Search Engines - Market Consolidation
It was only a few years ago, there were five (5) main search engine providers...
- Ask Jeeves
- MSN Search
Now the list is down to three - Google, Bing (formerly Live Search, formerly Windows Live Search, formerly MSN Search) and Ask (formerly Ask Jeeves).
Moreover was the first of the big five to change, they decided to concentrate on the web (RSS) feed market.
The next to go was Yahoo - they signed a deal with Bing (Microsoft) in which Bing would provide the back-end infrastructure to Yahoo search results.
This has impacted on our clients who have subscribed to our Search Engine Notification service - WebDev system only notifies the three remaining search engine operators. If a new player starts to gain acceptance in the Search Engine market, we will develop a notification mechanism for the new provider. Currently smaller search engine providers can use a less proactive approach to web site changes - this is already part of our search engine notification system.
For those who may not be aware of the WebDev feature - CommArt's WebDev has the ability to automatically notify search engines of changes to a web site. This feature is only provided to clients who have subscribed to this service.