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SearchCap: The Day In Search, April 16, 2007

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

From Search Engine Land:


  • Up Close & Personal With Robots.txt
    The Robots.txt Summit at Search Engine Strategies New York 2007 was the latest in a series of special sessions with the intent to open a dialog between search engines representatives and web site publishers. Past summits featured discussion on comment spam on blogs, indexing issues and redirects. The subject of…

  • Yahoo Announces Evolution Of Newspaper Consortium With Search Distribution
    Yahoo has expanded its newspaper partnerships to 12 newspaper publishing companies, with 264 newspapers across 44 states. Out of mutual necessity, the relationship originally coalesced around a partnership with Yahoo HotJobs, but with clear expansion potential. Yahoo now becomes the exclusive paid-search provider to the participating papers and both sides…

  • The Cleansing Of The Links
    Over the past several months I’ve had an avalanche of very specific inquiries, all with a related scenario. People are worried that their previous link building activities have hurt their site’s rankings, are going to hurt their site’s rankings at any moment, or are not helping their site’s rankings….

  • Google Audio Ads Now Supported By Radio Stations
    Google just announced that Google AdSense for Audio now “supported by the leading radio station systems.” The system providers include Broadcast Electronics (BE), ENCO Systems and LAN International’s VIERO. This seems to compliment their other announcement today that Google In Radio Ad Deal With Clear Channel….

  • Crowley & Rainert Of DodgeBall Quit Google After Much Frustration
    Dennis Crowley, the founder of DodgeBall, which was acquired by Google in May 2005, has announced his resignation via Flickr. So…. Alex and I quit Google on Friday. It’s no real secret that Google wasn’t supporting dodgeball the way we expected. The whole experience was incredibly frustrating for us -…

  • Paid Links Under Scrutiny By Google Again
    Matt Cutts of Google has written two posts this weekend on links to start a mountain of discussion in the SEO community. How to report paid links and hidden links from Matt Cutts discussed how Google is in the process of testing out new methods to detect and handle paid…

  • Is ‘Local Search’ A Vertical Or A Verb?
    Is local search a microcosm of general search or is it the ultimate vertical? I’ve had this debate with a number of people over the past couple of years. Ask’s CEO Jim Lanzone once told me that he felt local was part of almost every vertical, and therefore not…

  • Google In Radio Ad Deal With Clear Channel
    This morning the New York Times is reporting that Google has struck a deal to sell radio air time on Clear Channel’s network. Clear Channel is the U.S.’s largest single owner of radio stations. This had been rumored but the formal announcement (not yet posted) will apparently include “30-second spots…

  • Goog411 Voice Search And Speech Recognition
    Tim O’Reilly has an interesting post that went up last Friday on Google’s potential motivation in rolling out Goog411. The obvious answer to the question “Why is Google doing this?” is mobile voice search and directory assistance ($13 billion in annual revenue per Opus Research). The conventional wisdom, which includes…

  • AIRWeb 2007 Papers Released
    The Third International Workshop on Adversarial Information Retrieval on the Web will be held next month, and there’s an impressive scope and depth to the topics that will be discussed based upon the papers to be presented during the conference, and the members of the committees who have worked to…

  • Searcharazzi: Google Hearts DoubleClick
    Searcharazzi asks: Why must all the good rumors come out on Friday afternoon? Today’s announcement that Google has indeed acquired DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in cold hard cash puts to shame even the juiciest details from this week’s SES New York show – from Reprise Media’s announcement that it…

  • Google Acquires DoubleClick For $3.1 Billion
    Google Buys DoubleClick for $3.1 Billion from the New York Times tells us that Google has reached an agreement to buy DoubleClick for the sum of $3.1 billion. There was speculation in the past that Google and DoubleClick were in talks, so now that has been confirmed. With his purchase,…

Search News Headlines From Elsewhere

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Business Issues

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Social Media

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