Jerry Bussewitz, Husband Of Anne Kennedy, Passes Away

I have some incredibly sad news to pass along, that of the death of Jerry
Bussewitz, husband of Anne Kennedy. Anne from
Beyond Ink is a regular speaker at many
search conferences, and she was often accompanied by Jerry to them. He was an
incredibly kind and friendly man that many at conferences also got to know.
Everyone that knew him is simply in disbelief over the news. Our hearts go out
to Anne and Jerry’s family.

Alex Bennert from Beyond Ink passed along information below about Jerry’s
death and how to send a donation in lieu of flowers:

JERRY BUSSEWITZ

Avid cyclist and musician

SOUTH PORTLAND—Gerald Lee “Jerry

Hello Search Engine Land Readers From Barry Schwartz

Hey all! I just wanted to say a quick hello to all the readers. I cannot express enough how excited I am to be part of this very new adventure, with Danny, Chris and the rest of the crew.

So what can you expect from me over here?

From now until December 11th, I hope to carry on as I normally have done at Search Engine Watch. Today, I hope to post a normal roundup of news from around the search world. Next week will be a bit of a challenge being at SES Chicago, but I will do my best to get up by 6am to get fresh posts live before each day.

In addition, you can expect some intense SES Chicago coverage from the Search Engine Roundtable crew. The SES Chicago 2006 Quad Coverage Schedule is live and it shows you which sessions we will be covering. Part of our coverage team includes; Chris Boggs from Avenue A RazorFish, the associate editor of the Search Engine Roundtable and Kim Krause Berg from Cre8asite Forums (hugely respected SEM forum), Rob Kerry a SEW moderator also known as evilgreenmonkey, and of course, myself. I hope to post the recaps at this blog towards the end of the evenings, so you have a quick place to get the summaries and links. If you are providing coverage, please let us know in the comments area and I will do my best to include your source in the roundup.

Outside of that, on December 11th, I am expected something big from Danny. Honestly, I have not seen anything at this point, so who knows. But all this play up for December 11th, well – I am expecting something big, to say the least.

In any event, I wanted to personally thank Danny, Chris and the others from having me come over – it is a true honor. Also, I wanted to reach out and thank you – the readers – for supporting us all with this move. And I am very excited to hear directly from you guys, now that we have comments open.

Note: We are currently using TypeKey for commenting, but that will change with our own commenting registration later this month.

SearchCap: The Day In Search, Dec. 1, 2006

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web:

From Search Engine Land:

Adwords Editor Does Not Always Transfer Geo-Targeting Data
Google’s AdWords Editor program, which makes it easy to perform account management of your campaigns directly from your desktop, may come with one large pitfall. Simon Heseltine reports that while performing campaign maintenance on his account, he noticed that impressions and clicks data was much higher than normal. After further investigation, he learned that it was a geo-targeting issue. Google replied saying;Google Gives Stanford Law Internet Center $2 Million
The San Jose Business Journal reports that Google has pledged $2 million to Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Larry Kramer, professor and dean, said;Google’s Nick Fox Answers Tough Questions On AdWords Quality Scores
Andrew Goodman interviewed Nick Fox, Google’s Senior Product Manager for Ads Quality, about the most recent AdWords algorithm change. Some highlights from Andrew’s interview include that Google seems to have two quality scores algorithms for (1) setting the minimum bids and (2) for ad rankings. He also gets into some of the internal debates Google is going through when it comes to using how much of which algorithms at what points. This was a very good and insightful interview, definitely worth a read or two.Windows Live Search Beta For Mobile
The Live Search Blog announced the release of Live Search Mobile client for your mobile device. The mobile client allows you to use Windows Live’s “local search, maps, driving directions, and live traffic information.” I have not downloaded it to my Treo, but I like Gizmodo’s Windows Live Search For Mobile vs. Google Maps Mobile write up.8 Googler Alternatives To Superstar Matt Cutts
If the search engine optimization world has a rock star, ironically the king isn’t an actual SEO but rather mild mannered Matt Cutts of Google. His title of software engineer belies his role as spam czar from Google. If Google’s web search results are a castle constantly under siege, Matt Cutts is the one high on the walls, swinging his sword and calling to his fellow Googlers to repel the attackers with hot oil of site expulsions and link downgrades.Search Engine Property Stats: Google & Yahoo
Last night Bill Tancer complied an “extended” list of statistics and numbers on Google’s Properties, which shows the market share of all of Google’s properties as they compete with each other. With no surprise, Google’s search product captures the bulk of the share with over 78% share, followed by image search with slightly over 9% share and then Gmail with almost 5.5% share.Hello Search Engine Land Readers From Barry Schwartz
Hey all! I just wanted to say a quick hello to all the readers. I cannot express enough how excited I am to be part of this very new adventure, with Danny, Chris and the rest of the crew.

