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SEO Geeks Picks 09; Yahoo Search Patents

Written by David Harry   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 16:33

SEO Geeks Picks 09; Yahoo Search Patents

Last but not least… ok, well maybe so.. is Yahoo. Once upon a time they were #2 in the big swim but with the prospect of BingHoo, they’ve taken somewhat of a back seat in my patent watching. If you’re somewhat new to the world of SEO geekdom, it is worth noting that Yahoo has some of the foremost talent in the ‘query analysis’ world. I’d at least recommend digging into those.

Beyond that, Yahoo does put out more social media/networking related patents than G and MS combined. I haven’t included social patents that were non-search related here though. I will be posting a round up of social patents in the near future… so watch for that…


Yahoo Search Patents 2009

Query Analysis


Semantic Analysis


Implicit and explicit data





Spam (adversarial IR)





Ranking Methods

Named Entities



Page Segmentation



Once more it is interesting to note the continued interest in behavioural data (implicit and explicit user feedback). This was a common theme among the big 3 as far as patents being awarded in 09. As noted off the top, Yahoo also had a TON of social related patents. It seems that this would be the new direction for them beyond search (which has been the case for a while now). What will become of poor ol Yahoo? Only time will tell.

Tomorrow we will continue the journey with some of the best from the world of SEO videos, news and tools from around the blogosphere. And where to all these goodies come from? Well, the SEO Geeks Newsletter of course. Sign up now and get all the best all year long!

Stay Tuned

Top Picks 09 Series;

Top SEO posts from 2009
Google Search Patents 2009
Yahoo Search Patents
Microsoft Search Patents 2009
SEO News 2009
Local, Social and Tools 09
SEO Videos 09


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0 # RisingPhoniex 2010-01-06 17:15
Thank you Dave for completing the set. It is wonderful that you have arranged them under various heads.
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0 # online business 2010-01-07 11:19
=) David, you are great. Do you provide training on SEO for newbies ? If so I can recommend your site to my friends so that you can take care of them. Anyway I will tell them to contact you via contact form. Thanks.

Your site looks nice =D
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