Ok this is probably a stupid question but here goes....
I know all about the google keyword tool etc. Maybe not ALL about it but I use it for keyword research. And I assume that the results are the for google search engine only.
So if I want to rank well on yahoo, bing etc how to I research all of those or are they linked?
Hope no one is laughing!
There are "few" free keyword tools out there, but some nice ones at a low cost. A Google search will provide you with the options. I simply use the Google Adsense Keyword tool myself as so far it is the easiest for me and has worked well.
@Dale - I use that too but just was not sure if it targeted yahoo, bing also or just google results? I have ignorantly not even looked to see if my hubs are showing up in other search engines. I can only presume they are not as I have not had visitors from them, only google. Therefore I was thinking I'm missing a key part to this.
No one uses Yahoo, Bing, etc. Focus on Google and the other ones will take care of themselves. 90% of internet users use Google as their primary search engine.
Really? I use Yahoo a lot. So much for your statement having any truth. People do use those search engines, just not as much as Google is used. And if you actually knew why, then you would be better informed.
Bad advice. Use all search engines. To do otherwise is completely foolish.
That's nice. That still leaves 10% of at least 3 billion people.
@cagsil - do you still just use the google keyword tool though or do you use a different tool to target yahoo?
I haven't used the Google Keyword Tool in a while. But, yes I originally used it to setup my hubs.
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Chase that ten percent. Maybe Cagsil and one of her friends will hit on you. The rest of the world will be using Google.
I have to agree with Michigan here: Focus on Google and you should be good to go.
Really, there are only two search engines that matter: Google and Bing. Yahoo, as far as SEO is concerned, is out. In the U.S., Yahoo has been powered by Bing's algorithm since August 2010, and by now I think that all of Yahoo everywhere is.
Looking at the numbers as of April, Bing (both Yahoo and Bing combined) holds 30% of the search traffic, while Google hold 64%. Sure, 30% is a large amount, but most of the SEO done for Google translates to Bing, and since Google is the dominant search engine, it just makes sense to focus on the company that's going to provide the best results.
If everything is perfect in the Google SEO world, then sure, try to get some more traffic through Bing, but if Google results aren't what you want them to be then keep researching to find out what works.
If I were to focus on All search engines, that means that I'd have to figure out what works for sites such as Ixquick.com... does anyone even know about that site?
The bottom line: Do what it takes to get the greatest return on investment.
Anyone who is going to argue that diversity is not beneficial, has no clue what they are saying. Period! End of story!
Let's illustrate, shall we?
30-day traffic for one of my articles (not HP, obviously: you can tell this is an old, established article by the visits from web fossils):
Earnings: ~$50 a month.
Sure, Bing and Yahoo don't bring as much traffic, but they bring traffic. I've got a few articles which draw most of their traffic from Ask and Bing.
Ever heard of the long tail? Going where there's less competition?
Unfortunately, very few people know how to optimize for Bing (it's something on my Things To Learn list), but those that do are going to reap benefits. Ignorance is never advantageous.
I say this as someone who loathes all things Microsquat. But still, considering that it's the default search for anyone with a new PC, with the Bing search bar plastered across their desktop, it's crazy to pretend those millions of searches are worthless as a traffic source.
What I would say to WorkAtHomeMums is that you can use the Google keyword tool to try and find keywords that you can then use to rank on Bing/Yahoo etc. At the end of the day, it's still people using those search engines too. They are likely to think similarly to the people who use Google so are probably searching for the same things, with the same keywords etc.
I really think if I was using a search engine, I would use the same queries regardless of whether it was Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the list goes on.
My stats on HP are very similar to the stats of Greekgeek, in that over 90% of my search engine traffic comes from Google and a tiny portion comes from Yahoo and Bing. I tend to concentrate on ranking in Google and I invariably end up ranked in Yahoo/Bing at the same time. I can't say that's the same for everyone else, but what I will say is try and figure out how to rank in Google first. Once you figure out the logic behind that, then you'll be able to apply similar principles to the other engines, if you decide too. Or you might find that you are ranking there too anyway, in which case no further action required.
Here's a few of my HP figures to hopefully make it clearer. I've had 150k+ views from Google.com, 3k+ from Yahoo search and 2k+ from Bing. Plus I have at least another 100k views if you added all the other Google traffic like from google.co.uk, .ca, .au and on and on in all the different countries. This is also common across different websites I have set up.
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