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Lots of traffic from Google, barely anything from MSN or Yahoo

What am I doing wrong?

     
3:25 am on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I guess the question is what are the differences between how Google sees a site, and how MSN & Yahoo see it. I get thousands of hits per day from Google searches, but barely 100-200 from Yahoo & MSN.

Is there a happy medium where I can increase Yahoo/MSN results while simultaneously not hurting G's?

5:44 am on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Your post pretty much says it all! This is the present structure of the
search engine business. One big player and two small ones. Your results show that!...KF
1:40 pm on May 17, 2008 (gmt 0)

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But to that much of a difference? I expect it would be somewhat lower, but I find it hard to believe that it's that much of a difference. I mean here are yesterdays search stats for the site I'm talking about:

Google: 18,701
Yahoo: 148
MSN: 344

There has to be more people using MSN & Yahoo than that...

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Those stats look about right to me. It's not so much that there are that many fewer people using MSN/Yahoo, as it is that MSN/Yahoo's search results are generally so far off from what Google presents. You may rank in the top 5 for a phrase in Google and not even crack the top 100 in MSN/Yahoo. Since I rank higher in G than in MSN/Yahoo, I like to think that Google's results are better, but it's a matter of POV.
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I am experiencing the same thing. I would tend to agree with the other posts but currently i get roughly 90% Google, 0% MSN and 3 % Yahoo, 5 % ASK + 2% others
yet the last 4 years my traffic was always like 50% Google 35 % Yahoo and 15 % MSN, so something has changed, and that may be negative ranking for sites using G Analytics and or ADSense. Sure, you will still see sites with these G products/services but not near as many as you would have before.
3:58 am on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It's nothing you are doing wrong. Always optimize for the current top player and right now Google is it. Compared to Google hardly anyone uses MSN or Yahoo for search.
10:43 am on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The original results seem high to me if they are only searches through G's own site but not if companies using Google like AOL are added in.
I see google.com/uk top at just under 70% with AOL second taking total Google just over 80%
1:59 am on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I mean here are yesterdays search stats for the site I'm talking about:

Google: 18,701
Yahoo: 148
MSN: 344

MSN and Yahoo (especially MSN) focuses on titles and urls. You can easily rank well on MSN for keywords if you structure your site as follows:

Title: Keyword1+Keyword2
URL: www.example.com/keyword1-keyword2/
or
URL: www.example.com/keyword1-keyword2.html