hiybbprqag - Has BING been copying Google's search results?
Tuesday, 01 February 2011
Has BING been copying Google in order to improve their search engine results?
According to Danny Sullivan the Google Engineers think so and set up a honeypot to test their theory.
hiybbprqag one of the honeypot phrases still live:
Other keyphrases to check include:
Increasingly I have noticed results from both engines looking really similar. But there are a couple of things that don't quite seem right about this experiment though.
- Only some of the honeypot results showed up, so the mechanism by which BING was discovering the pages may not have been as obvious as the Google engineers thought.
- The keyphrases in the examples are very specific without other matches, so if for any reason BING discovered any links to those pages using the same link text it's quite likely it would rank the exact same result as Google anyway.
- A quick check of the cache shows the Google engineers used link text to promote the pages for the target phrases, so a reasonable question is - Did the Google engineers actually hide all the links from BINGBOT as effectively as they thought?
This is Google's cache of http://www.rim.com/. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 30 Jan 2011 03:00:00 GMT. The current page could have changed in the meantime. Learn more
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This is Google's cache of http://www.foodnetwork.com/sandra-lee/recipes/index.html. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 1 Feb 2011 12:13:45 GMT. The current page could have changed in the meantime. Learn more
These terms only appear in links pointing to this page: indoswiftjobinproduction