Another Search Engine For The Masses Other Than Google?

Even though Google would have to be the #1 search engine out there I’m always happy to know that there are still pioneers out there willing to grab a foothold in the search engine market. I remember way back in May of 2009 when I wrote a post called Are Google’s Day’s Numbered where I introduced my readers to a search engine of a different sort, one that has achieved a PR8 ranking which shows even Google respects it.  :thumbup_ee:

A couple of months after that I wrote another post called Search Engines Both New And Old & How They Affect You which featured a video comparing Google and Yahoo with Bing and Wolfram Alpha. Well, almost three years later and I’m happy to report that another search engine has entered the fray. Although the guys behind it refer to it as a web application I’m of the opinion that it can be a lot more than that.

I Now Give To You WordOnTheWire

wordonthewire was brought to my attention by Dave McMillan, one of the developers. OK, so let’s not call it a search engine, let’s call it a ‘Web Application’, truth be told it is a truly remarkable site. Rather than rehash what it does I reckon that Dave says it best.

 Basically, the app serves up the latest results from a range of trending
platforms based on a users search query. It is not intended to be an
“opposition” to Google, but rather a tool to get a quick, latest
“scoop” on a topic, and be able to easily share the results. It picks
up on your browsing language of choice, and serves up the results in
that language, making it really universal (without having to have a
unique URL for each language).

It focuses on doing all of this one page, and has a responsive layout.
We haven’t tried to over-complicate things, or serve up too many
results. It’s only version 1.2, so we have a long way to go, but we’re
obviously very keen to get it out as much as we can.

Sounds pretty intriguing doesn’t it.

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Market Samurai Update Is It As Good As They Say?

It’s been awhile since my last post on Market Samurai, at least 4 months, and I know you’re probably wondering where things are at. Truth be told I’ve been having a little problem with utilising its full potential. At first I thought it was because my old computer couldn’t handle the power but as it turns out they were having problems of their own.

Anyway they got it resolved and I was able to get a little more into it. As I mentioned in those other posts before Market Samurai I never really bothered about keyword research as I always figured it was a pain in the ass. When it came to deciding which keyword tools I would buy I decided to go for the one that everyone claimed to be the search engine optimisation specialist of keywords tools. I know I made the right choice too, and it’s not just because of all the positive comments I received in those posts from all the happy MS customers.

When I bought MS I had a particular blog in mind, my Sexual Aids blog, as I wanted it to get a whole lot more traffic and I couldn’t do it via the normal blog commenting route because most people don’t like links going to that sort of blog. So I thought keyword research was my best search engine optimisation strategy and Market Samurai the best keywordstool.

Using MS I discovered I was focusing on the wrong keywords so following its lead I decided a small change was necessary and so I focused my strategy on sexual aids as my keywords. While a blog’s changing content has always been a positive as far as search engines are concerned I’ve always felt it limited the SEO importance of the home page. This is because the home page is constantly changing with every new post. Keeping that in mind I included a little narrative in the header and footer including the keywords recommended by Market Samurai.

Since then those keywords, sexual aids, is now ranked #1 both in Bing and Yahoo. No such luck with Google though and the only thing I can think of is that Google places a lot more emphasis on backlinks, and like I said earlier its hard getting people to link to that particular blog. Anyway, if you’re looking for a good comment on your blog and you don’t mind linking to what is probably the only sex blog with good content :winkie: let me know in the comments and I’ll be there before you can say, ‘Sire is one heck of a horny blogger.’ :laugh_tb:

As far as Market Samurai is concerned I’m still feeling my way around but the more I get into it the more I’m liking it. I may even use the domain feature to help me pick a good domain name for a niche site I have in mind. You may have noticed all the words in bold text and how some of them are spelt incorrectly, well it’s not because I’ve gone slack all of a sudden, it’s because I used Market Samurai as the keyword research tools to optimise this post to gain the best SEO advantage possible.

Try Market Samurai now for free!We all know that a lot of the time people misspell words when they do the searches and you can’t just guess what the misspelt words are. Well you could but you could be wasting your time by putting in the wrong words. MS helps you to use the right ones. Naturally you may not want to use them if you feel it will sully your professionalism, but that’s up to you.

If you’re not sure about outlaying the money to buy Market Samurai right now you’ll be happy to know they still have the trial offer. That means you can take it for a test run, as well as getting “4 Brief “How-To” Videos, Sharing How You Can Get More Visitors, with Less Effort” which they throw in as a thank you just for giving it a go.

Naturally as I learn more of the internal workings of Market Samurai I will be doing further updates and if I learn any tips and tricks I’ll be sure to share those with you.

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Search Engines Both New And Old, And How They Affect You

While search engines are very important to those who use them, they are just as important to those webmasters and bloggers who rely on them to bring visitors to their site. Knowing how they work can be very important when structuring websites or blogs.

Me, I can’t be bothered as it’s all too technical and would take all the enjoyment out of blogging. Still, having said that I found the following video extremely interesting. The video reviews the two most popular search engines, Google and Yahoo as well as the two newest search engines, Bing and Wolfram Alpha.


For those of you who actually watched the video, I know many in their excitement to leave a comment sometimes don’t actually watch the movie; shit some people don’t even read the post, but don’t worry, unlike Extreme John I’ll just delete your comment. :devil_tb:

Anyway, those of you who did watch the video you will know that very interesting comparisons are made between the search engines. It also explains why the same search term gives different results depending on the search engine used.

Something else I got out of it was a site called Blind Search, developed by a Microsoft employee for something to do in his spare time. What does the site do. In his words it is a ‘taste test’ and it works by entering a search term in the box. It will give you three different results, delivered in three columns, and all the branding has been stripped from the results. You then vote for the search engine that delivered, in your opinion, the best result, and it will then display the branding of the engines.

The goal of this site is simple, we want to see what happens when you remove the branding from search engines. How differently will you perceive the results?

Go ahead, give it a go. I’m sure you will find the results very interesting. Oh, don’t forget to Tweet this post if you found it of some interest.


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