Had a real surprise this weekend when I got the New Tech Press web metrics for the past week (yes, it's doing quite well, thank you). I got to the end to see where most of the referrals came from and had to sit down for a minute.
About 30 percent of the traffic on NTP comes from referrals, like blog posters mentioning the article or the site and, of course, web searches. For most of the past year, most of the referrals came from Google, which is no big surprise. That changed after Microsoft launched Bing last month.
I started noticing that more and more visits were being referred to NTP through Bing almost immediately, but last week, the final result was that Bing referrals were twice Google's.
I have no idea why this is so, but I do know that the searches are for subjects in my metatags and keywords and when people are searching for news on EDA, semiconductors, green technology, they are being referred to NTP through Bing, more often than through Google.
Anyone who knows me knows I am not a big fan of Microsoft, but from a purely selfish perspective, I have to take my hat of to Bill's team. They are really helping me out.