SearchCap: The Day In Search, November 17, 2011

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Wolfram Alpha Offers New Twist On Flight Search: Literal Answers To What Planes Are Overhead

    You may not love this as much as I do, but that’s okay. Wolfram Alpha has just launched what I’d have to put on any year-end list of the coolest search technologies of 2011: a tool that tells you, literally, what flights are in the sky above you. To access this literal, real-time flight search, [...]

  • Champagne Or Boone’s Farm? 3 Things That Will Determine Your Holiday Search Success

    I can remember the very first time a client gave me incremental money for the holiday season. It was a whopping $10,000 to spend over two months. I was flying high – we all were. Our entire agency, all five of us, stopped working and had a glass of champagne together to celebrate. This was [...]

  • The Art Of The Follow-Up Post In News & Article Publishing

    Classic linkbait campaigns follow a “throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks” model. Which begs the question: what do you do when it does stick? Let’s say you’ve written a solid piece of linkbait, and you’re ranking on page one for a topical head or near-head term. So what do you do next? [...]

  • Despite New Rules, Google Product Search Merchants Not Providing Accurate Tax & Shipping Costs

    Shoppers using Google Product Search are sometimes being misled by incorrect tax and shipping information in search results. And that’s despite Google’s recent crackdown on merchants who either omit tax and shipping details, or list false/incorrect data in their product feeds. Back on March 14th, Google announced new rules for Product Search merchants. Among those [...]

  • First Impressions: Galaxy Nexus Android 4.0 Smartphone

    It is potentially the smartphone I’ve been waiting for since last year: the latest Android version, a “pure” Google experience and the ability to use what I consider the only real “4G” out there — Verizon. The Galaxy Nexus has arrived, at least with reviewers. There’s still no sale date announced for the US. I’m a [...]

  • No Looking Back for AdSense Users: Interface Change Becomes Permanent

    The old AdSense interface is gone for good, as of yesterday, so holdouts clinging to that version are being thrust smack-dab in the middle of the new AdSense. Users had previously been able to toggle back and forth between the old and new versions of the interface. Publishers have certainly had plenty of warning. Google [...]

  • Infographic: QR Code Trends

    You see them more and more, those funny looking QR codes that deliver up information to your smartphone when you scan them. They’re most used in paper publications, most scanned by those 25-34 and nearly half that use them did so to get discounts. More stats below, in this infographic from TopSEOLiverpool.co.uk: Want the infographic [...]

  • Google Checkout Is Dead, Long Live Google Wallet

    Yesterday Google Checkout users were notified that it was being merged into and replaced by Google Wallet. This makes sense on every level. From a ‘brand” and visibility standpoint Wallet is a more successful product already. Checkout was introduced in June, 2006 (it was rumored to be called “GBuy” ahead of launch). It was directed [...]

  • The Confusing World Of Sharing Songs From Google Music To Google+

    Exciting! Now you can share full songs from Google Music with others on Google+, like no other service allows. That’s how I heard the pitch watching the Google Music event today. The reality is much different. Nice, but still disappointing in ways. Google Music Vs. Android Market Google Music is Google’s cloud-based music service. Until [...]

  • Google Takes On iTunes, Amazon With New Music Store

    To virtually no one’s surprise, Google today announced the launch of a digital music store that integrates with its existing cloud-based music storage locker. And that locker service is officially out of beta with today’s announcement. The Google Music Store exists in the Android Market alongside app, book and movie stores. It’s available in the [...]

  • Report: Google+ Sees Its 3rd Largest Week Since Launch

    A new report from Experian Hitwise revealed that Google+ picked up steam last week and had its 3rd largest week to date. Hitwise chronicled US visits back to the social network’s inception and analyzed the social network’s total traffic. Last week (the week ending on Nov. 12th) Google+ saw a 5% increase from the previous week and a [...]

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Recent Hot Items From Sphinn, Our Social News Sharing Site:

  • How Apple's Siri Could Destroy Local SEO – From the article: "Siri can call you a cab after a night on the town by automatically processing information about local cab companies in response to the query, "Call me a cab." Automating the search process means you never look up "cab companies in your area" in the search engines, avoiding the traditional search engine results pages and pay-per-click advertisements entirely, therefore limiting their importance and influence."
  • Duplicate Content in a Post-Panda World – An extremely in-depth post about duplicate content.
  • The Cardinal Sins of Landing Pages and A/B Testing – So you’ve got a landing page, but are you selling yourself short by indulging in these seemingly innocuous sins?
  • 9 Essential Tips for Warm Blogger Outreach Pitches – If you're into developing organic engagement with social influencers, you should definitely read this.

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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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