SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 9, 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:

  • Cutts: Infographic Links Might Get Discounted In The Future

    In an in-depth interview between Eric Enge and Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts – Cutts said that Google may discount the value of links generated by infographics. Matt Cutts told Eric: This is similar to what people do with widgets as you and I have talked about in the past. I would not [...]

  • Wolfram|Alpha Puts 300 Hand-Drawn Query Icons On Its New Homepage

    Here’s something you don’t see every day: hand-drawn artwork turned into search queries. Wolfram|Alpha has rolled out a new home page that features nearly 300 icons surrounding the traditional search box. The company says each icon is hand-drawn and represents an “interactive starting point” to help users understand better the types of data and answers [...]

  • Responsive Design Alone Is Not Mobile SEO

    Finally, Google and Bing have both made it official that for mobile search, it is best to have One URL to Rule Them All, something I have been advocating for over 2 years. At the recent 2012 SMX Advanced iSEO session, Cindy Krum stepped in to represent the “one URL” approach in the session’s debate vs the m. strategy. Although the [...]

  • Chicago Police Use Google To Arrest Fugitive

    Police credit Google, intuition in fugitive arrest via the AP reports the Chicago police used Google to help arrest Ronnell Jones. The AP reports Ronnell Jones didn’t initially give his real name to the police but when he was going through the booking procedure he gave the police his real name and date of birthday. [...]

  • 5 Tips To Fine Tune PPC Ad Copy

    Of all the communicating we humans do, it’s estimated that only 7% of our message is transmitted by the words we choose, while the rest of our meaning and intention comes from the tone, body language and other non-verbal cues we use. So what does this means for PPC advertisers, who communicate exclusively in short [...]

  • Chitika: iPad Leads Tablets With Web Usage But Only Has A 1.02% CTR On Ads

    Chitika published a study today on tablet device usage share and the click through rate (CTR) on ads based on screen size. The study showed that 8 inch tablets such as Vizio and Pantech had the highest level of click through rates but the lowest level of web usage rates. Similarly, the 8.9 inch tablets [...]

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  • Nato (Nate Orshan)

    Hey Barry, the following seems is happening every week: I’ll go to the Top Search Engine News Stories page at around noon EST and fail to see a SearchCap for the previous business day. I’ll return around noon the NEXT day and see the SearchCap I’d been looking for the previous day in the Search News Briefs list. When I click through to that previously-missing day’s SearchCap, I see that it indeed had apparently been posted on the correct day, yet it had escaped inclusion in the Search News Briefs list.

    That’s the case with this page, “SearchCap: The Day In Search, July 9, 2012″. Although its timestamp reads, “Jul 9, 2012 at 5:06pm ET”, I know for a fact that it did not appear in the Search News Briefs list yesterday midday.

    Any idea what’s going on? Should I just try navigating to the Search News Briefs page itself at and forget about trusting the Search News Briefs feed on

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