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...
Google Nearing 60% Of Queries In US
Just over a week ago, NetRatings said Google went over the 50 percent mark in powering web searches in the US. New stats today from Hitwise put them nearing the 60 percent mark. Here's the percentage of searches each service handled over the past three months, according to Hitwise:...
Engine Watch Discussion Forums Celebrate 2nd Birthday
The SEW Forums are turning two years old today. Come join the celebration in our forum thread, Happy 2nd Birthday SEW Forums!
SearchCast, June 8, 2006: Yahoo Answers Grows And Grows; Google Sued Over Ad
It Refuses To Run; Google Urges Users To Rally For Net Neutrality & More!
Today's search podcast covers the growth of Yahoo Answers; alternative ways to be listed in Google and Yahoo; Google sued over ads it doesn't want to run; Google rallies users behind net neutrality and more!
Search Patents: June 8, 2006 - Stanford updates Pagerank Patent
The patent for pagerank has been updated, Hewlett-Packard introduces advanced searching options for searchers, IBM patents a query translation server to help search engines provide search results in more languages than English, Microsoft uncovers a way to learn more about the people who are clicking upon ads, and Yahoo integrates external sites into its shopping portal....
Photos Upgraded, Beta Available
TechCrunch has a good writeup on the new Yahoo Photos beta. To access the beta go to http://photos.yahoo.com/ and after you sign in, you may see a "try the new beta" link, click on that. I personally do not see it, so I will base my notes after TechCrunch's coverage....
- New Link
Andy Hagans linked to a new link building guide by Jim Westergren. The guide goes over how to build links in 2006. For example it describes the "natural simulation" of link development and methods of building links naturally and quickly. Just be warned on some of the tactics, there are 43 comments appended to the guide, probably worth a full read before deploying all the ideas....
Content VS. Plagiarism In The Eyes Of An Algorithm
Chris Boggs over at the Search Engine Roundtable wrote an item named Which Came First: the Content or the Plagiarism? which discusses the challenge search engines face when it comes to determining the original source of a particular piece of content....
- The Top
100 Companies Searched Most On Hoover's Web site
Hoover's released the Hoover's 100, the top 100 companies searches most on at the Hoover's web site. The top ten are; Wal-Mart, Apple, Proctor & Gamble, Dell, Microsoft, GE, Starbucks, Johnson & Johnson, Google and IBM, respectively. To view the full top 100, visit The Hoover's 100....
Alternative Ways Into Google & Yahoo
Search Engine Guide has an article named Alternative Ways to Get Into Google and About.com has an article named 8 Ways to Submit Your Site to Yahoo, so we thought it would be nice to make one summary of both....
Browser Sync For Firefox
Google announced a new Firefox plugin named Google Browser Sync. The Firefox extension allows you to "synchronizes your browser settings ? including bookmarks, history, persistent cookies, and saved passwords ? across your computers. It also allows you to restore open tabs and windows across different machines and browser sessions." I have a more detailed write up and walk through of the extension at the Search Engine Roundtable....
Over Killed Anti-China Ad On Google
Google Sued for Allegedly Refusing Anti-China Ad at Wired News covers a lawsuit filed against Google after it refused to carry ads from activist Christopher Langdon protesting against the Chinese government....
Calls On Users To Lobby For Net Neutrality
Google cofounder Sergey Brin might not have been able to lobby all the US senators he wanted earlier this week to stop a bill that threatens net neutrality. But Google still has a big stick to wave -- its users. The Debate over Net Neutrality on the Official Google Blog urges Google users to call their representatives and ask that the bill be stopped (it's up for a vote this week)....
- US, UK
Searchers & The World Cup
The World Cup opens tomorrow. For my fellow Americans, many of whom may have no idea that the US is in it, you might want to check out my personal experiences living in World Cup-mad Eng-er-land at the moment. And now the run-up to search and soccer is starting. Hitwise: World Cup and Soccer Searches over at iMedia Connection covers stats from Hitwise showing how Yahoo sent the official FIFA World Cup site the most traffic -- no surprise given Yahoo's a key sponsor. You can also see what soccer players are most popular among US searchers, with former women's...
IceRocket Sale To Think Is Off
That deal for Think Partnership to purchase blog search engine IceRocket? Andy Beal notes that it's off....
Other Things We Read, Didn't Blog But You Might Want To Read...
- Google Researchers Propose TV Eavesdropping, InformationWeek
- Google Calling?, ClickZ (maybe they'll be calling you soon for advice on AdWords, too)
- Censored Searches on Google.cn, Google Blogoscoped
- Was It Google Or Was It Print?, MediaPost
- High-PR Frontpage, But Other Pages Unranked?, Google Blogoscoped
- Don't believe the MySpace hype, CNNMoney
- Google Earth Takes Down Fire Agency, All Points Blog
- BT: Google is our biggest threat, ZDNet UK
- Microsoft Plans To Extend Paid Search Platform To Games, IPTV, Other Media, MediaPost (Microsoft's said this before, but just in case you needed to hear it again. Oh, and it's not "paid search" they'll be extending but ads of various types).
- UPDATE: Where Google's wireless projects stand, San Jose Mercury News
- URL shortcuts for feed syndication specs, Niall Kennedy
- Fake Generic Viagra Site Using Google Name, InsideGoogle
- Google Account's Authorized Websites?, Google Blogoscoped
- Blogger Gets RSS, InsideGoogle
- Firefox Extension Adds Wikipedia to SERPs, Google Blogoscoped
- Microsoft teams up with the cool kids, Fortune
- Google Office: it's about file formats, not MS Office, Ars Technica
- Google Analytics Adds AdWords Analysis Report, Marketing Pilgrim
- The Captain's Back?., WebGuerrilla (the mustache auction is back)
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!