Google/Bing: No, You Want Search Results For That Instead

Dec 29, 2011 • 8:39 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search

know it allFor the past year or so, searchers at Google have expressed their displeasure with Google changing their search query because they think the searcher really wants to search something else.

But now those complaints are reaching over to Microsoft's search engine, Bing.

We've all seen it. You search for something and Google and now Bing, show you search results for something that doesn't match your exact query. Sometimes Google will be bold enough to say, you searched for X but we are showing you results for Y. Sometimes Google won't show it at all. Same with Bing.

A WebmasterWorld thread has a complaint from a Bing searcher who said "Now they're doing it too," referring to Bing doing what Google has been doing. Adding:

And I'm ### if I can find a way to say "Look, when I said nnn I meant nnn, not mmm or nmn or nnnn".

It can be frustrating to not find what you are looking for. Bing's Duanne Forrester said in response to the specific query example:

Ummm. if it's the number one result on G, the Facebook page for the, and I'm assuming here, "artist" that I'm could be because of the inappropriate language the FB page is showing in its description.

Couple that with low query volume, and most typos still leading people to something they wanted (maybe they typoed but actually wanted Jimmy?) and you could have an answer on this particular phrase.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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MandLoys Marketing

12/29/2011 01:58 pm

It was all good when they only suggested what you might be looking for (correcting typos etc.) but as soon as they started to actually display what they thought is best for you it got really annoying... Now I have to click 2-3 times until I get to the result page I want (and don't get me started on that stupid Instant search "feature"...) :-/


12/29/2011 08:28 pm

It gets the most annoying on google when, for example, I search for 'marc', Google automatically changes me to 'mark' I click the link to go to 'marc' search results instead (Even though tha'ts what I originally typed) and Google still returns results for 'mark'.

SEO Reseller Services

12/30/2011 05:49 am

Yes Google change there searching algorithm,Google now show the some more result on what we search,Google search  not only exact words but also  that result which is not exactly match with that word.

Nick Stamoulis

12/30/2011 02:46 pm

Overall personalized and custom search results are helpful, but they also limit the results.  Google and Bing are smart, but sometimes they can be "too" smart, and in that case don't provide the users with what they actually want.  

Princess Cruz

01/03/2012 09:55 am

Google is doing its best on what they believe is best for online users. Unfortunately, not all of these changes are great for users and only turned out to be a great embarrassment. I adore how they have been thriving  to improve their technology to help us but I hate  it when  they are only thinking of launching new projects or rules which people do not actually "benefit" from these.

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