SearchCap: The Day In Search, October 9, 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:

  • Dissecting The AP & Murdoch Speeches Against Those Internet News Thieves

    Associated Press president Tom Curley and News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch both made speeches yesterday in China that are being widely reported as an attack on Google. Having read through the actual speeches, I was surprised they weren’t as bad as I thought they’d be. Below, I’ve highlighted key portions along with [...]

  • Brin Defends Book Search Settlement; Google & Plaintiffs Get One Month To Revise It

    The clock is ticking: Google and the parties involved in the Book Search lawsuit settlement have one month from today — until November 9 — to revise the settlement and satisfy the recent objections from the US Justice Department and others. That may seem like an ambitious timeframe given the amount of objections the settlement has [...]

  • Want Better Web Design? Watch Real Users

    I’ve been in web development since 1995. For me, and many of you, it’s easy to forget that people don’t have the computer equipment to use the web sites and Internet applications we build. I’ve always found it interesting that TV show web sites are Flash based and loaded with images and video. [...]

  • Search In Pictures: Google Chrome Cake, Yahoo Shwag & Google Lies Barn

    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. Google Chrome Cake: Yahoo Shwag, Might Be Worth Money One Day ;-) : Google Juice: Google Lies Barn?:

  • Google Unlocks 700 Million Posts In Search Bug Fix

    Wired reports Google has fixed a year old bug where 700 million posts within a Usenet group were unsearchable via Google Groups. Google fixed this bug after Wired called them out for the blunder. Google sent Wired a response that read: It turns out there was a bug, a specific bug, that affected search within a [...]

  • Releases Travel Search Data & Travel Index Tool

    Somewhat quietly, last week Kayak posted a new feature that opens up access to their search data using Kayak Trends. A key feature of Kayak Trend data is the KAYAK Travel Index™, an a statistical model that provides a measure of travel demand from analysis of searches on KAYAK sites, and aligns that with average [...]

  • Yahoo Search Ads Now Filtered By Site Option

    The Yahoo Search Marketing Blog announced the search ads displayed on Yahoo Search are now filtered based on the filtered sites you select on the left bar. For example, here is a search for a product in Yahoo Search:

    Notice all those ads? Well, when I filter the results to Amazon only, Yahoo only shows an [...]

  • Golden Twitter Nuggets & Takeaways From SMX East

    I took a lot of notes at SMX Toronto earlier this year and posted them in this column as Golden Nuggets From SMX Search Analytics. Looking back at them now, the evidence undeniably reinforces my memory of how much I learned, and I’m glad to say that three days at SMX East this week was [...]

  • How important Is Click Through Rate In Google’s Quality Score Formula?

    A question often posed by marketers is, “What is the relative importance of different factors Google uses to determine quality score (QS)?”. Some of the factors mentioned on the AdWords blog are: Click through rate of the keyword and the matched ad Account history Landing page quality Keyword/Ad Group relevance The question for an advertiser then [...]

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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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