Yahoo! Alta Vista & AllTheWeb Showing Different Results

Nov 29, 2006 • 7:07 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Yahoo Search Engine Optimization

I am pretty sure this is not new, but just in case it is... Via WebmasterWorld, Yahoo!'s Alta Vista and AllTheWeb are now showing different results when compared to Yahoo! Search.

WebmasterWorld Member, beren, said:

For the past year or two, and have produced the same results as for a given search. Today, they don't. and still show the same results as each other, but they are different from I tried several searches on terms I don't usually monitor. In each case, the results were different.

Could it be that Yahoo is using and as a test search site?

Could be...

Some history for you...

Very early 2004, Yahoo! was shopping for search engines to buy, so they no longer have to be dependent on Google's search engine. They were expected to use Inktomi which an engine they bought earlier, but then they bought AllTheWeb and Alta Vista. They made changed to both engines and released their own flavor of Yahoo! Search.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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