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SEO: Beyond the 10 blue links

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The first half of 2009 has seen some pretty strong adjustments to search-engine technology. The introduction of a new engine that assists and assembles scientific data: A rebranding of Microsoft's search product into Bing (see article), which bills itself as a "decision engine." Yahoo held an entire event focused on how they're leveraging their multiple search products to decipher user intent. Google has products in Google Labs with new presentation formats (and new ways to help them understand their users). In addition, video and other media are showing up more frequently in search results. The "widgetized" Web is beginning to be reflected in search results. It's pretty clear that all the players in the search space are hard at work trying to understand their users, determine user intent, and deliver those users to sites that provide rich experiences. My standard phrase when it comes to organic search marketing is that search engine...