SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 12, 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 Search Funnel Reports—Tunnel Vision?

    On March 19, 2010 Google unveiled Google AdWords Search Funnel Reports via this YouTube video. This was a great day for proponents of multi-attribution marketing analysis. There are two reasons why companies that offer similar services actually viewed Google’s release as a benefit to their business models and not as a mortal [...]

  • Google Squared Powers Answer Sources & Something Different Refinements

    Did you know that Google Squared turned one today? Google noted this fact today and also noted the various web search features Google Squared powers. Currently, Google Squared powers the “sources” displayed for the “best answers” one box and it also powers the new “something different” refinements on the new Google design. For example, a [...]

  • Why B2B Marketers Should Leverage Flickr

    Here it is, one of the most common cliches of all time (at least since pictures were around) – A picture speaks a thousand words.


    The saying is so prevalent because it captures the power of images so clearly. It should be no surprise that images are not only a highly effective communication vehicle, but [...]

  • Attributes To Look For When Hiring An In-House SEO

    Hiring a search professional for an in-house role can be a daunting task. SEO as a profession lacks a large, experienced talent pool, and it is especially rare to find good search marketers with in-house experience. However, an individual with the right personality, skills and background can make a great addition to your team, even [...]

  • The “Anyone Know” Search: How Twitter Is Good For More Than Brand Monitoring

    Many marketers understand Twitter search is a powerful way to monitor brand mentions and reach out to customers. But I think few realize what a powerful platform it provides to reach out on non-branded generic mentions. To better illustrate this, let me introduce the “Anyone Know” Twitter search. Actually, I’ll explain “Anyone Know” toward the end [...]

  • Did Google Screw Scroogle?

    Scroogle, a site designed for those who don’t want Google tracking their searches back to them, had some hiccups since the new Google design went live on May 5th. Scroogle worked by “scraping” the Google search results from, a service for Internet Explorer 6 users. Google has decided to discontinue that service redirect it [...]

  • Using Natural Language To Improve Conversion Rates

    Languages are powerful things. Emotive, passionate, constructive, descriptive—they are all these things and so much more! This post explores the power of natural language for conversions and first I’m going to look at “Mad Libs” forms. What is a Mad Libs form? Mad Libs forms are a style of lead generation/contact/sign-up form which are designed so that [...]

  • Google Promoting “Internet Stats” Site

    Last September Google launched “Internet Stats” in the UK. Now Google is “launching” it in the US or perhaps, more precisely, exposing it again. The site aims to be a repository for data points, organized by broad categories, market sectors and verticals. Data come from various sources, but mostly trade groups and market research firms [...]

  • When Losers Are Winners: How Google Can “Lose” Search Share & Yet Still Stomp Yahoo

    comScore’s out with new search market share figures. Yahoo’s up, but did it “game” its growth with new navigational changes? Gaming figures is nothing new. But even if Yahoo effectively did, it’s the search volume — the number of searches — that people should care more about in deciding who’s “winning” and “losing” when it [...]

  • Yahoo Covers The World Cup With New Shortcuts

    The biggest sporting event on Earth is a month away, and Yahoo is out of the gates first to announce special shortcuts focused on the 2010 World Cup. Already in place is a general World Cup shortcut, and once the matches begin, Yahoo will have specific shortcuts for countries, groups, and individual matches, like these examples [...]

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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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