Search Engines in 2010 - 7 You Need To Keep an
Lets face it, Google is the dominating search
engine, and will most likely continue to be that in the foreseeable
future, there is thousands of smaller search engines that are working
hard to gain a piece of the search marketplace for themselves.
The English language market for search is
dominated by a few big behemoths. According to comScore the market for
search in October 2009 was dominated by Google (65.4%), Yahoo (18.0%),
Microsoft (9.9%), Ask (3.9%) and AOL (2.9%), followed by MapQuest,
eBay, craigslist, Fox, MySpace, Facebook and Amazon.
With the search market valued at $300 Billion that
makes every single 1% worth $3 Billion when selling the company and you
would do very well by conquering just a 0.1% slice of that cake. The
number of start up search engines is only going to increase with more
venture capital wanting a piece of the market.
This is the top 7 search engines that the 2010
blog headlines are likely to gossip around. New or old, they all have
in common that they deliver good search results and they have been
innovating in 2009.
With two ex Googlers, Anna Patterson and Russell
Power, in the management team and by claiming to be the worlds biggest
search engine Cuil has a lot to deliver.
Overloaded servers generating low quality search
results hampered the 2008 launch giving Cuil a fair amount of negative
media attention but of you try a search today you'll find the search
results are really good and there is an explore by category function
that is among the best I've seen.
The search engine with the silly name and a cute
interface uses a combination of Yahoo BOSS, Wikipedia and it's own
crawler DuckDuckBot to give you both hard information in a Zero-click
information box, categories to further refine searches and the actual
Founded by Gabriel Weinberg, who started and then
sold The Names Database, DuckDuckGo is a private venture that has grown
steadily since it launched in September 2008. Watch out for this search
engine in 2010, it has a nice niche carved out for itself
A totally cool search engine, Spezify. The search
results are showcased as images and newspaper clippings pasted all over
the computer screen, the clippings having one paragraph quotes from the
result web site. By scanning some of the clippings you get a excellent
overview of the matter you are researching and can make an informed
decision on which search results to visit and read more about.
It's also a great brainstorming tool. You'll get a
ton of new ideas for your article or blog post just by entering your
keyword into the search box and watching the resulting mix of clippings
Secret Search Engine Labs
This search engine ranks sites differently than
the big mainstream search engines. As Google gives priority to aged and
big sites, many new, small and relevant sites are hard to find in their
search results. The algorithm of Secret Search Engine Labs ranks sites
according to on page factors and link anchor text and removes spam
pages using the trademarked CashRank method.
A search engine that puts more weight on web page
content than on site authority and that provides useful info to
webmasters on how the search results are calculated, Secret Search
Engine Labs was started in 2007 by Finnish software engineer and
entrepreneur Simon Byholm with the aim to grow slowly into the best
search engine on the Web.
First there was MSN Search, then Live Search and
now with the latest re-branding we have Bing. With a forceful marketing
campaign Microsoft has managed to grab almost 10% of the market for
search. The media attention during the re-launch has fueled innovation
adding new features like the daily changing background image, suggested
topics and trends.
With Microsoft working fiercely to increase Bing's
market share you should watch them closely during 2010.
This is a brand new start-up that is keeps it's
mouth shut almost as well as Old Google when you ask about the what and
the when of their new search engine. The strong management team with
ex-employees from Topix, Google, AOL and Netscape Search has me
wondering if they have something fascinating going on.
We are still waiting eagerly for Blekkos public
launch. It was promised for the end of 2009 though so you can assume
that it will make some serious headlines in 2010. We can only hope it's
good and exciting news.
Monitter is not a classic search engine but a
real-time Twitter search where you can monitor several keywords and see
the tweets containing those keywords in real time as they are tweeted.
When you need to monitor you niche or area of expertise or if you just
want to track the conversation this is a neat tool.
There Are More Search Engines, Right?
I think you know that Google is innovating and
it's pretty sure they will make some noise in 2010. Wolfram Alpha is
fascinating as it is the only major search engine that makes the
results from data.
There's a multitude of social, real-time or just
weird search engines starting up and there's no telling if one of them
develops into the next Twitter and makes a permanent mark in the search
market. You'll find more information about these and many more at
There is finally signs that we could see big
changes in the search engine landscape after years of rule by Google,
Yahoo and Microsoft. There's new technology sprouting like mushrooms in
every nook of the Net. There's semantic search, visual presentation,
real time search and socially powered search engines created. If
nothing else is achieved at least the old behemoths will have to adopt
the new technology to stay competitive, giving us better search results
in the process.
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About the Author
Simon Byholm is the founder and CEO of Secret
Search Engine Labs, an internet search
engine with alternative search results and tools
for webmasters and SEO professionals.