Just for fun, I thought it would be interesting to compare how Google, Yahoo! and other top search engines rank in search results. I entered the term “search engine” into Google, Yahoo!, MSN and Ask.com to see how each site faired in their respective search results; and the results are surprising.
Google’s Pick: AltaVista
You think Google would rank themselves as the number one search engine, but Google’s number one rank for the term “search engine” was AltaVista.
Google also ranks dogpile.com, Yahoo!, and MSN on the first page of results, but I didn’t find any mention of Google.com, only Google.co.uk on the second page.
Yahoo! Picks Yahoo!
As you would expect, Yahoo! lists search.yahoo.com as the number one result for the term “search engine” – although they do recommend searching for “google search engine”!
Yahoo! features Google in the second spot with AltaVista also getting a mention on the first page. Ask.com gets the number eleven spot, with MSN lagging behind at number twenty six.
MSN Chooses Google
MSN has Google claiming the number one rank, followed by Ask.com second.
MSN also lists AltaVista and Yahoo! in the third and fourth spots respectively, but doesn’t list their own search engine, search.live.com anywhere in the first 3 pages of results.
Ask lists their own search engine, Ask.com as the number one result.
Interestingly, they do not list Google or MSN at all within the first 3 pages of results, with Yahoo! only getting a mention as the thirty sixth search result.
Based on the recent search stats, one would expect the results to be listed Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask.com in that order. While none of the major search engines seem to have reflected this, I guess they don’t really want to be sending traffic to their competitors.
If I had to pick a winner for which search engine returned the most relevant results in this test, I would have to choose MSN. The Live.com search engine returned three of the top four search engines in the first four search results – which is more than any of their competitors.