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7:35 am on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I just downloaded IE9 and was testing it out. A very good and very fast browser. IE9 is pretty much a home run from Microsoft IMO. Looks really nice too.

The problem I'm having is, that when you type in the address bar and choose to search for something, like for example, webmaster world, it will instantly bring you to this site. It wont show serps or anything. Which sucks big time for all those other webmaster world sites if there are any other sites.

I think with IE9, a lot of people who aren't authoritative sites, are gonna go way way way down. Like type in "Finance" and it goes straight to finance.google.com =/ That's not cool at all.

Also I did not look through IE9 to see if this can be changed. Seems to be only doing it with Google and not Bing in IE9 beta.
10:17 am on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I use IE 9 beta as well and I don't see it...I get the google results for "webmasterworld". But yes, this forum is at the top...
12:13 pm on Jan 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I haven't used it, but in some browsers there is an option or preference to take you directly to the most likely search result. That might be what's happening.
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Yeah, FF takes me right here if I just type webmasterworld in too, and I don't even have G installed in my search engines, so IMO it's a browser thing, not a google thing.
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The domaining crowd would love this post.
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It seems to do it atuomatically even though I don't have it set on IE8 when I upgraded.

I just updated to IE9 on two computers. Both did the same thing. And on IE8, it never forwarded to the top domain or whatever. Right after upgrading to IE9, it did that for Google Search Addon.
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Do you really think Google had anything to do with it?
It drops their traffic...

Think about it for a second... Okay, yeah for finance you go to Google, but could that traffic possibly make up for the traffic they lose by taking you right to the site?

Why would they do that when it makes the Browser look better and people don't ever see their site, results or ads? Make no sense whatsoever for them to be the ones doing it, IMO.
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Half the time it is browser history that "takes you there", the other half the time is "the top result", the other half the time "that's all there is" which is half of the half above. Yes, I know I have too many halves by far, but what can you do?

Not a true fan of ie9 (which is on my vista laptop but nowhere else), but it's not half bad!
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I just updated to IE9 on two computers. Both did the same thing. And on IE8, it never forwarded to the top domain or whatever. Right after upgrading to IE9, it did that for Google Search Addon.


It sounds like Microsoft wants to make it hard for you to use Google.

You should take a look at the browser settings. There's probably an option or preference for this somewhere .
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Like I said, I never had top results ever in IE8. But for some reason, after updating, to IE9, google suddenly wants to show me top results and not the serps.
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very strange as i never came across this on IE 9 so far...why don't you post this on a microsoft forum for IE, as i don't think google has anything to do with it...
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Also I did not look through IE9 to see if this can be changed. Seems to be only doing it with Google and not Bing in IE9 beta.

If it instantly takes you to the site, how can you tell whether it's Google or Bing that's doing it?

What I've seen, on all versions of IE for some time now (up to IE8, as I haven't seen IE9), is that if you search using the search window in the Google Tool bar, and you enter a domain name with its TLD extension... ie you enter webmasterworld.com as opposed to webmasterworld... then Google will in fact skip the serps page and take you right to the Webmasterworld.com site.

But if I leave off the .com, then Google won't do this. If I use a non-Google search window on IE, then it's not Google.
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Um, Browsers have been doing this since at least IE4?

If you type 'Widgets' in, it'll try widgets.com, widgets.org, widgets.net, widgets.co.uk, widgets.whatever other domain is likely to be valid for whatever country you are registered to, then finally take you to a search on whatever engine you have set up with.

If I recall, its usually turned off by default nowadays in favor of skipping to a search because it opened an attack vector for less scrupulous characters. (Open a similar domain name, DDOS the original website, nab all their traffic, $$$)