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Wednesday, November 21, 2007


So...is it just me, or does Google (search) suck a lot more than it used to? Lately, I can't seem to get any decent results. All of which makes me spend a lot more time searching than ever before.

-- umair // 11:56 AM // 8 comments


Comments:

it aint just you that thinks so. though it still seems to come tops when people like alternative search engine watch do tests.
// Blogger Paul Sweeney // 12:13 PM
 

Semi- (ultra?) evil scheme to tackle declining CTR on AdWords?
// Anonymous Rasmus // 12:20 PM
 

Pattern observed here too; with the perceived degradation sufficient to prompt experiments with alternatives.
// Anonymous David // 1:24 PM
 

It's been getting worse for some time as the SEO arms race has dragged on.

I hit on an approach accidentally that gets me much better searches:

http://smoothspan.wordpress.com/2007/08/25/stop-googling-and-search-for-blogs-aka-web-20-to-reduce-spam/

Of course not everything you search for is in a blog, but concept searching works great there. When searching for something literal, some work well on blogs and some don't. Those that don't seem to search better on Google anyway.

Cheers!

BW
// Anonymous Bob Warfield // 3:25 PM
 

another approach: just go search wikipedia. works for me.
// Anonymous larry page // 4:16 PM
 

lololll. that was pretty good.

thx for the comments - nice to see i'm not the only one + the seo linkage. verry interesting.
// Blogger umair // 4:17 PM
 

Agreed. Try searching del.icio.us instead. It's not the solution for all searches, but it's superior for many search tasks. I use Google or Wikipedia for fact-based searches and use del.icio.us more and more for searches where quality or opinion matters. Only problem is that it's achingly slow relative to goog.
// Blogger Joe Lazarus // 3:30 AM
 

try yahoo (no joke). it's a split second slower, which makes a world of difference in search, but i actually think the results are better.
// Anonymous kid mercury // 12:07 PM
 
 

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