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We'd like to congratulate Itz Ranch for being the winner of this month's free hosting site. At the beginning of each month we will call up our own site's homepage. Whomever's site is the featured site when the page loads will get FREE hosting of one domain for one month. It's just our way of saying thank you.
Microsoft's Bing search engine has just become publicly
available, allowing you to decide whether Microsoft's latest effort has the
goods to take on Google. Bing is available at
www.bing.com and replaces Live Search.
Bing is not dramatically different from Google, but some people have found its results stronger. There are some visible changes:
Bing shows a preview of the web pages in the search results when you hover your mouse pointer at the right side of the search results.
Some search results are divided into categories. For example, if you search for the popular musician "Justin Timberlake", you'll get results in the categories news, songs, movies, biography, wallpaper and downloads. In addition, the search results show images, videos and the popularity of the musician.
Wikipedia searches can be displayed inline in the
search results without leaving the Bing site by clicking the "Enhanced
Bing's video search lets you watch videos without leaving the search engine.
Bing offers specific health, shopping and travel search engines, as well as instant answers to travel searches. For instance, the search "Vegas hotels" displays a selection of hotels in Las Vegas, including hotel stars and prices.
Bing's search history lets you return to your most recent searches of the last two days. This feature can be turned off to protect your privacy.
Some of Google's features are missing, for example, Bing doesn't seem to recognize misspellings and returns no results in these cases.
If you haven't already, you will want to check out Google's Local Business Center (LBC). No doubt, consumers have learned about your business through a Google search, or found directions to your location through Google Maps, or both. In fact, the use of Google Maps has been rising quickly and steadily over the past several months. It's critical to not only be listed, but that your business data is accurate and descriptive. With LBC, you can take control of that information, and see detailed reporting about how customers are finding your business, where they are coming from, and more. According to the official Google blog, here are a few of the options from Google's LBC:
Impressions: The number of times the business listing appeared as a result on a Google.com search or Google Maps search in a given period.
Actions: The number of times people interacted with the listing; for example, the number of times they clicked through to your Web site or requested driving directions to your business.
Top search queries: Which queries led customers to your business listing.
ZIP codes where driving directions come from: Which ZIP codes customers are coming from when they request directions to your location.
Begin by claiming a new listing, or optimizing your existing business listing here.
Help these folks by visiting their site. All ya'll will remember how hard it is to get those initial "hits" so the search engines notice your site. So take a minute and visit their site.