Search Headlines & Links: May 19, 2006

Below, a recap of
stories posted today to the Search Engine Watch Blog, along with other items we’ve spotted but not blogged

Today From The SEW Blog…

  • Daily
    SearchCast, May 19, 2006: What Parts Of Google Get The Most Traffic, Get Your
    Google Collector Cards & More!

    Today’s search podcast covers how Google web search remains what generates
    most of Google’s traffic, new unofficial Google collector cards spotlighting
    prominent employees and more! SearchReturn editor Detlev Johnson sat in for
    Danny Sullivan, who is away this week. Tune-in by listening to this MP3 file,
    listening via WebmasterRadio at 11:30am Eastern and repeated at 2pm Eastern
    Tuesday through Friday, via our Odeo channel or through iTunes via this link
    (or use alternative iTunes instructions explained here) or though our Yahoo
    Podcasts channel. Need more help tuning in live or finding the chat room? See
    the Daily SearchCast FAQ. Below…
  • Search
    Headlines & Links: May 18, 2006

    Below, a recap of stories posted yesterday to the Search Engine Watch Blog,
    along with other items we’ve spotted but not blogged separately:…
  • Building
    Better Search Interfaces: A Workshop About Exploratory Searches

    When someone uses a search engine to try to locate information about a subject
    which they know very little about, a simple search interface isn’t very
    helpful. These types of endeavors have been referred to by information
    scientists as exploratory search activities, where the target of the search is
    mostly undefined. Gary Price, at Resource Shelf, pointed earlier today to a
    paper from a University of Maryland workshop held last year, which brought
    together researchers from the “fields of Information Seeking (IS), Information
    Retrieval (IR), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information Visualization
    (IV)” to take a closer look at how to…
  • Get Our
    Search News At The Top Of Google & Other New Subscribed Links

    I wrote earlier of our new Google subscribed link that allows you to get
    search headlines from us at the top of your searches at Google. Haven’t tried
    these yet? Check them out! Right now, for example, a search on the term “google”
    would have given you these headlines (as shown in the blue box): My previous
    post, Get Your SEW Subscribed Link For Google & Resources On Making Them,
    explains more about the terms that trigger our news headlines on Google. Want
    to sign-up? It’s easy, fast and free. Just click here to subscribe….

  • Microsoft’s Ecommerce Initiatives

    This is a long overdue post to clear up confusion around Microsoft’s multiple
    shopping sites which include MSN Shopping, Windows Live Shopping Beta, and
    Windows Live Product Search Beta. The Marketplaces & Shopping team at
    Microsoft also runs Windows Marketplace and Windows Live Expo but in this
    post, I’m just covering the general ecommerce initiatives. MSN Shopping =
    Microsoft’s core shopping comparison engine. MSN Shopping covers over 7,000
    merchants and 33 million products. The beauty of a shopping comparison engine
    like MSN Shopping is in its ability to normalize product pages – put simply,
    item clustering (I’m borrowing that term…
  • Google
    In Trouble Over Porn Again; This Time In Korea reports that Google is in trouble with Korean government officials
    over exposing children to pornographic content in South Korea. It seems like
    since Google pulls a snippet of content from the page it indexes on the search
    results page, and since that content contains “obscene” language, Google
    itself is “showing search results that contain sex-related keywords.” No word
    from Google on this as of yet. Yesterday we reported Google being in trouble
    with Brazil over child pornography allegations….
  • Google’s
    Main Search Accounts For 80% of Google’s Traffic

    Bill Tancer from Hitwise has posted a detailed breakdown of the percentage
    market share of the top twenty Google properties. holds almost 80%
    of the share, followed by Google Image Search with almost 10%, then Gmail with
    about 5.5%, followed by Google News with 1.5% and the others are all under 1%.
    Bill also explains the trends show that “some of the latest Google offerings
    have yet to capture significant market share in their category,” such as
    Google Finance. There are some interesting stats to chew on by Bill Tancer….
  • Google
    Maps Australia and New Zealand

    Finally, Australia gets mapped by Google Maps. Not only did Australia get
    street level views, so did New Zealand. So if you are ever in Sydney, you
    should be able to find your way to Canterbury, New Zealand. Spotted via
    Philipp Lenssen, who also noted this past April that Google mapped in detail
  • Google
    Reader For Mobile Phones

    The Google Reader Blog announced that you can now use Google’s RSS reader,
    Google Reader, on your mobile device. To access your RSS subscriptions at
    Google Reader on your phone or mobile device, go to….
  • Google
    Collector’s Cards

    Philipp Lenssen has been creating Google Collector’s Cards. So far he has
    posted three, including; + Larry Page Collector?s Card + Eric Schmidt
    Collector?s Card + Marissa Mayer Collector?s Card + Sergey Brin Collector?s
    Card + Matt Cutts Collector?s Card Guess who will be coming next… :)…
  • Search
    Forums Roundup: May 19, 2006

    Today’s SearchDay, Search Engine Forums Spotlight, features our weekly links
    to this week’s hot topics from search engine forums across the web: Matt Cutts
    On Big Daddy: Major Message To SEOs – PPC Analytics Is Only Wishful Thinking –
    Yahoo: Where to Start with Link SEO – Microsoft’s Ballmer: 5 years to catch
    Google, Yahoo, and more….

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