SearchCap: The Day In Search, May 16, 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 Launches Knowledge Graph To Provide Answers, Not Just Links

    Hinted at for months, Google formally launched its “Knowledge Graph” today. The new technology is being used to provide popular facts about people, places and things alongside Google’s traditional results. It also allows Google to move toward a new way of searching not for pages that match query terms but for “entities” or concepts that [...]

  • With Fix In Place, Wolfram Alpha Explains How Siri “Recommended” The Lumia By Mistake

    It wasn’t Siri that was recommending the Lumia as the best smartphone to some last week; it was Wolfram Alpha. That won’t happen again, now that Wolfram Alpha has made changes to to fix problems it had dealing with customer reviews. Reviews Weren’t Weighted To Account For Number When I looked into the Siri-Lumia issue last [...]

  • 3 Guidelines To Scale Your SEM Team

    There is a phenomenon within organizations that causes productivity to decline as teams grow larger. This phenomenon is described in economics as a diseconomy of scale and is caused by at least three factors including increased communication costs, duplication of effort, and top-heavy management. These three components can cripple an SEM team that grows larger than four [...]

  • Did Google Drop 100+ Small Directories

    Yesterday I covered a WebmasterWorld thread where SEOs were complaining that Google has been removing tons of free web directories from their index. I conducted some random tests and did notice some of these free web directories not coming up in Google. Later in the day, Terry Van Horne began running larger tests on 500+ [...]

  • Do Search & Display Really Belong Together?

    The premise is simple – PPC and display are both media buys trying to achieve similar outcomes; both are forms of ‘bought media’ and now with display moving to a biddable environment both now require quantitative skill sets to manage them. It’s not a tough sell to convince a budget holder that a single agency [...]

  • Early Stage Landing Pages At The Top Of The Funnel

    For many B2B and considered purchases, buyers go through several stages of evaluating the market and choosing a seller. Different stages naturally benefit from different kinds of landing pages and conversion strategies. Here, we’ll take a look at the very top of the funnel, to see how three different companies are handling early-stage interest on [...]

  • Bing’s New Social-Friendly Search Interface Now Live

    The new Bing interface, with a healthy dose of social connections and discovery, is now live for all users. Bing’s announcement today says that anyone can access the new interface at, but you should also see a new message atop the Bing home page that invites you to try “the best search, now with [...]

  • How To Use The Keyword Funnel To Understand Searcher Intent

    Keyword research can give you great insight into customer problems, needs, desires, and intent.I like to categorize keyword categories themselves into a total of *ten* funnel stages. After performing my initial keyword categorization (sort of into micro-categories), I like to categorize the categories themselves into a total of *ten* funnel stages I’ve developed, which are organized around a “problem/solution” mental model.

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  • jake

    Is there a problem with “BING Webmaster Keyword Tool” because I am not getting any data when researching keywords. After typing in specific keyword and hitting search I get no data in the “Impressions” and also no data from “Suggestions”. It was working good a couple days ago. Is it just me?

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