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Teoma Search Engine is Back

 3:51 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

The official word on Teoma from Ask.com

We re-launched Teoma.com in mid-April to provide a simplified interface for everyday keyword web search. Teoma.com's organic results will be similar to, but not exactly the same as, those on Ask.com, primarily for testing purposes, but also to provide a more simplified search experience.


Thanks to Search Engine Roundtable [searchengineland.com] for the heads up.



 4:18 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Excellent Results.. I Love it ! Its quicker than Google.


 5:37 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Excellent Results.. I Love it !

You're kidding, right? No organic results above the fold = you love it? There are five ads at the top and they are huge! I have to scroll down to see organic results. There's lame and then there's Teoma lame ...

... and why flickr pages in most commercial search results?! If I wanted images I'd use an image search!

I built a better search engine than this and I'm one guy sat in his spare bedroom ... well, sort of ... might as well be ... ;)


 6:00 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Fascinating little play here when you look at the timing IMO... Google moves away from the classic 'super fast, super clean' look right after Teoma is relaunched with a 'super fast, super clean' look. That might have been good thinkin' ... I like it. I wonder if maybe they knew something about something over there at Teoma.


 6:38 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

I welcome any new player in the search engine game!


 6:58 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Much as I hate to say it, trying to launch a search engine to replace Google is almost like launching a cola hoping to replace Coke/Pepsi. G is really big and anything that adds value to their search they can just gobble up by throwing some loose change. To fight that sort of financial clout is really really tough.


 8:36 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

I welcome any new player in the search engine game!

Exactly my thoughts, even though they're not new and my sites don't seem to rank well, but I do like their clean interface and the results are not bad at all IMHO. Every new attempt is a bit of fresh air, at this point the net really needs that air. I wish them the best.


 9:35 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

and the results are not bad at all IMHO

Eh? They are awful! For some searches I can SOMETIMES see the organic results peeping above the fold. And there is no geo-targeting at all as far as I can see.


 9:41 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

what resolution are you guys running? Are you on laptops?

even though its pretty ad heavy on the top i can see the organic results just fine.

But yea, they need to fix that.

brotherhood of LAN

 9:53 pm on May 8, 2010 (gmt 0)

Your search for [search term] did not match with any Web results....
* View more Search Tips

Their search tips link is 404.


 1:56 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

internetheaven - the results look good to me too. It's the layout you don't like. It's a page right out of Ask.


 2:26 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

it looks nearly the same as googles old layout. what up?

well, that may be a chance, but only if they could catch the frustrated goog and bing users, if the big players did something wrong.
but they'd need to be known. and/or better or something new. i don't see any of it here.


 4:13 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

I don't care if they have geo-gizmo-crap functions or not .. I liked Alltheweb, Teoma, Hotbot, Inktomi, and Altavista, before.

Google and Bing have run off the end of the earth trying to reinvent the wheel and it's nice to see an old friend pop up, if not for any other reason than to remind us of why we are all here in the first place.

I want search .. if I want to be entertained, I'll watch TV or look at a movie .. not Google or Bing.
Ad networks like Google or Bing don't impress me ..


 5:49 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

Get your adwords campaigns targeting the new teoma site asap, it doesn't distinguish between ads and results beyond saying sponsored results off to the side.

No different colored background + no line break between the two = more clicks on the ads by visitors thinking they're looking at the top result.

Money on teh sneak!

edit: Hello, in checking my site more thoroughly the results are 100% the same as Google 16 months ago for my top 20 keywords... and that stupid .info site which is actually an NRA promotion site is still number one (it got a google ban 3 months ago). Not impressed, like Ask.com my rifle butt.


 10:40 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

@Kickaxe I can see a different coloured background and a line around each ad.

Spam networks do well, and it does not correct spelling mistakes as well.

It might be a useful fallback as the results are different from Google or Bing, but I think I would prefer Clusty for that.

I just tried Clusty for a search that did not work well on the other search engines (including Teoma), and one of the clusters had exactly the results I wanted.


 11:48 am on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

Results are very US centric.
None of my parochial little sites rank for my terms :(


 2:07 pm on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

Get your adwords campaigns targeting the new teoma site asap

so the sponsered results are just google adwords?


 6:54 pm on May 9, 2010 (gmt 0)

Basically this is just the resurrection of a brand name to scarf up cheap hits to the sponsored results. As you go deeper in the results the sponsored results increase and the delineation between the two fades.

Freeware.com and hundreds of clones like it are really Google’s game now. Any search just pulls up strictly Adword ads with no mention of Google. Apparently just a garbage front page qualifies you in Google Adsense Search.
What a scam.


 1:24 pm on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

I give the results a 'pretty darn good' in my niche. In fact they seem to be able to tell a real 'authority' site far better than Google does these days. No paid links or networks filling the top top page.

Let me rephrase that to be more specific. For the few searches I did in my niche, their results were noticeably better than Google.

And no cached links!

I'd be quite happy if that was the SE of choice.


 1:26 pm on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

One other thing I noticed though. They must either crawl or index pretty slow. Because I found two examples of sites that are ranking, but when I visit them the current site has some difficulties.


 2:01 pm on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

I had an adblocker and results dont look too bad actually.. but the design looks awfully similar to old google, even the blue stripes. weird


 2:51 pm on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

it doesnt understand the canonical tag yet.


 7:14 pm on May 10, 2010 (gmt 0)

The layout looks like the previous Google look, except with bigger sponsored results


 11:06 am on May 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

Way back in late 2002 when I was new in business, I read right here on webmasterworld that Teoma is likely to challenge Google and will be a leading search engine in months to come. This is not a joke.

Now, we are in the middle of 2010 and I'm reading that Teoma is back from the grave, yet again. They are still a wannabe search engine of any use. What a terrible waste of opportunity and resources.


 9:41 pm on May 13, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'm #1 in Google, Yahoo, and Bing for my main keyword phrase but #8 in Teoma. Shoddy indexing.

Agree on the sponsored results, way too many.


 4:31 pm on May 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Because I found two examples of sites that are ranking, but when I visit them the current site has some difficulties.

Ah yes .. the hit and miss wild wild west of the internet search, circa 1998 .. sort of makes you feel misty all over, doesn't it? :)

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