Does Google prefer WordPress over Drupal?

After 2 weeks of hard work, I have ported spacebug from Drupal to WordPress. I still believe that these are both great web platforms and have their unique advantages in their domain. I am planning to do a technological comparison between Drupal and WordPress later on this month, but the major change I see is in terms of hits from Google.

I have noticed an immediate increase in hits from Google on the same content, using the same SEO principals and same links. The increase is significant (around 20% more traffic over the last 5 days)

Which makes me wonder:
Does Google prefer WordPress over Drupal?

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Amir Shevat

Amir Shevat is the global Startup Outreach lead in Google Developer Relations ( Previously, Amir Led Google Campus Tel Aviv and was the co founder of several startups.

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7 Responses

  1. Majic says:

    I would be inclined to say no. Other factors must be contributing to you increased hits. Matt Cutts says that google does not care what you use to build the site.

    I suspect that the drupal site was indexed and and its mere coincidence that this occurred when you migrated to wordpress. Though this is just my suspicion.

    How long has the site been going?
    Was it drupal only before wordpress? Are you certain that drupal was set with all the various SEO tweaks you have in WP? (I thought that it was drupal lacked the plethora of SEO plugins such as All-in-one seo pack etc that you use – canonical et)
    Did you have the same socialization buttons and twitter features then as now?

    I hope you have Google Analytics of then and now also so you can see where these links referred from.

    I for example came here from cake bakery after reading a splendid article (table-less passwords) then read 2 more posts whilst here.

    Anyway it will be interesting to see what you find. (I had always written off drupal myself- but that is just me being judgemental :})

    • Amir Shevat says:

      @Majic – Thanks for the comment on the table-less passwords. I did do SEO optimization for drupal Nodewords , which is more or less the same as WP All-in-one seo pack.

      I do not think google really prefers WordPress but I do guess Google developers focus more on properly analyzing WordPress blogs because of the popularity of wordpress. for example, I find the Google picks up WordPress TAGs and Categories much better than it pick Drupal taxonomy.
      So when Google picked up this post it listed it with “Posted by Amir Shevat | Posted on 20-05-2010. Category : Drupal, WordPress. Tags: google, SEO” while on older Drupal posts it did not pick my taxonomy that well (taxonomy was only shown in search)
      Interesting to note is that subscription to my feedburner has skyrocketed as well.

      I do use Google Analytics and will continue to update.

      • Majic says:

        Also it may be something internal that google has improved to make web search more useful and accurate for the user

        Webmaster tools has more features each time I login though admittedly not that often

        have you got wp-cache installed – the load time of this site seems like it could be improved.

        • Amir Shevat says:

          Good point.
          wp-cache not installed right now because I have some custom PHP in some of my posts. I plan to learn how to disable it for some pages and then install it.

  2. Mdeck says:

    I think wp is alot more favoured. I have seen them rank higher as a general rule.

  3. gsniper says:

    This was a great post .. useful and informative ..keep up good work !!

  4. Thanks, and I think it dosn’t matter which one you use

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