SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 28, 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:

  • Cuil Launches — Can This Search Start-Up Really Best Google?
    Can any start-up search engine "be the next Google?" Many have wondered this, and today’s launch of Cuil (pronounced "cool’) may provide the best test case since Google itself overtook more established search engines. Cuil provides what appears to be a comprehensive index of the web, a unique display…
  • Power Searching Google News With Cluster Filtering
    Ionut Alex Chitu noticed a new feature in Google News that allows you to filter news clusters by three options. The three options include, “All Sources,” “Blogs,” and local news options. Let me walk you through this step by step….
  • Yellow Pages Usage Stats Are Likely Wrong
    I was reviewing print yellow pages book usage statistics this week, in preparation for the SMX Local & Mobile conference, and I was struck once again by the large numbers that the Yellow Pages Association (YPA) touts in their press releases and research papers. I’ve had some individuals at…
  • Google Ad Planner: Another Disruptive Technology From Mountain View
    When I tried out the new Google Ad Planner recently, I had no idea my reaction would be so out of step with the reactions of various observers on the scene. Has this ever happened to you? It’s like being in an episode of The Twilight Zone, as you…
  • Yahoo Improves Search Ad Performance Reports
    The Yahoo Search Marketing Blog announced they have improved the Ad Performance Reports to include a few new columns. The new columns include: Ad ID column – This column displays your Ad’s ID number.Ad: – This column provides a visual representation of your ad, including its title, short description and…
  • Yahoo Search Improves News Injection In Web Results
    The Yahoo Search Blog announced they have made “significant enhancements” to how they show news results in the web search results. Yahoo is now showing news results in different positions throughout the web search results, based on their new “News Direct Display (DD)” algorithm. In addition, Yahoo improved how they…
  • Google StreetView Mapping Rural Areas, Crosses “No Trespassing” Boundaries
    Google is starting to take StreetView beyond major US and EU metro areas to more rural locations. In the process it may be, in some cases, disregarding “no trespassing” warnings on private roads. According to a Sonoma County, California newspaper, Google has started capturing images of large areas of mostly…
  • With Yahoo Proxy Fight Done, Shareholder Protest Now Largely “Symbolic”
    Reuters reports that Gordon Crawford of Capital Research and Management, one of Yahoo’s largest shareholders, has apparently said that he may not support the existing Yahoo board at Friday’s annual shareholder meeting. The only trouble is that Yahoo’s settlement with Carl Icahn removes the ability for Crawford and other disgruntled…
  • Cuil Fast Test – Relevancy Isn’t A Google Killer
    Now that Cuil is live, I wanted to do a few fast queries to get a sense of how it seems to stack up against Google. With the huge caveat that nine queries are far from letting anyone conclude anything, I still didn’t come away with a sense that…
  • What Should You do When Quality Score Kills Your Keywords?
    One of the biggest frustrations for an AdWords advertiser is when a minimum bid for highly relevant keywords jump from a few cents to a few dollars without any seemingly reasonable explanation. The keyword, ad copy, and landing page can all be highly relevant. The CTR could be above…

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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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