Bing search volume drops 4%

Bing has gone from being a nonstarter to a serious threat to Google within the span of a few years, but Microsoft’s search engine saw a bit of a setback in July as it reportedly saw search volume drop by 4%.

Hitwise says that July’s estimated 4% drop in searches came on the heels of a 5% gain in May, which is around the time Microsoft launched Bing’s ‘Sidebar’ feature, alongside a major social-focused update to the search engine. Even though Hitwise speculates that the update could be behind Bing’s loss, we’re not so sure, since it really wasn’t that significant of a change, in terms of Bing’s basic function.

Since numbers like this tend to vary and fluctuate fairly regularly, and since Hitwise is relying on estimates, only Microsoft can really tell if Bing usage has declined. And since Google also saw its search volumes drop by 1% at the same time, we might go so far as to suggest that people were just searching a little less in July.

Regardless, the future does look promising for Bing, thanks to Bing’s heavy integration with Windows 8 and Windows Phone. As Microsoft’s product line becomes even more tightly knit, Bing may well see a big boost.

Source: PRWeb via: Yahoo News

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Hitwise is just one source. AND THAT source can be compete lies and also I found myself this month spending 30 minutes on bing with IE10 metro. first time I ever searched something on bing.

I use Bing as my search engine. But I am offended by the inclusion of a Bing Bar ANYWHERE that I do not voluntarily click a check box instead of having it clicked by default.

I also have opted IN to the Facebook search feature, but have not ONCE seen it as a benefit to me. I think the sidebar that comes up to introduce the feature if your not signed in to it, is WAY to intrusive and extends out WAY to far in to the page. I think some people are faced with that and are immediately repulsed by it. Maybe telemetry data shows otherwise, but I don't think so.

Important for MS NOT to stray into Google like tactics of shoving toolbars and features down people throats.

JF

Switched from Google to Bing 100% 2 years ago and haven't looked back. Less junk and better results for me. Don't care for the side bar but closed it and that's not an issue anymore.

And to the Microsoft hater a couple of posts above me. I've never once had Bing (hijack) my browser. Installing Live Essentials actually has a option to check\uncheck for Bing. Same as every bs software out there that has Google toolbar embedded and many times installs without warning.

My Google searches have become almost unusable for the first two pages, I often find myself jumping to page 2 or 3 right off the bat to avoid all the garbage. My next choice is always BING and for my uses, I find it's been very useful, the results seem to feel either precisely accurate or incredibly far off base.

How about an alternative to both? crickets.

Hahaiah said,
My Google searches have become almost unusable for the first two pages, I often find myself jumping to page 2 or 3 right off the bat to avoid all the garbage. My next choice is always BING and for my uses, I find it's been very useful, the results seem to feel either precisely accurate or incredibly far off base.

So, why aren't you just using Bing by default now? Just curious, if it's working out better for you.

Hahaiah said,
How about an alternative to both? crickets.

I hear good things about DuckDuckGo: http://duckduckgo.com/

A lot of reasons, none of them good ones really, I should clarify that it's when I'm doing research that I have the most issues with Google and Bing does better by me. For more general stuff, Google is still useful, but the clutter is increasing and getting to the point where I'm ready to retire my beloved Google toolbar in Firefox and just start retraining myself to use what's best for the task at hand.

THolman said,

So, why aren't you just using Bing by default now? Just curious, if it's working out better for you.


I hear good things about DuckDuckGo: http://duckduckgo.com/

+1 on that DuckDuckGo!! Between that one and Bing, I NEVER use Google. Of course I NEVER did before anyway! Wouldn't touch that Google junk, or ANY of it's products with a 10 foot pole!

If the search volume has dropped it's only because casual users have figured out how to change their default search engine, as lots of Microsoft applications hijack it without telling you. I've had to help numerous people who said their "internet was broken", as installing Windows Live Essentials had switched them over to Bing.

kaizad1993 said,
Given the popularity of Windows as a platform, Bing WILL rise with Windows 8.

What would happen if Windows 8 did do well?

kaizad1993 said,
Given the popularity of Windows as a platform, Bing WILL rise with Windows 8.

yeah shoving it to people forcefully...

still1 said,

yeah shoving it to people forcefully...

