Google vs. Bing: Bing Hates Blogs

On January 12, 2010
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This morning, Chris Brogan wrote on his blog that he's planning to use Bing as his only search engine for 30 days. Day 1 of his little experiment didn't go so well—he found that a search for "Chris Brogan" returned, above his own blog, results for Chris Brown. His response? "Um, no."

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Google PageRank Update: December 30, 2009

On December 30, 2009
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So despite claims of ditching the little green pixel bar, Google has once again updated their Tool Bar PageRank (TBPR) about an hour ago, at 8 p.m. on December 30, 2009. I noticed the change immediately when I was doing a little WordStream brand searching and saw in the SERPs that we'd jumped from a PR5 to a robust PR6. The change literally took place before my eyes. One minute we were PR5, then next search: BOOM! PR6. Totally geeky, I know, but my heart skipped a beat.

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Personalized Search: Kind of a Big Deal

On December 11, 2009
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It was another big week at the Googleplex. (This opener is starting to feel like the Friday roundup equivalent of "Once upon a time.") The "search giant" made about a jillion announcements—I think Google has decided to mimic Bing's ever-changing homepage image by adding a new feature every day. (Ooh, fade-in buttons! But why!)

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Google's Real Time Brandjacking

On December 10, 2009
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Okay, so I've been running my share of real time SERP testing recently to get an idea how this may or may not impact SEO. As expected, others in search have been doing much the same with some very funny (yet scary) results. But nothing concerned me more than what I found last night.

I was doing a branded query for WordStream to see what if anything was being integrated into our real time search results and here's what I find:

 Google real time search debacle

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Google PageRank Update: October 29, 2009

On October 30, 2009
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Google updated their Tool Bar PageRank (TBPR) last night, October 29, 2009. I noticed the change around 9 p.m. last night, when I visited CNN.com and saw an all-green PR 10 tool bar, which caught my attention immediately. Previously, I believe they were PR 8.

With the lastest update, the WordStream home page (now PR 5) and many of our top level pages have risen in rank. So too have our blog posts, with many previous unresolved pages resolving and now achieving TBPR.

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Google PageRank Update: July, 29, 2009

On July 29, 2009
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We're seeing a Google Toolbar PageRank update that happened about 20 minutes ago (July 29, 2009). Many of our top level pages have jumped in rank as a result of this latest update.

Also, our take is Google has started to update Toolbar PR more and more frequently. By my count, this is the fourth update in 2009. Note that in all of 2008, there were a total of five PR updates. So if this latest TBPR update is confirmed, Google is clearly updating more frequently and we should reach seven or eight updates by year's end.

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