Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:
Today From The SEW Blog...
SearchCast, May 19, 2006: What Parts Of Google Get The Most Traffic, Get Your
Google Collector Cards & More!
Today's search podcast covers how Google web search remains what generates most of Google's traffic, new unofficial Google collector cards spotlighting prominent employees and more! SearchReturn editor Detlev Johnson sat in for Danny Sullivan, who is away this week. Tune-in by listening to this MP3 file, listening via WebmasterRadio at 11:30am Eastern and repeated at 2pm Eastern Tuesday through Friday, via our Odeo channel or through iTunes via this link (or use alternative iTunes instructions explained here) or though our Yahoo Podcasts channel. Need more help tuning in live or finding the chat room? See the Daily SearchCast FAQ. Below...
Headlines & Links: May 18, 2006
Below, a recap of stories posted yesterday to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:...
Better Search Interfaces: A Workshop About Exploratory Searches
When someone uses a search engine to try to locate information about a subject which they know very little about, a simple search interface isn't very helpful. These types of endeavors have been referred to by information scientists as exploratory search activities, where the target of the search is mostly undefined. Gary Price, at Resource Shelf, pointed earlier today to a paper from a University of Maryland workshop held last year, which brought together researchers from the "fields of Information Seeking (IS), Information Retrieval (IR), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Visualization (IV)" to take a closer look at how to...
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Search News At The Top Of Google & Other New Subscribed Links
I wrote earlier of our new Google subscribed link that allows you to get search headlines from us at the top of your searches at Google. Haven't tried these yet? Check them out! Right now, for example, a search on the term "google" would have given you these headlines (as shown in the blue box): My previous post, Get Your SEW Subscribed Link For Google & Resources On Making Them, explains more about the terms that trigger our news headlines on Google. Want to sign-up? It's easy, fast and free. Just click here to subscribe....
Microsoft's Ecommerce Initiatives
This is a long overdue post to clear up confusion around Microsoft's multiple shopping sites which include MSN Shopping, Windows Live Shopping Beta, and Windows Live Product Search Beta. The Marketplaces & Shopping team at Microsoft also runs Windows Marketplace and Windows Live Expo but in this post, I'm just covering the general ecommerce initiatives. MSN Shopping = Microsoft's core shopping comparison engine. MSN Shopping covers over 7,000 merchants and 33 million products. The beauty of a shopping comparison engine like MSN Shopping is in its ability to normalize product pages - put simply, item clustering (I'm borrowing that term...
In Trouble Over Porn Again; This Time In Korea
Vnunet.com reports that Google is in trouble with Korean government officials over exposing children to pornographic content in South Korea. It seems like since Google pulls a snippet of content from the page it indexes on the search results page, and since that content contains "obscene" language, Google itself is "showing search results that contain sex-related keywords." No word from Google on this as of yet. Yesterday we reported Google being in trouble with Brazil over child pornography allegations....
Main Search Accounts For 80% of Google's Traffic
Bill Tancer from Hitwise has posted a detailed breakdown of the percentage market share of the top twenty Google properties. Google.com holds almost 80% of the share, followed by Google Image Search with almost 10%, then Gmail with about 5.5%, followed by Google News with 1.5% and the others are all under 1%. Bill also explains the trends show that "some of the latest Google offerings have yet to capture significant market share in their category," such as Google Finance. There are some interesting stats to chew on by Bill Tancer....
Maps Australia and New Zealand
Finally, Australia gets mapped by Google Maps. Not only did Australia get street level views, so did New Zealand. So if you are ever in Sydney, you should be able to find your way to Canterbury, New Zealand. Spotted via Philipp Lenssen, who also noted this past April that Google mapped in detail Europe....
Reader For Mobile Phones
The Google Reader Blog announced that you can now use Google's RSS reader, Google Reader, on your mobile device. To access your RSS subscriptions at Google Reader on your phone or mobile device, go to http://www.google.com/reader/m....
Philipp Lenssen has been creating Google Collector's Cards. So far he has posted three, including; + Larry Page Collector?s Card + Eric Schmidt Collector?s Card + Marissa Mayer Collector?s Card + Sergey Brin Collector?s Card + Matt Cutts Collector?s Card Guess who will be coming next... :)...
Forums Roundup: May 19, 2006
Today's SearchDay, Search Engine Forums Spotlight, features our weekly links to this week's hot topics from search engine forums across the web: Matt Cutts On Big Daddy: Major Message To SEOs - PPC Analytics Is Only Wishful Thinking - Yahoo: Where to Start with Link SEO - Microsoft's Ballmer: 5 years to catch Google, Yahoo, and more....
Other Things We Read, Didn't Blog But You Might Want To Read...
- Is Google God?, Time (Sez Douglas Coupland, "Not so much Google itself, but the way you feel after using it really intensely for a long time. Suddenly you know the answer to everything." Give me some time Doug to show you some queries. There's plenty they still don't know!)
- Whither Pay-Per-Call?, MediaPost
- Think Organic, Act Paid, ClickZ
- Google searching for users' trust [for mobile search], InfoWorld
- Yahoo! Health gets healthy looking makeover, Unofficial Yahoo Blog
- Yahoo: 'Searches more sophisticated and specific', ZDNet
- Alibaba CEO: EBay Is Beat In China; Baidu, Google Are Next, Dow Jones
- Semel outlines Yahoo plans for catching Google, Financial Times
- AOL - From :-) to :-( - The Economist
- Web U: Ten Steps to More Link Juice, OMMA
- Yahoo Embraces Man Over Machine, MarketWatch
- Riya heading into Web search [for more images], Between The Lines
- Yahoo sees no boost from ad system before 2007, Reuters
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!