Another special edition of the Daily SearchCast done with live participation from attendees at SES Chicago. When will we get beyond live conference blogging, these days a dime-a-dozen? How have search conferences changed over time? Technorati changes; Google gets all official about not selling paid links; dissecting a Google search result; Danny riffs on Search 3.0; Facebook says sorry about the Beacon ads and privacy concerns plus more in today's episode.
Tune-in by listening to this MP3 file, listening via WebmasterRadio at 11:00am Eastern and repeated at 2pm Eastern Monday through Thursday (see instructions here), through iTunes via this link or in other ways listed here. You can also listen on our Digg podcasts channel.
Upcoming Seminars: SEO and Conversion Rates: Hand-in-hand - RX for Large Paid Search Advertising Campaigns: Anatomy of an Enterprise Solution - Big Brand Search Engine Optimization: Managing Large Campaigns
Conference Coverage 2007: SES Chicago Day Two & PubCon Vegas Day One
Today is the second day of SES Chicago, and the first day of PubCon Vegas. Here is a recap of the coverage I found for the sessions both conferences, all mixed together....
- Top 10 stories from SES Chicago – Day 2, SEW Blog
Industry Nostalgia: A Reminder of How Far We've Come
If I was writing the local County Cross Country Ski Club newsletter, a retrospective might cover two or three minor changes in the field, and a watershed moment or two. Primitive skis were used by Vikings as much as 5,000 years ago. In about 1460, someone in Scandinavia discovered...
- Thoughts on Seth Godin's keynote at SES, SEW Blog
- Google Talk
Meets AOL Instant Messager: Time Warner & Google Complete AIM Integration
Yesterday, Google announced that you can now login talk to AOL Instant Messenger uses via Google Talk, through Google Talk's Gmail interface. Making the two instant messaging tools work together is a feature promised way back when AOL and Google formed a strategic alliance in December 2005. If you read...
- Google AdWords
Improves Target By Location Feature With Maps
I got a tip from Scott Edwards that Google has quietly improved the "target customers by location" feature in the AdWords console. You can see old screen captures of the multi-step process at the Search Engine Roundtable, but the new method is much more intuitive. You are given four tabs...
Add-in Beta for Excel 2007
The adCenter blog announced they are now taking email addresses to be notified of a new plugin for adCenter. The plugin is named adCenter Add-in Beta for Excel 2007, and it allows you to "easily extract keywords from any website, quickly understand keyword popularity and trends and you can gain...
- Blog Search
Engine Technorati Reinvents Itself Again
Blog search engine and news site Technorati has suffered various identity crises over the past couple of years as it seeks to fend off competition and angle toward an eventual acquistion. TechCrunch provides useful context and history for the latest re-imagining of the site as a hybrid blog and traditional...
- UK Yellow
Pages Publisher Yell Adds "Web 2.0" Look And Features
Yell, which owns the yellow pages brand in the UK, has been fairly experimental with its site and product features, adding shopping search, classifieds and mobile ahead of others and its American counterparts. It has also done several redesigns over the course of the past year in an effort to...
- Nielsen Seeks
To Become Video Copyright Arbiter
Nielsen has partnered with Digimarc to digitally "watermark" or fingerprint video clips from media companies circulating on the Internet. Clips would have a unique ID and specific rules could be assigned to govern their uploading and distribution accordingly, to prevent copyright infringement....
Reports Issues With Their Live Search Cloaking Detection System Have Been
Today, Microsoft has posted to the Live Search Webmaster Center blog that the cloaking detection system they have been running for the past few months has, for some sites, skewed site statistics and ads reporting, as well as caused a high traffic load, and they have made some adjustments to...
- Google Adds
"Selling Links" For PageRank To Link Schemes Page
Google Blogoscoped reports Google has updated one of their help pages to include the words, "selling links," when discussing link schemes. On the Why should I report paid links to Google? page, Google changed the document to add the words "selling links" through the page. So one line now reads:...
- Google Answers
More Questions On Paid Links
Information about buying and selling links that pass PageRank from the Google Webmaster Central blog answers more questions about the recent paid link regulations Google has set forth for their index. The main reason Google is going after paid links is because of "inaccuracies" in results and "inequities" in ranking...
- The Anatomy Of
A Google Search Result
As Barry noted earlier, Matt Cutts, keeper of all things webspam and webmaster for Google, is reviving his video series. This new set is on the official Google Webmaster Central blog, rather than his personal site, and so far, don't seem to feature either of his cats. But even cat-free,...
Webmaster Help & AdSense Help Support Staff
The Google Webmaster Central Blog has provided us with a listing of all those Googlers who help answer questions in the Google Webmaster Central Group. They are proud to announce they can support people in 12 different languages. Here is the run down....