No, it's just that people who haven't been exposed to it much will end up using it and probably liking it.

still1 said,

yeah shoving it to people forcefully...

Yeah because google doesn't do that. Default search engine for Firefox, chrome, opera, safari, android and iOS is what? Oh its google.

Google pays FF and apple to be the default. And its the default on chrome and android since google makes it. So why can't MS make Bing the default on their own OS and browser?

So when click images, Bing searches for UK Landscapes without me typing anything. No thanks. Stick with Google for now.

djpailo said,
So when click images, Bing searches for UK Landscapes without me typing anything. No thanks. Stick with Google for now.

You're doing something wrong!

Microsoft needs to go back to a simple layout and stop adding everything under the sun to the layout of the bing search. People general don't care about that stuff when searching for something. Focus more on search results and less on adding useless features.

ACTIONpack said,
Microsoft needs to go back to a simple layout and stop adding everything under the sun to the layout of the bing search. People general don't care about that stuff when searching for something. Focus more on search results and less on adding useless features.

If you're referring to the social sidebar, just close it.

siah1214 said,

If you're referring to the social sidebar, just close it.

Yep, if anything it's gotten simpler and less 'busy' since the Metro (oh, wait, it's not called that any more, is it?) update. It's really easy to navigate, at least to me, and I think it's a lot more attractive than Google. Microsoft is really doing great in the UI department these days, even if I'm not a big fan of 'Metro' on the desktop.

Bing app comes by default with Windows 8, I see good things for Microsoft/Bing in the future. Google's numbers tend to be padded by idiots that access facebook by google'ing "facebook" and then clicking the first result, every damn time.
IF people use Bing it was by deliberate choice, Google is everyone's default. It's an uphill battle but MSFT can fight it.

siah1214 said,
Bing app comes by default with Windows 8, I see good things for Microsoft/Bing in the future. Google's numbers tend to be padded by idiots that access facebook by google'ing "facebook" and then clicking the first result, every damn time.
IF people use Bing it was by deliberate choice, Google is everyone's default. It's an uphill battle but MSFT can fight it.

You talk as if Bing was the better choice. It might be good in the US but in the rest of the world Bing search results are crap.

sanctified said,

You talk as if Bing was the better choice. It might be good in the US but in the rest of the world Bing search results are crap.

They're not even that great in the US. I almost never find what I want on Bing vs normally finding what I want on Google within the first 10 results.

SharpGreen said,

They're not even that great in the US. I almost never find what I want on Bing vs normally finding what I want on Google within the first 10 results.

You're full of ****.

SharpGreen said,

They're not even that great in the US. I almost never find what I want on Bing vs normally finding what I want on Google within the first 10 results.

Haven't used Google on a regular basis in 2 years. Bing is working fine for me, if anything I get better results, and I almost never feel like they're actually worse.

SharpGreen said,

They're not even that great in the US. I almost never find what I want on Bing vs normally finding what I want on Google within the first 10 results.


I call bs on that one. I went from a heavy google user to a heavy bing user and now I use both on a regular basis. I fail to see any considerable difference between the results.

Perhaps you'd like to point out a few instances in which your results fail in bing?

aviator189 said,

Perhaps you'd like to point out a few instances in which your results fail in bing?

Give him few hours while he googles for some obscure example somebody posted on a blog.

sanctified said,

You talk as if Bing was the better choice. It might be good in the US but in the rest of the world Bing search results are crap.


its crap even in the US..

@siah1214: and btw, bing come default in IE... mostly the hits are by search done accidently by users.. I have done it many times and i removed it later.

sanctified said,

You talk as if Bing was the better choice. It might be good in the US but in the rest of the world Bing search results are crap.

Bing is just as good as google here, sucks to be you aye?

bj55555 said,

You're full of ****.

I don't get all the hate. Anytime someone says bing is not doing anything for them... you find a few users that jump up and down calling you names.

I'll give you just one instance where Bing fails. If you search for drivers you'll get crap most of the time. Just look for "thinkpad x40 drivers". Or anything else related to drivers. I know google pads the results from trusted sources, in Bing they get buried in junk.

siah1214 said,
Bing app comes by default with Windows 8, I see good things for Microsoft/Bing in the future. Google's numbers tend to be padded by idiots that access facebook by google'ing "facebook" and then clicking the first result, every damn time.
IF people use Bing it was by deliberate choice, Google is everyone's default. It's an uphill battle but MSFT can fight it.

