uTest’s “Battle of the Search Engines” Tests Bugs

uTest released a study they named “Battle of the Search Engines” which measured the relevancy of Google, Yahoo, and Bing based on “search results accuracy, page load speed, real-time relevance and usability.” The report found that there were over 600 “bugs” found in the test. By “bug” I believe they mean links that lead to dead ends, i.e. broken links. I am not exactly sure how that measures “relevancy” of the search result, but it does tell us some things.

In any event, here are the key points from the survey:

  • 71% of respondents stated search results accuracy as the most important when choosing their search engine.
  • In overall accuracy, Google led the way with a top two box score (those rated as “excellent” or “good”) of 90%. Caffeine followed with 83%. Yahoo & Bing trailed with 53 and 42%, respectively.
  • Bing had the most reported bugs; however, it scored very high for usability and pics/vids search
  • More than 30% noted that Bing surprised them favorably; and 10% said that after testing all three engines, they would make Bing their default engine.

Here is the break down by search engine:

Google

  • 130 bugs reported
  • 8 percent classified as “showstoppers”
  • 28 percent were Technical, 46 percent were Functional, and 26 percent were GUI

Bing

  • 321 bugs reported
  • 14 percent classified as “showstoppers”
  • 29 percent were Technical, 46 percent were Functional, and 25 percent were GUI

Yahoo

  • 70 bugs reported
  • 10 percent classified as “showstoppers” and 50 percent as “high severity”
  • 28 percent were Technical, 57 percent were Functional, and 15 percent were GUI

For the full report, click here do download the PDF.

Related Topics: Channel: Strategy | Stats: Relevancy

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  • JustinGoldberg

    The Bing image search is probably human edited, which just does’t scale well.

    For an accurate, non-biased comparison try this out,

    http://blindsearch.fejus.com/

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