Now that MSN has dropped Yahoo in favor of it’s own search engine and AOL has made major changes to it’s search engine, there’s no doubt competition for search is heating up again. While Google still sends the vast majority of referring search engine traffic to most sites, make note of these recent search engine changes as there are an increasing number of opportunities to diversify your search marketing portfolio.
To get an idea of where search results data comes from with each search engine, take a look at these search engine relationship charts:
Google is still the top search engine, but recent reports show Yahoo and MSN gaining. Ask Jeeves is definitely in a much better position now than it was a year ago and AOL is making it’s move.
Pay attention to your web site referrer logs for search engines and watch for fluctuations in traffic. You may need to make adjustments in your site optimization or even resubmit in some cases. While basic optimization works well for all major search engines, more competitive terms may require some re-working. It may be we are back to the time of optimizing for specific search engines in some cases, but not just yet.
On-page optimization has its place but the effect of link popularity could be even more important. Depending on how web site owners implement (or not) the new search engine, blog, RSS, Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask Jeeves