Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:
From The SEW Blog...
All The Official Google Blogs
It can seem like Google adds a new official blog every week, which is a pain if you want to keep up with the official statements. Who wants to manually subscribe to each one? Well, you don't have to. Google tells me there's a feed they generate out of Google Reader that you can try here. An OPML file that shows all the blogs that are part of that combined feed can be found here. Unfortunately, you still can't go to a single page from Google itself and read all the latest posts from the various Google blogs. That...
Increasingly Used For Local Service Business Searches
Local online marketing firm WebVisible conducted an online survey this past August regarding Internet usage to find a local service business. The survey used Nielsen//NetRatings' online panel and asked about behavior within the past 90 days. Among more than 2,800 consumer responses, 70% had used the Internet to search for a local service business in the past three months. (Roughly 78% of the US adult population is online.) Almost 90% found search to be “somewhat effective” or “very effective” in finding local services in their area. And 68% said they would most likely use the phone number on the website...
Sitemaps For Google News
Is your site included in Google News? Is your site in English? If so, you just got new support from Google Sitemaps. You can submit your news articles for inclusion and also monitor crawling stats. More from Google in Introducing Sitemaps for Google News....
Breaks $500 Per Share
For fun, my MSN Direct watch is set to show the stock prices of all the major search engines. It only works in the US, and I wish I were there now to capture a screen from it showing Google having broken the $500 per share mark. AP has a longer story on it here. It's around $503 when I looked just now. No doubt Safa Rashtchy at Piper Jaffray is keeping his fingers crossed (along with thousands of Googlers) that it will keep going. Earlier this year, Safa predicted a $600 price point by the end of 2006....
Berkowitz Of Microsoft (Windows Live) News.com Interview
News.com has an extensive interview with Microsoft's Steve Berkowitz, who formerly worked at Ask.com. He goes over the current market, Microsoft's advantages and challenges, and how they want to compete with Google....
Answers.com Integrates Yahoo Answers Into Content
Answers.com announced that they have integrated Yahoo Answers directly into their content. So if you do a search at Answers.com, you should see at the bottom right portion of the page, a box for Yahoo Answers results that match on those keywords. Gary Price has more sample searches and expert opinion on this integration....
Beats Microsoft, Yahoo As College Grad Choice
Online Recruitment reports on a CollegeGrad.com poll showing Google is the most desired place for technology students to work for. The poll asked 1,600 respondents in October "Who would you rather work for?" The results: Google - 49% Microsoft - 29% Yahoo - 12% IBM - 10%...
Developers & API Save Yahoo From Its Peanut Butter Crisis
Danny reported yesterday on the internal Yahoo memo that called for Yahoo to make cut backs due to them spreading out the Yahoo resources like peanut butter. In reaction to that Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo wrote Yahoo's Peanut Butter APIs which is strongly supported by News.com's Yahoo seeks geek credibility. Jeremy argues that APIs are part of the solution to the problem of being "everything to everyone." The News.com article explains that this is part of Yahoo's appeal. I tend to agree with Jeremy's argument, but as he said, "Brad is very right about some things and terribly wrong about...
Upset With Google News Over Copyright Laws
Pandia reports that Google News is in trouble again over copyright laws overseas. Google News Norway was launched and publishers are upset that Google is placing copyrighted images in the Google News home page. Mediebedriftenes Landsforening, an association of Norwegian media companies, claims Google "cannot make use of photographs without a proper agreement." This form of syndication is in "violation with Norwegian copyright law," says Dagens NÃŠringsliv....
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- Here today and gone tomorrow! Where did Google Click to Call go off to?, Understanding Google Maps & Yahoo Local
- Google v. Yahoo! Predicting the Intercept, Hitwise
- Podcast: Google Passes $500 Per Share Mark; Yahoo's API Peanut Butter; Google News Adapting To Publisher Concerns In Scandinavia & More!, Daily SearchCast
- Social Media Caps The Search Summit, MediaPost
- Woz comes to Google, Official Google Mac Blog
- Ted Leonosis - Uber SEO - Posterboy for Reputation Management, Stuntdubl
- November 21, 2006 - ComparisonEngines.com Morning Podcast, ComparisonEngines
- Google Mapping an Offline Course, New York Times
- New Kid-Friendly Search Engine to Avoid: Zoo, ResearchBuzz
- New Eye Tracking Report Looks at Google, Yahoo & MSN, Marketing Pilgrim
- Nissan Revs up Marketing across Microsoft Properties, ClickZ
- Search as a Starting Point for Science Queries, ClickZ
- Paid Search Delivers Best Bang for Buck, iMedia Connection
Why We Need Search Standards, iMedia Connection
Yahoo! Search Marketing 2.0 Limits To 20 Campaigns Per Account, Search Engine Roundtable
Fake News Story Games Thousands of Digg Users, Micro Persuasion
The "problem" of social news..., Jason Calacanis
- New Beta from Microsoft: Certain SMS Search Features Now Available from Windows Live Search, ResourceShelf
- Does Registering A Domain Name for 10 Years Help Search Ranking?, Search Engine Roundtable
- Where Does Google Draw the Data Collection Line?, SEOmoz Blog
Webshots Adds Video Sharing, Search Engine Journal
Online Information 2006, Phil Bradley
Doing down Martin Luther King, Phil Bradley
Martin Luther King Google Bomb, InsideGoogle
Google-bombing (or reversing the damage, anyway), Robert Scoble
Track YouTube Stats, Chris Pirillo
Picasa Web Albums Adds More Storage Options, InsideGoogle
Yahoo-Newspapers: Conference Call: Why Yahoo? Timelines, Plans, Etc., PaidContent.org
SalaryScout: Simple, Social Salary Comparison, TechCrunch
Where 2.0 CFP is Now Open, O'Reilly Radar
The race to create a 'smart' Google, Fortune
More Features for Google Page Creator, Google Blogoscoped
Top 11 Euphemisms for Cloaking, Stuntdubl
Netscape: the Calacanis effect , Valleywag
SES Chicago In House ONLY Meeting Tuesday at 7:15PM - SEMPO Sponsored, Search Engine Watch Forums
SEMPO Institute To Be Launched at Search Engine Strategies Conference, Search Engine Guide
Worldmapper Visualizations, O'Reilly Radar
Microsoft Banning Sites from Live.com For Link Exchanges, Search Engine Roundtable
Sullivan Pubcon Keynote, Part 2, Traffick
PubCon Vegas 2006. Conference WrapUp, Search Engine Guide
See All The Nukes In Google Earth, InsideGoogle
In Search of Authentic, Trackable, Crunchable, Buzz, ResourceShelf
SingleFeed - Free Google Base/Froogle Submission, ComparisonEngines.com
Mobile Versions for the Major Search Engines, Google Operating System
Sue Decker's rising profile, Valleywag
Yes, it's true... I'm leaving AOL, Jason Calacanis
Simplicity and power, (AKA, Google Page Creator gets new features), Official Google Blog
Why Nick Douglas Left Valleywag, Google Blogoscoped
Google Women's Power, Google Blogoscoped
Google News versus Digg, Hitwise
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