SearchCap: The Day In Search, March 23, 2010

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 AdWords Search Funnels Launched: See All The Keywords That Led To Conversions

    Google launched a new AdWords reporting feature named AdWords Search Funnels. AdWords Search Funnel shows you all the keywords that assisted in conversion made through Google AdWords, rather than just the last one before a buy or conversion action. This feature is being rolled out over the next few weeks, so keep [...]

  • New Ruling May Mean More Googling In Court

    A federal appeals court ruling this week may open the door for judges to increase their use of search engines during court cases. Monday’s ruling authorized a judge’s use of Google to “confirm an intuition about a matter of common knowledge,” according to Reuters. The case in question was a criminal matter in which the defendant [...]

  • Yahoo! Launches Search-Based iPhone Apps, Including Sketch-A-Search

    When Yahoo and Microsoft announced their partnership to replace Yahoo organic search index with Bing’s, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said that while Yahoo would no longer crawl and index the web, they would own the search experience and continue to innovate there. I was skeptical. There’s only so much innovation a search engine can do [...]

  • Are Specialists The Future Of Link Building?

    The cookie cutter approach to link building has never really worked. You can’t apply the identical linking strategy for one site to another site. Even so, services that sell that exact thing have flourished. I really can’t believe people are still buying link building packages from cheapest-priced, overseas vendors/workers who can barely type, and don’t speak [...]

  • How To Use Social Media Monitoring Tools To Build Relationships And Links

    Social media monitoring is the practice of monitoring social media for topics and mentions that are of interest to your company or brand. Social media monitoring is generally discussed with in the context of online reputation management. However, social media monitoring can also be used to help promote a brand, aid customer service, contribute to [...]

  • Google Wins Legal Battle Over AdWords Trademark Issue In Europe

    European luxury goods maker LVMH (Luis Vuitton) sued Google in France over its AdWords policy allowing third parties, including LVMH competitors, to bid on its trademarked terms as keywords. The case originally arose when marketers bid on “Louis Vuitton” and turned out to be selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton items. The company won in France’s highest court, [...]

  • Akira Kurosawa Gets A Google Doodle, But Not On

    If you visit Google UK, Google Israel or many of the international Google properties, you will find a special Google Doodle for Akira Kurosawa. Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese film director and producer, he was awarded the Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1989. He was known as “one of the most important [...]

  • Even If Google Leaves China, You Shouldn’t

    Today’s news that Google is defying Chinese authorities by no longer censoring search results leaves many wondering whether the government will simply force Google to cease operations in China. Even if that happens, China is still an important market to consider. Google is not the first western company to fall out with the Chinese government nor [...]

  • Google Testing Hotel Prices In Google Maps

    A “small portion” of Google Maps users may see the latest experiment on Google Maps: the addition of hotel prices as part of the business listing information. You’ll know that you’re one of those users if you see an interface like this next time you search for hotels on Google Maps:

    The pricing information comes from [...]

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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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