>On Melinda Doolittle and Why Yahoo Search is still the most successful competitor to Google

>Noticing people coming to Wannatech searching for “Melinda Dolittle” (a typo, the name is Doolittle), I thought I’d check to see what the former American Idol contestant has been doing since being eliminated from the show. In case you hadn’t watched American Idol, Melinda Doolittle was one of the favorites to win the contest but she was eliminated right before the finals.

On Google a search for Melinda Doolittle gives you many results with only the (old) American Idol Melinda Doolittle page as an official source of information among the first few, five others are from technorati, wikipedia, blogs and fan sites. A Yahoo Search with the same query gives you Melida Doolittle’s myspace page as the first result. Why is Melinda’s myspace page a better result for her name than her Fox American Idol contestant profile page? Her myspace page is more recently updated, it has a listing of her upcoming performances and links to her latest blog entries. The Fox American Idol contestant page has not been updated since the beginning of the show in January, need I say more?

6 thoughts on “>On Melinda Doolittle and Why Yahoo Search is still the most successful competitor to Google

  1. >Ya, I do find stuff like this when I do some searches as well, but I think there are many factors which would relate to why a particular page is listed at the top and why some aren’t.

    The normal scenario I could think of is maybe the top site has many “valuable keywords” in their articles (which people always search for), they have a reasonable amount of weight @ page rank already existing and finally, they might be getting a lot of “content links” (not viral type links) into their sites. So, even if another site is being updated everyday and it doesn’t have all these, then they still wouldn’t get the chance to be listed at the top.

    But still, I could be wrong with all this :)

  2. >Hi Nihal, thank you for your comment.
    I can see why Google thinks a page on Fox.com has higher authority than one on myspace.com but I still think Google should somehow be able to “know” when a certain page is an official source of information and show it closer to the top in its results.

  3. >Melinda Doolittle did releases her first song on i Tunes My Funny Valentine. She will released her first album June of 2008. I am from Canada and i am huges fans of her. She is a amazing singer and i want to support her. She did have a radio blog talk on the website wwww.melindafan.net where you can listen at it. Fresh new. Come join us to support her.

  4. >Hi Louise. Thanks for letting me know about your Melinda fan site. It’s a very nice site, I’ll certainly going to check it out often to get news on Melinda.

  5. >Thank you for that comment but you should have left your name! I’m glad to see that Melinda Doolittle’s fans are very supportive of her, I wish she does get a record deal soon.

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