds, Read/Write Web
- The Nielsen Company and Facebook Form Strategic Alliance, Nielsen
- Twitter Stays Strong as Growth Slows, eMarketer
- Why Social Media Is Like Getting Stoned, Techipedia
- Yahoo Buys The Me.me Domain For Its Twitter-Like Microblogging Site, paidContent.org
- Google Israel Gets Independence Day Doodle, Search Engine Roundtable
- Google’s Mysterious White Logo Now on Google Hong Kong, Search Engine Roundtable
Recent Hot Items From Sphinn, Our Social News Sharing Site:
- How are Nonprofits Using Social Media?
- 6 Ways to Optimize Your Site for the iPad
- Rise of the Marketing Technologist
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