I get some very good traffic from my Inktomi listings on MSN. The other Inktomi engines only send me a handful of visitors a week. If you can get some good listings on MSN under some keywords that don't have a lot of directory listings you can see some very good traffic.
My site is usually found by people searching for very specific types of widgets, so directory listings do not compete with me (most of the time). MSN through Ink is the second source of SE traffic, way behind Google, of course, but still provides about 10% of my SE traffic.
My issue with MSN is that my keywords all have sponsored results and directory above them) so even if I'm first on their web pages it is equivalent to 15
Lots of traffic for some sites with Ink on MSN. Also some nice hits via the Ink backfill with Overture partners. A bit of traffic from Hotbot.
For now there are really only two high volume free indexes left: Google and Ink.
Like everybody else here I get good traffic from MSN. The nice thing about Ink is that it's so easy to optimize for.
|My site is usually found by people searching for very specific types of widgets |
I noticed that too - MSN searchers are using very detailed keywords. I get decent traffic from MSN, not not nearly as much as Google.
Google's falling, Yahoo stable, MSN big increase (up to 18% from 8% seven months ago), AOL coming back a tad (up from 5% seven months ago). The others are all on their way to the junkyard!
Below is the average from 2,000+ sites. Only thing I don't agree with is AskJeeves (it sends my sites almost 2% instead of 0.02%).
Where did you get those stats, percentages? I disagree about AskJeeves too. More like 7% for me. However, I suspect this has a lot to do with me having beautiful ask.com SERPs. #1 for 3 of 4 single keywords I target, the other single keyword is #2, and #1 for the only 2 keyword phrase I target. .02% on ask.com just means the site is poorly optimized for that search engine. Biggest by far is Google/Yahoo/AOL, and msn.com is strong because of my Zeal listings. Altavista, Dogpile and Lycos/Alltheweb are way in the rear. Everything else isn't worth mentioning.
Same here on AskJeeves - 5% or higher for me. AV would be nearly the same.
The above stats were obtained from a company that measures popularity by placing counters on sites which are in categories best defined as "of interest to the general public", or the "average Joe".
Because this company uses on-site counters to measure results I believe it is one of the most accurate sources of SE popularity. Unlike Neilson/MediaMetrix info the sampling is huge and unbiased. The numbers are based on actual visitors to actual sites, no human intervention is involved.
I use it as a benchmark against my own 300+ sites, generally the numbers are inline. Ask Jeeves used to be inline as well, I'm a little confused as to what has happened there! It may be related to ask.com changing the way it reports referrers and I'll be interested to see if it bounces back in the future as the ask.com numbers reported definately seems on the low side. I see ask.com as number 5 in importance and a potential growth area.
Any chance of you dropping me the URL of that site
Perhaps they are skewed as far as small numbers are concerned... really Lycos is so small? If so, why is anyone caring about Fast (including Overture?)
Lycos really is that small. People care about Overture because those are the sponsored results on top of MSN and Yahoo! Very few people use Overture directly.
Would be this an approximate resume of rankings?
1. Google 40%
2. Yahoo 25%
3. MSN 18%
4. AOL 8%
5. Ask 5%
6. Altavista 3%
7. Others 1%