I’ve been ignoring Bing as a search engine, mostly because it’s made by the evil Microsoft. However, it’s now overtaken Yahoo for most of our clients sites as the second largest search engine referrer. That is no threat to Google as the Big G still takes about 90% of the search engine credit, but I’m surprised it’s overtaken Yahoo so rapidly. It could still be the novelty factor, but it could also indicate real competition.
So, not to be left out in the cold, the key factors for number one websites in Bing seem to be:
- having an old domain name
- having quality inbound links, specifically from pages that have the same keywords in the title
- then the usual good amount of quality content (I’ve read Bing likes more than 300 words on a page), clean code and a sitemap
If you’ve done a good job of optimising your site for Google then your rankings shouldn’t be too different for Bing. If you’ve got loads of spammy links holding your website up in Google then these won’t help you in Bing. Bing seems to like better qualified links than Google – it’s about time!
Read more over at Bing