SearchCap: The Day In Search, October 27, 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:

  • Chinese Newspaper Says Google Censored Its Web Site

    Oh, the irony: The People’s Daily, the main newspaper of China’s Communist Party, says Google censored its web site by adding a malware warning to search result listings for the newspaper’s book section. The paper says the malware warning appeared after it ran an article about a Chinese group that has suggested Google’s book search [...]

  • Google Voice Now Lets You Use Your Existing Phone Number

    The Google Voice Blog announced that you can now use your existing phone number, with limited features, with Google Voice. Technically, I believe this is not considered porting your phone number, but it does allow you to use your existing number with Google Voice. Google has created a nice chart showing the difference in features [...]

  • Advocacy Group Appeals Right To Sue Over Google’s North Carolina Tax Break

    The Charlotte Observer reports the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law appealed the decision to not allow them to sue over Google receiving tax breaks for picking North Carolina for a server farm. The advocacy group argues that the tax benefits given to Google will ultimately cost North Carolina’s tax payers more, to make up for those [...]

  • DMOZ: A Solid Directory Or The Great Pumpkin Of Search?

    Love it or hate it, the Open Directory Project (ODP or “DMOZ”) always seems to creep into the conversation when we’re discussing links and/or SEO. Check any forum, social news or answer site and you’ll see a wide variety of opinions on the 11 year old directory and how it’s managed. When talking about the DMOZ [...]

  • iCrossing: Google’s Share Of Search Almost 77 Percent

    We received some interesting data from search agency iCrossing yesterday. The data show US search market share percentages and distribution quite different than the major traffic metrics firms. The company says its numbers are “based on a large representative sample of Fortune 1000 companies, across all major verticals,” which use its search tracking tools. Accordingly the [...]

  • The Stories Brands Can Tell In Social Media

    Since its invention towards the end of the 20th century, the Internet has changed a great many things. And one of the things that is has done time after time is dismantle business models that had seemed, until its arrival, absolutely rock solid. From music to publishing to TV, the Internet has swept away seeming [...]

  • SEO in the Executive Suite: Webcast Tomorrow, 1 PM EDT

    If organic search drives 90% of referrals, why does it only get 5% of marketing budgets? That’s one of several questions we’ll address in tomorrow’s webcast, “Managing Search Marketing Success at the C-level: What Your CMO Should Know,” at 1 PM Eastern time. Richard Zwicky, CEO of Enquisite, and Sramana Mitra, author, entrepreneur, and columnist at [...]

  • Google Rolls Out New Custom Search Features, Including Wikipedia Integration

    Google has made a series of announcements today about its Custom Search Engine service, including a new integration with Wikipedia that substantially changes the search experience on that site for users who opt-in. Other Custom Search announcements today include new custom themes and layouts, as well as better support for “rich snippets.” More on those [...]

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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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