SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 29, 2009

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • The Long Tail of Paid Search Account Effort

    If you spend enough time sitting at your desk in summer, you can go slightly insane. That aside, daydreaming sometimes leads to back-door observations, studies show. Glancing out the window, it’s evident that it takes a lot of resources and coordination to run a neighborhood. Schools, crossing guards, street sweepers, garbage collection, public pool maintenance, snow [...]

  • Google Tests Dropping Off Country Specific Search?

    The SEO Home blog has noticed that Google UK is now testing removing the radio button to only show “pages from the UK.” If you visit you may notice the radio button, but some are noticing that the radio button for that country specific option is now missing. Google UK With the Country Specific [...]

  • Google: We’re Not Really That Big But If We Are, We Aren’t Bad

    The NY Times offers a broad article about Google’s efforts to define, explain and clarify its place in the market in the face of increasing anti-trust scrutiny (Google Makes a Case That It Isn’t So Big). There are currently three Justice Department investigations pending that involve Google, concerning its Book Search settlement, overlapping directors with [...]

  • Google Slides On Ranking Issues

    The Google Webmaster Central blog posted slides on traffic drops and site architecture issues. The slides are from an SMX London 2009 presentation.

    For more information, see the Google blog post.

  • Funny: “Googling With Bing”

    Monday’s can be rough for many people, so I thought I share with you a funny video named “Googling with Bing.” It basically is a Bing commercial, but they replace the word “search” with “Google.”

    See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor. Hat tip to TechCrunch for spotting this.

  • Next Great Thing: Bing Draws On IYP Connection

    Everyone seems to be chiming in with their reviews of Microsoft’s new search engine — oops, I mean “decision engine”. Can it compete with Yahoo? Will it become a verb like Google? Why’d they name it after the Chandler character on “Friends?” I don’t know if Bing will grow legs or if it’ll get lost amid [...]

  • Riding The Rail: Plenty Of Time To Ponder Search

    I’m going just a bit off topic this month. It may seem a stretch, but bear with me, there is a modicum of relevance to this column. You see, most of my ideas for Industrial Strength columns, as well as the bulk of my SEL column writing, take place on either the Capitol 523 or [...]

  • Google Thinks Michael Jackson Died At Age 65 In 2007

    Oops. Bad, Google. Occasionally the service inserts direct answers to searches at the top of its results. It makes guesses at this, and in the case of michael jackson died, it’s making the wrong guess. Henry Elliss tipped us that Google’s showing that Michael Jackson died in 2007, at age 65. The problem? Google’s drawing on [...]

  • The Bogus Google Give-Away

    Here’s a new one on me. I just got an email telling me that I’ve won nearly $1 million from a “drawing” randomly selected from those searching on Google. Suffice to say, it’s a scam. I can assure you that Google’s done no drawing like this. Add the spam to those about missing fortunes in [...]

  • Michael Jackson’s Death: An Inside Look At How Google, Yahoo, & Bing Handled An Extraordinary Day In Search

    An extraordinary day of breaking news on Thursday led to record-breaking traffic spikes as people searched online for information about the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and, especially, Michael Jackson. And just like their counterparts in traditional media, the news divisions of Google, Yahoo, and Bing responded with sometimes extraordinary measures to ensure they were giving [...]

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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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