SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 19, 2013

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • ChaCha Defeats Google, Bing And Siri In “Answers Quality” StudyA study published today by Indiana-based Butler University compared the performance of a range of search engines and Q&A sites on mobile devices. It found that “ChaCha delivered the highest quality responses consistently across the largest group of categories and question types.” The study was sponsored by ChaCha. However ChaCha CEO Scott Jones told me via email [...]
  • 4 Under The Radar Keyword Research Sources You Can Use To Find Hidden GemsIf you are using the same tools and techniques as your competitors, you’ll end up competing on the same keywords, resulting in an ongoing SEO battle that will drain your resources in this zero sum game. This article will outline a number of tools and techniques that I have used to go above and beyond [...]
  • 15 Tips To Launch A Successful Multilingual PPC CampaignUnfortunately for those of us who work in the international space, launching a global PPC campaign is much less successful than doing so domestically? Why is this and what’s to be done? Culture and language is the answer you’re expecting from me – right? Yes, that’s definitely an important part of the mix, but there [...]
  • Pass Options for SMX West; Sessions, Networking and More in Silicon Valley, March 11-13Search Engine Land’s – SMX West conference kicks off March 11 at the San Jose Convention Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. With over 50 educational sessions and keynotes, multiple networking activities and presentations from leading solutions providers, you’ll get the tactics and solutions you need to exceed your marketing and sales goals. SMX [...]
  • Alibaba Creates Aliyun Search Engine To Challenge Baidu, Google In ChinaChinese Internet company Alibaba has created a new search engine (Aliyun) to challenge Chinese market leader Baidu and more symbolically, Google. The new entity resides within Alibaba Group’s AliCloud subsidiary. It offers all the standard features of search: Internet, news, images and maps (via AutoNavi). The appearance and functionality of the SERP on Aliyun is more like [...]
  • Google Revolving Planets Logo For Nicolaus CopernicusGoogle is celebrating the 540th birthday of Nicolaus Copernicus, a mathematician and astronomer who was the man who came up with Heliocentrism. As you can see, the Google logo is of Heliocentrism, where the planets revolve around the sun and the sun is stationary at the center of the Solar System. Today being Nicolaus Copernicus’s [...]
  • Bing Updates Friends’ Photos Search With Windows Tiles Layout & Slideshow ViewBing announced they have made some changes to the Friends Photos search site that lets you browse and search photos of your Facebook friends. Friends Photos launched in August 2012 and several months later gets its first major refresh. The changes include a new title-like layout you are familiar with when it comes to Windows [...]
  • Burden Of Search UI Innovation Now Falls To Yahoo Veteran Laurie MannLaurie Mann has been promoted to run Yahoo Search. Mann, who is a man, has been senior vice president of engineering operations at Yahoo since 2002. Prior to that Mann spent a number of years at Oracle in various engineering roles. The news was first reported late last night by AllThingsD. Mann fills the position that was [...]
  • Google Was Nearly A Site That Allowed Users To Order Pizza Through A Fax MachineLast year, Sergey Brin gave a speech at Google Ventures CEO Summit on the value of failing, and how failing fast can be beneficial. One of the subjects that he covered was his original foray into building a web service some 20 years ago. The service that allowed users to order pizzas by harnessing the [...]
  • Live @ SMX West: Must-Have Local Search TacticsDo you run a small business? Or do you provide search marketing services for companies who serve predominantly local customers? Then you know so-called “local search” is a unique beast in its own right, requiring different approaches for organic optimization, paid search and social media marketing efforts. At SMX West, you’ll get some great street-savvy [...]
  • Reddit AMA Reveals Graph Search Has Been In The Works Since Early 2011 & Specs On How It WorksLast Friday, Lars Rasmussen, Facebook’s Director of Engineering, did an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit to discuss the ins-and-outs of Graph Search. Lars answered 20 questions from fellow Redditors shedding some light on the history, importance and technology behind Graph Search. According to Lars, the initial Graph Search was internally launched in Summer of [...]

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