- ACAP Launches,
Robots.txt 2.0 For Blocking Search Engines?
After a year of discussions, ACAP -- Automated Content Access Protocol -- was released today as a sort of robots.txt 2.0 system for telling search engines what they can or can't include in their listings. However, none of the major search engines support ACAP, and its future remains firmly one...
- Search 3.0:
The Blended & Vertical Search Revolution
This has been a remarkable year. After years of no real dramatic evolution in search, the third generation finally arrived. Google calls it Universal Search, and I've been tending to say "blended search" as a generic name for the change that's now hit all the major search engines. But...
- Interested In
Speaking At SMX West?
Want to speak at our upcoming SMX West conference? We're now taking submissions through the Speaker Pitch Form that was updated today, with all open sessions listed on the form and in more detail here. Please use this form even if we know you and you have spoken before. We're...
Introduces New "My Location" Feature for Mobile Devices
Many mobile industry insiders and pundits have argued that when GPS becomes ubiquitous then "location based services" will really take off. The problem is: GPS doesn't always work, it isn't yet in every device, and isn't always enabled even if it is present. But the premise that passive location awareness...
Considers "Anonymizing" StreetView In US
Google's StreetView program has been shadowed by privacy concerns arising from the capture of license-plate numbers, people's faces and other potentially embarrassing images. To address these issues, Google set up a system where users could request images be removed. However arguably the embarrassment or damage has already been done by...
- Google Maps
Balloon Now Contains Street View Image
The Google LatLong Blog announced that when you do a search in Google Maps and click on a listing, they will now show, when available, a "street view" image of the location within the pop-up bubble. For example, a search on abigaels, new york, ny will return three results on...
Previews Expanded Docs Roadmap In Michigan
YourSearchAdvisor and TechCrunch report on a meeting sponsored by the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce last week for local businesses about forthcoming developments and enhancements for Google Apps and Docs. The speaker was Scott Johnston, former VP of Product Development at JotSpot, which was acquired by Google in late 2006....
- New Signs Of
JotSpot & Google Wiki?
JotSpot to replace Google Pages soon? from Googling Google reports recent activity spotted with some of Google's URLs. Tony Ruscoe wrote at a Google Blogoscoped Forum thread that http://pages-beta.google.com/a/google.com now contains the "service=jotspot" parameter in the URL. Google bought Jotspot in October 2006. Since then there have been rumors that...
- Google Online
Storage Coming Within Months? Real Google Platypus Screen Shot
Google Plans Service to Store Users' Data from the Wall Street Journal reports Google may be offering an online storage service within a few months. We have heard rumors of such offerings in the past, they go under code names as "Platypus," GDrive or Google Drive, and Google "My Stuff."...
Modifies "Beacon" To Mollify Privacy Critics
As we wrote yesterday, Facebook faced a furor from critics who argued its Beacon program went too far in tracking its users' actions on non-Facebook sites and broadcasting those back through Facebook newsfeeds. As of last night the company had decided to make changes in the advertising program to appease...
- Zuckerberg Lives, Is Sorry For Beacon | WebProNews,
- Danny Sullivan
& Rand Fishkin Talk About Search Ads Vs. Facebook Ads
Forget Facebook. Search Ads Are the Revolution from Danny Sullivan's monthly AdAge column talks about how search ads compare to Facebook's ads. That column is the topic in this week's SEOmoz's Whiteboard Friday. Danny sat down with Rand Fishkin at SEOmoz's office in Seattle to create the following video. Enjoy!...
- Join Search
Engine Land's Facebook Page & Group
Search Engine Land has had a group on Facebook for some time here, with nearly 1,300 members. Now we've added a Facebook page that you can join....
- Flickr Adds
Picnik Web Based Image Editing Features
The Flickr Blog announced the integration of the expected Online Photo Editing software from Picnik is now complete. Meaning, you can now edit your Flickr photos directly on the web, with a click of a button. Personally, I am very excited about this feature and hope to utilize it often....
Launches New iPhone Interface
I went to Google on my iPhone, and I saw a new interface. I then did some searches and saw that TechCrunch has a piece on it named Google Pre-Launches New iPhone Interface. Here are some pictures of the new interface from my iPhone:...
Pornography Site Calls Google A Porn Site Too, Urges Court To Block It
Arcor to block Google from heise online reports Huch Medien, the operator of a erotic site Amateurstar.de, has filed in a German court to have Arcor -- Germany's second-biggest telecom company -- to block Google because Google Images is showing pornographic content without an age verification test....
- Previous Show: Daily SearchCast, Dec. 4, 2007: Top Search Terms Of 2007, Tracking Santa Via Google & More
- All Shows: Daily SearchCast Archives
- Return To: Daily SearchCast Home Page