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...
Are The Mobile Search Marketers?
I'm generally swamped when I do a call for speakers for any SES event. There's no end of people who want to talk about paid listings, conversion tracking and so on. But man -- no one is biting for my Mobile SEO panel as SES Multimedia & Mobile this October. I've seen this occasionally before -- a panel simply might be too ahead of the market. Maybe everyone's talking the mobile search talk but no one's doing the walk. If you are, prove me wrong and make a pitch. Details here, and I'm taking them through next Wednesday....
News Archive Search Creep
Earlier this week Google released Google News Archive Search, and I just spotted that database being integrated into Google Search results. I did an ego search on my name, Barry Schwartz and saw at the bottom this:...
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Google & Blocking Privacy Proxies
Yesterday I wrote about how several proxy servers used by those wishing to search and surf anonymously had apparently been blocked by Google, including the popular Tor service. Google's since explained why these were blocked and how human users can get around the barrier....
Title & Description Hijacked In Yahoo Results Due To Glitch
I reported at the Roundtable that Yahoo! Shows Different Site's Title & Description For Google.com. Apparently, this is visible in the US, and if you conduct search on [google] at Yahoo Search you may notice that the top result for www.google.com has the title, "Elisha Morgan Gemologists." That title comes from a site listed in the Yahoo Directory, that happens to 302 redirect to google.com. So now, Yahoo lists that site's title and description for Google.com. Go figure?...
Sitelinks: New Name For Those Links Under The Top Listings
Last year, people started to notice that Google began showing "subtopic" or "subcategory" links below their listing, if they were the first in a Google search. Now, Google's finally confirmed the change as a permanent feature and given it a name: sitelinks. Here's an example of sitelinks in action, which I tapped into doing a search for HP: Notice how under the first result, there are a number of sub-listings, such as:...
Forums Roundup: Sept. 8, 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: Local Search Advertising Spend Will Double - Content Is King - Do I Need Adwords? - Organic Search Vs. Paid Advertisement - SEO Rates - Moving to Pay-For-Performance, and more....
Headlines & Links: September 7, 2006
Below, a recap of stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we've spotted but not blogged separately:...
Donnelley Buys LocalLaunch
The press release has yet to come out but it's official that RH Donnelley, the third largest US yellow pages publisher, has acquired local SEO/SEM firm LocalLaunch. That means YellowPages.com/AT&T is the only remaining major US yellow pages publisher that has not acquired an SEM firm. SuperPages recently bought Inceptor and Yellow Book purchased ClickForward previously. I'll do a more elaborate post on my blog later. Postscript Barry: Just a quick note that ClickZ has more details on this, and the Search Engine Roundtable has the community reaction to the sale. Congrats Justin and Brad!...
Protecting Itself Or Harming The "Innocent"
Google blocking privacy technology over at Boing Boing has Cory Doctrow writing up how Google is blocking some proxy servers from making requests. An attempt by Google to stop those trying to protect themselves from prying eyes? Many have told him that it's Google likely stopping automated request from proxies. That doesn't let Google off the hook. Cory writes: But that doesn't change the essential point: Google is fighting bots by compromising its users' privacy -- the countermeasure is a form of punishing the innocent to get at the guilty. OK, Cory, let's spin it around. Let's say that...
Headlines & News From Elsewhere
- Google announces AdWords Seminars & seminar leaders, Jensense
- Google Homepage: Now With Katie!, InsideGoogle
- A Search Engine For Tracking Federal Spending, Marketing Pilgrim
- Podcast: Digg's Anti-Gaming Moves Upset Some Top Diggers; Google Minimum CPCs Change A Bit; Matt Cutts Gets New Clothes & More!, Daily SearchCast
- Ready Reference for Hurricane Season, The Ask.com Blog
- In Google's Shadow [Enterprise Search], Computerworld
- Google says it will hire more engineers in Japan, Reuters
- Amazon Unbox goes live, Techcrunch
- Google China Office Photos, Google Blogoscoped
- Google's China Office unveiled, People's Daily Online
- Minimize Google Gadgets and More, Google Blogoscoped
- Top 10 Search Terms by Category, Four Weeks Ending August 26, 2006, ClickZ
- Wordwatch: GBS, Google Blogoscoped
- Dirtbike Jumping Google Homepage Video, InsideGoogle
- Inside Google: What Googlers Are Reading, Google Watch
- Were you looking for ... the Yahoo! Toolbar for Firefox?, Yahoo! Search blog
- Interview of Bob Massa, SEO Book.com
- Google Offers Up Funny AdWords Error Message, Search Engine Roundtable
- Google's Gmail Spam Filters Blatantly Suck, SEO Book
- Tip: Tracking 404 Pages, Official Google Analytics Blog
- SEO Cartoons Number 1, SEO Idiot
- Nokia Mobile Search is now powered by Yahoo, Mobile Guerilla
- Digg's Kevin Rose on Recent Indiggnation: Fact vs. Fiction, Marketing Shift