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Google vs Yahoo Rankings
My sites do well on Y but poorly in G

 4:17 am on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have several (some new) content sites which come up anywhere from the first page of search results to, at worst, the fifth page in Yahoo. Meanwhile, they might be the 100th or 200th hit on Google.

I find this frustrating. It seems that Yahoo places greater weight on actual content, whereas Google is completely fixated on the number of incoming links. In these days of link building fatigue, new high quality sites are penalized by G for not having the critical mass of incoming. Meanwhile G shows old dinosaur sites with Korean War vintage content on its first page of results simply because they have 1500+ incoming links.

On my key word Google is still showing a site on its first page which has been dead for over a year now.

Anyone else find this to be true?


Chicken Juggler

 4:46 am on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sounds pretty standard.


 5:03 am on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well, here's something that I have realized recently: Yahoo gives me better results for my own searches. If there's a new site with great content on a particular topic, Yahoo serves it up to me. Google doesn't serve up new sites because they lack the incoming links. So all that you get with a Google search is these old dinosaur sites with 1000s of incoming links.

If I were running Google this would be a major concern.


 5:28 am on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yahoo is a lot more forgiving for having low PR. I have a few clients who are getting some surprisingly good results in Yahoo on sites that still have zero PR, but they barely get inside the top few hundred in Google.


 5:34 am on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)


I have a 1 month old original and heavy content site which I update almost daily. Yahoo & MSN bots visit everyday and I rank on page 1 for many of my key terms. Surprisingly, Yahoo & MSN have been providing pretty constant traffic for a couple of weeks now.

What hits me is not Google's slowness but Yahoo & Msn's speed at indexing my new site! Frankly, I was expecting a 3-6 month wait & the sandbox etc...


 6:44 am on Sep 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

After launching three new sites this year this problem with Google serving up tired old sites with thousands of incoming by virtue of having been launched in 1995, has made me switch to Yahoo, Dogpile, and teoma for important searches.

Last year I was a Google fanatic now I think it's a second rate SE.


 7:09 pm on Sep 9, 2004 (gmt 0)

Use whatever search engine you like, but don't delude yourself. Regardless of which engine promotes your pet sites the most, Google is King when it comes to the real world of normal folks. (Doesn't mean it might not be changing, that in some areas of search this is not true, and all other kinds of truisms. But overall, it's numero uno, if you're objective. Period.)


 5:32 am on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well I must say yahoo is working cool for new sites, I'd developed a site a month ago and it comes to yahoo very quickly and I haven't find site at google even with exact name... So I must say these days Yahoo is really good for newly developed sites.


 7:10 am on Sep 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Google is really starting to suck big time.

One of my sites competes against a bunch of old dinosaur sites started back in the mid 1990s. These old fossils haven't added any new content in years, but since they started so long ago they have thousands of incoming links which puts them on Google's 1st SERP.

So new sites with great content in this age of "link exchange fatigue" are basically screwed when it comes to Google.


 8:37 am on Sep 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Will everyone listen to what you are saying? Google is ranking you poorly because you do not have 1000s of incoming links.

What's the problem? Go get the incoming anchor links. You are in control of your ranking. I only know this because last year when I started my site I was not found in Google. Now I am #1 for KW1 and #3 for KW2.


 9:33 am on Sep 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Lokutus (isn't it locutus). resistance is futile. Come join the collective [webmasterworld.com].


 1:01 pm on Sep 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

You are whining about your poor results on Google, and say that other SEs are much better at returning results. Well, then don't worry about it!

If you are an expert at finding great SE results, then just wait it out. If your right, then market forces will destroy Google and the rewards will be yours. If your wrong, well...

Personally, I think there is some merit in Google's approach over the long haul. I subscribed to paid inclusion and was on page 1 for a competitive phrase in Yahoo nearly overnight - no incoming links, the website was only days old. I did that with a spam-cluttered page that was ugly from the reader's standpoint. But I was now in a constant battle to out-spam the competition - too much work.

I've revised my approach and now think that "Content will be King" over the long haul. I think this will happen because that is what the market really wants - good content.

My bet right now is with Google because that is their primary business. They don't have a portal, they don't have a my.google page. You go to their page and submit a query - that is what distiguishes them from all the rest.

I have faith that Google will continue to refine and improve their results because of the focus they have in that area - no distractions like Yahoo and MSN - Which have a completely different value proposition to the average surfer.

The Grizzler

 1:31 pm on Sep 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

We too do badly in Google. We put this down to the fact that one of our competitors copied our content word for word. However we do not have enough incoming links so this is no doubt a factor also.

We have dozens of #1 keywords on Yahoo, MSN and Jeeves. There is no doubt that they are almost completely content orientated.

Search for our keywords on Google and you will find us somewhere after page 20 for most (if you find us at all).

Without doubt Google will adapt it's algorithm over the coming months to reward those sites with good content. It is no accident that G is #1 choice for most. They have had to work hard and be more intuitive than the others to acheive their status. They read the market more accurately than most and are on top of their game.

They will already have realised that there is no future in giving people link farm search results. They know you can't show people less relevant results than those that would depose them.

My advice (for what it's worth) is hang on in there. Develop good quality relevant links...

Content WILL be rewarded one day soon.


