Search Headlines & Links: May 10, 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:

Today From The SEW Blog…

  • Daily
    SearchCast, May 10, 2006: Yahoo Livesearch: Answers Before You Finish Typing!;
    Yahoo & Google Seek IE7 Users; Will It Be Google Rather Than Vegemite
    Sandwich? & More!

    Today’s search podcast covers Yahoo’s new Livesearch feature, which gives you
    results before you even finish typing in a query; Yahoo & Telemundo merge web
    sites; Yahoo and Google try to woo IE7 users; will Google be more popular than
    Vegemite Down Under? and more! 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?…
  • Daily
    SearchCast, May 9, 2006: Yahoo’s New Panama Ad System; Getting Real Time Date;
    Microsoft’s New Moves In Maps; Googlers Fuel California Tax Revenues & More!

    Yesterday’s search podcast is now online Sorry for the delay! It covers
    details about Yahoo’s new ad system; Microsoft’s mapping moves; how to get
    real time data; fighting search spam; Googlers make California richer — but
    have they been downgraded from Captain Crunch to Lt. Crunch and more! 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…
  • Next
    Week’s Special Edition Daily SearchCast With Matt Cutts, Live From The
    Googleplex

    I’m traveling next week, making visits to Google and Yahoo before heading to
    our Search Engine Watch Live networking event in Seattle. SearchReturn editor
    Detlev Johnson will be sitting in for me doing our Daily SearchCast podcast
    while I’m on the trip. But I will be doing a special edition of the Daily
    SearchCast next Tuesday, talking with Google’s Matt Cutts at while I’m at the
    Googleplex….
  • Yokel
    Local Shopping Part II

    One of the great challenges of ?local shopping? sites like Yokel is getting
    the data online. Brian points out in his post that Yokel doesn?t currently
    have real-time inventory information, but directs consumers to local retailers
    (mostly nationals like Home Depot and Sears) that are likely to have the
    desired products (clicking on products takes users to retailer websites)….
  • Watching
    Google Press Day, Slides & Live Commentary

    Google Press Day gets underway, well, now. Not a member of the press? You’ll
    find the webcast here, where you can watch. Below, I’ve listed all the slides.
    Many of these are broken now, but they’ll appear as the day progresses. Over
    at Google Blogoscoped, Philipp Lenssen is doing a good job live blogging the
    commentary. Valleywag is also live blogging here. InsideGoogle is also live
    blogging in parts — watch the home page there….
  • Yokel
    Launches Local Shopping Search Engine

    Yokel today announced the beta release of it’s local shopping search engine.
    Yokel is run by Scott Randall, former CEO of FairMarket, and Don Zeresky, former
    VP of Products for Lycos. Local search engines, especially local shopping
    engines will continue to be important as most people still research online and
    then buy offline at local retailers. As Scott explained to me, "even people who
    go to online shopping comparison engines still buy offline. 98% of commerce is
    still done locally." Yokel is set up to solve this problem. Scott continued
    "there seems to be a void. Yokel answers the question,…
  • Search
    Engine Journal Launches SEO Directory, SEOdex.com

    Search Engine Journal announced the launch of a new directory they just
    purchased named SEOdex. Loren Baker, from Search Engine Journal says he plans
    "on heavily marketing it in the near future on Search Engine Journal and other
    related properties." You can submit your firm or resource to SEOdex by finding
    the relevant category and clicking on "Add SEO Firm or Resource."…
  • Yahoo Italy
    Blocking Certain Queries?

    Nathan Weinberg reported and so did I that Yahoo Italy appears to be blocking
    results for certain queries. If you conduct a search on preteen at Yahoo Italy,
    you should notice that no results are returned. Nathan also says if you search
    for the capitalized version no results are returned as well. So is this some
    sort of censorship by Yahoo Italy? If so why? Want to discuss? Join our forum
    thread named Yahoo.it censored for ‘preteen’?…
  • Google Ban
    Checker Tool

    This morning, I reported on a tool that allows you to check if you are banned in
    Google. The tool is a desktop application that searches Google using a site:
    command and also checks sites that link to you, to see if they are banned as
    well. You can check out the tool by clicking here. Keep in mind, Google also can
    notify you of some site penalties with Google Sitemaps….
  • Australians
    Fond Of Google; Vegemite Getting Jealous

    The Courier Mail reports that Australians are becoming more found of Google as
    each day pasts. A survey performed by George Patterson Y&R found that Google was
    amongst the top 20 brands in Australia. Supposedly, Vegemite, which I never
    heard of before, is the most popular brand in Australia, but Google is gaining
    on it. Can Google beat out a dark brown, salty food paste made from yeast
    extract, to become the number one brand in Australia?…
  • Google Bug
    or Webmaster Bug? Google Responds To Shared Server Bug Issue

    Matt Cutts responded to the Google anomaly we reported last week, where Google
    was displaying a different site’s information from the same shared server. In
    short, two sites are hosted on the same server and same IP address. When
    conducting a search that should have brought up Site A, Site B was coming up in
    the SERPs. The issue was technically not on Google’s side, as Matt explained.
    The server folks that set up the server set up the virtual hosting configuration
    incorrectly. So why wasn’t it an issue on Yahoo, MSN or Ask.com? Matt explains
    that Google uses "persistent…
  • Yahoo Tests
    Livesearch On AllTheWeb; Google Patent Problem, Perhaps?

    Yahoo’s AllTheWeb service is sporting a new Livesearch feature. It’s pretty
    interesting. As you type into the search box, search results automatically start
    appearing. And more interesting, it’s similar to something Google’s already
    sought to patent….
  • Yahoo En
    Español & Telemundo.com To Merge

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Yahoo En Español and Telemundo.com will be
    merging companies. They will be merging the staff and sharing one advertising
    budget. If you visit http://espanol.yahoo.com/ now, you will find both logos at
    the top of the page, representing each company. The reason for the merger is
    because the online Hispanic market is growing extremely quickly and the two
    companies want to take advantage of "the incredible growth of the Hispanic
    marketplace," today. It appears that the two companies will fold under the Yahoo
    umbrella….
  • IE7 Users
    Are Prompted To Use Google, Yahoo

    ClickZ reports that they have noticed when using Microsoft’s new browser,
    Internet Explorer 7, and visiting Google, you are prompted with a DTHML popup
    box that says, "Make Google your Search Engine in Internet Explorer." Is this
    Google’s way of fighting back against their objections of IE7? Google is upset
    that Microsoft sets MSN Search as the default engine on IE7. So if you are using
    IE7 and visit Google, Google will go out of their way to help you switch that
    default to engine to Google Search….
  • TiVo
    Getting Into the Ad Serving Business

    While TiVo is well known for allowing television watchers to skip advertising,
    they are hoping they can entice viewers to watch branded advertising that
    provide entertainment value or user interest within the commercials. The
    program, called Product Watch, allows viewers to actually search for ads in
    various categories and there are already has 70 advertisers signed up….
  • Windows
    Live Adds New Features

    The Windows Live Blog announced changes they have made to Live.com. The
    changes include;…

  • GeoVector and the Mo-Lo Search ‘Use Case’

    I continue to think about the challenges of mobile-local search, where there
    is arguably a more compelling consumer use case than on the Internet — user
    needs are generally more immediate. Microsoft?s Search GM Erik Jorgensen
    publicly stated that he believed the majority of local searches will
    eventually be conducted on mobile devices. In concept it’s not hard to agree.
    But the question is one of timing and technology. The form factor (hardware),
    the business model and network speeds will all need to come together to drive
    consumer adoption. Once the use cases are established then we can think
    about…

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