SearchCap: The Day In Search, Feb. 28, 2007

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Yahoo Provides NOYDIR Opt-Out Of Yahoo Directory Titles & Descriptions
    Yahoo! Search Support for ‘NOYDIR’ Meta Tags and Weather Update from the Yahoo Search Blog covers how at long last, you can now tell Yahoo to not use Yahoo Directory information to make a title and/or description for your web page listings. It also cover how Yahoo’s currently doing a…
  • 40 Percent Frustrated With Video Search
    I’m generally suspicious of surveys that say things you’d expect them to say by the company that commissioned them. In this case, ClipBlast — a video search site — sends word of a survey covering frustration with video search. Still, I’ll pass along some stats and the press release, for…
  • Google Buying TV Scatter Units
    Google Lays Groundwork for TV Scatter Sales Sortie at Advertising Age reports that Google is looking to hire a head of national TV sales in New York and dive into their TV ad play with "scatter inventory," ads that aren’t sold well in advance. Google has been hiring TV engineers…
  • The SEOs Doing It In-House
    The Natural Search Blog has complied a list of prominent SEOs who work within a company, in house work, rather than working for firms that specialize in SEO. Often SEOs who work within a company do not get as much recognition as those who work at SEO firms. In fact,…
  • Are You Putting Web Search Results at Risk with Paid Advertising?
    If you bid on keywords for a term or phrase that you rank well for in a search engine, might your organic result be filtered in some instances, when your ad appears on the same page? A newly granted Microsoft patent is the first I recall seeing which discusses such…
  • Google Stepping Up Governmental Sales
    Google Searches For Government Work by the Washington Post has details on Google’s current and future government sales operations. Yesterday, Google started a two-day sales event aimed at the U.S. government. The event reportedly brought in "200 federal contractors, engineers and uniformed military members." Rob Painter, director of the Google…
  • Is Voice And Mobile Search Company TellMe For Sale?
    TechCrunch speculates that voice services and mobile local search provider TellMe is going to be sold to Microsoft. Right now this is unconfirmed rumor. But it would be a very interesting acquisition for Microsoft, and addition to their mobile local search/voice assets, if true. I’ve written more about this on…
  • Monitoring Buries At Digg
    Earlier this month, I wrote a long article looking at how some people at Digg might bury stories just because they disliked the topic rather than the story content itself. Indeed, many doing buries might not have read the article. Worse, they might use the bury reason of "spam" rather…
  • Google Maps Tailgates Yahoo, Microsoft With Real-Time Traffic Info
    Google Maps has caught up with Yahoo and Microsoft in adding live traffic reporting for the United States to their online mapping service. Google Operating System spotted the change today (and Google now has the official word up here). To see the traffic yourself, just go to Google Maps and…

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About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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