SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 20, 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 Changes Display URL Policy: One Domain Per Ad Group

    The Google AdWords blog has finally announced that the new display URL policy will go into effect the week of February 24th. The new policy, which was I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable about a month ago, and was confirmed by AdWordsAdvisor (an official Google representative in WebmasterWorld), will disallow multiple display domains [...]

  • Google Suggests Ways To Prevent Hacking

    If you run a popular/successful blog, there’s a pretty good chance you’re plenty familiar with hacking and how to deal with it. But hacking comes in many forms and can hit any kind of web site that isn’t secure. In a post today, Google’s Webmaster Central blog talks about ways to prevent hacking, including using [...]

  • Search In Pictures: Ask.com At Daytona, Vint Cerf At SMX & Yahoo Hack Day India

    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Ask.com Car & Crew at Daytona: Google Hammocks: Yahoo Hack Day in India: Vint Cerf at SMX West: Video of Ask.com [...]

  • Google Brings Back Video & Drops Shopping From Top Navigation

    Google has dropped the “Shopping” link from the main top navigation on Google.com and replaced it with a “Video” link. What is the big deal? Well, in November 2007, Google did the exact reverse. They dropped the video link for products to replace it. Then Google renamed products to shopping but [...]

  • Google AdSense Adds Font Selection

    The Google AdSense blog has added the font selection preference for publishers. Publishers can now pick between Arial, Times, and Verdana font types and they will be present on all of their Latin-based character units. Publishers can pick the font style two different ways within the AdSense console.

    They can go to [...]

  • Google Maps: Transit Updates, Map Maker In 27 Languages

    Yesterday Google provided another round of Transit updates. These include more cities globally as well as full public transit schedules for a number of new cities in Canada, the UK, Houston, Texas and throughout the state of Virginia. Separately Google now says that its community mapping tool Map Maker is available in 27 languages: We are proud [...]

  • SEO vs. Web Site Architecture

    If you ask web professionals what their interpretation of the phrase information architecture is, you will get a wide variety of responses. A search engine optimization (SEO) professional might launch into some grand scheme about indexation and PageRank sculpting. A web developer usually views information architecture in terms of fields in a database—how each field [...]

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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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