I rank in Google but what about Bing and Yahoo?

Real Estate Broker Owner with Catarra Real Estate, Inc CA BRE #01191946

I ran an interesting test to see how well my articles showed up in Bing and Yahoo compared to Google.  Everyone is so busy thinking about how they rank in Google, the often forget to look at the other search engines.  Bing, from Microsoft, is certainly worth checking.  Call me a die-hard but I still like Yahoo. My test involved an article about the 33rd Annual Los Altos Art & Wine Festival - the largest such event in the Bay Area.

Google Ranking

When I search for either the original Activerain article, I rank on Page 2 in 4th position.  This is not exactly going to be the place to drive lots of traffic.  I rank behind the hosting organization by a long shot and behind a fellow blogger in the area.  Why is that?  My guess at this point is backlinks - I've only got a couple.  Plus, not enough embedding in my own domain. 

Bing Ranking

On Bing I'm on Page 1 in 2nd postion.  Excellent!  I'm above all news articles, the local paper, Patch, and even KTVU (TV!).  This is proof that whatever works to optimize on one search engine doesn't necessarily mean much on the next search engine.

Yahoo Ranking

On Yahoo, I'm on Page 1 in 2nd position just like on Bing.  That's no surprise because...Yahoo is powered by Bing so it's a 2 for 1 deal.

Do I care about other search engines?  Yes and no.  Let's face it, Google is the "go to" engine for most people.  I even tried "Ask.com" which is often installed as a task bar search in people's browers.  On that, I was on page 2 position 7 - terrible!

My conclusion:  While Google is important, I think Bing (and Yahoo) are as well.  I'll make a habit of checking all of them from time to time to see how well I rank everywhere.  It's important to get a "big picture" view of where people can find you. 


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Mike Warren
Real Estate

Yeah, good points Bryan. I think we should also pay some attention in different search engines. Thanks for sharing.

July 17, 2012 08:10 PM
David Grbich
Realtor Orange County Real Estate
Ventana Coastal Properties - www.FindCARealEstate.com

Thanks for sharing Bryan - I still use Yahoo for my personal searches but my seo activity focuses on Google. Regards Dave

July 22, 2012 07:41 AM
Elite Home Sales Team
Tenacious and skilled real estate team
Keller Williams Realty

I understand the need to get know in cyberspace on the internet. Congratulation.

July 22, 2012 07:45 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Napa Valley's Broker Extraordinaire in Yountville
Coldwell Banker Brokers ofthe Valley, Yountville Napa Valley


It is important to consider all the major search engines for even though G has the majority share, I believe it is only a little above 50% and that leaves almost half of the people searches out of the loop if one does not rank high on all. Just wanted to let you know I found this from a repost by David above. cheers cvc

July 23, 2012 08:00 AM
Lucie Batalha Pelletier
La Capitale Rive-Nord
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 From time to time that I rank differently on all those search sites.Thanks for sharing Bryan

August 10, 2012 06:44 PM

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