eferg - 5:42 pm on Dec 10, 2010 (gmt 0)
My Bing traffic is 1/10 that of Google, but it is slowly increasing.
Google gets all their revenue from advertising. Microsoft does not. It's easy to see that what once started out as an unbiased search engine has turned into an unmanageable monster driven by $$.
I don't want a search engine that tries to guess what I'm looking for based on my past activity. I'm intelligent enough to express what I'm looking for. If I want red widgets with blue dots - find it! Don't give me generic Amazon crap, thin client sites, software-assembled sites stuffed with keywords, etc.
Bing, while not perfect, has somehow figured this out.
Google would not exist without webmasters, and e-commerce sites like mine would not exist (to date) without Google. But Google seems to have made a decision to favor those with big $$. Personally I think the trash sites are left in place so guys like me will throw in the towel and start buying ads.
Remember back when sites would have a little banner that said "Best viewed in browser XYZ" ? What if webmasters started adding banners that said "We recommend you switch to Bing for better search results"
Multiply that by tens of millions. I know - we would all be afraid of being down-ranked by Google. Guess what - you are anyway.