SearchCap: The Day In Search, October 28, 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:

  • Google Tweaks Its Rel=Author Display, Promotes Google+ In Search Results

    Google has rolled out a few changes to how it shows results that use the rel=author markup. Some of these are things that have been spotted in testing in recent weeks, so today’s announcement formalizes how that markup will display in Google’s search results. Here’s how it currently looks using one of Danny Sullivan’s recent [...]

  • Eyetracking & SEO: Fad, Fact, Or Fiction?

    Do SEO professionals use eyetracking usability studies as a link-juice fad? Can eyetracking tests yield useful information about Web searchers?

  • Search In Pics: Yahoo Octoberfest, Google +1 Plate & Angry Birds At Google

    In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Yahoo Octoberfest: Angry Birds At Google: Yahoo Basketball: Google + Profile Collage: Jerry Yang Visits Yahoo [...]

  • Powered By Nokia, The New Yahoo Maps Goes Live

    Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz will be remembered mainly as a cost cutter who outsourced numerous functions to third parties. A partial list of those includes outsourcing Search to Microsoft, Shopping to PriceGrabber, Real Estate to Zillow and Maps to Nokia/Navteq. And now, the new Nokia-powered Yahoo Maps (NokiHoo) have just gone live in the [...]

  • The Career Path Of The Search Marketer

    For those of you who read my columns regularly, you know that I’m fascinated with watching the paid search industry develop. Having been one of the lucky ones who fell into this marketing niche early on, I’ve seen it grow from a little seedling into a giant oak. In fact, one of the major draws [...]

  • 3 Metrics Google Analytics Beginners Should Watch

    The first login to a Google Analytics account can be daunting. There are so many things to see, and so many different ways to tweak data, that deciding which are the most important metrics to watch can be an insurmountable decision. Ultimately, in my opinion, you are the only one who can decide what metrics [...]

  • SEO Mustache Competition Backed By Google’s Matt Cutts & Bing’s Duane Forrester

    Mike Halvorsen has set up a special competition this November to help raise money for Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. The competition is on growing a mustache and both Google’s Matt Cutts and Bing’s Duane Forrester are participating. Duane blogged about it on the Bing Search Blog saying, “Schema, Sitemaps and ‘staches: What do they [...]

  • Google Analytics Random Site Bug Has No Privacy Concerns

    This morning Alex Moss reported a weird bug with Google Analytics where going to the “landing page” or “exit page” reports and clicking on the URL would pop open a random site, instead of the URL of that page. Here is a screen shot shared by @SEOsherlock. Alex Moss claimed this was a privacy issue [...]

  • Guest Opinion: Is Google’s Privacy Move Really An Anti-Competitive Practice?

    Fresh on the heels of a free pass from a befuddled congress after admitting that they are a monopoly, Google’s decision to cloak search query strings under the guise of privacy makes it clear they are doubling down on their abusive, anti-competitive practices. Consider the following points: Cloaking the referrer and the query string it [...]

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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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