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FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guidelines

FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guidelines

By Chris Crum June 25, 2013

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has updated is guidance to the search engine industry regarding the need to distinguish between advertisements and search results. Search industry veteran Danny Sullivan wrote a letter to the FTC just over a year ago …

Blekko Reimagines Search Again With izik Blekko Reimagines Search Again With izik
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Blekko announced that it has launched a new search app for tablets called izik (pronounced EYE-zik). The company says it was built specifically with the iPad and Android tablets in mind. “Tablets are increasingly getting integrated into our lives, so …

Blekko Gives Common Crawl Search Data Blekko Gives Common Crawl Search Data

Alternative search engine blekko announced today that it is “donating” 22 billion pages’ metadata to Common Crawl, a non-profit foundation, which maintains an open crawl of the web for access and analysis by anyone who cares. “The holiday season is …

Blekko Launches New Suite Of SEO Tools Blekko Launches New Suite Of SEO Tools
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Blekko announced the launch of a new suite of premium SEO tools today. The suite features a re-designed user interface, and a number of new features. The suite includes page analysis, SEO report cards, inbound links organized by categories, Blekko …

Blekko Launches ROCKZi For Social Search Signals Blekko Launches ROCKZi For Social Search Signals
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Blekko just announced a new social site called ROCKZi. The company is describing it as a “curated social platform that brings communities of likeminded people together to discuss and comment” on news and information. “Unlike other search sites that force …

Blekko Gets New Crawl Technology, Speeds Up SEO Data Blekko Gets New Crawl Technology, Speeds Up SEO Data
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Alternative search engine blekko announced today that it has integrated new crawl technology to power its search index, and is now claiming to offer more comprehensive, real time updates to its SEO pages. This, a representative for the company tells …

Blekko Gets Ads, DuckDuckGo Gets Searches Blekko Gets Ads, DuckDuckGo Gets Searches

Blekko sought out from the start to become the “third search engine” behind Google and Bing (Yahoo, for all intents and purposes counted as Bing, since Bing powers Yahoo Search). Google and Bing serve search ads to monetize their efforts. …

Blekko Gets Search Index Update, Redesign Blekko Gets Search Index Update, Redesign

Blekko announced an update to the search index, a site re-design and the addition of automated slashtags to over 500 categories. ‚ÄúThat means users will get the benefit of curated search results (i.e. no spam!) for over 500 search categories, …

Blekko Gets New Funding ($30 Million) Blekko Gets New Funding ($30 Million)
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Blekko has secured a new $30 million investment from a mix of investors (some old, some new), including Russian search engine Yandex. CEO Rich Skrenta tells WebProNews, “Money will be used to expand and grow the service – hiring, infrastructure, …

Google and Bing Changes You Need to Know About Google and Bing Changes You Need to Know About
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There have been a whole lot of announcements from the major search engines this week, that all webmasters should be aware of – especially from Google, because while its market share may have slipped slightly (while Bing-powered search has grown …

Blekko Launches “Web Grepper” Analytics Tool Blekko Launches “Web Grepper” Analytics Tool
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Blekko announced the launch of a new search analytics tool Web Grepper. “The Web Grepper searches for unique data information and trends that are embedded in code and cannot be found on any other search engine,” a spokesperson for the …

Today in Alternative Search Engines (Blekko, Wolfram Alpha) Today in Alternative Search Engines (Blekko, Wolfram Alpha)
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Blekko announced today that it has teamed up with Foodily on recipe search. Foodily, a social recipe network, will curate Blekko’s search results for recipes, which the company calls “a cluttered and spam rich environment on most search engines”. “Search …

Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update
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Blekko, the alternative search engine that aims to challenge Google and Bing by reducing spam and low quality content in search results via human curation, has refreshed its index and results pages in an update it refers to as “Zorro”. …

Blekko Refreshes Itself, Challenges Users to a Game of 3 Engine Monte Blekko Refreshes Itself, Challenges Users to a Game of 3 Engine Monte

Alternative search engine Blekko has launched a major update, called “Zorro,” which includes an expanded search index with integration of the slashtags, which have been the staple of the site. On the new results pages, users will see sites that …

Blekko Powers Search for Flipboard Blekko Powers Search for Flipboard

Blekko announced today that it is now powering RSS search for the popular iPad app Flipboard. The functionality is designed to weed out spam as blekko’s slashtag method of searching does, so Flipboard users can discover good content based on …

Google’s Matt Cutts Encourages Users To Check Out Blekko and DuckDuckGo Google’s Matt Cutts Encourages Users To Check Out Blekko and DuckDuckGo
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Google’s Matt Cutts used a new webmaster video to share his thoughts about alternative search engines Blekko and DuckDuckGo. Long story short, he thinks you should check them out, and see what you like and don’t like about them. The …

Blekko Privacy Features Announced, 48-Hour Data Retention Blekko Privacy Features Announced, 48-Hour Data Retention

Blekko announced some new privacy settings this morning. Personal info (like IP addresses) will now be retained for a maximum of 48 hours. That compares to the 18-month policy employed by Google (and Yahoo), and the 6-month policy employed by …