SearchCap: Google Rolls Out PayDay Loan, World Cup Logos & Pinterest Search

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From Search Engine Land:

  • Google’s Payday Loan Algorithm 3.0 Rolling Out Now Google is now rolling out the 3rd version of the PayDay Loan algorithm. Last night we reported that Google is going to be launching PayDay Loan 3.0 and Google’s Matt Cutts posted on Twitter moments ago that it is now rolling out. Cutts, Google’s head of search quality said, “it’s rolling out now!” To catch […]
  • Google Apologizes For World Cup Logo With Wrong Flag, Not “Ghana” Happen Again Google scored a goal against itself by mixing up the flags of Cameroon and Ghana in a special logo highlighting the Mexico versus Cameroon match happening today in the World Cup. Well, it is Friday the 13th. Google’s already fixed the logo and tweeted an apology with a pun: p.s. thanks to followers for calling […]
  • With 1 Billion+ Travel Pins, Pinterest Gives Place Search An Upgrade Forget the idea that Pinterest is all about fashion photos, cute animals and inspirational messages. The company says it’s now hosting more than a billion Place Pins across four million Place Boards. Together, all this represents more than 300 unique countries and territories. That’s a lot of image and board geotagging going on. To make […]
  • Google Partners With ESPN To Deliver 2014 World Cup Video Highlights reported today that Google has partnered with ESPN to deliver video highlights for World Cup related searches. According to, Google’s “in-line” search results for World Cup queries will include a screen shot of ESPN’s World Cup video footage and link directly to With such prominent placement on Google, the deal is sure […]
  • Up Close @SMX Advanced: The Periodic Table Of SEO Elements This SEO ranking factors session has become a much-anticipated tradition at SMX Advanced, as the substantial early morning crowd in attendance this year testified. Each year, a panel of SEO data experts present their up-to-date findings, test results, and best guesses as to what factors are primary in Google’s ranking algorithm. There are always surprises, […]
  • Once Were Vikings: Search Marketing In The Nordics And the winner of this year’s European Search Personality award is… Kristjan Mar Hauksson! With Kristjan being from Iceland, it seems the time is due for a focus on the Nordics. Those who know the region may be thinking fjords, mountains, forests, lakes, volcanoes, kings and castles. Or perhaps you’re thinking about small search volumes, […]
  • Panda 4.0: Redefining Site Authority Everyone in SEO talks about it: authority. It’s the key measurement for ranking, right? But what defines authority in the eyes of each search engine? We all have our theories and correlations, and authority measurement has certainly changed over the years as new signals emerge that may give engines a better idea of a website’s true […]
  • Search In Pics: Matt Cutts Throwing Hummingbirds, Google Pride Logos & Android LED Sign In this week’s Search In Pictures, here are the latest images culled from the web, showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have, and more. Gay Pride Added To GooglePlex & Google NYC Building Logos: Source: Google+ Source: Google+ Google’s Matt […]
  • Up Close @ SMX: Enhancing Results With Structured Data & Markup When you think about the job the search engines have to do it’s pretty daunting. Given a collection of mostly wildly unstructured data from an endless number of sources, Bing, Google and the others have to somehow make sense of all that information and then give it back to us on demand in a way […]
  • Up Close @ SMX Advanced: Local Super Therapy Session Local SEO is a tough beast to tame, so it wasn’t surprising that the room was packed for the Let’s Talk Local Search: Super Therapy Session For Advanced Local Marketers session that kicked off SMX Advanced 2014. Moderator Matt McGee, editor in chief of Search Engine Land, decided to make the session a slide-free discussion panel, […]
  • Google Supports Gay Pride Month With Rainbow Colored Banner For LGBT Related Searches Continuing its commitment to gay rights, Google has designed a rainbow colored banner to accompany LGBT related searches throughout June to show its support for gay pride month. Search terms like “same-sex marriage”, “gay rights” and “LGBT” will return a search results page that includes the rainbow banner. Google has never shied away from its […]
  • World Cup 2014 Google Logo Day 2 Mirrors Opening Ceremony With Dancing Trees & Drum Today’s Google logo continues the FIFA 2014 World Cup celebrations with a dancing tree and drum-playing letter “e” to mimic Brazil’s World Cup opening ceremony. From the Google Doodle homepage: The World Cup opening ceremony was so inspiring–and what an unbeleafable coincidence–our next doodle has a dancing tree person too. Congrats Brazil! Same as yesterday’s […]
  • Microsoft: No Plans For Ads In Cortana Yet; Debating Bringing To Androids & iOS It’s far too early to consider monetizing Cortana, Microsoft’s new virtual personal assistant, but the company is already thinking about how to scale her across different devices, platforms and around the world. Those were two of the key points from Microsoft’s keynote conversation Thursday morning at our SMX Advanced conference in Seattle. Marcus Ash, a […]

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