SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 23, 2008

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Anything Else? Vivisimo’s Remix Clustering Surfaces Subtler Results
    You know that aggravating feeling you get when you’ve done a search and your results are OK, but you’re sure there’s something better if only the “obvious” results weren’t totally dominant? Or if you could somehow come up with a cleverer way of expressing your query without wasting a bunch…
  • Search Stocks & The Stock Crash: GOOG, YHOO & MSFT
    Hitting John Battelle’s blog today, he noted what a plunge Google took on the stock market yesterday and in general through the current year. I thought it would be fun to look at Microsoft and Yahoo as well. The chart above covers the past month and shows Google (GOOG),…
  • Will The European Union Decide IP Addresses Are Personal?
    The head of an EU group looking into search privacy issues said yesterday that Internet Protocol addresses assigned to computers should be treated as personal information. Below, more about that plus a look at some comments about how the search engines have been reported to the European Parliament to be…
  • FTC Complaint Filed Over AskEraser: “Unfair & Deceptive”
    Photo adapted from one by Hans Engel Some felt won the privacy oneupmanship that went on last year, when it rolled out Ask Eraser, a tool promising to stop recording any information about someone doing a search. But questions quickly came up, including whether the tool helped at…
  • Google Best Place To Work; Says Fortune Magazine
    Fortune Magazine rated Google the best place to work in 2008. Google secured the top spot for a second year in a row because, as Fortune explains, “Google continued to mint millionaires as the stock cracked $700. The company gives stock options to 99% of employees.” Microsoft made the list…
  • Google’s Mysterious Position Six Penalty
    One of the most recent Google theories floating through the forums is the “position six penalty.” The signs of being hit by a “position six penalty” is when you see your number one or two rankings shift downwards to position number six in Google. Many people first started noticing this…
  • Building A Career In Search Marketing
    So, you’ve decided that a career in search marketing IS for you. Sure, your friends, parents and significant other have no idea what you’re talking about when you describe the profession, but there’s money to be made, and you want your share! But, where to begin? Wanting the job…
  • Google Maps: From “OneBox” To Ten Local Links
    For ages — though OneBox results and its successor of Universal Search — Google Local results have sometimes shown on regular Google search pages, with three local listings and a prompt for more results. Except now that seems to be changing, with 10 results showing. Last week Paul Jahn at…
  • South Korea To Google: Return Our Cities From North Korea
    Google Under Fire for Flawed Korea Maps from the Digital Chosunilbo reports Google has labeled some of the regions in South Korea as being part of North Korea. Specifically, the city of Incheon, and some islands in Ongjin County such as Baegryeong-do, Daecheong-do, and Socheong-do are labeled to be in…
  • Baidu Relaunches In Japan
    Baidu aims to take on Google and Yahoo in Japan from Reuters reports Baidu has relaunched in Japan at The press release called the launch a “formal launch of its Japanese language search engine.” As part of this launch, Baidu revamped the Japanese home page and added blog search….
  • The Brutal Realities Of The B2B Lead Qualification Process
    So your pay-per-click campaign has generated 100 registrations for the download of a white paper. One hundred conversions may sound pretty good, but the real questions are: How many of these are valid, qualified prospects… what percentage will become sales leads… and ultimately, customers? Understanding the lead qualification process…
  • Building Smarter Landing Pages For Stronger Leads
    My December article, Think Beyond The Click: How To Build Landing Pages That Convert, received some great feedback, and raised some questions, so I’ve decided to address a few more important topics about landing pages. Readers commented that the success of a landing page depends on its audience and…
  • Publicis & Google In Technology, Media-Planning Partnership
    Paris-based Publicis Groupe is one of the four largest ad agencies in the world, with a portfolio of subsidiary brands that includes Leo Burnett Worldwide and Saatchi & Saatchi, among many others. In late 2006, the firm also bought online ad agency Digitas. Reuters is reporting that Publicis and Google…

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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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