What's really holding back video search? It's not the lack of speech recognition. Google and Yahoo insert more direct answers and content into search results. Microsoft has a bug causing major overcharges for paid ads. Is Google selling PR? Nah, say Google's Matt Cutts -- who is also this edition's special cohost. These stories and more in today's episode!
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- Getting Into Snowboarding, Daggle
- Video Search
Challenge Isn't Speech Recognition, It's Content Owner Management
Millions of Videos, and Now a Way to Search Inside Them from the New York Times is a big giant love story to video search firm Blinkx, suggesting that the idea of finding video content will take a leap through new idea of speech recognition. In reality, it's not...
- New Hot Properties: YouTube Celebrities, New York Times
- Google Video
Plus Box Results
Philipp Lenssen spotted plus box results at Google for Google Video results. He noticed it for a search on nightwish videos, but I do not see it myself. For a screen capture check out Philipp's Google Blogoscoped. We have covered two other plus box results in the past. Google "Plus...
- Yahoo Search
Improves Movie Shortcut Results
The Yahoo Search Blog announced they have improved their movie shortcuts to add more information. The added information includes, movie trailers, user and critic ratings, a brief summary, and movie showtimes. For example, a search on Dreamgirls, 10025 brings up this Yahoo Shortcut....
- Google in Content Deal With Media Companies, New York Times
- Google AdWords
To Show Advertisers Exactly Where Their Contextual Ads Are Displayed
If you are an advertiser running Google AdWords on the content network, the only way to know where those ads are being run is to dig through raw logs and extract the content site URLs from the massively long AdWords referral strings. But in an article in the New York...
- MyBlogLog Trick - How To Surf The Web As ShoeMoney, ShoeMoney
- MyBlogLog Tracks Your Visitors Ad Clicks, Shoemoney
- Yahoo Publisher Network’s Trojan Horse, Techcrunch
Microsoft adCenter Bug Costs Millions
I normally would not report bugs like these but the adCenter blog just posted an official confirmation of the bug I reported early this morning at the Search Engine Roundtable. The bug is that advertisers were being charged astronomical prices per click, even though they have set their bids lower....
- Google Ordered
To Change AdSense Contract By South Korea's Watchdog
S. Korean watchdog orders Google to fix unfair contract clauses by Yonhap News (and see longer version here) reports that Google has been ordered to change its AdSense contract to be more publisher friendly. The Fair Trade Commission said the contract is currently enabling Google to "one-sidedly cancel advertisement deals"...
- Gmail domain dispute looms for Google in China, Reuters.co.uk
Checkout Australia Coming Soon?
Is Google Checkout coming to Australia? It appears that Google registered Google Payment Australia PTY. LTD. in Australia recently, which could be a sign of that. A reader pointed me to the Australian Securities & Investments Commission web site that shows a record for a Google Australia payments company. On...
- Google Selling PR7 Links For $10,000!, Conversion Rater
- Chip expert says Google threatened to blacklist his sites, News.com
- Misc bits, Matt Cutts [comments on above two items]
- 2007 SEMPO
Board of Directors Announced
SEMPO has released the names of the 2007 board of directors. The board for 2007 includes: Chris Boggs, Avenue A/Razorfish (reelected) Massimo Burgio, Global Search Interactive (new) Fionn Downhill, Elixir Systems (new) Dave Fall, DoubleClick Inc. (new) Duane Forrester, Sports Direct Inc. (new) Sara Holoubek, Free Agent Consultant (reelected, currently...
- Yahoo shareholders submit 'Plan B', BusinessWeek
- Pew Research:
Wireless Internet Grows
Amid an increasing body of consumer research showing that more Americans are using their mobile devices for more than just voice, The Pew Internet Project surveyed 1,623 U.S. adult Internet users in December, 2006. The survey broadly asked about wireless Internet access, whether on desktops, laptops or mobile phones....
- Five Steps to Effective Keyword Research, Search Engine Guide
- New Keyword List Cleaner Tool, SEO Book.com
- 3 Jump-Start
Methods For Passionate Linking
For a lot of people, link building is a drag. It's like going to the dentist or writing that tax check every quarter... you don't really want to do it but you know you have to. It's that drag factor that makes a lot of people look for short...
- NASA & Google
Earth Color Earth With Near Real Time Information
Garett Rogers summarizes a post at the Google Earth Blog explaining that Google and NASA now have added more KMLs (a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser) to Google Earth. The new files provide almost real-time information including: Sea Surface Temperature [KML File] Chlorophyll Concentration...
- A visit to Apple, Official Google Mac Blog
- Know your Road Rules with Ask.com, Ask.com
Tara Calishain's wonderful ResearchBuzz, tagged as "news about search engines, databases, and other information collections," marked a major milestone yesterday, with 400 "issues" having appeared in nearly nine years of publication. If you're not familiar with ResearchBuzz, you should be. Many search marketers aren't familiar with the "other side" of...