> After observing the posts in this newsgroup for a few months now I have
> realised that most SEO efforts are targeted towards google. Obviously,
> they have around 39% of the search market followed by Yahoo! who have
> around 35% and I think MSN has around 15%.
That might be the statistics in the US. Google dominate with a much larger
> With everyone tailoring their sites for the google spiders, do many SEO's
> worry about getting good SERPs in Yahoo!, MSN etc? Or are the algo's for
> each search engine similar?
Google is often mentioned as if it is the gold standard. If you do well in
Google, any variations of the other algorithm will somehow assimilate.
However, let us wait for the days when MSN search moderates results, e.g.
panelise sites that contain the word 'linux' many times.
> I would of thought that with Windows Vista coming out soon with a search
> field in the toolbar in IE, that ranking high in MSN would be a priority.
Very right. I commented on this strategy before -- a strategy which I
consider to be exploitation of a monopoly. Last month I had more hits from
MSNBot than I had from Googlebot, so they have put a lot of money into
power and bandwidth.
Don't forget that IE7 will only be compatible with Windows XP or later
(recently announced). Most businesses still use Windows 2000 and this will
motivate them to upgrade to Firefox. Of course, being narrow-minded as some
of them might be, they will only realise that better browsers then IE6 are
out there once they see their mates using IE7.
CSS will finally be capable of being used at full capacity (without having
~80 of users see a corrupted page layout).
Roy S. Schestowitz