Torrent websites are much like Linux distributions, there are so many out there that it is easy to lose track. If you add to this the fact that these search engines may come and go, you may have to switch sites regularly on top of that. What you may want is stability; sites that have been around for a long time.
Torrent search engines can be divided into two categories: Site search engines and meta search engines. Site search engines obviously only search the torrents that are indexed on one website while meta search engines crawl the databases of several torrent websites which often leads to better results.
The best way to search for torrents is therefore in my opinion to use meta search engines unless you are on a private tracker, or prefer to use only one torrent search engine and no other.
Meta torrent search engines can only be effective if they are fast and update their database regularly, real time updates being the optimum. The selection of torrent websites that are crawled is the second criteria for a good torrent meta search engine.
Youtorrent came to light only recently. It currently supports ten torrent websites with the option to add another six in the preferences. The search is pretty fast and the related search terms are aiding the user in his search. Offers a Firefox plugin.
Pizzatorrent supports 15 Bittorrent websites right out of the box. The search seems just a tad faster than that of Youtorrent and they divide the results in categories which is great if you are searching for broad terms. Offers a Firefox and Internet Explorer plugin plus a Facebook application.
Multitorrent is not really a meta crawler. It provides access to the database of several torrent websites but it is only possible to search one at a time. It does offer category searches though which the other engines don't.Advertisement
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