Search News Headlines From Elsewhere:

MySpace.com Now Featuring Google Search, Search Engine JournalYahoo to offer BBC news video, ReutersGmail Displays Outlook Invitation, Google BlogoscopedHealth care information matters, Google BlogNew GData API: Spreadsheets, Google Code BlogAnti-Jotspot/Google Post Deleted Under Pressure, TechcrunchWe Are Three: Search Engine Roundtable’s 3rd Birthday, Search Engine RoundtableCounting Total Number of My Blog Posts, Cartoon BarryYahoo! Pulls Tax Information Update Function From YPN Portal Temporarily, Search Engine RoundtableGoogle Local Search Patent Application on Ranking Businesses at a Location, SEO By The SeaCompilation: A Quick Review of AOL Product Blogs, ResourceShelfWorld aids day.., SEO Home UK

You can also get SearchCap via email or via web feed.

Google Gives Stanford Law Internet Center $2 Million

The San Jose Business Journal reports that Google has pledged $2 million to Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society (CIS). Larry Kramer, professor and dean, said;

The work done at CIS, exploring how to enhance availability of knowledge and information while supporting its producers and owners, addresses one of the most important questions of our time. And Google is unique in private industry for the depth of its commitment to finding fair and workable solutions to this same question.

Search Engine Property Stats: Google & Yahoo

Last night Bill Tancer complied an “extended” list of statistics and numbers on Google’s Properties, which shows the market share of all of Google’s properties as they compete with each other. With no surprise, Google’s search product captures the bulk of the share with over 78% share, followed by image search with slightly over 9% share and then Gmail with almost 5.5% share. A couple weeks back Bill published a comparison between Yahoo and Google showing a few things. (1) Google’s share as a property is growing while Yahoo’s is declining, will there be an intercept, Bill asks? (2) Yahoo’s top property is Yahoo Mail with 33% share of the overall Yahoo property, followed by Yahoo the home page with 32% and then Yahoo Search with 10.8% share. If that is not enough data for you, skip over to Heather’s post the Hitwise blog on Google and Yahoo! UK Comparison. I can honestly write on and on about these stats, so I will stop here and let you continue to explore on your own.

SearchCap Newsletter Begins Friday & Search Month Open For Signups

The formal launch
of Search Engine Land remains December 11. However, Barry and I have decided to
kickstart the daily
SearchCap
newsletter this Friday. You can now also signup for our monthly
newsletter, which will now be called
Search Month. More on
this, plus information on the three different feeds we offer, in the post below.

Our Search Engine
Newsletters & News Feeds
is a new page on the site that covers
every newsletter and feed that we currently offer. That’s a good place to orient
yourself, if you want more beyond this post.

Until now, I’ve had only one email newsletter signup box on the site. That’s
for SearchCap, our
daily newsletter. If you signed up for that, you’ve been getting a rundown of
anything we’ve posted on the site. Now that will stop. Anyone on that newsletter
will get a notice about this particular post, then you probably won’t get
another email until Friday, when SearchCap gets going.

Barry and I still need to be watching all the news happening in search even
if the site isn’t formally up. So, we figured why not — we’ll push out
headlines to everyone on the SearchCap newsletter. In addition, we may start
posting a few stories in addition to headline round-ups from Friday onward. It
actually helps a bit in the design process if we have some real content to work
with over here.

Let me stress that I was very, very hesitant to post anything on the site
until December 11. My fear was that people might mistakenly assume that what you
see now is how the site is going to look going forward, if we did that. Plus,
Barry and I and all the
Search Engine Land correspondents
are out at
SES
Chicago
next week. That naturally makes for slow posting, and I didn’t want
to start the site up and further give the wrong impressions.

Fortunately, I’ve got a good sense that people are realizing what you see
here now is definitely going to change when we formally launch. Plus, while
posting may be slow, I think many people will find what’s going up to be
helpful, especially the headline summaries. So we’re diving in. I’m not calling
it an alpha, beta or gamma launch! It’s just us moving in, getting comfortable
in the new place and talking with the neighbors and friends that come by until
we get everything unpacked on December 11. By the way, I hear links make a very
nice housewarming gift 🙂

Back to SearchCap.
If you take that newsletter, you’ll get updated on everything that happens here,
once per day, via email. Don’t want it via email? Then you can take the
corresponding
SearchCap feed
.

In addition to SearchCap, you can now signup for
Search Month. I
originally planned to call the newsletter SearchCap Monthly, but I thought
Search Month was a better name. It goes out — yes — once per month, just after
the first of the month. So the first issue will come out just after the new
year.

