This day in search marketing history: February 29

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This day in search marketing history: February 29


Spreading Santorum drops on Google

In 2012, Spreading Santorum, the page defining “santorum” as a byproduct of anal sex, finally dropped from the top results on Google.

The related anti-Santorum blog, however, remained. And a page from Urban Dictionary kept the definition alive, more explicit than before.

Google told Search Engine Land this ranking change was related to its improved SafeSearch algorithm, which made irrelevant adult content less likely to show up for many queries.

Read all about it in “Spreading Santorum” Drops At Google; New Site Keeps Anal Sex Definition At Number One.

Also on this day

Bing’s “Search Wave” Showcases Search Volume For 2016 Presidential Candidates

2016: In preparation for Super Tuesday primaries, Bing rolled out a new tool that determines the top-searched candidates.

msnNOW Is Driving More Traffic To Bing, But Is It Artifically Inflating Searches?

2012: Experian Hitwise reported that downstream traffic from msnNOW to Bing jumped 21% between the first and second weeks since msnNOW’s launch.

New comScore Study Suggests 50 Percent Of Local-Mobile Search Happening In Apps

2012: 49% of smartphone and tablet owners were using apps to find local information.

Groupon Buys Travel Search Site Uptake Mostly For Headcount

2012: Uptake was an ambitious travel site that never quite broke through.

YouTube To Add Live Video This Year

2008: YouTube’s founder said they never had the resources to do it correctly.

Updated: IAC Ready To Drop Search Technology & Partner With Google?

2008: said the rumors were false and “our Teoma technology will continue to power search engine results on”

Search In Pictures: SMX Bowl, Google Jeans, Bart’s Chalk Board

2008: The latest images showing what people eat at the search engine companies, how they play, who they meet, where they speak, what toys they have and more.

From Search Marketing Expo (SMX)

  • Live Blogging the Google (Susan Wojcicki) SMX West Keynote
  • Day Two: Search Marketing Expo West 2012 Live Blog Recap

Past contributions from Search Engine Land’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)

These columns are a snapshot in time and have not been updated since publishing, unless noted. Opinions expressed in these articles are those of the author and not necessarily Search Engine Land.

  • 2016: The Need For Speed: 7 Observations On The Impact Of Page Speed To The Future Of Local Mobile Search by Wesley Young
  • 2016: SEO & The Zero Moment of Truth by Marcus Miller
  • 2012: How To Creatively & Effectively Build Links Using Public Data by David de Souza
  • 2012: The Conversion Chain In Paid Search: Beyond Traditional Key Performance Indicators by Benjamin Vigneron
  • 2012: Optimizing Search Engine Marketing For Seasonal Opportunities by Kelly Gillease

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