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SearchCap: Bing Predicts Scotland Vote, Google Maps Navigation Expands & Bing Ads Sitelinks

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 20:01

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Cortana Coming To Windows 9, Will It Replace Bing? Next week in San Francisco, Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 for the press. Among the features of the new OS is...

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Cortana Coming To Windows 9, Will It Replace Bing?

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 15:03

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Next week in San Francisco, Microsoft will unveil Windows 9 for the press. Among the features of the new OS is reportedly going to be the virtual assistant Cortana. A range of sites are repeating some early evidence found by a German site and also a discussion on Neowin that assert Cortana will be...

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Google Maps Navigation Now Covers 104 Countries

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 14:29

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Android Police points out that Google has expanded navigation for Google Maps to 20 additional countries. These are mostly in Africa, the Caribbean islands and South America.  From Algeria to Venezuela, the addition of these 20 brings to an impressive 104 the total number of countries where Google...

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Search In Pics: Darth Vader Painting, Staircase Bobsledding & Google Family Hackathon

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 14:04

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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. GoogleBot Stuck In The Woods: Source: Google+ Google Family Hackathon Day:...

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Bing Ads Rolling Out Dynamic Sitelinks In U.S.

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 13:52

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Bing Ads has debuted Dynamic Sitelinks, new annotations that are automatically created and displayed in the same fashion as standard Sitelinks that advertisers control. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Google introduced the same feature in July. The engines know that sitelinks increase...

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5 Local Marketing Lessons I Learned From The Insurance Industry

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 13:01

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The path to purchase differs from product to product, but there's much all local businesses can learn from the "last mile" of the insurance-buying process. The post 5 Local Marketing Lessons I Learned From The Insurance Industry appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Bing Correctly Predicts “No” Win In Scotland Independence Vote

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 12:37

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A few days ago, we reported that Bing predicted on September 15th that the vote for Scotland’s independence would be a “No” with a 52.5% vote for No and a 47.5% vote for Yes. The final results are now in, and it was a 55% vote for No, so Bing’s prediction was correct and...

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Want Scotland Election Results? Don’t Bother Asking Google Or Bing

Search Engine LandFri, 09/19/2014 - 01:12

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It’s not often you have a vote that might create a new, independent nation. But that’s what’s happening today with Scotland. It’s such a big event that you’d think Google and Bing would be doing something special to provide election results. That’s not the case....

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SearchCap: Google+ In Search, Bing Image Update, RTBF & Mistaken Google Penalties

Search Engine LandThu, 09/18/2014 - 21:01

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Bing Image Search Updates Include Touch Friendly Result Pages That Adapt To Screen Size & Resolution Over the next few weeks, Bing is rolling out new updates...

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Bing Image Search Updates Include Touch Friendly Result Pages That Adapt To Screen Size & Resolution

Search Engine LandThu, 09/18/2014 - 20:11

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Over the next few weeks, Bing is rolling out new updates to its image search experience that include touch-friendly search result pages that have been designed to adapt to a user’s screen size and resolution. According to the announcement, image results will soon expand to the full width of a...

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SearchCap: AdWords Close Variants, comScore Search Rankings & Google Now Flights

Search Engine LandFri, 08/15/2014 - 19:59

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: ComScore: Yahoo Bounces Back From All-Time Low In Search Share After dropping below a 10% market share for search for the first time in June, Yahoo creeped back...

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ComScore: Yahoo Bounces Back From All-Time Low In Search Share

Search Engine LandFri, 08/15/2014 - 18:40

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After dropping below a 10% market share for search for the first time in June, Yahoo creeped back above that threshold, according to ComScore’s July search engine rankings. Yahoo checked in with a 10.0% share, a 0.2 percentage point gain over its record low in June. Yahoo had 1.8 billion...

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21 Metrics For Monitoring SEO Health

Search Engine LandFri, 08/15/2014 - 16:00

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An SEO issue that goes unnoticed, even for a few days, can have a huge impact on business -- so what metrics can you use to detect problems early? The post 21 Metrics For Monitoring SEO Health appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Is SEO Being Ripped Asunder?

Search Engine LandFri, 08/15/2014 - 14:30

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The responsibility for SEO is being assigned to various departments. Is this a good thing or a bad thing for the state of the industry? The post Is SEO Being Ripped Asunder? appeared first on Search Engine Land.

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Google Now Offers Alternative Flights On Delayed Or Cancelled Flights

Search Engine LandFri, 08/15/2014 - 13:14

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The Android Community reports a two new features added to Google Now. The main new feature is that Google will suggest alternative flights or options when your flight is delayed or cancelled. If Google detects your flight is delayed or cancelled, Google “can suggest alternate routes or...

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Farewell ‘Pure’ Exact Match, AdWords Will Soon Require All Campaigns To Use Close Variants

Search Engine LandThu, 08/14/2014 - 23:00

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Today Google has announced that in late September, AdWords advertisers will no longer have the ability to de-select close variants. All campaigns will now include these variants, something that advertisers could previously opt out of. The way close variants will work is completely the same as it...

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SearchCap: Negative SEO Extortion Scam, Apple Maps Dominates Google & Bing Ads Top Movers

Search Engine LandThu, 08/14/2014 - 21:00

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Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web. From Search Engine Land: Google Responds To Mass Negative SEO Extortion Emails There are widespread reports within the industry of negative SEO extortion emails being sent to website...

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