Search Engine Wars - Quality Searches Vs Quantity!
Search Engine Wars - Quality Searches Vs Quantity! By: Martin Lemieux It is no secret that Google and Yahoo are on a continuous battle to win our hearts and get everyone to convert, but is converting someone really a matter of the quantity or the quality? Let's take a look at some top key searches and compare them with some search engines online. I will outline a few things for each search result: 1) Search Engine 2) Number of results found 3) Quality & content of the top 10 sites 4) What you find going beyond the first 10 pages Each section will get ranked out of 10 points for quality (information taken on August 26,2005). = Starting with my all-time favorite search term: "INTERNET MARKETING" = Google.com - 99,000,000 results - 10/10 on quality - 10/10 Past 10 pages still delivers top quality results Yahoo.com - 281,000,000 results - 7/10 on quality. There's no reason to list a "Hotel Marketing Firm" & "Building websites".
The #1 spot was reserved for Yahoo marketing. - 9/10 Past 10 pages, it is very generic for business, not specific. MSN.com - 93,661,176 results - 10/10 on quality - 10/10 Past 10 pages still delivers high quality results. I am surprised and give MSN two thumbs up for their attention to detail.
= Moving onto the search term for "BUSINESS NEWS" = Google.com - 627,000,000 results - 10/10 on quality - 10/10 Beyond 10 pages delivers high quality & local news centers. Yahoo.com - 1,260,000,000 results (wow) - 10/10 on quality - 9/10 Beyond 10 pages. There are still some sites that should never be there. MSN.com - 381,631,054 results - 8/10 on quality - Some aren't related at all and brand new sites as well. - 10/10 beyond 10 pages. Their results seem to tighten up and get better. Let's now take some more "local" search results to see deeper and more targeted results.
= Moving on to the search term for "WASHINGTON UNIVERSITIES". I hope to find the "University of Washington" come up #1 or thereabouts. = Google.com - 22,700,000 - 10/10 on quality (www.washington.edu is #1) - 10/10 beyond 10 pages. The results still deliver "university" topics. Yahoo.com - 143,000,000 results - 9/10 on quality - The top spot is reserved for Yahoo on Washington University in St. Louis.
There seems to be a strong battle going on here on which university to list. - 10/10 beyond 10 pages. Content is specific and relevant. MSN.com - 34,442,536 results - 9/10 on quality - Again another battle going on and washington.edu is #10 tilting on the verge of page 2. - 10/10 beyond 10 pages. All related to Washington & University living Let's now get even more specific than that. For this search term I will be using something very local that I can relate to and give a better analysis. = Moving on to the search term for "HAMILTON ONTARIO CANADA".
= Google.com - 3,700,000 results - 10/10 on quality - Great job - 10/10 beyond 10 pages - Anything goes but is directly related to Hamilton. Yahoo.com - 14,900,000 results - 10/10 on quality - Almost the same as Google but a couple of different choices. - 9/10 on quality - Some results are found by keyword stuffing their pages. MSN Local *New (http://search.msn.com/local/) - 1,280,405 results - 9/10 on quality - Getting some random placements & keyword stuffing - 10/10+ beyond 10 pages - Many local companies well listed in the results. = = = = = = = = = = = = = = Let's now take a look at these results as a total.