SearchCap: The Day In Search, June 5, 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:

  • Bing Ads Will Copycat Google AdWords Enhanced Campaigns With New Bid Adjustments It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Microsoft is adjusting the Bing Ads platform to play nicely with AdWords enhanced campaigns. The company said they would be making changes back in early April, and now they are providing specifics. Bing Ads has supported incremental bidding by geo-location, gender, age, day of the week or time of day for [...]
  • Mystery Solved: Why Mobile Safari Searchers Appear To Come “Direct” To Sites Rather Than Via Google Since September, people using Safari in iOS 6 and searching on Google have appeared to publishers as if they’ve come directly to their sites, as opposed to having been driving by search. At last, the reason behind the Dark Google cut-off of data has been found: mobile Safari doesn’t support the “meta referrer” tag. I [...]
  • Google AdWords Image Extensions Now In Beta Today, Google has announced the official beta for Image Extensions in AdWords. The image extension has been spotted here and there in the wild over the past couple of months. It allows AdWords advertisers to display relevant images with text ads. Google will certainly be experimenting with the visual display, but here is a current example. Google [...]
  • Google’s Matt Cutts: Web Spam Benefits From Using Rel=”Author” A new video by Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, talks about how potentially using rel=”author” structured data can help Google’s Web spam team improve search quality. Matt Cutts explains that moving from the anonymous Web to a Web with identity helps Google understand the authority and trust of the person writing that content. [...]
  • Yahoo Officially Rolls Out New Yahoo Search Results Design Yahoo has officially announced that the redesign they’ve been testing for the past couple of weeks is now live. The new design boasts a faster load time, search results higher up on the page, a new navigation bar at the top, and a more consistent look with the Yahoo homepage. Yahoo also promises to roll [...]
  • Use Site Search Data To Fuel Your Content & Key Phrase Strategy Blindfolded, Dave listened carefully to his guide. Her clues about what lay beyond the two doors were interesting, but vague. Then the horn blared. He was out of time! He had to choose his path. But how? He needed more information! Much like Dave, marketers are often in the dark when they make content strategy [...]
  • Fresh Out Of The Oven: Contextual Tastes Way Better Than Cookies In recent years, using cookie data in behavioral targeting strategies has been heralded as a game-changer by online marketers. A large part of this attention is focused on data management platforms (DMPs) that enable behavioral targeting through the use of cookie data to categorize a user’s website activity and optimize ad buying. Although this has [...]
  • More Sitelink Performance Detail Coming To Bing Ads Reporting To provide more insight into sitelink performance, Bing Ads reporting will soon include Click Type segmentation. The new Click Type check box will be pre-selected in the Ad Extension by Ad and Ad Extension by Keywords reports. Currently Ad Extension reports provide data on just the sitelink itself. By choosing Click Type, the reports will [...]

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