Search Engines Both New And Old, And How They Affect You

While search engines are very important to those who use them, they are just as important to those webmasters and bloggers who rely on them to bring visitors to their site. Knowing how they work can be very important when structuring websites or blogs.

Me, I can’t be bothered as it’s all too technical and would take all the enjoyment out of blogging. Still, having said that I found the following video extremely interesting. The video reviews the two most popular search engines, Google and Yahoo as well as the two newest search engines, Bing and Wolfram Alpha.

For those of you who actually watched the video, I know many in their excitement to leave a comment sometimes don’t actually watch the movie; shit some people don’t even read the post, but don’t worry, unlike Extreme John I’ll just delete your comment. :devil_tb:

Anyway, those of you who did watch the video you will know that very interesting comparisons are made between the search engines. It also explains why the same search term gives different results depending on the search engine used.

Something else I got out of it was a site called Blind Search, developed by a Microsoft employee for something to do in his spare time. What does the site do. In his words it is a ‘taste test’ and it works by entering a search term in the box. It will give you three different results, delivered in three columns, and all the branding has been stripped from the results. You then vote for the search engine that delivered, in your opinion, the best result, and it will then display the branding of the engines.

The goal of this site is simple, we want to see what happens when you remove the branding from search engines. How differently will you perceive the results?

Go ahead, give it a go. I’m sure you will find the results very interesting. Oh, don’t forget to Tweet this post if you found it of some interest.

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  1. I find the traffic I receive from Google & Yahoo really different in comparison. My top traffic source is Google.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..TWLOHA- To Write Love =-.

    1. As would be expected Rose, as it is the most popular search engine. Have you ever heard of someone saying ‘Oh let’s Bing it’ or let’s ‘Yahoo it?’ Nope, it’s always ‘let’s Google it’ or ‘I Googled it.’

      Still the preference for Google may fade over time, and when that happens it will be interesting to see what Google does to win people back.

  2. Twitter:
    Dag, I had to sit through six minutes of that; ugh. These days my attention span doesn’t do more than 3 minutes all that well unless it’s music or something funny.

    I’ve given Wolfram Alpha a shot, and I don’t like it. Maybe it takes some getting used to, but the few things I tried to find brought back nothing, saying that information wasn’t in its database. To me, that’s an immediate fail as a search engine.

    I kind of like Bing, I must admit, and they could easily become the next Google replacement, as Google replaced AltaVista for me.
    .-= Mitch´s last blog ..World Diabetes Day 2009 =-.

  3. I think Wolfram Alpha is more for computational questions where you require a definite answer, like how long is the Golden Gate Bridge, (8980 feet) and it does do that very well.

    As to Bing, I’m starting to get quite a few hits from there so I am happy with that baby.

    Say, did you give Blind Search a go?

    1. Twitter:
      I can’t say I did, Sire. I just went and did my thing full out. Thing is, I could go to W.A. for that information, but I can also just go to Google, type in the same question, and get the answer, as well as a lot of other stuff. That’s kind of my issue; W.A. doesn’t give me any better reason to go to them for the same info.
      .-= Mitch´s last blog ..My Gripe With Helium =-.

  4. Search results from Google, Yahoo, and Bing are largely affected by their algorithm and the way they treat each pages and links and how they weigh it depending on the relevance they put on such pages based on a search query used. It varies extensively. The relevance of search results rendered for a particular query is what users run after therefore, users will definitely cling to what they think is more relevant to them and is consistently doing so. Branding is never an issue.
    .-= Mathdelane´s last blog ..The Power That Has Bing? =-.

    1. I hate to disagree with you Mathdelane, but I believe branding is definitely an issue, no matter if we are talking about Search engines or flavored milk. People use what they are used to or perceive to be the best.

      1. I should have omitted the branding issue right there but the point is, brand strength could change overtime. It was proven so many times that’s why there are businesses that no matter how established they are, they can still lose the battle at anytime. You even mentioned on my blog that time holds still for no one. Google isn’t an exception. They won’t sit on their laurels even though they are on top.

        “Branding is an attachment which is true but change is inevitable.”

        That’s the reason why things innovate endlessly so that people cling to the brands they believe.
        .-= Mathdelane´s last blog ..Site Speed Matters in 2010, More Caffeine from Google =-.

        1. No argument there Mathdelane. Still I found playing around with Blind Search quite interesting.

  5. Hi Sire,
    Thanks for showing us this video. As much as other search engines would like to catch up to Google I don’t think they ever will. Google has become too much of a giant.
    I have to agree with you that having to do SEO for posts is very tiring and exhausting. I think it is the part that I really don’t like. I would really like to be free from this.
    A good suggestion though for you is to keep writing whatever comes to your mind and somehow try to do the keyword research after you have written the post.
    That way you’ll be free but that post will get more people coming in form the search engines. The good thing about search traffic is that if you make your post exactly what they are looking for it will be easier to convert that traffic to sales if you offer them a product that is closely related to what they are searching for.
    All the best,
    .-= Eren Mckay´s last blog ..Free Twitter buttons, icons – Follow me on Twitter images =-.

    1. Eren, that’s pretty well what I do. I write the post first, and then I sit back a work out which words would make good keywords. I reckon I spend all of 30 secs on that part, and sometimes it works out really well.

      Perhaps some people spend way too much on the keyword search part of the post, only to get disappointed.

  6. I haven’t tried any of the three, it’s crazy man…
    .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..I Want You To Review Me. Part 1 =-.

    1. So your the type that tries just one product and sticks with it. Man, that’s pretty boring Dennis. You need to learn to open your horizons a little old son ;)
      .-= Sire´s last blog ..Comments, The Lifeblood Of A Blog =-.

      1. Wow, assume much? lol

        Nope, I try everything tat looks like it might be useful…just haven’t had the use yet; or time for that matter.
        .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..I Want You To Review Me. Part 1 =-.

        1. Shit Dennis it ain’t my fault. Your comment didn’t give me all that much to work with, all I had left were my assumptions. :devil_tb:

          1. And what exactly is a little old son. lol
            .-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..I Want You To Review Me. Part 1 =-.

            1. Just a bit of Aussie slang I thought I would throw in.

  7. Sire thanks for the mention, I guess my extreme patience failed to inspire you to make fun of bots and bloggers like I like to do.

    I try to get some personal excitement out of it, at my age I will take what I can get.

    In regards to search engines I am really fascinated with how Bing works and how one can achieve better search engine results from Bing. I get excellent results now I just always want more, like a stingy kid.
    .-= Extreme John@Extreme John Blogs and Business´s last blog ..WP Plugin Best Posts Summary Goes Nuts =-.

    1. There’s plenty of time to make fun of bloggers and bots John. I’ve done the bots often enough.

      I haven’t used Bing all that often, but if Google pisses me off enough I may just swing over. Thanks for popping in mate.

  8. In my view the most popular and best search engine is yahoo ! It’s better than google. What about you people?

    1. You see, I knew someone out there liked Yahoo :wink_ee:

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