SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 16, 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:

  • The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Stalls In Congress

    The U.S. House Judiciary Committee abruptly adjourned today without voting on the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), a controversial measure that would impose radical new requirements on search engines, ISPs, ad networks and other key internet players. The hearings will resume “earliest practical day that Congress is in session” according to the chief sponsor of [...]

  • Google & Bing Have “Won A Major Victory” Over Content Farms, Study Says

    Search engines have “won a major victory” in their battle against so-called content farms. So says the current issue of New Scientist magazine, in an article that’s also available online. New Scientist asked University of Glasgow computer scientist Richard McCreadie to study 50 search queries that are “known to be a target of content farmers.” [...]

  • Search In Pics: Google Keg, Panda Bread & Lego High Heels

    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Panda Bread: Android Balloon Art: Free Chromebook Carts: Google-like Lego High Heels: Google+ Keg:

  • A Beginners Guide To Finding Ad Placements & Fine Tune Conversions With Analytics Data

    Many new webmasters and website marketers are under the mistaken impression that online marketing is a “Field of Dreams” and “if you build it, they will come.” Unfortunately, you can build it, but if you don’t market it, and place it in front of the audience that buys your products, nobody will come, and neither [...]

  • Google Revamps The Google Doodles (Logos) Directory

    Google announced on their Google+ page that they have revamped the Google Doodles page. Google Doodles is what Google calls their special logos that they put up for special holidays or to remember special people from our history. The new Doodle page has a quick search box at the top, making it easy to search [...]

  • Bing, Yahoo Now Neck & Neck In US Search Market Share

    Bing’s slow growth in US search market share continues, and Microsoft’s two-and-a-half-year-old search engine is now practically neck-and-neck with Yahoo. Both, however, remain far behind Google. The latest comScore numbers show Bing increasing its market share in November to an even 15 percent, while Yahoo’s dropped to 15.1 percent. Google holds 65.4 percent of the [...]

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