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I have been taking a constant look at how Bing has been trying to improve its algorithm and performance. In fact, the recent blog post by Chris Crum even noted some features that are pretty much savvy and to come up with a tasked-focused version, interactive Instant Answer, and more localized search and their use of the Wolfram Alpha’s algorithms which will power the novice search engine’s results for nutritional information and math searches is an intelligent move.
These all sound very fascinating but my stance on Bing’s power is less superior to Google. I rarely use Bing and what’s unsavory about this search engine is that webmasters are required to have an account with Hotmail, MSN or Live in order to submit a sitemap. While that may sound fair since Google does the same thing, problems signing up with a free Live, MSN or Hotmail account has long been unresolved. It’s like nobody’s even there to answer support tickets and the horrible system has failed me to do so countless of times.
I don’t know for a reason why I cannot signup for a Hotmail account when in fact I’ve done all possible means and it freaks me out that their knowledgebase and ticketing system is full of trash.
Testing Bing using Software Critics as the search term, it did show up a very unfavorable result with a Twitter user using Software_Critic as username appearing on top of the list. Mine landed fourth not with the homepage but showing a certain post which is disgusting (see screenshot below).
Bing results are comparatively mediocre than with Google (shown below) or Yahoo. If they really wanted to be relatively satisfying and relevant, search results should be improved and the same time to find out ways wherein webmasters can submit their sitemap fairly with ease.
Do you find Bing search relevant and helpful? Or useless and awful?