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Monday, July 28, 2008

Official Google Blog: We knew the web was big...

I noticed today that a new search engine was born. I tried it and didn't like it. It seems that everyone wants to try to be in the search business. Well, really they want to be in the advertisement business but that's another story.

I recently read an article where Steve Ballmer was mentioned:

"Earlier in the day Ballmer referred to the situation as a circular conundrum because advertisers don’t want to sell on Live Search unless there’s more people using the site, and people don’t want to search on the site unless there are more relevant ads."

Well, call me stupid but I don't get that reference. People don't visit search engines to see relevant ads, they visit it to see relevant search results which happen to have ads snuck into the result set.

Anyways Microsoft is pointlessly spending big money in this area IMO. Take a look at my StatCounter logs and you'll see that literally 92.27% of my search engine related pageloads come from Google. 6.87% come from Yahoo! and a mere .86% come from Windows Live.

I guess those were the idiots that didn't change the search provider once they upgraded to IE 7.

Anyways, here's a nice read from Google today:

Official Google Blog: We knew the web was big...: "up of one trillion intersections. So multiple times every day, we do the computational"


  1. The lion's share of traffic to ack/nak comes from Google as well - but I'm working hard to drive more and more links from referring sites. . . which I do by creating interesting content that people want to link to. Go figure.

    Oh, and thanks for the link!


  2. The %'s I gave above only broke down my search engine traffic.

    Google tells me that 57% of my traffic comes from search engines, 28% came from referrals and 15% comes from direct traffic.

    I know when I visit your site it's 50/50 if I type in your URL or if I just ask Google to find it for me so I don't read into the numbers too much.

  3. If you are a Windows developer and you have a problem are you going to search MSDN for solutions? Probably not. Heck, it is easier to search for Windows API documentation on Google than on MSDN. In fact, I don't know what would Windows developers do nowadays without Google! Balmer should send one big 'thank you for supporting our developers' gift note to Google.