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Search Engine Experience

Posted by editor On December - 19 - 2009

These days people won’t think much about what search engine to use where everyone keep on saying “just google it” which seems like Google is the only thing available to use.

I’ve been using AOL when the first internet industry break through then I started using Yahoo, Alta Vista until Google is out.
I was so happy when I got to use google since it’s so simple, easy to use and the search result is great.

However nowadays you don’t have to get caught up in just one search engine – especially if some information is filtered out (Google banned some websites so search result sometimes won’t be acurate whereas Yahoo and Bing don’t really do that) – I start exploring Bing and its visual search is amazing (especially for visual oriented person like myself – it makes it easy when it comes to shopping search)

Just a comparison of some of the pages that get banned from google (such as textlinkads, ask2link and other SEO related stuff)

Google search result for Text Link Ads:
text-link-ads-google-search

Google search result for ask2link:ask2link-google-search

Bing and Yahoo result for ask2link and Text Link Ads:
Yahoo search result for Text Link Ads:
text-link-ads-yahoo-search

Bing search result for ask2link:
ask2link-bing-search

Try to pay attention to the screen shot above – Google just eliminates all relevant information by eleminating all search from that particular domain (since it banned the domain) however if you look at Yahoo and Bing they didn’t do that – they display the domain as the 1st result making it more user-friendly approach when you’re really seeking for something.

Other than this Bing and Yahoo also has its own pluses.
Yahoo is extremely fast in screening and giving the user other options while the user type (Look at the dark blue box above) and Bing it’s has a phenomenal user friendly interface especially for its visual search (beta).
Here’s a screen capture of the visual search from Bing versus image search from google:

Google image search result for Kristen Stewart:
kristen-stewart-google-image-search

and you have to navigate using:
kristen-stewart-google-image-search-navigate

Bing image search result for Kristen Stewart:
kristen-stewart-bing-image-search

and you navigate using this “infinite” scroll bar (I called it infinite because for someone or something that is popular this can get into along one-page type result)

However this makes search easier and less distraction by having to always press each page’s number or “next” button, it’s a hassle – really.
Another cool thing is Bing let you display sizes such as medium pic sizes, large pic sizes or even small pic sizes, making visual search faster especially when it comes to shopping (see below):

bing-visual-search-interface

Shop for a handbag is as easy as the actual walk in the mall, your eyes scan for things you’re interested not actually staring or looking at it longer than couple seconds (unless you’re into it) so this is a REALLY nice interface to have. This is achieved by getting rid of the pagination links/next buttons and just let the user scroll through all available images. This type of interface bring users closer to the actual shopping experience.
I’m loving BING’s visual search (all you need to do is a fast install of silverlight and you’re good to go)

There are many other cool features BING got to offer (the search engine sometimes act like your Browser – it can clean your search history and has setting/preferences) which for some user I think it’s a big deal, so it’s a plus after all!

Now you can’t really trust that famous search engine for all things, can you?
So why not experiment with different ones? It really pays off when you’re happy with the result!

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  4. Ashley says:

    thanks for sharing, this is very useful! i hope you will post more.

  5. Lim says:

    Was doing a report on search engine experience 🙂 pretty useful information! thank you

  6. Jim Ford says:

    Just want to thank you for this article. I just back from Bali, I will surely back there and back to your blog. thx.

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