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Bing Now Powers Up to 30% Of Web Searches



2:06 am on May 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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According to the latest data from Experian Hitwise, Bing-powered searches ó that is searches on Bing.com and search.yahoo.com ó now account for 30.01% of all U.S. searches. By itself, Bing grew 16% year-over-year and 5% month-over-month and now accounted for 14.32% of all U.S. searches in April 2012. Yahoo grew somewhat slower, but still at a respectable 5% month-over-month and 7% year-over-year.

Things didnít quite look so rosy for Google, though. Searches on Google.com, according to Hitwise, declined 3% in April 2011 compared to the previous month and were down 5% year-over-year. Google, of course, still remains far ahead of its competition. In April, almost 64.5% of all U.S. searches were powered by Google.


3:13 am on May 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The thought of Bing overtaking Google - ah the joy to see that smug smile wiped off M.C.'s pie hole. :^\


8:56 am on May 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Some users prefer search engines which do not "customize" search engine results depending on the user profile.


12:50 am on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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There's so much hate towards Google, and that's understandable.

There's no business in the world where you work your butt off for years, then the guy at the top comes over and robs everything from you in a day. All the work, research and hours you put into a grand goal is worth a big fat $0. Bing doesn't do it, just Google with it's immature/bully "lets penalize a non-spammy site" attitude.

All I can say is, go Bing!

anyone notice Big results are much cleaner now? My brother was saying how Bing looks like Google now and Google is starting to look like Yahoo.


6:14 am on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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First of all I have no disrespect towards Bing, those who rank high on Bing, or those who want Bing to "take over" Google. I would like to wake up one day and see few (not two) somewhat equal search engines.

BUT with big traffic share will come attitude very similar to today's G changes. Yes, Google constantly changes, and that passes the joy from one webmaster to another, while Bing doesn't change much and the joy finds its place in only few webmasters' lives. Now does that make Google more evil than Bing? Ask those who don't rank good for Bing.

Why do some webmasters think that the loyalty of Bing towards their websites will not change on their(Bing's) way of taking over the lions share of search engine traffic. What will they do when after the "takeover" their websites get Binglized? The names might change, but the game will never change.


2:47 pm on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Over the past decade, I've made a very comfortable living on the web. During that time, Google probably provided the lions share of traffic. During that time, I also spent around 10% of my annual income on the Google Adwords program. I'm not saying it's a contract, because it certainly is not, but I'd consider it an IMPLIED contract after all this time. I think that's why many of us who have trusted Google and who we've tried so hard to convince them to trust us, now feel betrayed.
What's laughable about all this is that Larry Page pleads for user love, then shortly thereafter jumps in his Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and runs over those who have supported Google for so long.
Nice move...unfortunately, in my book at least, "passing the joy" is not a recipe for success. I've already passed the joy of my former engineering job to some guy in Asia.


4:12 pm on May 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I too used be a lover in Google. In the early days, the monthly dance was an event for me. I'd put on my Google hat, flashy Google nerd pin, Google t-shirt and sit glued to my computer until the dance finished.

I loved Google.

All that love turned to hate over the last few years with the way Google has treated those that helped them get to what they are with a grass roots effort.

I support any SE that gives Google a run for their money and right now the only that has a chance of doing that is Bing.

I've unplugged from Google and use ZERO of their tools. I convert as many people to Bing as possible and will laugh with glee when Google gets split or better yet goes under. Google lovers of today think the Internet is Google and would disappear without them when that is not the case. The Internet is not Google even though they are trying very hard to be.

Bing has a chance to make waves because of their partnership with Facebook. If facebook ever does search correctly, they will give Google a run for the money and that is why Google is trying to push +1 down the publicís throat.


1:12 am on May 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Way to go BING! I switched all my searched to Bing as well and try to get everyone else too. The G needs some real competition.


8:50 am on May 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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..there will be a complete reversal in how they treat webmasters. If it doesn't happen, then we'll add a footnote to Wikipedia about how arrogance of the PhD was their G's ultimate downfall. :)
I don't think treating websites or webmasters badly is the only reason; there is banning in Fecebook too, and they don't are serious for their users interests as well. All of them, Google, Facebook, Bing, Twitter just do what is in their interest and 'in their whim' (this one is too unfortunate). They least care about for usability and for comfort of their end users. Real reason for downfall of G is the social things happening so much, that shaking everything in the search world as well. They need to think seriously stepping into social networking and social sharing area.


7:26 pm on May 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Bing is giving too much weight to eHow crap. I searched for something today and ended up with 5 eHow results on the first page of the serps. All 5 of them were useless and poorly written.


3:03 am on May 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I hope Bing goes from strength to strength. Google's dominance needs to broken.
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