SearchCap: The Day In Search, September 13, 2010

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • QR Codes: Are You Ready For Paper-Based Hyperlinks?

    You’ve probably seen them in newspapers, magazines or other paper-based publications: two-dimensional bar codes, called quick response codes (QR codes). What are they? They have been described as paper-based hyperlinks, and this is a good description. You simply take a picture of a QR code with your smart phone, and you get redirected to [...]

  • Google Approves Anti-Google Ad Despite AdWords Trademark Issue

    Almost all Google AdWords advertisers know that bidding on some keywords are off limits. One of those keywords is [google] and typically you won’t see any ads for a search containing the word [google], unless the ad is from Google. However, recently Google has allowed an anti-Google ad to be shown. CNet reports the [...]

  • Google Adds Alternate & Hreflang Attributes

    Google introduced new SEO specific attributes for handling multi-lingual pages and content. The new attributes are rel=”alternate” and hreflang=”x”. It looks something like this when used in the source code of your files: <link rel=”alternate” hreflang=”a-different-language” href=”http://url-of-the-different-language-page” /> Google says it should be used when (1) template (i.e. side navigation, footer) is machine-translated into various [...]

  • The Five Words You Can Never Suggest On Google Instant

    Like it or not, lots of people search for nude celebrities on Google. But with Google’s new Google Instant Search, those inclined to seek celebs in the buff have to figure out their queries without any help from Google. The same is true for those interested in nude beaches, famous nude artwork or “innocent” topics [...]

  • Who Will Own Local Data? Search Engines, Yellow Pages, Aggegators Or Social Media?

    Increased demand for local data, and with technologists who recognize a need for an authoritative local information database, suggest that we’ll soon see a landgrab for ownership of local data. A Techcrunch article in April articulated the Zeitgeist surrounding a local “database of places”, exciting a lot of talk around the subject. As many players [...]

  • Google Buys Quicksee, Get Ready For “Virtual Tours” Of Places, Products, People

    We’ve all seen “virtual tours” of open houses on real-estate sites. What if every location, every restaurant, store, museum, theme park ride and airport had a virtual tour on Google Maps? In three or four years that may be the case as a result of the acquisition of an Israeli company called MentorWave Technologies (or [...]

  • How Many Google Privacy Policies Are You Violating?

    If you’re a Google advertiser, or use Google Analytics, you may be inadvertently violating some of their privacy policies. When I examined more than 200 sites I found that more than 90% were violating at least one Google privacy policy. Are you?

  • The Art Of Link Building For Established Brands

    Building links for a well known brand site that already has 100,000+ links (or even one million plus links) is an interesting challenge. If your site has that many links, chances are that your competitors have a lot as well. When your link building challenge is this big, you need to think about the problem [...]

Search News From Around The Web:

Applications & Portal Features

Business Issues

Local, Maps & Mobile

Paid Search & Contextual


SEM Industry


Social Media

Video, Music & Image Search

Web Analytics

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

  • B2B Lead Generation with Google Analytics – You probably already use analytics to track your websites visitors, page views, average time on site etc already, but let’s dig a little deeper and look into one particular underused feature – service providers. Service Providers enables us to see which organisations are visiting your website. Let’s create a basic report that will provide a list of companies who are potentially interested in your product.
  • Dear Mainstream Media – Please Remove Foot From Mouth – Google Instant. SEO is dead. Yes, I’m sick of hearing about it too. But, Greg Boser alerted me via Twitter today that TechCrunch had made a blog post that showed a clear misunderstanding of Google Instant in regards to SEO…

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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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