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Lots of traffic from Google, barely anything from MSN or Yahoo
What am I doing wrong?

 3:25 am on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I guess the question is what are the differences between how Google sees a site, and how MSN & Yahoo see it. I get thousands of hits per day from Google searches, but barely 100-200 from Yahoo & MSN.

Is there a happy medium where I can increase Yahoo/MSN results while simultaneously not hurting G's?



 5:44 am on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Your post pretty much says it all! This is the present structure of the
search engine business. One big player and two small ones. Your results show that!...KF


 1:40 pm on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

But to that much of a difference? I expect it would be somewhat lower, but I find it hard to believe that it's that much of a difference. I mean here are yesterdays search stats for the site I'm talking about:

Google: 18,701
Yahoo: 148
MSN: 344

There has to be more people using MSN & Yahoo than that...


 2:32 pm on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

Those stats look about right to me. It's not so much that there are that many fewer people using MSN/Yahoo, as it is that MSN/Yahoo's search results are generally so far off from what Google presents. You may rank in the top 5 for a phrase in Google and not even crack the top 100 in MSN/Yahoo. Since I rank higher in G than in MSN/Yahoo, I like to think that Google's results are better, but it's a matter of POV.


 2:56 pm on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am experiencing the same thing. I would tend to agree with the other posts but currently i get roughly 90% Google, 0% MSN and 3 % Yahoo, 5 % ASK + 2% others
yet the last 4 years my traffic was always like 50% Google 35 % Yahoo and 15 % MSN, so something has changed, and that may be negative ranking for sites using G Analytics and or ADSense. Sure, you will still see sites with these G products/services but not near as many as you would have before.


 3:58 am on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's nothing you are doing wrong. Always optimize for the current top player and right now Google is it. Compared to Google hardly anyone uses MSN or Yahoo for search.


 10:43 am on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

The original results seem high to me if they are only searches through G's own site but not if companies using Google like AOL are added in.
I see google.com/uk top at just under 70% with AOL second taking total Google just over 80%


 1:59 am on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

I mean here are yesterdays search stats for the site I'm talking about:

Google: 18,701
Yahoo: 148
MSN: 344

MSN and Yahoo (especially MSN) focuses on titles and urls. You can easily rank well on MSN for keywords if you structure your site as follows:

Title: Keyword1+Keyword2
URL: www.example.com/keyword1-keyword2/
URL: www.example.com/keyword1-keyword2.html

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