urn:uuid:7df9ab72-0452-50a8-af41-501717a032f4 Topic: Search engines – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2020 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/favicon/favicon.svg 2020-04-30T18:52:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:25d93ceb-d61a-4ed4-badb-1d2ee1ad364d 2020-03-06T00:26:00Z 2020-03-06T00:26:00Z Yahoo!, AOL, OneSearch biased in favor of parent company’s websites Verizon Media’s search engines promises “unbiased” search results, but serves results clearly favoring the company’s media websites over competitors. <p>Verizon Media, formerly Oath, owns the two search engines Yahoo! and AOL. Three months ago, it also launched another search engine called OneSearch. OneSearch promises to provide “unfiltered” and “unbiased” search results on its front page.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/verizon-media-search.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:56672393-94ec-4945-a084-1baf3a863242 2020-01-02T18:07:00Z 2020-04-30T18:52:00Z Use different search providers for every search with RandSearch Set your web browser to search with RandSearch. It uses a random search engine to fulfill your searches. Get different perspectives, ideas, and results. <p>I’ve built a small search utility to help people explore different search providers. RandSearch (“random search”) forwards your search queries to a randomly chosen search provider. You get different perspectives, ideas, and results with every search!</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/randsearch.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:789d51a0-4712-4b47-9dc5-9b376ca37515 2019-10-26T02:37:00Z 2019-10-26T02:37:00Z Ctrl blog was unavailable in Bing Search for a month Ctrl blog was nowhere to be found with Bing in September. I can only speculate on what I did to offend Bing. Link canonicalization may be to blame. <p>Ctrl blog was nowhere to be found in the Bing search-index for the entire month of September 2019. This lead to a decline in new readers referred from DuckDuckGo and other Bing-powered search engines.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/bing-delisted-canonicalization.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:ef94f6ed-e7c9-4837-b8f3-d07d986e11ff 2018-04-05T02:24:00Z 2018-04-05T02:24:00Z Firefox to reintroduce OpenSearch discovery and install in Firefox 61 Firefox removed the ability to add new search engines with OpenSearch when it removed the separate search field. It has now restored OpenSearch discovery support. <p>Firefox removed the separate search field from the address bar in Firefox 57. With it, Firefox also removed the ability to discover and install new search providers from the websites you visited. Firefox 61 reintroduces OpenSearch but it’ll be harder to discover it than in earlier versions.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/firefox-reintroduces-opensearch.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:cb415a00-4023-4ef4-aa1b-6a28cb548a6e 2016-06-14T20:37:00Z 2016-06-21T21:51:00Z Robot discrimination: No robots allowed, except Googlebot A survey shows how many websites discriminate against and block all search engines and spiders except GoogleBot in their /robots.txt files. <p>More websites block the search engines Baidu and Yandex from indexing them than block Google. Could webmasters’ preference for Google be one of the reasons why many perceive that Google has “better search results” than their competition?</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/robots-discrimination.html#src=feed">Read more …</a></p>