SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 3, 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:

  • Google To Discontinue iGoogle, Once Google’s Fastest Growing Product

    Google announced they are shutting down several products as part of their “summer spring cleaning” efforts. One of those products is iGoogle, once known to be Google’s faster growing product. In fact, iGoogle at one point accounted for 20% of all visits to Google’s homepage! Now, Google decides to kill it off on November 1, [...]

  • New Orleans Residents: Dear Google, It’s Time To Update Our Street View Images

    A pair of New Orleanians are trying to get Google to update the Street View imagery of their city — some of which is five years old and still shows the ruins from 2005′s Hurricane Katrina. “We basically just want to let Google know that there’s a real need for updated images this many years [...]

  • Three Free Keyword Research Tools

    One of the hardest things to do in keyword research is to uncover related keywords. With that in mind, the tools I’m reviewing today all help identify related keywords that you may want to search in more detail. These tools are not a substitute for detailed keyword research like I talked about in my first [...]

  • How To Get Alignment Of Your Global Search Programs

    I just wrapped up a strategy session in Europe with two different companies and wanted to recap some of the issues I encountered and how we are working through them. It was interesting that in both cases, their US programs were fairly advanced and organized, yet their local market programs were under-performing and in a [...]

  • Google Places iOS App Becomes Google+ Local

    The rebranding of Google Places continues. Google has released iOS version 1.4 of what was called the Google Places app, but is now known as Google+ Local. The Android version of the Google Places app was also updated this week. The name change follows along with Google’s May 30th announcement that Google Place Pages on [...]

  • Blekko Offers Fresher Index For SEO Purposes

    Blekko announced they have made improvements to their crawler and indexer to provide more up to date and fresher results to SEOs looking for SEO related data. Blekko, the Slashtag Search Engine, offers a nice set of free SEO tools. In fact, they pride themselves as being different by offering all these SEO tools for [...]

  • Google Bans Weapon-Related Listings From Google Shopping

    Google has begun notifying merchants that it won’t allow them to continue to listing weapons-related items for sale in Google Shopping. Searches in Google Shopping for things like “pistol grip shotgun” (above), “gun scopes,” “shotgun shells” and many other terms are leading to a results page that says the term “did not match any shopping [...]

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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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