SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 11, 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:

  • DuckDuckGo Passes 2 Million Daily Searches DuckDuckGo, the upstart search engine that hangs it hat on protecting its users’ privacy, hit a new milestone on Monday: its first day with two million direct searches. According to the company’s traffic page, DuckDuckGo saw 2,211,203 direct searches on Monday — up about 400,000 over Sunday’s searches. The phrase “direct searches” refers to humans [...]
  • Google Officially Buys Waze, Will Integrate Technologies Google announced they’ve officially acquired Waze, the popular app based social driven mapping technology. This was expected and the rumors are Google paid $1.3 billion for the Israeli startup company. The big questions are (1) will this acquisition be allowed and if so (2) will Google allow Waze to be an independent product and brand? [...]
  • Google: Pages With Bad Mobile SEO Won’t Rank As Well In Future Google announced this morning they are rolling out search ranking changes to help recognize common mistakes webmasters make with their mobile configurations and auto-correct them in the search results. Google’s Yoshikiyo Kato and Pierre Far said: To improve the search experience for smartphone users and address their pain points, we plan to roll out several [...]
  • Big AdWords Auction Insights Update: Now Get Competitive Data On Campaigns, Ad Groups, Keywords In the biggest update since the Auction Insights Report last year, Google AdWords advertisers now have the ability to run reports on more than just a single keyword to learn how their ad performance compares to the competition. The Auction Insights Report allows advertisers to get competitive auction data on: Groups of keywords. Filter your [...]
  • 3 Reasons Why Deploying Hreflang Shouldn’t Be An Auto-Reflex! I apologize for talking yet again about hreflang — but there is an important point I really want to make for those working in geo-targeting. For some, “hreflang” is becoming an auto-reflex, and that’s definitely not helping their international success. Allow me to explain why. A quick recap of hreflang first. Hreflang is an attribute [...]
  • Link Building & The Power Of The Customer With the growth of social networks and the ability to instantly tell the world how you’re feeling, we’ve watched power shift from brands to consumers. No longer can companies simply rely on their marketing to do the talking — they now have to rely on what their customers are saying. Why? According to American Express, [...]
  • Is Being Found Part Of Your Social Media Strategy? Successful communication is all about getting the right message in front of the right people at the right time. In the first part of this two-part series on search and social media sites, I noted the undeniable importance of social media as evidenced by the sheer volume of social media updates posted daily on Twitter [...]
  • Google’s Matt Cutts On Common Disavow Link Tool Mistakes Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, posted a new video discussing some of the more common mistakes when using the disavow tool. Below are the six most common mistakes. Note the first one is by far the most common mistake of them all. (1) The file you upload should be a regular text file [...]
  • Majestic SEO Takes Their Site Explorer Tool Free The Majestic SEO team announced today that they have made their Site Explorer tool free for verified domains. With that, they also announced improvements to the user interface, additional features and unlimited use for paid users of the tool. Free user accounts can get up to 2,500 links to their site, while paid users can [...]

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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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