SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 30, 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:

  • What Every Search Marketer Needs To Know About Web Security

    All too often web site security is somebody else’s problem. It shouldn’t be. If you work on websites, you should know the basics of web security. The more popular a site becomes, the more value it accrues, the more likely it is to become a target. As you apply search marketing techniques to a site, [...]

  • Yext Takes Google Tags Idea Across Web

    Local advertising provider Yext has spearheaded the launch of a Google-like “tags” product that receives distribution across a vast array of local sites including Yelp, Yahoo, Mapquest, Superpages, Topix, Patch, Citysearch and others. It’s being characterized as an “anti-Google alliance.” That’s not exactly correct. As a practical matter it gives advertisers a way to run [...]

  • Facebook: Most Popular Search Term & Most Visited Website in 2010, Hitwise Says

    Facebook passed Google as the most-visited website in the US in 2010, according to a new end-of-year report from Experian Hitwise. And not only that, but Facebook was also the most searched-for keyword of the year, too, just as it was a year ago. In fact, Hitwise says four of the top ten most popular [...]

  • One Ex-Googler Leaves Obama’s Administration

    Andrew McLaughlin, one of several former Google employees who joined the Obama admninistration, resigned last week as Obama’s number two tech expert. The news was first reported last week by Politico, which says McLaughlin was leaving to launch two start-ups. USA Today, however, reports today that McLaughlin isn’t sure what his future plans will include. [...]

Search News From Around The Web:

Business Issues

Local, Maps & Mobile

Link Building

Paid Search & Contextual

SEM Industry


Social Media

Other Items

Recent Hot Items From Sphinn, Our Social News Sharing Site:

  • How to Use Blog Commenting as a Networking Superweapon – In many cases, the first step to connecting with an influential blogger is by contributing quality comments on his/her blog. Very underrated (and over-spammed) tactic, but this article shows how to do it the right way.
  • LBS Is about Brand Engagement Too – Greg Sterling nicely summarizes an impressive case study and explains why (from the article) "LBS is about building a relationship with a brand or company as much as one-off transactions."
  • Breaking Down the Mormon SEO Strategy – (submitted via Twitter by @justinrbriggs) Here's an interesting look into how the Mormon church has successfully adopted SEO practices since 2007.

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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