SearchCap: The Day In Search, December 5, 2012

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • AdSense Text Ads Get Biggest Makeover In Recent Memory

    In a nod to consistency across platforms and the growth in mobile usage, Google has overhauled its AdSense text ads to be more mobile-friendly, adding a large arrow button to each ad that should make it easier for “fat fingers” to click effectively on tablets and mobile phones. The buttons will also appear on desktop [...]

  • Just Testing: Google Users May See Up To A Dozen Experiments

    Google’s Chief Economist Hal Varian said during a Google Tech Talk on October 22, 2012 that Google users may see a dozen or more Google experiments per Google visit. About 26 minutes into the Google Tech Talk, Hal said, “any time you access Google, you probably are in a dozen or more experiments.” The talk [...]

  • Google’s Local Knowledge Graph Carousel Finds Its Way On Tablets

    A few months ago, Google introduced the knowledge graph carousel feature to desktop users. Now, when you search Google on your tablet device, such as your iPad, Google make show you a carousel like feature at the top of the search results. 9to5Google spotted this claiming it works for local based queries. I was able [...]

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  • 3 “Big” Web Enhancements B2B SEO’s Should Budget For In 2013

    With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, B2B marketers must now focus on wrapping up 2012 and preparing projections and budgets for the upcoming year. A common theme we have seen with our clients is to define a few “big” Web enhancements that will be associated to B2B search engine marketing in the coming year. Website [...]

  • KickVox Takes Aim At “10 Blue Links” With New Visual Mobile Search App

    A few years ago VCs and entrepreneurs believed that there was an opportunity to disrupt online search, to offer a more compelling or next-generation experience. Companies like Powerset, which was sold to Microsoft, were among a class of search insurgents that spoke broadly about the opportunity to go beyond what Google was doing. That battle for the [...]

  • Ask’s New App Search To Be Powered By Quixey

    Quixey and Ask have entered into a deal in which apps from Quixey’s database, whether for mobile or the PC, will be integrated into search results. It’s going live today and should be rolling out now, although it’s not yet live for me. Apps in Ask search results will be from Android, iOS, Windows Phone and [...]

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