Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.
After three years the great Google Authorship experiment has come to an end … at least for now. Today John Mueller of Google Webmaster Tools announced in a Google+ post that Google will stop showing authorship results in Google Search, and will no longer be tracking data from content using rel=author markup. This in-depth article […]
After analyzing “billions of pieces” of content, content marketing firm BrightEdge claims organic search is the primary driver of website traffic to business sites, while social barely generates a blip on the traffic radar. The BrightEdge study found organic search drives 51 percent of all visitors to B2B and B2C websites, trumping all other non-organic […]
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Google is trying out a new search box that displays under the first search result. Right now, Google’s first search result often includes a search box that lets users search within that first search result, as shown here for Microsoft.com: According to a report on Google Operating System blog, the new search box is larger […]
Ad testing in paid search is a relatively painless — until it comes to the actual analysis. It’s easy to set up ads tests, but analyzing ad performance can be a time sucking process for even the most sophisticated paid search teams. Worse yet, the results can be misleading if enough information isn’t available, the […]
After this week’s story on possible changes coming to Bing’s navigation bar, it appears the site is also testing how search results are displayed. Along with repositioning its navigation bar, All Google reports Bing is experimenting with Google-like search cards for its results. Here’s a screen shot of what Bing’s new search page interface would […]
Microsoft’s Igor Rondel, Principal Development Manager of the Bing Index Quality team published a blog post on the Bing Search blog named Web Spam Filtering. In the post, Igor shares how Bing goes about detecting, processing, and filtering out search spam from their index. Bing outlines some ways they use methods of discovering and then […]
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Google is testing various colors for their yellow/orange star reviews in the web and local search results. Typically, when you search for local queries, Google may present you with a ratings in the form of five star ratings, with the stars in an orange/gold color. Google is now testing those stars in different colors, including […]
Today Doubleclick Search launched three new reporting and optimization tools for retailers using the DoubleClick Search Commerce Suite. Designed for Google’s Shopping Campaigns, which take effect on August 31, new Adaptive Shopping campaigns structures product groups based on similar conversion rates. Integrating directly with Google Merchant Center, the tool automatically subdivides existing product groups by […]
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