SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 30, 2008

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Yahoo Search June 2008 Index Update
    Yahoo has warned us of an up and coming Yahoo Search index update. Priyank Garg & Sharad Verma of Yahoo Search said, Yahoo will “be rolling out some changes to our crawling, indexing and ranking algorithms over the next few days, but expect the update will be completed soon.” The…
  • Search Biz: Yahoo Morale Okay, Musical Chairs At Google, Microsoft, Marc Andreessen Joins Facebook Board & Tech Giants Fight “Patent Trolls”
    Lots of action for SearchBiz today; let’s start with Yahoo. Fortune reprints a purported Yahoo employee email that is very upbeat and flies in the face of the gloom and doom analysis going on in the blogs. Meanwhile TechCrunch reports on another executive loss at the company, while Carl “proxy…
  • Yahoo Officially Discontinued The Overture Keyword Suggestion Tool
    I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable that the Overture Keyword Suggestion Tool no longer takes you to the tool, instead it redirects you to the Yahoo Search Marketing landing page. I emailed Yahoo for a statement, and they have confirmed that they have decommissioned the tool. There are tools…
  • Google Blocks Anti-Obama Blogs Flagged Incorrectly As Spam
    My day started reading about how Google was reportedly censoring anti-Barack Obama blogs by shutting them down on Google-owned Blogger. I quickly did some debunking in a comment on our Sphinn site — but still, Google probably needs to do more to ensure its Blogger spam reporting tools aren’t…
  • Matt Cutts On SEO Tips & Fighting Spam
    Google’s Matt Cutts has recently provided some advice on SEO and explained how Google combats spam. Matt recently was interviewed by Jefferson Graham of USA Today. The article was named Google’s Cutts: Good directions drive traffic to your website. The article covers five topics of SEO including keyword phrases, title…
  • Competitors Taking Action Against Competitors For Search Ad Trademark Infringement
    Search ads trigger trademark lawsuit from rival from reports on another search ad trademark lawsuit. This one differs in that the plaintiff is not suing a search engine, but rather suing his competitor. NameSafe sued LifeLock for allegedly allowing one of their resellers to show search ads with NameSafe’s…
  • Google Pushing Into TV, Original Content Distribution
    One could liken Google to a house that keeps expanding, with new room additions every few months. Google’s house is already the largest on the block and it seems to keep getting bigger. Two related moves represent further expansion. The first is the announcement last week of the Google Media…
  • Don’t Let Machines Write Your Keyword Lists
    As anyone who has seen the Terminator or Matrix movies can attest, if machines rule the world humans are in deep trouble. Similarly, if you allow machines to control the PPC keyword creation process you are guaranteed to both leave opportunity on the table and flush money down the…

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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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