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I always keep an open mind, but I was very biased against MSFT coming out with a good search due to how crappy MSN and Live.com are. Bing results seems pretty good, the homepage with the new image and daily info is kinda cool- and traffic to client sites from Bing is about double of what MSN / Live was after only a couple of days!
How this continues to get better... also, why Bing? Why not revamp Live.com? Windows Live coming out soon? With Windows 7?
As far as search share goes, Bing gets even less than Yahoo on my sites - 2.98% to be precise. It's early days though.
As far as SERPS go, it still returns the same old rubbish and corporate sites as Live did. Nothing has changed.
It is too early to judge, but with a site like mine (a niche encyclopaedia type site) a lot of people will just read the summary on Bing and not click through to my site.
Given that Google has been sued (by news sites) for the tiny snippets it uses, how is MS able to get away with copying significant chunks of each page, and replaying whole videos?
When I clicked on the Country link at the top right and changed the selected country to US or UK am getting the same results as that using the US or UK IP respectively. So I hope using proxy is not required to see other country results.
Ha! I thought I had just found a way to get to the US results without a proxy from outside the states: [bing.com...] but it looks like the results are the same.... Infact, there must have been a change overnight, because now I don't seem to need a proxy.
Some folks say same results as Live, some say same results as G... Which is it?
We should remember that this is has gone live worldwide it seems, but that doesn't mean that every country is up to speed or has the same soppistication in results. As Webmasterworld is such an international community, we are seeing quite a variety of different results here. I wouldn't be surprised if there is also some difference between me in Bedford and my friends in Edinburgh.
[edited by: Receptional at 8:07 am (utc) on June 2, 2009]
"Displaying this page may force you to leave Bing Images. Opening the page in a new window will prevent this"
That's Cold... From What I remember I paid for the SLR Camera, Product, Photoshop and spent time perfecting the shot. I am not sure it is Bing Images. MS Lets call the things the way the should be called.
Other that that looks spiffy.
Unfortunately, where we dominate google for a wide selection of high-conversion mid-tail terms, we're below the fold or even off page 1 on pretty much everything.
I'm also seeing the same domain taking multiple positions on page 1, which I'm not sure I like,
What does this do well the parents with safe search or filters now will have to add Bing a a site that can't be visited.
Not a real smart move as now millions will now block Bing I know I would if I had younger kids, what were they thinking.
I bing my WebmasterWorld alias, "httpwebwitch", and ... very prominently in the results I see a photo of Bob Denver (aka "Gilligan") attributed to WebmasterWorld.com. Hilarious!
And... amazing how many image searches for innocent keywords show results of young women showing off their bounty. Lots NSFW here.