This day in search marketing history: February 4

Microsoft’s bid to buy Yahoo, Day 4 In 2008, there were some big developments following the news of Microsoft’s bid to purchase Yahoo. Google wasn’t happy about the news. The company objected, suggesting that the move would hurt what it called the underlying principles of the internet: “openness and innovation.” There was some ironic back … Read more

This day in search marketing history: January 29

Google penalizes French link network In 2014, Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted, “Today we’re taking action on a French link network that violates our quality guidelines (Buzzea).” Buzzea was less than thrilled about being called a link network, saying they “oppose this assertion since we never stopped wanting to keep the ethical side of sponsored articles … Read more

This day in search marketing history: January 14

RIP AMP In 2022, we revealed what happened when Search Engine Land shut off AMP. TL;DR: “We have seen very little disruption to our traffic and have reaped the benefit of having a clearer picture of our audience analytics.” We didn’t see any year-over-year declines in traffic that we could tie to AMP aside from … Read more