Google, Bing, Yahoo - What's the Difference and Why Does it Matter?


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Everyone knows that Google is the leader in web search, but now that Bing is powering Yahoo's search results, a lot of people are wondering if there's a new sheriff in town. This webinar looks at the search technologies behind the major search engines, the details of the Yahoo-Bing search technology deal, and the latest and greatest features that each one is offering in hopes of being your one-and-only search engine.

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Google, Bing, Yahoo - What's the Difference and Why Does it Matter?

  1. 1. What's the Difference and Why Does it Matter? Hall Web Services
  2. 2. Who We Are Hall Web Services • 11+ Years in Business • Over 80 Search Marketing Clients • 98% of Customers "Very Satisfied" Who We Are Kasi Gajtkowski Organic Search Specialist
  3. 3. Ask Questions! * Use GoToWebinar “Chat” or “Ask a Question” * Twitter with #SEOvision tag
  4. 4. What You'll Learn •Some stats and demos of Google, Yahoo, and Bing users •The details of the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal •The differences in Google and Bing's search technology, some things that make them unique, and SEO tips for each.
  5. 5. Search Engines: Quick Overview You type in a query Search engine database Software “spiders” Secret Algorithm Relevant pages based on algorithm
  6. 6. Let's talk stats...
  7. 7. Facts & Figures •In August 2010, Google was used for 71.59% of the volume of searches in the US* •Studies have shown that those people who have been using the Internet longer use Google to search the web** •58% of users have at least some college education*** •Google users also have higher household incomes – over half of Google users have a HHI of $60+*** Stats thanks to: *Hitwise **S.G. Cowen & Co. ***Quantcast
  8. 8. Facts & Figures •In August 2010, Yahoo was used for 14.28% of the volume of searches in the US* •Yahoo users have shown to be more “impulsive” in terms of online buying decisions** •46% of Yahoo searchers have no college education*** •20% of people who use Yahoo have a HHI of less than $30K*** Stats thanks to: *Hitwise ** ***Quantcast
  9. 9. Facts & Figures •In August 2010, Bing was used for 9.87% of the volume of searches in the US* •Bing's users click on more ads than Google's (relative to impressions)** •25% of Bing searchers are over the age of 50.*** •44% of people who use Bing are not college-educated.*** Stats thanks to: *Hitwise **TechCrunch. ***Quantcast
  10. 10. Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal •Yahoo's own search technology will no longer be used- Yahoo search results are now powered by Bing in the US & Canada (Yahoo portal will remain)* •Paid search on Yahoo will use Microsoft's AdCenter platform – currently being rolled out •Yahoo will maintain its own display advertising business and sales force and will focus on Yahoo's “user experience” •Bing/Yahoo will be the #2 search engine with approximately 30% market share *Yahoo will get a portion of the revenue generated by searches on its pages
  11. 11. So... We're going to leave Yahoo out and just look at Google and Bing's search technologies
  12. 12. Let's talk technology...
  13. 13. Search Technology •Google's Googlebot is more effective at crawling the web than competing engines •More sophisticated at filtering out web pages for targeted phrases related to search query •Good at differentiating between real text patterns and spammy text •Better than other search engines at determining the true intent of a query and trying to match that versus doing direct text matching. Thanks to SEObook: Since 1996
  14. 14. Search Technology •Bing's MSNbot (soon to be called “Bingbot”) has gotten better over time at crawling but still not as good as Google at crawling deeply through large sites (such as eBay). •Does try to process queries for meaning instead of direct text matching – not on par with Google yet. •Since Microsoft started doing search later in the game, it has a harder time determining natural links from spammy/bought links. •Still takes longer than Google to get new websites in their index. Thanks to SEObook: Since 2005
  15. 15. What are some things that make Google and Bing unique?
  16. 16. Photo courtesy of • Brand new! Google Instant • Google Real Time Search • Tries to give you an answer without needing to leave Google
  17. 17. Photo courtesy of • Tries to focus on user experience • Bing Social Search – partnership with Facebook • Uses categories – no more “10 blue links”
  18. 18. Let's talk SEO...
  19. 19. SEO Tips for •Accurate and unique titles for each web page consisting of your keywords for that page. •Use H1 as Google considers the text within this tag as important (only one H1 per page) •Use unique description tags for each page that are 200 words or less. •Write natural, quality content for your site. •Engage in link building to have quality inbound links to your website with keyword anchor text.
  20. 20. SEO Tips for •Follow the same guidelines as Google (title tags, description tags, header tags, quality links, etc). •Bing seems to put more weight on keyword-rich domains (i.e., maine-social- •Websites that have been around longer seem to score some extra points. •More favor has been shown upon pages with more than 300 words of text. •Since Bing is about breaking things into easy categories, look at the categories that appear for your keywords and emphasize that (i.e., cell phone accessories). SEO Tips for
  21. 21. Re-cap Photo: •Google still on top – used by more Internet savvy and business to business searchers. •Bing skews slightly older, more “shoppers”. •Yahoo is getting out of the search game. •Bing will be #2 in the search engine industry. •Google focuses on “most relevant results”, while Bing focuses on presentation of results. •Follow Google's optimization guidelines but take note of how you can rank in a Bing category.
  22. 22. Photo: Weekly Webinars Next week: Amanda – Social Media for Non Believers Two Weeks: Alayna – Improve User Conversion with Your CMS
  23. 23. Learn More! • Web Vision Blog - • Webinars – • Follow Hall on Twitter - @Hall_Web • Follow Kasi on Twitter - @kasi_marie • Email me: