Think online search, and the first thing that comes to mind is Google. But there is another star in town: Bing – the search engine from Microsoft. Though not as popular as Google yet, Bing is steadily growing its search engine market share.
Bing is often installed on new computers and many people may not even realise they are using Bing and not Google. So, it is worth remembering that Bing has up to 30% of the market share (depending on who you ask!)
Your target customer may not always be on Google. With most marketing strategies planned around Google, Bing offers less competition. So, it is important to optimize your site for other search engines, including the fast-growing Bing.
Benefits of Bing
Bing Search Advertising
This is a PPC platform especially beneficial for small businesses. It is very cost-effective and allows you to import your ads from other platforms. Bing Search Advertising has excellent audience targeting and allows you to target potential audiences by time or device. You can also target customers based on their LinkedIn profile data.
Bing Places for Business
Most users searching for a local business or store are looking to visit the business. Local visibility is, therefore, vital for businesses. Just likeGoogle my Business, Bing Places is very relevant for local SEO.
Excellent Image Search
Bing has excellent image search options and offers high-quality image results. It allows you to search with filters.
Bing presents its video search results as thumbnails, so users can watch them without leaving the results page. You just need to hover the mouse over the thumbnail without the need for scrolling.
Easily available optimization resources
Bing is more open about its ranking signals, unlike Google. It provides various tools and resources to understand their algorithm. Bing Webmaster Guidelines and Bing Webmaster Tools are two excellent resources to understand their SEO guidelines.
How can you make your site Bing-friendly?
Though the algorithms are different for Google and Bing, the SEO techniques are very similar. You may want to pay attention to the following points.
Organic links from trusted sites, specially .org, .edu have a strong impact on your ranking.
Links from older domains, send a strong signal to Bing that your content is authentic and trustworthy.
Stay away from shady linking practices like linking to and from hacked sites, reciprocal links, paid links etc.
Bing favours longer content that addresses user queries. It also gives importance to content presentation. So, using image and videos in your content can be very effective. With constantly evolving algorithms, relevance and keyword intent are now considered an essential factor along with content quality.
Bing is all about keyword matching. But going for exact keyword match domain can hurt your Google rankings. The best way is to include your keyword in title and meta tags, and alt text in an as natural way as possible. This helps you to avoid keyword stuffing.
Social shares are a vital signal for rankings. Bing considers social shares as a measure of page popularity. The more your content is shared on social media, the higher your chances of a good ranking.
The trick is to work a solution around conflicting metrics and optimize your site for both Bing and Google. We can help you do that.Talk to our SEO experts to get a strategy tailor-made for your business.
Algorithm – Here, the complete set of ranking signals for search engine. Social shares – The number of times your content or post is shared on social media. Reciprocal links – An agreement by two sites to link to each other.
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