Bing is IE's default and ships with a majority of PCs, it's pretty likely that most of Bing's market share comes from people just typing into I.E's address bar.

I don't know much about these numbers for search engines, but last time I've checked, Bing had about 1.5% of the market. With this decrease does it mean it now has -2.5% of the market? LOL
BTW Bing really sucks for international users, never found anything I was looking for with it, only ads and spyware sites.

still1 said,

its crap even in the US..

@siah1214: and btw, bing come default in IE... mostly the hits are by search done accidently by users.. I have done it many times and i removed it later.


You full of it and no bing don't come default in IE. When you first open up IE it ask you what search enjine you want to use and if you want it as default.

Atreus said,

I don't get all the hate. Anytime someone says bing is not doing anything for them... you find a few users that jump up and down calling you names.

I'll give you just one instance where Bing fails. If you search for drivers you'll get crap most of the time. Just look for "thinkpad x40 drivers". Or anything else related to drivers. I know google pads the results from trusted sources, in Bing they get buried in junk.


Just ran the search you said bing fails at and You're Wrong buddy! Bing found the drivers with no problem. Google found more results but half of them are the same page over and over. Oh and I ran bing first so I don't get "well bing used google results ****."

Just ran a search for drivers for a Toshiba laptop, this is what I get:
[QUOTE]Official Toshiba Site
ToshibaDirect.com

Buy Direct & Save on Industry- Leading Laptops with Windows 7 Pro.
Download Toshiba Drivers
ToshibaDrivers.DriverPlex.com

Free Toshiba Driver Downloads. Update Your Toshiba Drivers Now"[/QUOTE]
All of them Spyware crap.

Google's first site is the correct one.

stm24 said,

You full of it and no bing don't come default in IE. When you first open up IE it ask you what search enjine you want to use and if you want it as default.

where do you live? in caves? Bing is default. with IE10 in windows 8 it dont even ask.
you are full of MS ****.

SharpGreen said,

They're not even that great in the US. I almost never find what I want on Bing vs normally finding what I want on Google within the first 10 results.


SharpGreen said,

They're not even that great in the US. I almost never find what I want on Bing vs normally finding what I want on Google within the first 10 results.

because you normally search only for porn

Atreus said,

I don't get all the hate. Anytime someone says bing is not doing anything for them... you find a few users that jump up and down calling you names.

I'll give you just one instance where Bing fails. If you search for drivers you'll get crap most of the time. Just look for "thinkpad x40 drivers". Or anything else related to drivers. I know google pads the results from trusted sources, in Bing they get buried in junk.

First search result for thinkpad x40 drivers: support.lenovo.com and the direct driver download page.

Bing is not that much different from Google in my case. A lot of the time I would get tons of piracy links in Google which are nonexistent or have already been removed from the results in Bing - this happens a lot when I'm searching to buy music that is kind of difficult to find (for example, the underground metal scene)...

Atreus said,

I don't get all the hate. Anytime someone says bing is not doing anything for them... you find a few users that jump up and down calling you names.

I didn't call him any names. I said he's full of ****. That's a criticism of what he did (making up bull****), not of what he is.

Atreus said,

I'll give you just one instance where Bing fails. If you search for drivers you'll get crap most of the time. Just look for "thinkpad x40 drivers". Or anything else related to drivers. I know google pads the results from trusted sources, in Bing they get buried in junk.

The first link yielded by a Bing search is identical to that of Google--the official Lenovo product support page. Sorry. You lose.

thealexweb said,

Bing is IE's default and ships with a majority of PCs, it's pretty likely that most of Bing's market share comes from people just typing into I.E's address bar.

I actually use firefox bing version released by microsoft. Just because I dont want google to track my every other internet habits. http://www.firefoxwithbing.com/
However I must admit the difference.... when I am on google i dont need any other search engine however when I am solely using bing sometime I need to go back to google because I dont find the required results. Example: Bollywood, movies/music/album arts. One of the prime reason is also becuase bing dont refer wikipedia results in its output while google does.