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More traffic from Google page 2-3 rankings than from Yahoo No.1



8:11 am on Jun 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I rank No.1 for about 30 of my top 50 keyphrases on Yahoo. I am on the second to third page for those 50 keyphrases on Google. My traffic logs show that I am getting three times the traffic from Google for those phrases than from Yahoo. How is that even possible?!?!


8:40 am on Jun 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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For those interested, MSN scores seem higher than expected. Even though I only have 14 first page rankings with everything else on pages 2-4, I got half the traffic Yahoo sent. Is MSN used more than Yahoo in the UK?


9:07 am on Jun 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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For my top term for a period at end May/early June comparing Adwords with Yahoo SM for a very UK specific term.

Yahoo display rate 100% impressions 3176
Adwords display rate 50% impressions 11,979

I would estimate that if I had Adwords on all the time impressions would be around 20,000.

I'm on the second page of Yahoo organic for this term so virtually all of my traffic is paid for. I'm #2 on Google organic.

66% of my traffic comes from Google paid and organic combined.

8% comes from Yahoo.

It is difficult to be definitive with these figures because I don't know what traffic I would get if I was #2 on Yahoo for this term.

Across all terms I would estimate that Yahoo is at around 20% of Google in the UK.

Occasionally I have seen big spikes in traffic when a DC with better rankings than I am seeing on google.co.uk is pointed at a big UK ISP.




10:56 am on Jun 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Across pretty much all sites I manage, Yahoo traffic (and MSN too) is minimal compared to Google even though rankings are nearly always better. We're talking 10% or less of Google's referrals - sometimes for both combined.

And when it comes to Yahoo SM... avoid is my advice.

Just took over a medium sized ppc campaign running in Google & Yahoo. We don't do much ppc at all and then only AdWords.

Once we had the Analytics data up I checked out a number of referring sites which were generating non-existent urls in the 'Top Content' section.

I found a large number of very low quality 'search portals' and other 'seedy underbelly of the internet sites'. I even found referrals from expired domain ad pages!

When I checked these out they all turned out to be part of Yahoo's search network - even though we had the 'content network' equivalent turned off. Killed the campaign. Never going back. If that's their core network I shudder to think what sort of sites we'd be paying for clicks from had we enabled the 'content network'. Seriously unimpressed!


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