 1:52 pm on Sep 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

You can have a page 1 ranking on popular terms with a PR 2/3 page.

You can have a PR 4 site with only a handful of outside links. As long as the links are from authority sites.


 6:23 pm on Sep 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

>Sounds pretty standard.

Yep. The above 3 word reply says it all. Dinosaur sites are king at Google. Lkely forever, barring an asteroid whacking this planet.


 6:39 pm on Sep 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

Why do you feel that it *should not* take new sites either time or effort to rank well?

Real businesses are not grown in a day, month or even a year. The only way that a new business in the real world will pop to the top is if there are a few people of influence that point it out to people.

That's the model here, Get others to point to your site and Google will notice. You may not lie it, buut it is generally a good model.


 3:13 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

>That's the model here, Get others to point to your site and Google will notice. You may not lie it, buut it is generally a good model. <

It's called link fatigue.

The old established site with thousands of incoming are not interested in helping a new competitor by exchanging links.

That leaves crappy sites to contact but even they are too beaten down to put in the effort of trading links with you.

Up until a couple of years ago everyone traded links. All you had to do was ask. Now for every 20 request you get one and that's from a site with a PR of 2 or 3.

Under Google's system old dinosaur site started in 1995 which have accumulated in coming by virtue of their longevity rather than their quality are rewarded over newer sites with superior quality.

Do a side by side search using Y & G anyday and you'll see what I'm talking about.


 3:35 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

will google change this algo? what do you guys really think?


 4:52 am on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

That leaves crappy sites to contact but even they are too beaten down to put in the effort of trading links with you.

So don't "trade". give something that is worth a link. For example, I see a lot of "free" tools available that have a link built into their interface. I see things like RSS feeds with links imbedded in them.

Be creative. Every problem has a solution. One of the interesting things about this gig is trying to stay on on the face of the wave. You can't do that by using last year's techniques.



 12:46 pm on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Google will change the algo, it's just a question of when. They have to. The old PR system is great when the web is only 5 years old, but it won't make any sense at all when the web is 25 years old.

It will work great for commercial sites, but not for content sites, because content sites don't really have to be well established to offer the best content.

Eventually Google will have to calculate PR based on the number of links PER YEAR, or number of new links, rather than total number of links over the history of the web. Otherwise it will never show a result less than ten years old.


 1:28 pm on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Looks like Yahoo is catching on. I just saw a banner ad for Yahoo that said:

Yahoo! search

I guess they see a window of opportunity.


 2:49 pm on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

This is really starting to bother me. I launched two new sites this year. One is on Y's 1st SERP. The other is on it's 4th and climbing.

Where are they on G?

Well, the first is around page 5 and the second is not even in the first 50 pages!


 3:12 pm on Sep 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yahoo seems like an Inktomi for the millineum. Lots of spam. Its embarrasing when we have 4-5 or more pages on the 1st SERP.

Perhaps we should edit the titles - "we are a legitimate site--really!"


 3:20 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yahoo beats Google handsdown in search results quality. But then every one of the Top 25 SE does.


 3:26 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

If Y! really wanted to stir things up they'd give away some purple pixels to fill the void left empty by green pixels.


 3:47 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sanbox is killing google. Slowly... But steadily. Oh yes they'll obviously improve their adwords figures and please their shareholders with shares price upsurge but the longer they stick to this policy the more Joe public they are going to lose. They all will just be streaming towards yahoo/msn in search for recent news/new music groups/software updates/hi-tech news - in brief all that info that's relevant when it's brandnew - and google might lose Joe public for good. Joe surfers are hard to obtain, easy to lose and nearly impossible to bring back. The longer the sandbox massacre stays the more strategic advantage is given to yahoo / msn in this battle.
And the battle continues...


 3:59 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

It seems that Yahoo places greater weight on actual content, whereas Google is completely fixated on the number of incoming links.

Not in my experience.


 4:21 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

>Not in my experience.

At the beginning of the year we threw up a new site. It's the very first to focus exclusively on a hot political issue. It has great content which explains the issue objectively with high quality original essays. Within a month of launch it was on Y's 1st SERP. I have no idea where it is on G.

That experience showed us how crappy G is. With them it's all about incoming links and not actual content.


 4:42 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Never judge the quality of a search engine on the results of an area that includes any of your own sites. You will not be using the correct ranking criteria.

For one thing, it does not make a damn bit of difference what sites are not listed.

What matters is that *some* of the sites that *are* listed are *good enough*.

As a general rule, you are the only one searching on that term looking for your site. Everyone else is searching on that term looking for an answer to their query.

If your site really is all that good, you will start collecting all sorts of free incoming links. Especially if it is on a "hot political topic".

Once again, in the real world, no matter how "correct" and "informitive" you view on a topic is, you will have very few people listening to you until you have gained some sort of reputation that says that you are worth listening to.

I have a very well informed opinion on both presidential candidates, but I have yet to be asked to go on CNN and share my view.


 4:49 pm on Sep 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just studied monthly logs for a 200 page business directory I'm running - it's moving towards yahoo/msn getting 50%+ of free search engine traffic this month.
August figures are google - 65-70%, msn/yahoo - 20%.

And it's considering I have not lost a single good position in google - even climbed a few steps higher for a few landing pages.

Does anyone experience anything similar?

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