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People Who Use the Internet Have a More Positive View of PPC Than SEO? A Search Engine Called "What Does The Internet Think?" Says They Do.

Looking for an entertaining parlor game to play this weekend?  Then you might want to check out WhatDoesTheInternetThink.net, a search engine that supposedly scours the internet looking for opinions on any subject you specify - then returns how many Positive, Negative and Don't Care results were found. 

I discovered WDTIT when I ran across an article posted at  SearchCowboys.com today headlined "The Internet More Positive about PPC than SEO".  Since I haven't run across a lot of web surfers who says they love pay per click ads, I had to see what the SearchCowboys comment was based on. That turned out to be WhatDoesTheInternetThink.net's search results finding that 63.1% had a positive view of PPC vs. 59.3% who were mainly positive about SEO.

And how do Internet users view the major search engines according to WDTIT? On this subject you might be surprised to learn that Yahoo! trounces Google and even Bing beats the #1 search engine. Yahoo earns a positive rating of 61.3% while Google rates only 43.1%. Microsoft's new entry, Bing, nips Google with a 49.9% positive score, however Bing also has a higher negative rating than either Google or Yahoo at 50.1%.

So how seriously can you take results from WhatDoesTheInternetThink.net? Well, this may give you an idea. I did a search on DNJournal.com and got back a 100% positive rating. Holy Cow - all this time I thought Saddam Hussein was the only guy who ever had a 100% approval rating! My elation was quickly tempered though when I checked the number of results the search engine found. The grand total was 1. That was most likely my mom. 

Before you totally dismiss WDTIT I should point out that there were thousands and even millions of results for some of the other subjects like Google and SEO. So, for best results stick to well-known topics and avoid obscure trade journals!

(Posted Sept 25, 2009)

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