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SearchCap: The Day In Search, January 18, 2011

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • A Plea To Make Your Links More User Friendly

    Have you noticed that it’s harder to find critical contact information these days? If you have a question about an online order, finding a phone number so that you can speak to an actual person is a nightmare at times. Some sites are automatically setting ridiculous default options for you (yay spammy and for-sale email […]

  • Bing Terminates Relationship With Publisher Doing Tricky Home Page Switch

    Is Facebook’s third largest advertiser really a site that tries to trick people into switching to Bing? Apparently not. Still, Bing’s not happy with the tactics and is ending its relationship with the publisher. The site, Make-My-Baby.com, now appears to have gone down. But earlier today, it was suggesting that people needed a plug-in to […]

  • European Google Antitrust Questionnaire Revealed

    Last week we reported on two extensive questionnaires being used by the European Commission to gather factual information as part of its antitrust inquiry against Google. Agencies, advertisers, ad networks and publishers are being solicited for their input through these documents. We obtained a copy of what appears to be the shorter questionnaire. In it […]

  • Unfortunately, There Is No Manual For Multinational SEO

    That was the response I gave a few hours ago to a packed room of attendees in a full day workshop on Search Marketing here in Delhi India. During the afternoon workshop that was more of an open Q&A site clinic format, the majority of the questions were about multinational SEO. While I was able […]

  • Gazopa Adds Stock Photos To Image Search Engine

    Gazopa recently added stock photos to its image search engine. That isn’t exactly huge news in and of itself, but the interesting thing about Gazopa is the multiple ways you can search for images. The company has added a “stock photo” tab on its search results page, so a keyword search for office furniture and […]

  • Google Says “Ciao” To Antitrust Claim In Italy

    Each day seems to bring new twists and turns in Europe in the unfolding saga of the many investigations against Google going on there. Yesterday, in a bit of good news for Mountain View, the Italian Competition Authority ended an antitrust investigation into Google News. The investigation was initiated in 2009 after complaints by Italian […]

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before Jumping Into Quora

    In my last post, I suggested that Groupon would be 2011′s Twitter, by which I meant that it would start attracting more and more media attention, as well as big brand dollars. And I stand by that. However, if you’re a frequent reader of Techcrunch or many of the other big tech-blogs, particularly those based […]

  • Research: Optimism Fueled SEM Growth in Q4, But ROI Lagged

    Spending on search engine marketing (SEM) grew 23% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2010, signaling optimism both from marketers and consumers, according to the latest report from Efficient Frontier, a search marketing agency that manages more than $1 billion in annual spend for its clients. The company attributed the strong growth to increases in […]

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