Tomorrow I will post my 120th (and last) monthly newsletter over at the
Search Engine
Report
. That will be 10 years of doing a monthly recap of news, rain or
shine. At first I thought about not continuing on with the monthly grind. But I
find combing through all the stories to be a useful reflection on what happened.
Plus, I still get plenty of people who like having that once-a-month recap. So
I’ll be carrying on through Search Month –and if you don’t want it via email,
you can take it via the corresponding
Search Month feed.

Now that big orange box at the top of the page? That gets you going with our
main Search Engine
Land Feed
, which will send you an alert about any post we do here.
Throughout the day, you’ll get notified about all of our posts. In addition,
you’ll also automatically get sent SearchCap and Search Month to your feed
reader, so you don’t need to signup for those feeds separately.

By the way, the formal launch will have 125×125 graphical ads, six spaces
strictly limited. Patrick Gavin over at
Text Link Ads
just became our first official sponsor, and thanks for your
support, Patrick! If you’re interested, drop an email to
sales@searchengineland.com for
more information.

Search Engine Land Correspondents Named

I said earlier
that I, Chris Sherman and Barry Schwartz would be writing here on
Search Engine Land when it formally
launches on December 11. I’m happy to now add that we’ll be working with
correspondents: Phil Bradley,
Bill Slawski,
Jennifer Slegg,
Brian Smith, and
Greg Sterling. We’re glad
to have them aboard! They’ll be joining us from our launch date and contributing
items in their areas of coverage, which are:

Phil Bradley:
Phil will cover ways of searching the web, new search engines and
searching tools and resources, from the viewpoint of searchers, researchers
and others who use these services. Phil also has his
own blog that focuses on
searching and other research issues.
Bill Slawski:
Bill will cover items about search patents, search algorithms research and
search acquisitions. Bill also has his own
SEO By The Sea blog that goes into
more depth on some of these issues.
Jennifer Slegg:
Jennifer will cover items about search advertising and also
contextual ads, where they crossover in interest to the search marketing
space. Jennifer also has her own JenSense
blog that provides deep coverage of contextual advertising.
Brian Smith:
Brian will cover items about shopping search and vertical search generally.
Brian also has his own
ComparisonEngines.com
blog and runs the LoveYourFeed.com service.
Greg Sterling:
Greg will cover items about local and mobile search. Greg also has his own
blog at Screenwerk.

Danny Sullivan's Search Engine Land Launches December 11

Search Engine Land is a new search news blog launching December
11, 2006. Danny Sullivan, along with Chris Sherman and Barry Schwartz, will be
providing information about search engine marketing and how search engines work
in general, from a searcher’s perspective. At launch, the site will provide:

Original content covering developments in the search space.
Daily blog posts covering search news from across the web.
SearchCap: A daily email newsletter recapping search news from Search
Engine Land and across the web. Also available by feed.
SearchCap Monthly: A monthly email newsletter recapping search news over
the past month. Also available by feed.
A fresh, clean look — complete with logo. What you see here is NOT how
the site will look December 11!

We’re all excited to start with the new site, which we hope will
serve as a sort of "search newspaper of record" for the industry, a
clearinghouse of significant search news. Danny and Barry dive in on December 11.
Chris joins them the first week of January 2007.

You can sign-up for the
site’s feed now
, to keep up with any further developments before our launch
and to get actual stories sent to you beginning December 11, when we open.

Prefer email? We’ll send you our
SearchCap newsletter, a recap
of everything we post plus search news from across the web, at the end of
each day. No, we won’t rent out your email address to anyone! You can also unsubscribe
at any time. An unsubscribe link is included at the bottom of every email.

Want the SearchCap by feed? It will come to you as part of our main site
feed. We’ll also make this available as a separate feed after launch.

Want the SearchCap Monthly? That will be open to sign-ups
shortly after we launch. Either check back then or take our daily newsletter, to
be informed of when the monthly newsletter is open to subscriptions. It will
also be available as separate feed, after launch.

Want to advertise? We expect to have a special Founding Sponsors
package together shortly. For more about this, please contact
sales@searchengineland.com.

Need to ask about something else? Please contact Danny via this
form.

Postscript: I’ve edited the post a bit since it was first written, to
reflect that we now have dedicated pages for some of the things mentions.
Specifically:

Our Search Engine
Newsletters & News Feeds
lists all the site feeds, newsletters and
how to subscribe.
SearchCap:
Daily Search Engine News Recap
is the new home for our daily
newsletter and sign-ups.
Search Month:
Search News In Review
is the new home for our monthly newsletter,
which is now being called Search Month rather than SearchCap Monthly.