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...
Craigslist Adds Cities, Now 300 Strong
According to an article in the Wall Street Journal (sub. req'd) over the weekend and a Monday posting on PaidContent, iconic local community and classifieds site Craigslist has added 72 new U.S. markets and more than 20 internationally. The site is now in 300 cities in the US and abroad and has 10 million uniques a month. Revenues for 2005 were estimated to be as high as $25 million. The Journal article is mystified as to why CL leaves "money on the table." But that's part of the homespun appeal of this now powerhouse local Internet brand. This ClickZ posting...
- It's Not
Just Google With Disappointing Results
We have been poking hard at Google for disappointing search results, but Google is not the only search engine that has been disappointing me recently. You can group Yahoo and MSN and even Ask.com into the search engines that I have been disappointed with. Over at the Search Engine Roundtable, I cover what I call "forum buzz," the discussions taking place within the SEM/SEO community. I tend to pick up on algorithm shifts and post the details at my site. Today, I covered two threads, one I named Yahoo! Also Easy To Spam and the other MSN Asks Webmasters What...
Microsoft, Google & Others Call For Unified Federal Privacy Protection
Microsoft bravely took part in the search privacy panel we did at our SES New York show earlier this year (coverage here and here), saying it would welcome better US federal protections on privacy issues. Why? It would let Microsoft and the searchers it serves know exactly what data government agencies could and could not have. Now Microsoft, along with Google and other tech companies, are pushing to make this happen....
YellowPages.ca Launches New Local Search Site
Since this is Local Search Day at Search Engine Watch, here's some additional news. Canada's yellow pages publisher, Yellow Pages Group, which also operates city guides and a variety of other Canadian web destinations, has launched a new beta version of its flagship site, YellowPages.ca. The new interface is considerably more appealing and the new site has a number of improvements, outlined in the press release. YellowPages.ca provides the content for Google Maps/Local and MSN in Canada. You can also read some additional detail on my blog....
- A Web of
Local Search Services
The major search engines tend to capture the lion's share of press, but there are dozens of other players in the local search space, offering myriad opportunities for search marketers trying to get in front of people searching for local products and services. I've got a review of an excellent guide to many of these services in today's SearchDay article, Who's Who in Local Search....
Pulls Question About Google From Google Answers
Peter Da Vanzo reports on an individual who posted a question on Google Answers that was removed by Google. The question was, "What percentage of Google searches are contextual?" Specifically, the person wanted to know what percentage of Google searches give back results based on the content of a page someone is reading. You can see the thread title in the cache or via this image capture, at this moment in time, where the poster was willing to pay $20 for the answer. A Google editor removed the question, stating:...
Sub Sub Domain Issues Clearly Visible
Threadwatch reveals some more examples of issues Google is having. They note a search on queer forum returns CraigsList 97 times out of the top 100 results. That is not all, a search on wedding forum returns about 50 of 100 results from CraigsList's site, just scroll down to number 50 and you will see. Is CraigsList spamming? No! Is Google suffering? :) Google is clearly having issues with sub sub domains. Continued coverage of Google's public index issues. Postscript From Danny: Comments at Threadwatch also note Yahoo has the same issue. MSN does not as badly (but that could...
Search Patent Applications: June 19, 2006 - Autolinking, and Better
Advertising through Deletion Predictions
Four patent applications from Google describe fighting spam in emails, providing product review searches, moving large amounts of data, and autolinking. Yahoo matches, and raises with five patent filings. One on watching deletions to choose better ads, another on serving dynamic information through a additional browser interface, and three more on multimedia and RSS. Microsoft goes TV 2.0 with an electronic program guide, and describes a way of matching advertising content with certain search queries before those searches are made. IBM comes up with a unique way of presenting the results of a search from more than one search engine,...
Other Things We Read, Didn't Blog But You Might Want To Read...
- More Access to MyWeb, Yahoo Search Blog
- Getting kicked off of Wikipedia for ?not being notable?, Robert Scoble
- Riya: Revolutionizing Photo Search?, InformationWeek
- MSN Asks Webmasters What Are Quality & Authoritative Sites, Search Engine Roundtable
- Yahoo! Also Easy To Spam? No Fall Back Search Engines Left!, Search Engine Roundtable
- MySpace Music & Anticipating Bebo Music, Hitwise
- Growth guru: Avoid Google, CNN Money
- Chinese Search Organic Results "Is For Sale", Search Engine Roundtable
- Yahoo Messenger allows users to share services, Reuters
- Beautiful Game, Blemished Site, BusinessWeek (the Google-Nike soccer/football portal)
- Yahoo Opens IM to Developers, TechCrunch
- Is Windows Live Messenger Your Friend?, Chris Pirilllo
- Fast gets Norwegian support for search technology alliance, Pandia
- Life at Yahoo!, Search Lounge
- Reverse Engineering Your Competitions' Keyword Strategy, Search Engine Guide
- Microsoft Employees Prefer Google?, Google Blogoscoped
- 1 MSN Result That Isn?t Hand Coded, SEO Blackhat
- Amateur Hour Coming for Yahoo! News Videos, SearchViews
- Google quietly adds Safari support to Calendar - Macworld
- eBay Live! review - challenges and opportunities for eBay, ComparisonEngines.com
- Google and eBay CEOs agree: growth through more partnerships, ZDNet.com
- Wikipedia Makes Some Revisions to its Own Editorial Policy; Free Full Text Access to Encarta Continues, ResourceShelf
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