SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 10, 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: Yahoo Gives Image Search A New Look Yahoo’s Image Search is sporting a fresh look today that presents the image results in a cleaner, more organized fashion. Do a search and […]

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

From Search Engine Land:

  • Yahoo Gives Image Search A New Look

    Yahoo’s Image Search is sporting a fresh look today that presents the image results in a cleaner, more organized fashion. Do a search and the results page shows all matches in a grid, with each image sized almost uniformly no matter their true dimensions or orientation (horizontal vs. vertical). Each image expands when you hover […]

  • Conversion Optimization In The New Marketing Landscape

    Maybe I’m biased, but I see conversion optimization as the epitome of the new marketing: an agile blend of analytical experimentation, creative content, engaging user experiences, and performance metrics. Those principles are applicable in almost every corner of the marketing department these days. With that in mind, I’d like to share with you two “big […]

  • How B2B SEO Fits Into Lead Management Optimization

    In a recent study from CSO Insights, nearly 83% of marketers indicated that new customer acquisition was a top strategic marketing objective for their organization. While this may seem obvious from the sales perspective, it helps to illustrate the increased alignment between the marketing and sales functions of the B2B organization. Lead Management Optimization In […]

  • Major Google Updates Documented

    SEOmoz announced they have published the Google Algorithm Change document detailing all “major updates” that happened since the Boston update in 2003. SEOmoz did it with style in this graphical document: While I agree with a lot of the updates listed here, I had worked up a list of my own a few months ago. […]

  • Yahoo Up, Google Down, Bing Flat: comScore

    It’s that time of month. The financial analysts are publishing the comScore search market share data again, just ahead of comScore’s own press release. Last night Business Insider had the numbers up first, which I then confirmed with comScore directly. Below are the July market share figures, as well as those for the past two […]

  • Quora Launches Browse Feature To Help Users Find Related Content

    Over the past few months, Quora has been rolling out a variety of new features to help improve the experience on the social question and answer site. The newest element is a browse page that joins Shuffle (launched in June) and Topic Pages (launched in July). The goal of the new browse page is to deliver fresh, […]

  • Ripoff Report Not Banned, But Removes Itself From Google’s Index

    Ripoff Report is completely gone from Google’s index and Google says it’s been done at Ripoff Report’s own request. But, the question now is whether that request was made on purpose or an accident. Update: As our postscript below explains, Ripoff Report is now back in Google’s index. As the image above shows, a site:ripoffreport.com […]

  • Facebook Launches “Messenger” App To Compete In Mobile Messaging Space

    Today Facebook announced the release of Messenger, an app for mobile devices that allows for messaging to “friends and small groups.” This app allows for messaging to both Facebook friends and phone contacts, something Google+’s Huddles doesn’t do. Messenger acts as an extension of Facebook messages, so you can view your full history of mobile […]

  • Google Starts Choosing Winners & Losers Among Its Lab Projects

    Three weeks have passed since the surprising news that Google would be shutting down Google Labs, its playground where experimental product ideas went to live or die. We now know a little more about which ones will live and which won’t. Over the past several days, Google has been updating GoogleLabs.com with the status and […]

  • Twitter Taking Direct Photo Uploads, Will Create User Media Galleries

    Twitter says it’s planning to create “user media galleries” that will house all of the media a user shares on the service — including items uploaded and shared via other services. The news comes at the same time that Twitter has begun accepting direct photo uploads via the Twitter.com interface. As Mike Cane pointed out, […]

  • Top Internet Activities? Search & Email, Once Again

    What’s the most popular internet activity? It’s a tie between those perennial winners, search and email. A new survey finds both are done by 92% of online adults in the United States. Most Popular Activities The stats come from a Pew Internet survey from May 2011, out today. Here’s the trend chart from the survey: […]

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

  • Discussion: Do Unlinked Company/Brand Mentions Help with SEO? – We all know that links are an important part of SEO. The more high-quality inbound links to your site, the better. But what about all those times your company/brand is mentioned, but no link is included? In our "Discussion of the Week," we want to know your opinion: Do mentions that are NOT linked still help with SEO?
  • Restaurant websites: Why are they so awful? – Slate takes a look at the terrible state of web design and usability in the restaurant industry. Love this part: "When you visit many terrible restaurant websites in succession, it becomes obvious that they're not bad because of neglect or lack of funds—these food purveyors appear to have spent a great deal of money and time to uglify their pages. Indeed, there seems to be an inverse relationship between a restaurant's food and its site. The swankier the place, the worse the page."
  • Guidelines for Small Project Pricing – Interesting stuff from the co-founder of a digital media company sharing the company's "collection of rules and red flags which help us navigate through every small project." Not specifically search related, but a good thought piece for search consultants.
  • SEO Stats Galore In Latest MarketingSherpa Benchmark Study – A nice overview of MarketingSherpa's latest SEO benchmark study. Worth a read particularly if you sell SEO services.
  • Europe Takes Its Own Path on Internet Privacy – Spain’s government has ordered Google to stop indexing information about 90 citizens who filed formal complaints with its Data Protection Agency. The case is now in court and being watched closely across Europe for how it might affect the control citizens will have over information they posted, or which was posted about them, on the Web.
  • 6 myths of SEO copywriting – Many have misguided perceptions of what SEO copywriting is and what it entails. Some are doing more harm than good to their website – this article quashes 6 common SEO copywriting myths…
  • Ripoff Report Not Banned, But Removes Itself From Google’s Index (& Now Back In) – Ripoff Report was completely gone from Google’s index for several hours on Tuesday and Google says it’s been done at Ripoff Report’s own request. But, the question now is whether that request was made on purpose or an accident.

About the author

Barry Schwartz
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Barry Schwartz is a technologist and a Contributing Editor to Search Engine Land and a member of the programming team for SMX events. He owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics.

In 2019, Barry was awarded the Outstanding Community Services Award from Search Engine Land, in 2018 he was awarded the US Search Awards the "US Search Personality Of The Year," you can learn more over here and in 2023 he was listed as a top 50 most influential PPCer by Marketing O'Clock.

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