• http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    One of the reasons for why live.com doesn’t show much traffic is that all the searching done through MSN stays on MSN. My referrals, for example, show far more traffic coming from search.msn.com than from live.com.

    Microsoft needs to address this issue if they want to take the rebranding of Live Search seriously.

  • http://www.linux-girl.com Asia

    I am literally lol on this, I can’t tell you just how happy I am to see Google’s increase. I was so sick (literally) of last weeks blog posts on raves about Yahoo’s new algo which is just horrible imo. I can’t stand the redundancies! Speaking of which Danny, can you look into that? Some coverage on the redundancy of SERPs on the new Yahoo Algo would be appreciated. Maybe I’ll drop a hint over in Matt’s direction, he usually enjoys this form of testing and reporting. Something without bias as well – several blogs lost my subscription due to bias reports on the new algo. I just feel, if you are reporting news on any topic, in this case, Search Engine Marketing and Optimization, less bias would be appreciated.

    As for Live.com and MSN.com I actually record them as equal on my reports for clients. It just seems less confusing for the average person. We’ve seen an increase in conversions on MSN/Live in the past 2 months, although the traffic has not increased significantly, the overall ROI has decreased and therefore MSN/Live has won the Yahoo ad budget which we canceled off last month due to Yahoo’s low conversions.

  • http://www.seo-theory.com/ Michael Martinez

    Since these various statistics reports are focusing only on queries delivered, it cannot be said often enough that if fewer people are running more queries on Google than on Yahoo!, that it most likely means THEY CANNOT FIND WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR ON GOOGLE.

    Fortunately for Google, we are too lazy to shift search engines when we’re not getting anywhere.

  • grant

    The “data” from Hitwise is useless.

    Their own representatitives will tell you that the “service” and output they provide is not an apples-to-apples metric to comScore ( which has its issues ) or Neilsen.

    Yet, every publication ( Fortune / USA Today ) is content to use this crap to show how much Google is dominating.

    If 75% of this panel is fielded with ISPs…why is AOL’s usage so low? They are (still) the world’s largest ISP and had over 36 Million UVs in March ( comScore ).

    And how can we explain that MSN/Live is declining in Hitwise…when in the other substantitive indices ( comScore & Neilsen ) they are climbing?

    Or perhaps it is comScore and Neilsen are broken?

    Hitwise = useless.

  • http://www.jackhumphrey.com/fridaytrafficreport Jack

    Maybe this is why StumbleUpon is getting so popular. People now have an alternative to rigid search.

    SU is the exact opposite and, funny as it sounds, I have found more valuable stuff “stumbling” around lately than I have with any search engine in a long time.

    It’s a researcher’s dream tool really.

    Man – that’s gotta hurt if my results are typical!