The Power That Has Bing?

November 13, 2009 | By | 8 Replies More

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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 for Software Critics

Bing results for Software Critics

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.

Google results for Software Critics

Google results for Software Critics

Do you find Bing search relevant and helpful? Or useless and awful?

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  1. John says:

    I’m not exactly sure what I think about Bing yet. I should probably try it out a bit more often, but Google is still such the power player in search that its easy to spend all my time trying to figure out how it works. From what little I’ve seen, the results in Bing are very similar, just mixed around in a slightly different order. I think its a little more focused on anchor text and less focused on domain names, and maybe that’s why they used a deep url to represent your site. A weird choice, for sure!
    .-= John´s last blog ..Dreamhost Coupon and Promo Codes =-.

  2. Do you find Bing search relevant and helpful? Or useless and awful?

    I couldn’t exactly say it’s helpful but neither could I say its useless. I rarely ever use Bing when I do a search. I use only Google. My boss uses only Yahoo. He tried to convince me that Yahoo returns better results than Google. But I still use Google anyway (perhaps by force of habit?).

    The reason I can’t dare say its useless is because I had a site which from the very beginning had stuck itself at number 1 for its particular search phrase. (Checking my sites’ rank is just about the only time I use Bing). While google did its usual ‘google dance’, bing stood fixed like a statue all throughout the period with my site. While I have some idea how to do google SEO, I have no idea how to do Bing SEO. Like I said, I have a site at number 1 in Bing, but some other site of mine did not have the same luck although I used the same SEO techniques for both of them.
    .-= James Moralde´s last blog ..Now 2012 =-.

  3. Mathdelane says:

    Hi John,
    It’s good to see you here on my blog. New faces are pretty much flattering and inspiring for me especially when they leave a comment. I really do appreciate it.
    It’s pretty weird when in fact I had my site optimized for my domain’s keywords. Maybe one of the factors was that I don’t have my sitemap submitted to Bing. I would have wanted to submit it but chances aren’t favorable. I still find Google superior.

  4. Mathdelane says:

    Hi James,
    I really don’t mind ranking for Bing. Organic searches from Google boosts this blog’s traffic without much promotion to do unlike Bing which only brings in a handful. It’s not that I’m hostile with Bing but I just can’t figure out the way its algo’s heading.

  5. Sire says:

    I rarely use Bing or Yahoo as I prefer to use Google. Must be a branding thing 😉

    I did use certain keywords with both Yahoo and Bing and I’m actually surprised that they gave a better result. Still it’s hard to get away from the pull of Google. Perhaps I should try a lot harder.
    .-= Sire´s last blog ..Search Engines Both New And Old, And How They Affect You =-.

  6. Mathdelane says:

    Google has long monopolized the search engine arena and Trust branding is what sustains them at number one. Google being on top wouldn’t just sit on their laurels doing nothing.

    It may take long before Bing gets past Google and impress me as far as relevant search results is concerned.

  7. Sire says:

    That’s the thing about time, it holds still for no-one. Given time many things may change and often does.
    .-= Sire´s last blog ..Search Engines Both New And Old, And How They Affect You =-.

  8. Mathdelane says:

    Absolutely true.

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