Daily SearchCast, June 30, 2006

Friday's search podcast covering the day's news

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Below are links to items discussed:

  • Google AdWords Adds Statistics Tabs
    Google has updated their AdWords interface to include "account statistics tabs." The new tabs are named "Summary," "Keywords," and "Ad Variations," they can be found if you click into Adgroup levels.
  • GooglePlex Irvine To Revolutionize Radio Advertising
    Zachary Applegate posted his visit to the GooglePlex Irvine at SEOMoz, where he describes the demonstration given to him by Google. The demo, Zach coined, "Google AdSense Audio," a method of "dynamically generate and change commercial content according to demographic and what is currently going on in the geographic area of radio stations." Zach explains that Google is entering this market to enable those with "$200 budgets to break into radio advertising."
  • Changes for the Yahoo Publisher Network
    The Yahoo Publisher Network has made a series of changes to their interface and support documents which seem to be appealing to the new publishers. They have added a new "RPC" column to reporting, meaning publishers can see their average earning per click. Jennifer interviewed Cody Simms, the YPN product manager behind all the updates on her radio show Click This! You can download the MP3 from a link off the blog to listen to Cody explain the changes and information about the decisions behind them.
  • MSN Search To Officially Not Use Yahoo Search Marketing For Sponsored Search July 1
    MSN's U.S. search distribution agreement with Yahoo! Search Marketing ends this month, and Yahoo! Sponsored Search listings will no longer appear in MSN's U.S. search results." MSN has been displaying mostly Microsoft adCenter ads on their search results pages for a couple months now. So the transition has been pretty gradual for advertisers and searchers.
  • Yahoo Gains Market Share In China, Google Loses Share
    TMCnet.com reports that Google has slipped back to third place with 13.2% share in China. Yahoo is in second place with 21.1% market share and Baidu with 43.9%. TMCnet sources this information from the Beijing Modern Business Daily on page 1 from the Tuesday, June 27, 2006 edition.
  • Google Video Adds New Features
    Google Video is letting now letting users add comments, labels and ratings to any video on the site. Yes, tagging by any other name.
  • Vertical Images From AdSense Include Images in Ad Units
    Vertical Images is the latest beta test being run by Google AdSense. Usually Google beta tests in the US, then rolls out products across the world wide Web. This beta is different in that it is immediately available across the world. Vertical images displays a related generic image within the ad unit, which then links to a results page similar to the results page seen when clicking on an Ad Links keyword.
  • Myanmar Government Blocks Google & GMail?
    The Times of India reports that Myanmar government has blocked Internet users from reaching Google.com and Gmail. They claim users trying to reach Google and Gmail for the past week have been received "Access Denied" responses. Myanmar's largest ISP, Bagan Cybertech, confirmed the issue that the sites were "inaccessible but declined to comment further."
  • Ask.com Removes "Legacy Filters" To Enable Pedophilia Keyword Search
    we covered a story that Ask.com was blocking search terms such as laws against pedophilia and preventing child pornography, amongst others. Philipp notes that Ask.com has removed the "legacy filters" to enable those types of searches. In fact, for the search on preventing child pornography, you get a special "smart answer" for "Child Abuse Resources."
  • Specialty Search Roundup
  • eBay's PayPal Mocks Google Checkout
    Philipp Lenssen cracked me up with just the title of his post named EBay Guy Trashes Google Checkout, Then Deletes Post. Here, read the post; I find it amusing how the general media is claiming GBuy [aka Google Checkout] will be a significant competitor to Paypal based on GBuy having near zero buyers actually using the service vs over 100MM using Paypal. Let?s recall something here folks. In its current form, GBuy is a glorified merchant account. The post was then deleted, but you can read it all here