This is the first part in a serious of blog posts I'm going to be making regarding the relevancy of search results. I'll be comparing the results from the 3 major search engines (
- I will choose a keyword at random
- I'll do a search on each of the search engines using the exact same keyword
- Only the top 20 results (the first 2 pages) will be counted. This is because a majority of users don't go beyond page 2
- I will count each result returned that matches my search as a point. So a perfect score is 20, which should be nearly impossible.
- Results I will not count as relevant:
- Wikipedia or Yahoo Answers links
- Manufacturers' links (if applicable)
- Links that are not relevant to my search, even if they match the keyword (for example, if I'm searching for a cat, as in a feline, then I wouldn't count results for a Caterpillar bulldozer)
- Any result that doesn't match what I had in mind for the keyword
- Google - 7 relevant results
- Yahoo - 15 relevant results
- MSN - 6 relevant results
We'll see in Part 2 (coming up next week) how the search engines fare when I use a more tricky keyword.