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

Dec 29, 2011 • 8:39 am | comments (5) by | 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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