Bing Needs Users to Break the Google Habit

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One of Bing’s Facebook fans brings up a good point about the search market. Google is simply ingrained in so many people’s online habits, Bing’s biggest challenge is to simply keep Google users from being sucked back into the Google way.  Have you tried to use other search engines besides Google, only to find yourself coming back? Was it for …

Getting More From Your Google Place Page

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I write a fair amount about local search because it’s an important topic that’s only going to become more important as millions upon millions of folks move over to smart phones to do their browsing and shopping. The undisputed leader in all things search is Google and so it’s important to pay close attention to the shifting landscape of local …

Should 'Write To Rank' Articles Be Punished by Google?

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Google has stated many times that content should be written for the reader of the content and not to rank in search engines. I assume this would go for YouTube videos as well. It is an excellent approach for search engines to take in my opinion because theoretically if every content producer follows this standard, search results would be filled …

Google Edges Bing For Visual Attention

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The top three paid positions on Google attract more visual attention than the top three links on Bing, according to a new report from research firm User Centric. Study outcomes showed a comparable number of participants viewing top sponsored links (~90 percent) across both search engines. However, these participants spent 22 percent more time looking at Google’s top sponsored links …

Who earns the most in China’s Online Search Market?

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We say ‘google it’ but China says ‘baidu it’. iResearch released its annual report on China’s online search market and Baidu emerged as the top earner. Baidu owned 71.6 percent of the total online search engines revenue at $1.2 billion. While Google, at second placing, owned 26 percent at $433 million. The rest are shared […] Related posts: Baidu, China’s …

Google Offers on the Way, Should Groupon Have Sold?

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Google has a new project in the works that appears to be a direct competitor to Groupon. It’s called Google Offers. According to an official fact sheet about the product, obtained by Mashable, Google Offers is "a new product to help potential customers and clientele find great deals in their area through a daily email." Should Groupon have sold to …

Google Lets You Search with Local Recommendations From Specific Friends

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Google announced a new Google Maps feature today, related to the company’s recently launched Hotpot social recommendation product. Now, users can search Google Maps, and request results based on the recommendations of specific friends.  "Most of us know lots of friends, each with very different areas of expertise when it comes to places to recommend. With the recent launch of …

Think Google PageRank Doesn't Matter? Think Again.

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It looks like Google wants you to think PR doesn’t matter, but don’t let them fool you! For more than a decade now, Google has been trying to retrieve this metric from the radar of webmasters. That Google has stopped pushing regular updates to their toolbar is one more step in the strategy to convince you that PageRank doesn’t matter …

The Things Google Did in 2010 (The Second Quarter)

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We’re looking at the things Google has done over the course of the year. For the first quarter, read this article. Now we’ll pick up in the second quarter.  Allow me to include the disclaimer from the previous post: I have not included every single Google-related story of the year. That would require a book (and a rather large one I …

The Things Google Did in 2010 (The Fourth Quarter)

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We’re looking at the things Google has done over the course of the year. For the first quarter, read this article. Then find the second quarter here and the third quarter here. Now we’re on to the fourth quarter.  Allow me to include the disclaimer from the previous posts: I have not included every single Google-related story of the year. That would require a book …

Google Adds Nearby Shops to U.K. Product Search

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Google has announced a new feature for online shoppers and merchants in the U.K., called Nearby Shops. The feature is already available in Google’s U.S. Product Search, and was rolled out in the U.K. on Wednesday. Consumers searching for items on Google Products are now shown a map that indicates the locations of nearby stores that sell the… [[ This …

Google's Matt Cutts Talks Facebook/Twitter Links' Influence on Search Ranking

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We recently looked at how Google and Bing use links on Twitter and Facebook for organic ranking, following an informative piece from Danny Sullivan on the matter. Google’s Matt Cutts has now addressed the subject a bit more in a new video uploaded to Googles’ Webmaster Help Channel.  Do you want social media to influence search rankings? Comment here. "We …

Google TV Gets Improved Netflix and Remote Apps, Better Movie Search and Screen Sizing

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Today, Google began pushing out its first software update for Google TV. The update fixed a few bugs, and added some other new interesting features.  "We’ve partnered up with our friends at Netflix to upgrade the app so that you can search, browse and watch any movie or show that is in the Netflix streaming catalog," says Google TV Product …

Should Google Be Able To Prioritize Its Own Content In Search Results?

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Does Google have the right to place its own content over others’ content in its search results? If the company deems it better for the user that way, Google certainly thinks so.  Do you agree with Google? Let us know. There has been a great deal of discussion around this in the media recently, and a great deal of complaining …

Search Queries Update in GWT

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Google has made a noteworthy improvement to the "Search queries" and "Links to your site" features available in Webmaster tools. Once the domain of hard core SEO’s alone, anyone responsible for improving search marketing campaigns will be able to benefit from the new features and will need to get familiar as the data is… [[ This is a content summary …