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...
'Goes' for Windows Mobile
Yahoo announced today the availability of its Go bundle of services for Windows Mobile. According to the release, the content and applications available include: Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Search (Local, Web and Image), Yahoo Photos, Yahoo Address Book and Calendar and Yahoo News and related content....
Cutts & Vanessa Fox On WebmasterRadio.FM Thursday AT 1PM (PST)
Vanessa Fox just posted at the Google Webmaster Central Blog that she and Matt Cutts of Google will be live on WebmasterRadio's GoodKarma show with GoodROI (Greg Niland). You'll be able to tune in tomorrow, Thursday at 1pm (PST) to hear Matt and Vanessa talk shop. Tune instructions at WebmasterRadio.FM....
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Million Flickr Photos Tagged In 24 Hours
Flickr geotagging has clearly taken off in a big way, with the FlickrBlog reporting that 1,234,384 photographs were geotagged in the first 24 hours of the service launching, with another 400,000 9 hours later. In general the service has been very well received and the ability to do more complex searches is a real bonus. However, there's a fair amount of disappointment outside the US and Canada; the maps used for the service are poor at best, with very little detail, making the service close to unusable. I tried it myself and there are large tracts of nothing in the...
Archive Suit Settled
News.com reported that the suit issued back in July 2005 over the Wayback Machine and the Internet Archive has now been settled. Of course, the terms of the settlement have not been released to the public. In short, there was a page archived by the Wayback Machine that had sensitive information on it, the Wayback Machine technically should not of indexed it but a "temporary bug" had it indexed for a bit. Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive said, "this is really a lawsuit between two parties and we got sort of dragged into it and I'm glad we're now...
Hiring Up All The Brains
The Wall Street Journal published an article five days ago named Hoping to Overtake Its Rivals, Yahoo Stocks Up on Academics. The article describes how Yahoo is trying to compete with competitors by hiring up all the smartest people out there. About a year ago Danny wrote about The Google Battle For Hiring Tech Talent and if you are a SEW subscriber you can see all of Yahoo's recent hires here. So for now, Yahoo's plan is to hire very bright "Economists and Search Gurus" to get any edge they can against Google and MSN....
Accuracy Can Easily Cost Advertisers $285 Million
Brandt Dainow has a interesting article named How Accurate is Google AdWords? In that article, he shows how Google has earned $6 billion from advertising during 2005 and $4.6 billion in the first two quarters of 2006. He explains that if the conservative estimate that 95% of Google's revenue comes from AdWords, that puts Google's income from AdWords last year at $5.7 billion and $4.37 billion in the first two quarters of 2006. Now, if Google's statistical accuracy in detecting invalid clicks is 95%, which is pretty good, then they "mis-billed $285 million last year." Read the full article at...
Live QnA Beta Now Live
The Windows Live QnA Blog announced the other day that Windows Live QnA is now a public beta, meaning you can test it out yourself at http://qna.live.com/. Question and Answer search engines are now the new hot social search thing. Yahoo has been pouring money and promotions into Yahoo Answers and Google has their Google Answers product for a while. We covered QnA in the past, the first time was when they had a private beta and the second time is when we saw some screen captures posted. We may have a more detailed review on Windows Live QnA in...
Books For Free From Google Book Search
Google is now offering free, downloadable versions of public domain books that you can find in Google Book search. Unfortunately, there's no way to browse through a directory of books that are available. However, you can keyword search for them easily, sort of....
CEO Eric Schmidt Joins Apple's Board Of Directors
Google CEO Eric Schmidt's looking for another small company to help run -- this time, Apple. He's just been elected to Apple's board of directors. Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt Joins Apple's Board of Directors is the press release on the move, with these quotes from the two main men:...
Review In Ariadne
Accoonawas recently reviewed in Ariadne magazine by me. (If you're not familiar with Ariadne, it's a quarterly online magazine aimed towards the UK academic market, but with a general wide appeal). I won't go into the entire review since you can read it in the magazine but in brief I'm pleased with the recent developments of Accoona, particularly in the area of news and the easy ways in which searches can quickly be targetted by date, publisher, company, country and more. If Accoona has passed under your radar recently it may be worth another look, and if you're in Europe...
Get Caught With Your Contracts Down
Even if you've got great search marketing chops, you need to cover your bases with clients with both pricing and contracts. In today's SearchDay article, Pricing Models for the Small SEM Shop, guest writer Christine Churchill has coverage of a recent SES conference where a number of experienced pros shared tips and insights on the mechanics of running a successful search marketing shop....
Microsoft ContentAds Inviting Advertisers into Pilot
Microsoft adCenter began inviting selected advertisers into the ContentAds pilot, which is expected to begin displaying contextual ads across selected MSN properties such as Real Estate and Money this fall. The text-based ads, which will be contextually targeted, also allow advertisers to target using both the demographics, geotargeting and incremental bidding tools. For all the scoop, please see JenSense.com...
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- Web 2.0 Expo and technical conference, O'Reilly Radar
- Create and Share Feed Pages with SpeedyFeed, Micro Persuasion
- The Census Snapshot of America, Wall Street Journal
- Google Image Tagger coming soon?, Googling Google
- Meta Tags Abuse Illegal, Google Blogoscoped
- Jennifer Laycock of Search Engine Guide on Search Optimization for Small Businesses, Chris Pirillo
- Google Video Search Widget, Google Blogoscoped
- Second Edition of Search Marketing Standard Released, Search Engine Roundtable
- Yahoo! Please Enable a No Yahoo! Directory Tag, Search Engine Roundtable
- Google AdWords Seminars, API Updates, Google Blogoscoped
- Search Engine Score Card, Simpatico
- Navigate Digital Images Via A Zoom And Click Interface Metaphor: Photo-In-Photo By Zooomr Portals Is Here, Robin Good
- All About Site Searchiness, ClickZ
- Yahoo To Expand Mobile Software Suite To Windows Phones, Dow Jones
- Video: Datacenter comments, Matt Cutts
- Webshots Beautifies… Who Next?, GigaOM
- The Arrogance of SEO, Search Engine Guide
- Google Apps For Domains, Mocked By A Hosting Company, Google Operating System
- Social Media Optimization, eh? Let's See What's in Our Bag o' Goodies, SEOMoz
Meet Your Favorite Search Engine Watch Contributors
Many of SEW's leading expert contributors will be at ClickZ Live, the new online and digital marketing event kicking off in New York (March 31-April 3). Hear from the likes of: Thom Craver, Josh Braaten, Lisa Barone, Simon Heseltine, Josh McCoy, Lisa Raehsler, Greg Jarboe, Dan Cristo, Joseph Kerschbaum, John Gagnon, Eric Enge and more!