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Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Ever wondered how Google interprets the other search engines? Well here's some food for thought... I conducted a little experiment which you can try as well. Simply perform a search for "search engine" in Google and take note of the results that are returned.

Of the almost quarter of a billion results returned it's no surprise that Google is the number one organic result returned. However the top organic results that make up the rest of the top ten are quite interesting. Google

  1. www.google.com
  2. www.altavista.com
  3. www.freefind.com
  4. www.yahoo.com
  5. www.google.co.uk
  6. www.ask.com

So this means that Google treats Alta Vista and Live Search (formerly MSN) as better search engines than Yahoo? and speaking of Yahoo I performed the same search in Yahoo and received the following results:


  1. www.google.com
  2. www.dogpile.com
  3. www.altavista.com
  4. www.hotbot.com
  5. www.webcrawler.com
  6. www.alltheweb.com
  7. www.metacrawler.com

Again Alta Vista has a strong showing. For the record, ASK was at # 11 in Yahoo and MSN (Live Search) was at #31.
The same search in Microsoft Windows Live provides the following results:

  1. www.google.com
  2. www.yahoo.com
  3. search.yahoo.com
  4. search.yahoo.com/cc
  5. www.search.com
  6. www.submitexpress.com
  7. www.altavista.com
  8. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine
  9. www.live.com
  10. www.seochat.com

Well Microsoft seems to be a big fan of Yahoo with three top ten listings.... hmmm does this mean that Microsoft may be interested in purchasing Yahoo? After all, there have been rumblings of this "merger". If Google continues to dominate search as they have for the past few years, you might see longtime competitors Yahoo and Microsoft form some sort of alliance to tackle the "Google Juggernaut".

What this little experiement of mine does indicate is that there is still an issue with relevancy with results on all of the engines.

posted by Jody @ 9:56 PM  
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