I was mildly amused today when I checked the stats of a new (yesterday) blog post, from Google's blogger, to see where the traffic was coming from and discovered it was BING!
I've never encountered such rapid indexing and traffic from Bing before nor have I seen any of my blog posts hit #5 for suggested search term so quickly.
The same blog post came in at #14 on Google for the same suggested search term which obviously isn't driving anywhere close to the traffic I'm getting from Bing.
Here's the interesting part is that Yahoo! which is now using Bing showed the same blog post at #40 for the same search term so Yahoo is definitely not just a clone of Bing's index. If you narrow the search terms in Yahoo! to include the specific part number mentioned in the blog post then it jumps to #3 but the more generic term doesn't rank anywhere close to Bing's.
Later in the day I'm seeing some changes in both Yahoo and Bing.
My original assessment that they aren't the same is somewhat true, but it's starting to look more like the results are coming from different data centers that start to eventually shake out real close to each other.
One very specific search shows my post as #2 on Bing and #3 on Yahoo, and the Yahoo results have 2 results from the same source at the top while Bing only has 1 result from that source in the top 10.
Going to keep watching and see if they eventually coalesce on both services or continue to have diversified results.
Another search engine matching the speed of Google is fantastic news though I doubt Bing is quite there yet. On the other hand if they don't add silly things and alter the top 10 with countless non search results we may see them gain ground continually from here on. Here's hoping, 2 engines is better than 1.
Another search engine matching the speed of Google is fantastic news though I doubt Bing is quite there yet.
Agreed. There's more than one kind of speed - initial indexing is one thing, updating the rankings for existing URLs is something other. I'd say Google is way ahead on that second point, but the initial indexing seem pretty close.