SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 29, 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’s “Voice Assistant” Not Quite Siri-Smart But Most People Won’t Notice

    At Google I/O this week Google introduced spoken search results, which mimic Siri’s functionality on the iPhone. Siri had been a major point of differentiation between Android handsets and the iPhone, despite Google’s preexisting voice search. The new Google female voice actually sounds less like a machine and more natural than Siri. And there are [...]

  • Newest Version Of AdWords Editor Released

    It’s time again to update your AdWords Editor desktop software. Google today released version 9.8.1 which will now let users add and edit dynamic search ads and product listing ads. Each of these ad formats now has its own tab, and these types of ads can now be managed on two new targeting tabs. The [...]

  • SMX Advanced Video: Google’s Matt Cutts On A Disavow-This-Link Tool

    All the talk today about Bing’s launch of a disavow this link tool is a good reminder that we should go back into our video archives and post the comments that Google’s Matt Cutts made about a tool like that during our SMX Advanced event earlier this month. Cutts was speaking with Search Engine Land’s [...]

  • Google Shopping: 7 Advanced Tips & Strategies For Merchants

    The new Google Shopping is based off of your typical paid comparison shopping engine, such as Pricegrabber, Nextag or Shopping.com. It’s a move that presents significant opportunity to the merchants who chose to stay and play in the market-rate CPC program, with no minimum CPCs. Many small merchants and some SEOs have shown their disgust [...]

  • Search In Pics: Android Jelly Bean, Google Beach Party & Neon Fur Man

    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Neon Fur Man With Sergey Bring: Source: Google+ Android Jelly Bean: Source: Google+ Android Kids: Source: [...]

  • Not All Bad Links Hurt You, Google Ignores Links Also

    Google doesn’t always penalize you for bad links, they sometimes and very often, will ignore links completely that they find to be against their guidelines. Back in 2007, Google started penalizing sites for selling paid links and over the years they have penalized many sites for buying links. Recently, Google has stepped up their notifications [...]

  • Virtual Pageviews Or Event Tracking – Which Is Right For You?

    An interesting challenge came across my desk this week. A site owner had installed a new contact form plugin on their WordPress website and they were struggling with tracking the submissions. The form submit button triggered some JavaScript and didn’t then open its own thank you page within the site. The problem? Virtual Pageviews were previously chosen [...]

  • Don’t Like The AdWords Display Ads You’re Seeing? Now Users Can Mute Them

    Google has long made it possible for users of YouTube to skip ads. Now, it’s adding that capability to the Display Network, letting people hit an “X” to dismiss, or mute, the currently-displaying ad. Google says it will use the signal as a way to deliver more relevant ads to consumers. Once a person mutes [...]

  • Bing Launches Way to “Disavow” Links, But Why?

    For years, Google’s webmaster guidelines have noted that attempts to manipulate Google’s algorithms with artificial external link profiles (paid links, link schemes and the like) are violations and that Google may take action (by removing the site from the index or lowering its ranking). This year, Google starting alerting site owners with “unnatural links”, recommending [...]

  • Hitwise: Bing Has Chipped Away 5 Percent Of Google’s Search Share Over Past Year

    Google continues to hold a death-grip on search market share in the U.S., but Experian Hitwise says that Bing has taken five percent of Google’s market share in the last 12 months. According to Hitwise’s market share stats for May 2012, Google accounted for 65 percent of all U.S. searches — down from 68 percent [...]

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