• cerealbowl

    THIS is how you should compare search engines. Blindly, without some arbitrary scoring function, and with more than a single person’s arguably biased inputs.

    http://blindsearch.fejus.com/

  • http://www.contentping.com trinity_hartman

    What I really want to know is whether you were able to get that crayon off your TV screen!

  • Conrad Saam

    Trinity – the answer according to both Google and now confirmed by myself, is Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean and a very stern discussion with a 4 year old.

  • http://www.rimmkaufman.com George Michie

    Conrad, this is a fun post. Some may throw stones, but I think there is value in down and dirty analyses from time to time.

  • http://www.maxminzer.com maxminzer

    Bing sucks. Microsoft should stick to OS and software, shut down IE and Bing (ok, that was a bit of overreaction).

    Great interesting article!
    However, this is “just for fun” type of research and explores just one side. There are way more factors to be considered with way more data in this multi-sided equation.
    I’ll just say that Bing is just too easy of a search engine and (just like IE) is not catching up with reality. You can rank to page one of Bing with 1-page website with duplicate content while being nowhere to be found in Google. Too easy. Not gonna fly. Spam will kill it.

    I appreciate your reminder about where search is going – reading and trying to understand our complicated thought process and intentions. Thank you!

  • Antoine Brunel

    Hello Conrad,

    Very interesting article! But I have a coupe of questions though:
    1- May you share with us the 100 queries?
    2- How do you determine the relevancy of results?
    That’s a very tough question to answer, one can determine what he expects, but how do you know this is the results everybody is expecting?

    In SEO, I think we can learn so much by:
    1- Trying to understand queries, ie what people are expecting, that’s what search engine are trying to do, and it goes way beyond of a simple keyword research!
    2- Once we do understand what people expect, we can always improve website pages in order to fit customer’s expectations

    It seems to me, that most of the times, when referring to SEO, we miss what the customer expect, and this is simply wrong!
    The starting point of SEO is Marketing, Marketing, Marketing, ie trying to read people’s desire through their queries.

  • http://www.pagezero.com Andrew Goodman

    While we’re getting down and dirty, though, I do wonder about your eHow example. It looks to me like pretty good content. It provides all the steps for replacing a water filter on that type of fridge, but you twist it out of context by making fun of the first step of “opening the door”. I have no vested interest in saying so — I just hear a lot of criticism of sites like eHow and in the interests of accuracy it seems fair to defend that result.