SearchCap: The Day In Search, February 6, 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:

  • Managing PPC Through The Fog Of Long Tail Keywords

    PPC managers over the years have always struggled with the right number of keywords to have in their accounts. Should you build out a big inventory of long tail keywords, or keep your campaigns neat and tidy, with fewer terms that account for most of the volume? Honestly, I’d say that most accounts I’ve seen, and indeed, many [...]

  • Yahoo Launches Mobile-App Search (For PCs) In The UK

    Over the weekend there was coverage of a seemingly new feature on Yahoo search: mobile-app search. However that actually launched in the US in the middle of last year. The recent coverage was triggered by the launch of the app-search capability in the UK, which is new. The UI has been improved somewhat since I [...]

  • Using The Mobile Ratio To Measure Mobile SEO Success

    Anyone involved in online marketing has an innate sense that mobile is a big deal. We’re never more than an arm’s length from our phones, and we have a curious tendency to do everything on them. I once sat in front of a dark, Netflix-enabled flat-screen, watching Netflix on my iPhone. It was just easier, and I [...]

  • 3 Ways Enterprises Cripple Their Online Marketing Efforts

    An increasing number of enterprises are engaging in PR, SEO, social media, and content marketing. Having these four areas covered is great, but many companies are not getting anywhere near the full ROI from their investment in them. In today’s column, I am going to explore the reasons why that is the case, and outline [...]

  • Report: National Marketers Love Local, Fail At Basic Tactics

    GMS Local, an initiative from GroupM focused on local search and local digital strategies, recently conducted a survey of national marketing executives (mostly in the retail sector) about their localization strategies and tactics. The survey was fielded in September and November 2011. What the agency found was considerable enthusiasm for local-digital marketing. Yet there was [...]

  • Latest Google Search Revamp Brings Opportunities For Local Businesses

    Recently, Google announced (and Search Engine Land intensely covered) what is being described as the most significant revamp to date of their basic search tool. To sum it up from the start, the changes will likely provide local businesses with the ability to merge aspects of their search optimization and social media strategies into a unified [...]

  • Google Instant: Only On When Your Computer Can Handle It

    As part of the January search update provided by Google – Google Instant has a new default preference. The new preference is to only enable it if your computer can handle it – otherwise, Google will disable Google Instant results. If you go to the search preferences it should say Google Instant is only enabled [...]

  • Bing Webmaster Tools Adds Markup Validator

    The Bing Webmaster Blog announced they have added a new feature to the crawl section named Markup Validator. To access this new feature, login to Bing Webmaster Tools and click on the “Crawl” tab. Then on the right side or bottom left side there is an option to click on “Markup Validator.” Duane from Bing [...]

  • When Is the Super Bowl Start Time? The NFL Finally Gets It Right

    Super Bowl 46 kicks off on February 5, 2012 at 6:30pm EST on NBC. Amazingly enough, I found this information by searching on Google and clicking on the second result: Amazing because every year, football fans flock to search engines searching for the start time, and until now, organizations like the NFL, the playing [...]

  • Google’s January Search Update: Panda In The Pipelines, Fresher Results, Date Detection & More

    It’s the first Friday of the month, and that seems to be when Google has decided to push out its monthly update of search tweaks from the prior month. The January update is out and it contains a few interesting nuggets. Panda In The Pipelines There’s a mention of the Panda algorithm update that we [...]

  • Want To Speak @ SMX Toronto? Here’s How

    The agenda is live, and we’re now accepting submissions to speak at SMX Toronto 2012, on April 25-26. To increase the odds of being selected, be sure to read the agenda. Understand what the sessions are about. Ensure that your pitch is on target to the show’s audience and the session. Please also be very [...]

  • Don’t Miss Networking with Your Marketing Peers at SMX West – Feb. 28-Mar. 1 in San Jose

    We’ve already highlighted the exceptional content and highly qualified presenters at SMX West. But there’s another aspect of the conference that is just as important and valuable – networking. And with well over 1000 companies sending delegates (so far), there are lots of people to network with! Keep reading to learn more about the networking [...]

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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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