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Google: 43% of traffic
Yahoo: 20% of traffic
Google: 34.7 %
Yahoo: 29.8 %
This is a huge discrepancy considering that this is a site with several million unique visitors per month.
Is anyone else getting percentage of traffic discrepancies today like this? Is Yahoo rolling out more Inktomi as they slowly phase out Google?
For the last couple of weeks i get loads of traffic from Yahoo (which i shouldn't because Google), so there must be some more testing with Inktomi results. Good for me. :)
The traffic is increasing steadily every day, all referals are from search.yahoo.com. (on a site note Ask traffic increased conciderably too)
Whoever thought Yahoo would "push the button" has it all wrong...it's always turn the know.
This is the same thing we see with Google and their change in the ranking algo.
As far as traffic goes, my ratios with Google:Yahoo:MSN are as they were
I also find it funny that you guys are reporting more traffic from Yahoo than Google...that may be so, but it has nothing to do with the back-end engine that Yahoo is using! It has to do with no of people using Yahoo.
Whether Yahoo is using inktomi can only be determined through an analysis of Yahoo SERPS and not the refferal percentages
I think Yahoo is just doing some tests. I noticed INK results at Yahoo on my home ISP about 2 months ago. They'll probably continue testing until they get it figured out. I think they'd be nuts to realease INK in it's current condition.
Most internet users know that there are more search engines out there than just Yahoo. If they can't find what they are looking on thier first or second search they'll just move on to something else (see: the fate of alta vista, dog pile, and other engines of the late 90's). Yahoo's greedy and overanxious at times, but they are also smart enough to realize that relevancy = $. I'm not sure how others feel, but IMHO it's a lot harder find relevant results on Ink than on Google.
A search engine gets traffic if they can return results with relevant info. That's why Google is the king of search and that's why Yahoo has made so much money off of search lately (they use Google results). If Yahoo releases a search engine like the current INK to the general population, your average user is going to get frustrated and move on to something else.
I think more people are diversifying their quest for information by using different search engines. I don't think this has anything to do with Yahoo phasing in Inktomi but more to do with Google's Florida update and other SEs taking advantage of Google's pseudo slopiness.
Since the Florida update I've seen a dramatic increase in crawling from search engines other than Google and that increases ones traffic as their pages enter SERPs.
Sorry to bust anyone's bubble but that's my 2 cents.
Today there was a spike in orders on the does-good-in-Ink site and a dip in orders on the not-in-Ink site, which leads me to suspect that Yahoo may have shifted a bit more of their customers over to Ink recently.
i've heard suggestions that yahoo's long-term plan may be neither to keep nor abandon google, but instead to "fuse" google results with Ink's PFI results, much like they "fused" their directory data with google's SERP in the algorithm a while back. this approach may make sense, as it wouldnt risk relevancy drops with a pure Ink SERP. it's also worth keeping in mind that yahoo owns a big chunk of google. it may be in their interest to maintain the relationship at least until google goes public...
fwiw, we're currently averaging about 30 yahoo clicks/day from PFI for Dec , out of ~2500 clicks/day avg = or 1% of total traffic.
Just today for example I saw a SERP on MSN that had my site near the top and it listed it again in about 15th position using a url I only use with google adwords.