SearchCap: The Day In Search, November 4, 2009

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Build Your Own Google News Home Page With Custom Sections

    Google News has made it easier to customize its home page with the creation of a Custom Sections Directory that includes material created both by Google and by Google News users.

    The directory includes sections such as “Mobile Technology,” “Google,” “Social Networking,” “Apple Inc.” and “NFL.” You can browse the directory by category (Business, Science, Sports, [...]

  • 2010 Planning: 3 Tips To Improve Search Results Next Year

    To say that 2009 has been a challenging year for B2B marketers would be an understatement at best. Over the past twelve months, we have seen conversion rates drop as searchers do more and more research, but aren’t quite ready to do business. While everyone is hopeful for economic improvement next year, there are measures that [...]

  • Google AdWords Partner Sites Gain SEO Benefit From Paid Ads

    When an in-house search engine marketer lovingly crafts a new paid search ad, spends time testing multiple ad texts, labors over search term lists to pick the perfect words, the last thing the advertiser wants is to have all that work help another site’s search engine optimization efforts. And yet, increasingly, I see AdWords ad [...]

  • Google Doodles For Sesame Street & Wallace & Gromit

    Today is the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street and the 20th of Wallace and Gromit, the two beloved children shows. For the special day, Google has several logos (doodles) up at the various Google properties, depending on the local preference of show. Big Bird is the most noticed one and it is featured in the [...]

  • Bing & Google Maps Update Map Imagery

    Both Bing and Google have updated their maps imagery. The Bing blog announced an additional 9,460 square kilometers of imagery added to Bing Maps. Not to be outdone, Google announced that not only are they updating their imagery, but they will increasing the frequency of those updates. In addition, Google Transit [...]

  • A Year Later, Google To Host New Webmaster Chat

    A year or two ago, Google hosted a webmaster chat even every few months. They were designed to allow webmasters to see presentations from Googlers on web search and SEO topics and then ask questions to Googlers, who would answer those questions in real time. The Google Webmaster Central blog announced the first [...]

  • MSN Introduces Dramatically Improved Redesign, Portal Drives Nearly 50% Of Bing Queries

    Billed as the first major redesign in a decade, Microsoft has introduced a dramatic new look and feel for the MSN portal. The redesign simplifies and cleans up most elements on the site. Among other things, it makes video more central, incorporates Facebook and Twitter, creates a dedicated new local area and emphasizes search. MSN, which [...]

  • Yahoo Confirms Real-Time Search Test

    Yahoo has confirmed the recent rumors that it will test a real-time search feature in its search results. According to the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo will run a test “in the coming days” with OneRiot, a real-time search engine that focuses on links and content from Twitter and other social media sources. PaidContent reports that [...]

Search News From Around The Web:

Applications & Portal Features

Business Issues

Local, Maps & Mobile

Link Building

Paid Search & Contextual


SEM Industry


Social Media

Video, Music & Image Search

Web Analytics

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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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