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

From Search Engine Land:

  • No more free ride: Wall Street Journal pulls content out of Google’s “First Click Free” program
    Feb 16, 2017 by Danny Sullivan

    WSJ move might cause other publishers to remove content from Google’s program, if it turns out “Subscription” label doesn’t hurt conversions.

  • Google rolls out 2013 Image Search design to more countries, webmasters complain of traffic loss
    Feb 16, 2017 by Barry Schwartz

    Did you notice a steep decline in your traffic from Google Image Search? You are not alone, it was due to a design change in some localized versions of the search engine.

  • Can we machine-learn Google’s machine-learning algorithm?
    Feb 16, 2017 by Jayson DeMers

    As Google becomes increasingly sophisticated in its methods for scoring and ranking web pages, it’s more difficult for marketers to keep up with SEO best practices. Columnist Jayson DeMers explores what can be done to keep up in a world where machine learning rules the day.

  • Yandex reports 22% YoY increase in revenue for Q4 2016
    Feb 16, 2017 by Amy Gesenhues

    Russia’s largest search engine generated $364.7 million for the last quarter of 2016, and averaged 55.4% share of the country’s search market.

  • Broken link building made easy
    Feb 16, 2017 by Patrick Stox

    Broken link building is a great tactic, but prospecting for broken links in your niche can be time-consuming and inefficient. Luckily, columnist Patrick Stox has a handy method for identifying relevant broken linking opportunities.

  • Missed link-building opportunities: Reclaiming broken links
    Feb 16, 2017 by Janet Driscoll Miller

    Link building is an investment, so don’t let your efforts go to waste! Columnist Janet Driscoll Miller shares two ways you can reclaim backlinks that are producing 404 errors.

  • Google is showing multiple ad extension types in a single swipeable carousel
    Feb 16, 2017 by Ginny Marvin

    In a new experiment, swipeable cards feature sitelinks, callouts, ratings and more in a mobile text ad.

Recent Headlines From Marketing Land, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Internet Marketing:

  • Now you can shop with Google Home — just like on Amazon Echo
  • From viewable to verified: Here comes the next phase of audience-based buying
  • Three things marketers must do to keep CX real
  • Keyword SWOT analysis: Finding your content opportunities
  • Cortana introduces ‘suggested reminders’ based on email content
  • AdParlor launches Intelligence Tags to better assess social ads’ performance
  • Adjust declares it is now entering Measurement 2.0 for mobile analytics
  • 2017 is here: Don’t dawdle. Double down on social media ads now
  • CMO audit series Part 1: Customer journey — the greatest strategic need
  • Verizon-Yahoo deal closing said to be close after $250 million price discount

Search News From Around The Web:

Link Building

  • Google Not Planning Big Penguin Algo Changes in the Short Term, The SEM Post
  • How We Increased Our Email Response Rate from ~8% to 34%, Moz

Searching

  • No more torrent sites on Google search, Bing, Yahoo?, Zee News

SEO

  • Google Reviews Web Spam Reports Within Hours Or Days, Search Engine Roundtable
  • Google’s Mobile First Search Index Moving Towards Launch, The SEM Post
  • IndexWatch: Losers 2016 in Google.co.uk, sistrix.com
  • New Google Schema Support Coming For Jobs, Carousels & More, Search Engine Roundtable
  • SEO copywriting and writing for sales, Yoast

SEM / Paid Search

  • Broadening Your Paid Search Marketing Strategy, PPC Hero

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