SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 22, 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:

  • Blekko Expands: Bigger Index, More Slashtags & New Design

    Blekko is closing out 2011 with a round of updates that affect the search engine’s front- and back-end — both how it looks and how it works. The upstart search engine has announced three changes as part of a “major upgrade” to end the year: 1.) “Significant improvements to index quality and relevance” Blekko has [...]

  • The Most Popular SEO Posts Of 2011

    If there’s one thing anyone can say about the state of search engine optimization (SEO) in 2011, it’s that this year certainly wasn’t boring. Barely two months in, on February 24, 2011 – we were first introduced to the now infamous Panda Update at Google. That story alone gave our expert SEO columnists and staff [...]

  • Hitwise: “Facebook” Was 4 Of Top 10 Search Queries In 2011

    Following the major engines themselves, Experian Hitwise announced the top search terms of 2011. The company looked at the top 1,000 search queries of 2011 and found that Facebook topped the list for the third year in a row. Overall Facebook had four of the top 10 search terms for 2011, the same as in [...]

  • Google News Brings Back Search The Web Option

    In June, Google dropped the option to search the general web index from the Google News search box. Google redesigned the Google News search box to add the ability to search the general web index. Here is a screen shot: As you can see, you can click on the last result in the suggestions, you [...]

  • Yahoo’s Bay Bridge Billboard Removed After 12-Year Legacy

    Iconic Yahoo billboard taken down via the Associated Press reports that Yahoo’s “iconic” billboard has been taken down after 12 years of standing tall and proud on the highway as you approached the Bay Bridge. The billboard space is managed by Clear Channel and currently is being offered at an extremely low rate of $65,000 [...]

  • Yelping In The Beemer: Review Site Inks Deal With BMW

    Yelp is now established and mainstream enough to be included in BMW’s Online/in-car content. Yelp reviews and related content will shortly be available to BMW owners “who subscribe to the optional BMW Assist Convenience Plan and have a navigation-equipped vehicle capable of receiving the BMW Online service.” This means select BMW vehicles (see below for [...]

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