Did you hear the news? It's everywhere.
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/ … 826397.htm
Yahoo and Microsoft agreed to a 10 year deal where Yahoo backs away from focusing on its search engine so that Bing can move foward.
All I can say is WOW...
What impact will this have on SEO? Internet marketing? Hubpages?
Just shows they all sleep together in the end.
Crazy world crazy greedy world
Do you think it's a good idea for them to join forces? I mean, who's going to take down the big "G", right?
The story I read said that Yahoo's index will go away and be replaced by Bing. I'm still very new, but I get a little bit of traffic from Yahoo while I don't think I am even in the index at all at Bing. So from that perspective...
No I think Google will be had off. The majority of searches on google are from webmasters trying to beat google. Bing is becoming more and more popular every day. webmaster will start to look at bing and how to get top spots. this is tern will make bing more popular than google. IMO
I've had very limited traffic from bing, but solid traffic from yahoo. Boy this really changes things...
Either way, I'm in $1k in stocks for both YHOO and MSFT. We'll see who exits victoriously!
I have had traffic from bing..real minor n Y! has paid more tho There was a article about Bing vs G and spammy stuff vs quality which makes me worry too.
About 11% of my traffic comes from Bing (15% from Yahoo), but the Bing traffic is focused on a few hubs, whereas Yahoo's traffic is more widely distributed.
My understanding from the Businessweek article was that the Yahoo search engine would remain, it's just that they will be serving up Microsoft ads (or have I misinterpreted it?). That means that the people it impacts most are those publishers using Yahoo advertising - I assume they'll have to go elsewhere.
Sorry to post just one article from business weekly. There are a ton of articles and blogs being tossed out right now about the topic. (Might be a good hub topic for those who like to capitalize on the tidal wave of 'popularity-driven' traffic.)
Ironically, although not surprisingly, the topic of the merge is on google's top trends today:
http://google.com/trends/hottrends?q=mi … 9&sa=X
Check it out if you wanted to read different articles. Or you could visit the website that was set up to discuss the merge:
http://www.choicevalueinnovation.com/th … fault.aspx
They've also discussed advertising. I think that's a biggy. Competition for Adsense could be a good thing.
Peter Brown - I'd done a hub about Bing when it was first launched. I was wondering why there was a surge of traffic to it in the last couple of days. Now I know!
haha oh yes. (And please, feel free to call me Pete)
I've done a fair share of hubs based on google trends and they do get a nice surge initially and then when the topic comes up again. They just don't last long after that, in my opinion.
@MarnieW- Personally, I'm surprised no one is talking about the advertising split that went down with the deal. If Microsoft is getting all the data on people's search patterns/trends/etc, how will Yahoo be able to put up relevant advertisements? That's what has me puzzled...
Although all this is fresh, to me the whole thing seems like a killer deal for Microsoft and a crappy deal for Yahoo.
I don't think Yahoo will be serving up ads at all, they'll be Microsoft ads and Yahoo will just be the publisher. A bit like the way Ask publishes Google Ads.
Really? So then how does that work? I'm at a loss.
The advertising clearly uses separate code from the search results, (though both running off keywords). So Yahoo's search engine will be unchanged, it's just the advertising they run alongside it will be Microsoft's. In a similar way, ASK's search engine operates differently to Google's, but the advertising displayed is served up by Google in much the way Google serves up advertising to hubpages (ASK are Google's biggest partner publisher).
Here is a link to an AP news story:
These are just reporters words, nothing official, but it says:
"Taking over the search responsibilities on Yahoo's highly trafficked site gives Microsoft a better chance to convert Web surfers who had been using Google by force of habit."
Right now it looks like both stocks are just flirting around their starting numbers, although Yahoo took a bigger hit to their stock prices than did Microsoft.
I still think it's a solid investment. Once the dust settles, their stock prices should go up.
I'm really curious to see how this impacts internet traffic, including hub traffic of course.
Well, Yahoo did a great blunder taking up this deal.
Chk the article
http://hubpages.com/hub/Yahoo-Binged-wi … gle-Google
Its funny and informative.
I don't know...when it comes to my business, my personal blogs and my hubpages, Google is the one that I care about. When MicroBing starts to infringe on those numbers, I'll start to care about it then too. Guess I'm just fickle.
Okay, okay, just one more thought. Do you realize just how much $$$ they spent coming up with "Bing"? Gazillions! I've been in brand marketing for some time, and those naming gigs are quite lucrative. They were looking for a name that was one, maybe two syllables max to make it easier for folks to change "Did you Google it?" to "Did you Bing it?"
OK I will be the first to admit, I am not a total tech-no wiz. So in this regard I am a laymen, and in La-mens terms all I see is Microsoft,regaining it's monopoly on the web. Live and My Live spaces didn't quite work out how they wanted it to ( IMO ), but control the search engines, and you by default control the web and who gets the big bucks. As so many use search engines to learn and or find out about a particular topic. So now Goggle is the only on line computation for Microsoft. Divide and Conquer. the Old tricks are the best tricks.
So for example you want to get some information. All you have to do is make your serch engine have in the top listings defualt that info found on live spaces. then by defualt that becomes the top of the list. Yes I relise serch engines do not work in this manner excatly, but a bit of 'simple' codeing so as not to make it obvouis and ha presto My Live spaces ( for example) becomes one of the top rated online tools.
Almost half my traffic has come from Yahoo search. I have a high ranking on several topics. In Bing, I am not ranked as high, but still on 1st or 2nd page. Guess my traffic will be hurt by this.
I have never really liked Bing anyways. I prefer Yahoo.
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