Yahoo Admits Google is Better and Adobe is the Grand Poobah.

Written on March 13, 2008 – 5:13 pm | by maslo090aLala |

I accidentally did a backlink check on Google.com today. And right before I went to close the browser window my eye caught something very amusing, to an optimizer’s mind anyway.

If you subscribe to the belief that Yahoo shows backlinks in order of importance (e.g. the first backlink is the most important and so on.) then it must be surmised that the first backlink listed for Google by Yahoo Site Explorer is the most important backlink for Google. Funny enough Yahoo considers a backlink from Adobe better than a backlink from Google (see image below), although it is a subpage from within Adobe.com (the Acrobat Reader Download page).

Yahoo Backlinks for Google.com

After this initial revelation, I then decided to check the backlinks to Yahoo.com. Surely Yahoo wouldn’t consider another website more important than their own, would they? As it turns out, I was wrong and PHP.net was listed first.

Yahoo Backlinks for Yahoo.com

PHP.net was listed under Google.com in the first search. Following this logic, one would surmise that Yahoo admits to PHP.net being more important than Yahoo.com, and we already knew Google.com and Adobe.com are more important than PHP.net. So I am led to believe that Yahoo admits to Google being more important than itself and Adobe is the Grand Poobah of all backlinks.

All this of course means little to nothing, but I did smile at the irony. You can check for yourself by clicking this link and this link.

And don’t forget to tune in next episode when we reveal that Google admits…

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  1. 15 Responses to “Yahoo Admits Google is Better and Adobe is the Grand Poobah.”

  2. By Will on Mar 13, 2008 | Reply

    And if you type in “best search engine” into Google, Dogpile is the first result.

    I’m inclined to agree that Adobe is the Grand Poobah of everything on Earth. It ranks number 1 on Google for “click here.”

  3. By Chris Alexander on Mar 14, 2008 | Reply

    That’s because people tend to say “Click here to download Acrobat Reader” and links only the “click here” text.

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  4. By Peter T on Mar 16, 2008 | Reply

    Thanks for sharing this! Who would have thought that Yahoo would rank Google this way. I’m staying tuned for the next episode…

  5. By ??SEO on Mar 16, 2008 | Reply

    hehe,good!

  6. By Webhostingpad on Mar 17, 2008 | Reply

    This is an indirectly measurement. But if they wanna value about the SE, Google still is the best! ;)

  7. By Daan on Mar 20, 2008 | Reply

    I really really need a link from adobe.. But I guess that’s what everybody wants..
    Grand Poopah.. haha.

    Daan.

  8. By new zealand map on Mar 22, 2008 | Reply

    I would not only take a link from Adobe, I would take one from Google or Yahoo even. To dream of such importance!

  9. By Dan - Life Coaching on Mar 26, 2008 | Reply

    Well I suppose this might all be a clever publicity stunt to get us all to trust that the search engines are totally fair in their ranking systems. (Of course I’m not saying that they aren’t!)

    Nice one!

  10. By Pliante on Mar 27, 2008 | Reply

    Just a question I wanted to ask : if Yahoo lists the stronger links first, does Google do the same?
    I tend to believe they don’t from my experience and tests but did anyone around here tested the same queries on Google and reach a conclusion to confirm my idea?

  11. By Omaha SEO on Mar 28, 2008 | Reply

    Hire a programmer to develop a really cool plugin for Adobe. Tell Adobe about it. Watch Adobe link to your site.

    Works for all sorts of fields, really.

  12. By Pliante on Apr 1, 2008 | Reply

    No one? No opinion on my question? Anything…?

  13. By Shell Harris on Apr 1, 2008 | Reply

    Pilante – Google does not list the most popular or strongest links. I have never figured out how they choose which links they list. If you sign up for a Google Webmaster Account you’ll see links for the sites you have access to. And you’ll see far more links than Google gives non-account owners.

    It all adds to the confusion which is part of Google’s master plan. ;-)

  14. By Loskas on Jun 6, 2008 | Reply

    Haha! This is great! Great find. :D

  15. By nana on Jun 26, 2008 | Reply

    “Adobe is the Grand Poobah of all backlinks.”
    but i just want one backlinks from google :)

  16. By fletcher on Feb 13, 2009 | Reply

    google always means business and i have always used google for maximum of my work and the way it supports for backlink i am really surprised to have such good google on my desktop.

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