Highlights from the SEW Blog: Jun 13, 2005

I'm on "vacation" this week, so SearchDay will feature posts from the Search Engine Watch blog as well as our customary search headlines from around the web. If you're not familiar with our blog, click on any of the links below, or visit the blog's home page at http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/.

Google America, Europe & Asia: Domains, Not Results

Search Engine Roundtable highlights an SEO Chat thread spotting Google America, Google Asia and Google Europe sites. OK, those aren't the official names. Visit each site, and they just say Google as if you visited Google.com. The names come from the subdomains they use:

Despite the domain names, the results seem to reflect no regional targeting. Maybe a sign of something to come? Certainly Ian in our forums wants a Google America. Want to discuss? Join him in Should there be a Google USA?

Scirus Adds New Sources

This week Scirus, the search vertical/metasearch tool that focuses on science information from both the open web and specialized sources, launched the Scirus Repository Search Service. It provides direct access to searchable repositories of material (often full text) from universities and other organizations. You can select repositories and many other databases via the Scirus advanced search page...

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AOL Moves TV Spend To Search; Rodney Dangerfield Of Online Advertising No More!

AOL Wooing Users to Portal, With a Little Help From Its Foes from the New York Times looks at how AOL is ironically turning to search ads on rivals Google and Yahoo to attract people to its new public portal offering. The story notes how $50 million intended for television ads is instead going to search because AOL realized search was already the biggest driver of traffic to its free music site. Here's a quote to warm the hearts of search marketers over the years who've had to scrape, lobby, beg and plead for more spending on search...

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Search Headlines

NOTE: Article links often change. In case of a bad link, use the publication's search facility, which most have, and search for the headline.

Hit parade might grow if Yahoo adds browser...
Tacoma News Tribune Jun 12 2005 3:30PM GMT
Yahoo sees larger opportunity in voice services...
India Daily Jun 12 2005 3:28PM GMT
Paid Listings Threaten Search Credibility...
eWeek Jun 12 2005 3:26PM GMT
Google may build site in Ann Arbor...
Detroit News Jun 12 2005 3:18PM GMT
'Chief People Yahoo' provides a competitive edge...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 12 2005 3:12PM GMT
Content and Search Engine Marketing...
Search Engine Guide Jun 12 2005 3:01PM GMT
Google Releases Super-Tiny Ads...
InsideGoogle Jun 12 2005 2:59PM GMT
Enough Keyword Searches. Just Answer My Question...
New York Times Jun 11 2005 7:52PM GMT
YellowPages.com, AOL form partnership...
bizjournals.com Jun 11 2005 3:16PM GMT
Content deemed 'unacceptable' despite Web search giant's 'Hate Bush' themes...
WorldNetDaily Jun 11 2005 3:08PM GMT
Google Increases Size of Image Database...
Search Engine Watch Jun 11 2005 3:00PM GMT
NADAguides.com Launches Side-by-Side Vehicle Comparison Tool...
URLwire Jun 11 2005 2:59PM GMT
A Search Engine for Acronyms...
ResearchBuzz Jun 11 2005 2:57PM GMT
Overture sells ads on mobile travel service...
Netimperative Jun 11 2005 2:55PM GMT
Paid Placement SEM Is Dead. Long Live Paid Placement...
ClickZ Today Jun 11 2005 2:51PM GMT

About the author

Chris Sherman is a frequent contributor to several information industry journals. He's written several books, including The McGraw-Hill CD ROM Handbook and The Invisible Web: Uncovering Information Sources Search Engines Can't See, co-authored with Gary Price. Chris has written about search and search engines since 1994, when he developed online searching tutorials for several clients. From 1998 to 2001, he was About.com's Web Search Guide.