I'm not the only one who thinks that search quality has taken a dive in recent years. I do not want to paraphrase the whole argument again, but I believe it is a result of search engines trying to keep the users longer on their "property" and the rise of autoblogs, spam sites and other easy to setup sites.
So what's the best way to deal with search engines that do not provide the information you need, even if you know how to perform advanced searches?
Right, you create your own. I'm not saying that I did program a new search engine though; It is merely a custom search engine based on Google that concentrates on the best tech sites in the world.
You can access and try the search here https://www.ghacks.net/search.htm and I'd love to hear your thoughts about it, especially:
- Are sites missing from search that you believe should be included?
- Are sites included that do not belong there?
- Would you like to see additional features?
- Would you like to see other design elements, more design elements?
Please note that the search engine is no replacement for Google Search, Bing Search or Yahoo, Ask and other search engines. Let me give you an example why:
If you search the custom search engine for eBay you won't see eBay at the top. Why? Because it is not included in the list of sites. If you need a search engine to find eBay you should stick to the standard search engines.
A list of tech sites that are included in the search engine is available here as a Excel document: tech-sites
What you will get results for are related searches, best eBay sniper software, firefox 4 changes, ipad 2 reviews, windows 7 service pack 1 download, windows troubleshooting tips, computer repair and so on.
If you are looking for tips and tricks, best practices, gadget and software reviews, freeware and everything else that makes tech great, then this search engine is right for you. You won't find low quality results in the mix, no scraper sites and no spam and ad infested sites.
I'm sure that the search engine needs refinement, new sites that I missed to add, more controls and the like. I did have to start somewhere and this is it. You can test if your favorite tech site is included with a site:domain name search, e.g. site:ghacks.net.
Oh, and don't forget, let me know what you think. Here is the link again: Tech Search.