SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 4, 2013

scap240pxBelow is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Consumer Watchdog Claims Google Shopping Makes Consumers Pay More, Further Evidence Of Google’s “Search Monopoly”

    Consumer Watchdog has lodged a new complaint about Google’s “search monopoly” with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this time saying Google Shopping results don’t pass the sniff test. The group calls the way the search engine displays its Product Listing ads “deceptive and unfair”, adding that Google Shopping’s paid listings are price gouging consumers. […]

  • Google Search Now Discovers Content Within Android Apps

    Google announced you can now search content within Android apps through their new App Indexing protocol they launched at the end of October. Currently available on Android smartphones, when you search Google and there is an app that has content related to your Google search, you will see search results that open the app, directly […]

  • Google Adds Cars To Knowledge Graph

    Google announced on Google+ that they have expanded the knowledge graph to include automobile/car information. So if you search for [2014 Honda Accord] or [2014 Mazda3] or other car make and models, you will see information about that car on the right hand side panel’s knowledge graph box. The information includes the name of the […]

  • Google’s Matt Cutts: Stitching Content Makes For Bad Quality Content

    Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, posted a video today on the topic of “stitching content.” Stitching content is the practice of taking snippets of content from other websites and pasting them on your own site, with citations. Matt Cutts basically said it is not a good technique that will lead to rankings in […]

  • NORAD & Google Launches Rival Santa Trackers; Still No Comment From Santa’s Camp On Which Site Mrs. Claus Will Use

    After NORAD announced last week it would be joining forces once again with Bing to track Santa’s whereabouts during the holiday season, NORAD Tracks Santa went live on Dec. 1. Google followed suit today by announcing the return of its own Google Santa Tracker. There’s still no comment from Santa’s camp on which site Mrs. Claus will be […]

  • Google Webmaster Tools Adds Smartphone Specific Crawl Errors

    Pierre Far, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, announced a new feature within Google Webmaster Tools that shows webmasters crawl errors specific to smartphone devices. The issue is: it is often hard for webmasters to detect and thus fix errors that happen on smartphone devices. Google decided to add a section to the crawl errors report that […]

  • When Should You Overhaul Your PPC Account Structure?

    Let’s start by looking at a hypothetical scenario: You’ve just been put in charge of a PPC account — either in-house or as part of an agency shakeup. It’s an account with a lot of history, and it is hitting goals, but… After a few days spent familiarizing yourself with this account, you come to […]

  • Meet Bing Ads Express: The Auto-Pilot PPC Solution For Small Businesses

    When it comes to marketing for small businesses, PPC is among the most leveraged and most profitable marketing channels out there. With smart PPC insights and some time spent on ongoing optimization, PPC can drive a ton of valuable leads and sales! Unfortunately, that’s also the challenge. With so many new PPC features being released […]

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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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