SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 31, 2009

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google Doesn’t Want Searchers To Find SEOs & Web Designers

    If you go to and type “hamburgers,” “shoes,” “candy,” “grills,” “beer,” and hundreds of other terms of ambiguous local intent, Google will almost always show you local results on a map that’s tied to your IP address. But type in “seo,” “seo company,” “web design company” and several terms related to these two types [...]

  • As Verizon Implements Bing Default Search Deal, Company Sees User Backlash

    The wide-ranging search and advertising deal between Verizon Wireless and Microsoft reportedly cost Redmond between $550 million to $650 million in revenue guarantees over five years, according to prior reports in the Wall Street Journal. The deal specifically exempts Android handsets, such as Droid, from the provision that Bing become the default search engine on [...]

  • Google Updates Toolbar PageRank For New Years 2010

    To kick off the 2010, Google is currently exporting the PageRank values to the Google Toolbar. Yes, there are major reports of a Google Toolbar PageRank update taking place right now. This may become a New Years tradition for Google. Last year, Google pushed out a PageRank update for New Years 2009. [...]

  • Year In Review: Local Search & Maps

    While analysts and practitioners have been prognosticating the imminent arrival of local search for the last several years, 2009 was finally the year that proved us right. A number of innovations and developments in mobile search, such as the widespread adoption of the iPhone, the release of [...]

  • Search Month European Edition, December 2009

    In Search Month European Edition we bring you a monthly update of European search news, with related links to full coverage. Here’s what happened in December. Google fined $430,000 dollars in France. A Parisian court ruled that Google should be fined over $430,000 dollars because it has broken French copyright laws by displaying snippets of books [...]

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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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