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…

Porn Search Engine Search.xxx Launches to Make .xxx Browsing Safer

If your daily porn searches have led you to some of the more sketchy, unsafe places on the internet, a new search engine may be of interest to you. It’s called Search.xxx, and it’s the world’s first comprehensive search engine…

News Corp. Publications To Unblock Search Engines

Back in 2009, news came out that News Corp. would block search engines from some of its content, such as that from The Times and The Sunday Times. Now, it seems News Corp. has had a change of heart. Kind…

Search Engines Remember 9/11 On Homepages

The major search engines are remembering 9/11 today on the tragedy’s 11th anniversary. Google has not put together an elaborate doodle or anything (they usually stick to more upbeat events for that), but is displaying a tasteful black ribbon underneath…

Is DuckDuckGo Gaining Ground on Google?

In recent years, the search industry has not changed a lot in terms of large players. Google has maintained the leader position with its ownership of nearly 70 percent of search market share. The #2 and #3 spots have changed slightly after the Microsoft-Yahoo Search Alliance in 2009. According to the most recent Experian-Hitwise statistics, Bing-powered search has risen to 30 percent.

Yahoo! Sinks as Google and Bing Rise

The comScore search engine data for April isn’t out until tomorrow, but Search Engine Land has an unnamed source that has given them a rundown of the numbers. The story they tell is one we saw unfolding as far back…

Experimental Search Engine Removes Top Million Sites From Your Results

Do you ever feel the search results that Google yields are too mainstream? Are you looking to explore the cavernous, cobweb-laden outer reaches of the interwebs? If you want to spend some time on some deep discovery, Million Short might…

Google Isn’t as Privacy-Friendly as it Once Was

When Google was first incorporated, their unofficial motto was “Don’t be evil”. And, for the most part, they stayed true to this philosophy. During the search engine’s leaner years, I used to sing its praises to anyone who would listen.…

Bateflix Is Netflix’s Porn Recommendation Engine

Attention everybody who hasn’t discovered internet porn, or wants to see some nudity & sex in a real storytelling context (sorry, internet porn), some guy has created a search engine for all of the movies available via Netflix that contain…

Vint Cerf Believes Google Could be Toppled

No, this is not an alarmist reaction to Google+ or anything like that. Instead, it’s an incredibly innovative person who understands there are future generations who could very well create something that succeeds Google’s position in the Internet industry. What…

Bing Search Quality Insights: New Blog Series Sheds Light On Bing’s Inner-Workings

Google recently started a series of blog posts highlighting various points of progress it has made in its efforts to increase search quality. The results have essentially been lists of monthly changes Google has made to its algorithm and interface.…