SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 12, 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:

  • George Bush “Miserable Failure” Google Bomb Back, This Time In Knowledge Graph The Google Bomb is back! Searching for [miserable failure] in Google now returns George W. Bush’s knowledge graph in the search results. The Google Bomb first became popular back in 2004 when Google and some other search engines ranked George W. Bush as the number one result for a search on [miserable failure]. In 2007, [...]
  • SMX Advanced: Microsoft’s Gurdeep Singh Pall Talks About Voice Search, Entities & More Day two of our SMX Advanced event is getting started with our second keynote event: a conversation with Microsoft’s Gurdeep Singh Pall. He’s the VP for the Information Platform & Experience team at Microsoft, and is responsible for vision, product strategy and R&D for Bing. Search Engine Land’s founding editor, Danny Sullivan, is leading the [...]
  • Conversion Testing for Low-Traffic Websites In my almost twenty years of online marketing, I’ve rarely seen a report showing the average worldwide visitor traffic most sites receive on a monthly basis. Truth be told, around 95% of all websites are below 30 visitors a day. Unfortunately, this number tends to include friends and relatives and seemingly random visitors from countries [...]
  • Google’s Cutts Talks Structured Data Beta, Mobile Site Speed Need, Penalty Notices To Get Example Links & More Last night at SMX Advanced, Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts was on stage to answer questions about Google search and webmaster topics with Danny Sullivan. We covered the session in live blog format and pulled out several key points. Of all my years watching Matt Cutts talk, I believe it has been over [...]
  • Google Structured Data Dashboard Beta Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at SMX Advanced a new beta application is testing within Google Webmaster Tools named the Structured Data Dashboard. The new dashboard will show webmasters more errors and reporting based on their schema, rich snippet and structured data implemented on a website. Matt said if you as a [...]
  • Google: Site Speed Penalty Coming To Mobile Web Sites Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at SMX Advanced that Google is likely going to roll out a version of the site speed ranking factor for mobile sites. Back in 2010, Google said site speed is a ranking factor. Google’s Matt Cutts said expect something similar to come to mobile search soon. This [...]
  • Google Webmaster Notifications Now To Show Example URLs Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, announced at SMX Advanced that starting in the next day or so, Google Webmaster Tools notifications will now include example URLs of problem areas. For example, if you receive a manual penalty for unnatural links, Google will provide a few sample URLS. If you have other manual penalties, [...]
  • Google’s Panda Dance: Matt Cutts Confirms Panda Rolls Out Monthly Over 10 Of 30 Days At SMX Advanced, Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, announced that the Panda algorithm is still being updated roughly every month, but that update is rolled out slowly throughout the month. It is like a Google Dance, but in this case, a Panda Dance. What happens is Google will run the update on a [...]
  • Market Share: Bing Continues Gains, Yahoo “Stabilized,” Google Flat Financial analysts are releasing May comScore search market share data to their clients, which means we’re getting an early look at what the metrics firm will be generally exposing in the next 24 hours. Here are the numbers — comparing April and May of 2013 as well as May 2012: Google: 66.7 percent (May) vs. [...]
  • Google Payday Loan Algorithm: Google Search Algorithm Update To Target Spammy Queries Google has officially launched a new search update to target “spammy queries” such as [payday loan], pornographic and other heavily spammed queries. Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, announced this on Twitter saying “We just started a new ranking update today for some spammy queries.” He pointed to the video he published where he [...]
  • SMX Advanced: You&A Conversation With Matt Cutts (Pandas, Penguins & Payday Loan Spam) Day one of our SMX Advanced show is almost over, but there’s one last session still to come: the traditional “You&A with Matt Cutts” keynote session. Search Engine Land’s founding editor, Danny Sullivan, will be sitting down for a lengthy chat with Matt Cutts, the head of Google’s webspam team. The session is due to [...]
  • Bing Maps Adds New Bird’s Eye Imagery, Venue Maps & A Report A Problem Feature Bing Maps announced a number of new additions today, including a more expansive collection of Bird’s Eye Imagery locations, new Venue Maps and a Report a Problem feature. According to Bing, the search engine has published 1,452,948 sq km of Bird’s Eye images from around the world with the largest collection posted today, offering users [...]

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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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