Tool Compares Google And Yahoo Algorithms

    March 12, 2004

One of the coolest tools I’ve seen recently for comparing Google and Yahoo results lives over at the blog site

Search Tools to Help Disassemble Results
Search Tools to Help Disassemble Results

This tool displays in two rows where exact match listings appear in result sets from Yahoo and Google. Lines connect the matches, and mouse overs reveal the exact url.

Use this to check on your competition, or to get a better feel for the difference in the algorithms.

For example, on a “cars” search, why does, #3 in Google, appear at #41 in Yahoo? The #5 spot in Yahoo, ranks at #41 in Google. What’s going on here?

On “alligator,” a less competitive search term, there are 40 exact matches, while for cars there are only 32.

What does this mean? Probably nothing, but for those who are looking to build their annecdotal theories of the difference between the algorithms, this tool will get you off to a great start.

Hop on the site and do some research, but beware that, “Yahoo! seems to limit the number of requests in a certain timeframe. If nothing cool shows up, just try again later.”

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Garrett French is the editor of iEntry’s eBusiness channel. You can talk to him directly at WebProWorld, the eBusiness Community Forum.