Are You As Satisfied With The Google Experience As You Used To Be?

Research out this week from Foresee finds that customer satisfaction with Google (and other search engines and social networks) is down significantly. The firm suggests that the proliferation of advertising (especially in search engines) is “diminishing the customer experience.” Do…

Yahoo Kills AltaVista, Axis, WebPlayer, Browser Plus, Downloads & More

Late on Friday, Yahoo announced that it is shutting down 12 products over the coming months. First on the chopping block is Axis, and it was killed on June 28th. Axis was Yahoo’s attempt at a web browser, launched early…

FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guidelines

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…

Yandex Announces Homepage Redesign

Russian search leader Yandex announced a redesign of its homepage today. The goal, according to the company, was to make the most relevant information more visible and more easily accessible. The page is less cluttered than previous versions (you can…

Bing Tests Weird Competitor Links Under Google Search Result

Well, this is interesting. Bing ran a test, placing links to Facebook, Craigslist and eBay underneath its result for google.com when the user searched “google”. Matt McGee at Search Engine Land noticed what he thought was a bug, until he…

Blekko Makes “Donation” Of Search Data To Common Crawl

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…

U.S. November Search Engine Rankings: Google And Microsoft Up, Yahoo Down

comScore has put out its monthly search engine rankings for the United States, looking at the month of November. Google sites made up 67% of explicit core search queries conducted, up 0.1% from October, according to the firm. Explicit core…

Blekko Launches New Suite Of SEO Tools

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…

SEMPO Urges FTC To Review Search Labeling Transparency

The SEMPO (Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization) Board of Directors has sent a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz regarding search labeling transparency. The theme of the letter is in line with the open letter written to the Commission by…

September U.S. Search Market: Google Up, Microsoft Flat, Yahoo Down

comScore has released its latest numbers for the U.S. search market. They show Google sites up 0.3% in September at 66.7%, followed by Microsoft sites at 15.9% and Yahoo sites at 12.2%. Ask came in at 3.5%, and AOL came…