Tuesday, January 30, 2007

email from Swicki custom search engines

I really like my Blog Revolution Search Engine, a FREE custom SE from Swicki/Eurekster. (See my sidebar)

Here's an email they sent me, which I pass along to you to help promote them.



How do you make your swicki better than Google? By getting help from the experts in your swicki community!

This is a quick note to let you know about the great new "Community Features" in your swicki.

It is estimated that people find what they want from general search engines only 40-70% of the time. We want to make that closer to 100% and your swicki's new tools will allow your community members to fill in any gaps in the search results.

Your swicki uses the information you give it, along with the best indexing technologies, to gather search results about your topic. No matter how good the automatic tools it uses, there will still be gaps that you and other experts can now easily fill. This means your swicki can become the definitive search destination on the web for "blog revolution search engine".

Your swicki's users can now:

  • Vote for results directly on a new results page (http://blog-revolution-search-engine-swicki.eurekster.com).
  • Easily write an answer directly into the search results (see the "Write your own search result" link at the top of the swicki results page).
  • Use the new WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor for writing great looking search results, including: URL links and embedded video.
  • See a list of unanswered questions that includes search terms people have searched for or asked on your swicki but didn't find good answers for.
  • Subscribe to your swicki for the latest questions and answers using your swicki's RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed.

As moderator, you can:

  • Click on the "write an answer" link beside each new search term in your Buzzcloud activity emails to quickly write answers.
  • Approve or exclude answers contributed by your community members.

Search is becoming increasingly verticalized and our aim is to help you use your expertise to turn your swicki into a valuable and useful search engine and to help you earn your part of the multi-billion-dollar search industry.

We always appreciate your feedback so let us know your thoughts.

Kind regards,

Grant Ryan



Steven Brent said...

While it's always good to have alternatives to the monoliths, I'm not sure about that 40% - 70% search success rate; my own experience with Google has been more like finding exactly what I'm looking for 100% of the time -- and usually on the first page of results. Otherwise I wouldn't use it!

The notion of "filling in the gaps" may very well be genuine, but it may also be an example of contrived necessity....

steven edward streight said...

Some Google searches result in nothing, others I get what I need on the first page of search results.

I usually have to swim through 10 to 20 pages, for really authoritative, credible information.

It depends on many factors.

steven edward streight said...

What is really horrible: Site Search.

I have typed in the exact title of a post of my own, and searched VTG for it, and not found it.

Site Search, the searching of a specific site for content you know, hope, or assume is there, is usually worthless.

Many blogs and web sites don't even have Site Search, which makes it practically impossible to find anything.

Steve said...

I find Google great for general searches, but not so hot when you are searching for quite specific "specialist" subjects.

I too have a swicki for the steel sector and the results are much better than found by any general search engine.

Another recent developement from Google itself is Google co-op which I am also finding gives good results.

It's well worth checking out.

Steven Brent said...

The arguments for the necessity of specialist or focused searches are well taken. It can be easy to lose sight of the fact that pop culture is only one stratum of potentially searchable info -- and I guess it is the most generalized one, by definition almost...

Steven Brent said...

Everyone who has posted to this thread is named Steven. What's up with that?

another steve said...

It really does depend on what you're trying to search for, and on how much has been written or put on the internet about a specific topic.

I've actually done a search on what seemed like a hot topic to me and my field, to find only a few results, not even a whole page, on Google.