SearchDay Week In Review

Overture's Content Match Takes On Google's Contextual Ads
SearchDay, July 2, 2003

Overture finally unveiled its contextual ads program, called Content Match, officially this week. The program places Overture's paid listings on web pages, rather than within search results.

Microsoft's MSN Search To Build Crawler-Based Search Engine
SearchDay, July 1, 2003

Microsoft's MSN Search is still determining how it will evolve, but a key feature is running its own crawler-based search engine in house.

Search Engine Milestones for June 2003
SearchDay, July 1, 2003

Notable news and announcements from the web search world during the past month.

Google Releases Updated Search Toolbar
SearchDay, June 30, 2003

Google has released an updated version of its popular toolbar, offering several new useful functions unrelated to search.

Search Engine Forums Spotlight

Brand names banned from bids
Webmaster World
"Dell has asked Google to ban any bids using the word Dell... Okay, big brands have a right to protect their name and ring fence it from abuse, but it begs the question, why recruit affiliates if they cannot use the brand name?"

Turning corporate speak into useful web copy
Webmaster World
"If you want to sell a company's product, don't ask the company what to say, ask their customers what they are looking for! What do they need, what are their concerns? There's your content."

Google's AdSense: A boost for information sites?
Webmaster World
"I personally believe that AdSense is a hugely important milestone for both Web advertising and Web information sites... By introducing targeted text ads for information sites, Google has--in one fell swoop--restored the potential of the Web to be a commercially viable medium for niche publishers."

How do I check how many pages Google has indexed?
ihelpyou Forums
"How can I check to see how many pages of my site are included in Google's index? Please tell me in layperson's terms!"

The Web's 10 most influential people
Webmaster World
" who would you say are the Web's 10 most influential/powerful people today?"

Why didn't my web designer take SEO into consideration right from the beginning?
Cre8asite Forums
"Don't you think that the prospect who goes to the Web designer first, has the MINDSET that the designer will take care of preparing/designing the site to be found by people who will be searching for their products/services? Is this NOT a given in the mind of the prospect?"

Search Engine Forums Spotlight courtesy Search Engine Guide.

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.

When Will Google Backlinks Show?...
High Rankings Jul 3 2003 4:02AM GMT
Tech Trenches: Searching about Search Engines... Jul 3 2003 4:00AM GMT
The Collapse of Enron: A Bibliography of Online Legal, Government and Legislative Resources... Jul 3 2003 4:00AM GMT
GDS: The Google Dance Syndrome, Part 1... Jul 3 2003 1:43AM GMT
Dos and don'ts in your search-engine marketing...
bCentral Jul 2 2003 6:44PM GMT
Spam-bot tests flunk the blind...
CNET Jul 2 2003 11:06AM GMT
Report on Consumers Lack of Understanding On How Search Engines Work...
BeSpacific Jul 2 2003 5:26AM GMT
CompUSA Taps Range Online for Search Marketing... Jul 2 2003 5:20AM GMT
Intelliseek and Unisys Partner...
EContent Jul 2 2003 4:02AM GMT
New version of Internet address coming...
Washington Times Jul 1 2003 10:55PM GMT and Lycos end partnership...
CNET Jul 1 2003 10:30PM GMT
Overtures paid placement goes where its never gone before: content pages... Jul 1 2003 9:55PM GMT
Netscape updates as Andreessen yawns...
CNET Jul 1 2003 7:17PM GMT
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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's Web Search Guide.