urn:uuid:7df9ab72-0452-50a8-af41-501717a032f4 Topic: Search engines – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2022 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/logo/logo-square.svg 2022-05-14T01:40:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:c477dd2d-c31d-43ba-8b27-2fdcd82456ca 2021-12-29T01:27:00Z 2022-05-14T01:40:00Z Bing stops accepting Sitemap pings, switch to IndexNow instead Bing (and Yandex) no longer wants to be notified of updates to your website’s XML sitemap file anymore. Send the updated URLs directly with IndexNow API instead. <p>The Microsoft Bing search engine has quietly stopped accepting XML Sitemap pings over the holiday break. XML Sitemaps are a structured data format that contains a list of a website’s primary pages. Websites can proactively ping search engines when they publish changes to request that the search engine come and index their new pages.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/sitemap-ping-indexnow.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:99578e3e-0096-434e-81b7-10efe3fe2927 2021-07-07T14:06:00Z 2022-01-02T19:16:00Z Google’s unfair performance advantage in Chrome Google Chrome gives Google Search (when set as the default search engine) a network performance-boost over competing search engines. <p>Google Chrome for Android has a feature that gives Google Search an unfair advantage over its competition. Sure, it’s the default search engine and that’s a huge hurdle to overcome for any competitor. However, Chrome also reserves a performance-boosting feature for Google Search exclusively.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/chrome-google-dse-preconnect.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:9d20a8cd-f696-4313-a4b5-bd51e97757fd 2021-05-17T17:03:00Z 2021-05-17T17:03:00Z How to stop Bing ranking XML feeds over your webpages Bing preferred XML and machine-readable file formats over human-readable ones in its search results. How link canonicalization helped rectify the situation. <p>For the last two years, Bing has ranked many of my syndication feeds ("RSS") higher than the webpage counterparts. Syndication feeds are machine-readable documents people use to get blog updates with a special program. I’ve racked my brain trying to figure out why Bing does this, and I’ve finally found an answer.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/bing-assets-over-pages.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:25d93ceb-d61a-4ed4-badb-1d2ee1ad364d 2020-03-06T00:26:00Z 2020-03-06T00:26:00Z Yahoo!, AOL, OneSearch biased in favor of parent company’s websites Verizon Media’s search engines promises “unbiased” search results, but serves results clearly favoring the company’s media websites over competitors. <p>Verizon Media, formerly Oath, owns the two search engines Yahoo! and AOL. Three months ago, it also launched another search engine called OneSearch. OneSearch promises to provide “unfiltered” and “unbiased” search results on its front page.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/verizon-media-search.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:56672393-94ec-4945-a084-1baf3a863242 2020-01-02T18:07:00Z 2021-07-27T13:30:00Z Use different search providers for every search with RandSearch Set your web browser to search with RandSearch. It uses a random search engine to fulfill your searches. Get different perspectives, ideas, and results. <p>I’ve built a small search utility to help people explore different search providers. RandSearch (“random search”) forwards your search queries to a randomly chosen search provider. You get different perspectives, ideas, and results with every search!</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/randsearch.html">Read more …</a></p>