With the rapid onset of generative AI chatbots, you may wonder which is best for your needs.
With the recent release of Google Bard, we decided to test it against ChatGPT, Bing, and Claude to see responses for prompts on search engine optimization, website coding, content generation, productivity tools, news, and social media.
Specifically, we used the following versions of each AI chatbot for the upcoming examples.
- ChatGPT from OpenAI using GPT-4 with a plus subscription at $20 monthly.
- Bing AI, powered by GPT-4, in the Microsoft Edge Dev desktop browser.
- The first/experimental release of Google Bard in the Google Chrome desktop browser.
- Claude+, the ethical rival of ChatGPT, on Poe in a desktop browser with a premium subscription at $20 monthly.
Now, let’s look at some prompts marketers might use and the responses they could receive from each of these chatbots to see which one is best.
Prompt #1: “What Is SEO?”
The first prompt is a simple question – what is SEO? You might receive the following responses from ChatGPT, Bing (More Balanced), Bard, and Claude+.
ChatGPT purely defined SEO – search engine optimization – followed by its purpose and key aspects of the process. No sources were provided, as it uses training data from articles, blog posts, books, and websites from September 2021 or earlier.
Bing AI chat provided a shorter answer with several sources and three additional prompt suggestions to learn more about SEO.
Google Bard gave us three answers to choose from using the drafts dropdown. The first answer did not provide sources. The second (shown below) and third answers were based on different sources.
Claude+ offered a detailed answer with what appeared to be internal links.
When you click on one of the links, it prompts Claude to give you another answer.
Prompt #2: “How Can I Get High-Quality Backlinks For My Website?”
Next, we asked how to get high-quality backlinks for a website.
ChatGPT listed link-building techniques that were heavily promoted in 2021.
Bing AI offered five suggestions with sources, such as using tools like Ahrefs and Semrush to research competitors’ backlinks.
Google Bard gave three distinct answers to the question but no sources. Included in Bard’s suggestions were blog commenting, forum posts, and directory submissions, as shown in this third draft.
Claude+ offered many suggestions, including private blog networks and Yahoo Answers, which no longer exist.
Prompt #3: “Can You Give Me The HTML To Create A One-Page Portfolio Website?”
Can generative AI chatbots code a simple website?
ChatGPT provided HTML and CSS that could be copied and pasted.
Using W3Schools TryIt Editor, we proved the code does create a functional webpage.