Search Engine Journal: DuckDuckGo vs. Google: An In-Depth Search Engine Comparison . “Google search is an amazing tool. But competitors are always going to be vying for search market share. And from time to time, there are going to be some great search engines that are actually worth using. DuckDuckGo may just be one of those competitors, especially if you’re looking for privacy that you may not get elsewhere. But DuckDuckGo has plenty more to offer searchers.”
Rantt Media: Mayor Pete’s Media-Made Moment. “If you were to ask someone who specializes in search engine optimization (SEO) what the most important aspect of driving traffic to a site is they would reply with one word – keywords. Simply put, keywords are the end-all-be-all when it comes to building an audience on the web. The more keywords you rank for, the easier it is for potential readers to discover you on search engines. The easier it is for people to discover you on search engines the likelier they are to click your link. And finally, the likelier people are to click your link, the better chances you’ll have that some of them click an ad on your site that makes you money. Right now, Pete Buttigieg is THE keyword for news publications to be ranking for.”
It’s far too early for me to be thinking about which candidate I want to support in 2020 — I am still listening to them and fact gathering. And I like Mr. Buttigieg fine, if only because he has a brain in his head and appears to make the most of it. But I haven’t seen any other story make this point: when companies chase SEO, this kind of focus on a name for clicks, and when they get clicks for a name they devote even MORE focus to it — it generates this kind of attention tornado that drowns other names out, no matter what the intention of the search engine or ranking algorithm.
Search Engine Journal: Ahrefs Announces Plan for New Search Engine. “Ahrefs CEO Dmitry Gerasimenko announced a plan to create a search engine that supports content creators and protects users privacy. Dmitry laid out his proposal for a more free and open web, one that rewards content creators directly from search revenue with a 90/10 split in favor of publishers.”
Mashable: Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo is now part of Google Chrome’s search engine options. “Google has made a curious addition to its Chrome browser. With the release of Chrome 73, the browser has added the pro-privacy DuckDuckGo to its suite of default search engines, alongside Google, Yahoo, and Bing.”
Bing Blog: bingbot Series: Get your content indexed fast by now submitting up to 10,000 URLs per day to Bing. Bing Blog sounds like the noise your doorbell would make if it had a head cold. “For many years, Bing has offered all webmasters the ability to submit their site URLs through the Bing Webmaster Tools portal as well as the Bing Webmaster Tools API for immediate crawl and indexation. Until today, this feature was throttled for all sites to submit maximum of 10 URLs per day and maximum of 50 URLs per month. Today we are releasing the Adaptive URL submission feature that increases the daily quota by 1000x, allowing you to submit up to 10,000 URLs per day, with no monthly quotas.”
Nature: Here’s what scientists searched for in 2018: AI is up, stress is down. “Ever wondered what your colleagues are searching for online? ‘Cancer’, ‘blockchain’ and ‘big data’ were among the top search terms in a major science database in 2018.”
Search Engine Journal: Free SEO Site Audit Tools. “There are many free tools available for site auditing tests. These free SEO Site Auditing tools provide data that is complementary to paid site auditing tools. These SEO tools are well worth bookmarking regardless of whether you pay for a site auditing tools or not.” Decent annotation.