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Not for the first time, and probably not the last, at around 10:45 this morning Google.com went down. Understandably that represents something of an issue for many people, not least search specialists.
Once again though, the Twitter tweets lit up with concerned Google users almost instantaneously enquiring about the issue.
This not only highlights the fallibility of the world’s most popular search engine, but also the increasing diversity with which the world shares information and news. Fortunately Google remained down for only 15 minutes, although the consternation was evident – at least amongst Twitter users – and was doubtless fuelled by those who use it as their go-to source for information and statistics.
Search itself doesn’t stand still. When something happens to the leading source, be it an ecommerce, business or search site, there are almost always alternatives available. Those desperate to find content online still have the option to use Ask, MSN, Yahoo (as highlighted by one of the Twitterati on the above example, albeit slightly tongue in cheek) or any of the smaller search engines out there.
This, perhaps more than anything else, highlights the need to have a variety of sources when it comes to information gathering. Over reliance on one source can leave you high and dry, particularly in the turbulent world of the Internet.
For a long time, Bing, the UK’s second-largest search engine, has been underappreciated and, in some instances, even ignored. Often regarded as the inferior search engine to market leader Google, Bing has historically struggled to appeal to many in the digital world. Most PPC analysts would give justified reasons for neglecting Bing for so long; these include the volume of traffic and the user experience just not matching up to Google. However, the validity of these assessments is now diminishing. Bing has grown and improved rapidly in the last couple of years; if you are not integrating it into your comprehensive digital marketing plan, you run the risk of missing out on a large portion of your chosen market and significant revenue.
When it comes to building a content marketing campaign, it can be difficult to know where to start. You may have an initial idea but bringing it to life and getting your message seen are always harder than initially thought.