SearchCap: The Day In Search, Jan. 15, 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:

  • Greg Linden Mothballs Findory
    I never got into Greg Linden’s Findory service much. Now after three years, he’s announced the personalized information service is effectively being mothballed. What’s there should keep working, but he has no plans to expand or improve the service further. I may not have used Findory much, but I’ve continued to be impressed on Greg’s thoughts on search and personalization that he shares via his personal blog. Best of luck, Greg, on whatever you do next….
  • SEO Blogs Under Hack Attack
    First Graywolf’s blog was hacked, then I just found Stuntdubl has gone down when I was about to send some link love his way. I’ll hold that for tomorrow. They’re not the only ones. The culprit is over here and writes (NOTE: Links no longer work as this WordPress hosted account was promptly suspended for violating the terms of service):…
  • More Spotting Google’s Related Searches At Bottom Of Page
    Last month, we reported how Google was testing related searches at the bottom of search results pages, which Google’s Matt Cutts confirmed in comments on our post. In the past few days, I’ve seen a flood of further posts about related searches as more and more people spot these. Yes, they do seem to be more noticeable and frequently appearing. I’ve been getting them myself over the past two days. You get a series of eight suggested searches as links, under the heading of "Searches related to:" followed by the original word you searched for….
  • Googlers Give Overwhelmingly To Democrats; Google’s PAC Gave More To Republicans
    Google contributes thousands to conservatives from USA Today looks at how while 98 percent of Google employee money went to Democrats in the last election, the company-controlled Google NetPAC gave 61 percent of its contributions to conservative candidates. Then again, donations of $31,000 were tiny and the "company" PAC has donations that come almost entirely from only seven employees, hardly feeling that much like a real company effort….
  • Looking At Microsoft’s Continued Long Game In Search
    Hooked on Google from the San Jose Mercury News revisits a theme from Microsoft that I’ve reported to readers over the years. That’s how Microsoft’s failure to beat Google in search — despite millions in spending — gets the "it’s early days, give us time" defense from Microsoft. The defense is partially true, but it gets weaker and weaker as the actual years of saying that mount….
  • Hacking Google To Help It Improve Security
    Last Friday, Philipp Lenssen wrote a fascinating post describing how his associate Tony Ruscoe was able to access Philipp’s Google account: "It’s your worst nightmare – someone reads parts of your Google emails, views your docs, modifies your spreadsheets, checks out your reading habits on the Google personalized homepage or Google Reader, and goes through your search history." Tony’s a white-hat hacker, so he reported his exploit to Google’s security team, and they’ve now closed the hole that allowed this to happen. Today, Tony explains what he did and how he thinks Google fixed the problem in Details of Google’s…
  • Microsoft Live & Yahoo Push For Firefox Users, Plus Revisiting The IE7 Search Battle
    Today I noticed trying to get me to search with it in Firefox. Then Yahoo did the same thing. So I guess a new round of "let’s change search defaults" is going on within Firefox. That seemed a good excuse for a revisit how the various search engines are trying to pull us as their default choices in both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox….
  • Study Says Get In Top 5 Not Top 10 & Search Engines May Need To Highlight Official Sites
    On Friday, we reported briefly on a new eye tracking study from Microsoft on how users interact with search results. I spent some time doing a deep dive into the survey, which is full of interesting information. Among the findings is that search marketers may need to be more concerned about getting into the top five rather than the top ten, if they want to be seen. In addition, search engines might want to seriously experiment more with adding "official site" links at the top of their pages and possibly enlarge the size of listing descriptions or "snippets" to help…
  • New Year’s Resolution: Know Your Inbound Link Potential!
    So what’s your linking strategy for 2007? I mean besides get as many as possible? Maybe you’re adding link bait? Or buying links? Or ramping up your link-loaded "press releases" to six per month?  Buying old sites and 301′ing them? Or maybe you want to get to the Digg homepage? Reciprocals? Three ways? Ask your college kid for a link from his .edu page? Outsource it all? Or how about this? Works for me. Whatever your linking strategy — and there are many – one thing has not changed a bit in the 14 years I’ve been in the link…
  • Link Week: New Column From Search Engine Land
    I’d like to welcome Eric Ward who kicks off Link Week today, a regular weekly column from Search Engine Land. Eric’s has been both building links as a professional over the past 14 years and educating people about the space over that time. We’re thrilled to have him writing for us. Link Week is the first of several other columns that will be launching on Search Engine Land over the coming weeks. I’ll provide an introduction for each one of them, as they launch….

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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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