Search Engine Algorithms, Can we make them our friends?

This article is a follow up on my earlier article on Optimize SEO keywords for better performance. I have changed the search term to a different one.

I was shopping for a gift, a wine bottle, and I wanted to know which wines are considered the best. I googled and found some good links, I wanted some more and I searched in Yahoo! an MSN. Out of curiosity, I kept a log of the results in all the three search engines.

I searched with the key phrase “best wines“. This key phrase has a global monthly search volume of 75000. I have taken into account only the top 5 results from each of the search engines.

1. Google

www.bestswines.com
www.wine.com
www.wineloverspage.com/qpr/index.phtml
wine.lovetoknow.com › Home, Garden & Events › Wine
www.gayot.com/wine/main.html

2.Yahoo.com

www.wine.com
www.bestwinesupdate.com
answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061025120437AA0jW53
foodandwine.com/articles/american-wine-awards-2009-best-wines
www.thefiftybest.com/wine/best_wines_of_2008/2

 3.Bing

www.bestworldwines.com
www.wine.com
www.wineloverspage.com/qpr/index.phtml
www.foodandwine.com/articles/25-best-wines-for-summer
www.foodandwine.com/articles/seven-best-wine-blogs

The site that was common in all the sites in www.wine.com. We will take up wine.com in detail in my subsequent articles. A check in Google on how many sites are linking to wine.com shows 215. Google shoes up only 7 back links for Bestwines.com that ranks no 1 in google. Except for wine.com and www.gayot.com/wine/main.html, none of these pages show a significant number of back links when I searched on google.Is Google now not giving as much credit to back links as it did earlier? Having said that, I think I will need to dig deeper for an answer. Will continue this article in my next post. Till then have a glorious Sunday.