SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 2, 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:

  • Google Alerts Drops RSS Delivery Option Google has quietly dropped the support to deliver your Google Alerts via RSS. A warning at the top of the page, for those who had RSS delivery previous set up for Alerts reads: Google Reader is no longer available. To continue receiving Google Alerts, change to email delivery. Here is a screen shot: In October [...]
  • Google No Longer Powering Russian Internet Company Searches As Mail.ru Takes All Queries In-House Russian Internet company Mail.ru Group released an official announcement that they will be handling all queries made by Search Mail.ru users from here on out. According to TheNextWeb.com, Google previously powered 60 percent of the searches performed on Search Mail.ru, after the company split ways with Russian search engine Yandex in August 2010. While Mail.ru [...]
  • Local Businesses Need To Expand & Refine Advertising Approach With consumers leveraging a broader array of online and offline media when searching for local business information — and increasingly relying on smartphones and tablets to conduct searches — local businesses need to expand and refine their advertising approach in order to remain competitive, according to new research released today by the Local Search Association. [...]
  • Bing Ads Introduces New Ad Format With Windows 8.1 Smart Search Integration Microsoft announced today that the Bing Ads platform will be integrated with Windows 8.1 Smart Search, giving Bing Ads advertisers more reach and a new ad format. Released last week, Smart Search in Windows 8.1 allows users to search across the Web, apps, devices and the cloud with one query. The results are then returned in [...]
  • Google Testing Larger News Photos In Search Results Google Operating System reports Google is testing showing larger photos in the News OneBox Google Web results page. Often, when you search for news related topics in Google.com, Google will show news results at the top, middle or bottom of the results. This is part of Google’s universal search launch from years ago. Often, the [...]
  • 11 Things We Should Never Ever Do In Link Building Again Okay friends, we need to have a little talk. I am frustrated. All of us Link Week columnists genuinely care about giving away good (and free, I might add) information on how to do link building the right way. So why, why, pray tell, do we continue to see so much crap? Clearly, we’re going to have to [...]
  • Want To Speak @ SMX East? Here’s How The agenda is live, and we’re now accepting submissions to speak at Search Marketing Expo – SMX East 2013, October 1-3, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. To increase the odds of being selected, be sure to read the agenda. Understand what the sessions are about. Ensure that your pitch [...]
  • Google Webmaster Tools Restructures Navigation & Adds Search Appearance Overlay Google announced they’ve updated the navigation within Google Webmaster Tools and have also added a new “search appearance” pop up that should help novice webmasters. New Webmaster Tools Navigation The new navigation was redesigned and structured to be in the order of “the stages of search,” said Mariya Moeva, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst. The structure [...]
  • 2013 Search Awards Comes To The US With Nominations Open Through July 19 The 2013 US Search Awards are now accepting nominations from organizations, agencies and individuals for search campaigns conducted in the US. The awards include 22 different categories, along with a Grand Prix prize which will be awarded to the best entry among the 22 categories. The deadline for entries is July 19, with the shortlist [...]

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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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