Ever since Bing went online on June 3, 2009, I was an avid Bing user. Even before Bing I started using Windows Live Search, as I wanted to compare it to Google.
Honestly, it wasn’t very good, but then I heard a new search engine was going to take over, so I stuck with it.
Bing was great, and I no longer missed Google. I almost always found what I was looking for, and if I didn’t, it suggested something else to look for which got me to my desired destination.
But there is still one thing that has yet to be done, something very important, and something that will bite them in the [you know where] if they don’t change it soon.
The Internet isn’t getting any smaller
The Internet is growing at a very fast pace, and with millions of pages being added to websites per day, search engines have a tough time keeping up.
Every web page that isn’t indexed is one more page that could contain the information you are looking for, the right and correct information you need.
That is the problem with Bing — it’s slow, very slow.
Today in Windows was launched December 9 which was a little over a week ago. On that day I submitted a sitemap to both Google and Bing so the new website, of course, could be found in search engines.
It took awhile for Google to finally get to indexing my website, but once it did, it took off, indexing hundreds of pages. How many you ask? According to Google search it is somewhere around 3,000 web pages. Not bad if you ask me.
How about Bing? How many has Bing indexed in the same time? A puny 18.
I am not saying my website is any more important than any other website, or that my website contains content that would answer many questions, but you never know.
Why is it Bing is so slow at indexing websites? Not only does a search engine need a great algorithm for ranking content, but it also needs to have a vast amount of content to search through. If that content is out of date or doesn’t contain the best possible information, the results will be sub-par.
I am able to find what I am looking for on Bing, but sometimes it takes a bit longer than it should because I need to tweak my query a bit to match the contents of their database a little bit better. I feel as though with more content, I wouldn’t need to do that, because I would find something in that huge database.
Indexing the Internet at a slow pace is a bad idea, as each day passes, more and more content pops up on the Internet, meaning more and more content that is not found on Bing, when it is likely to be found on Google.
It is not as if Microsoft couldn’t get this to happen, seeing as they recently rolled out a massive update for Bing online and also their mobile apps, but also their user base is growing because they grew by 0.3% while Google fell by 0.1%.
With all these updates to the front end of Bing, why can’t they update one of the most important components of Bing, the crawler? Seems simple, but easier said than done.
I hope you are listening, Microsoft.