martinibuster - 11:27 pm on Jan 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Here's a couple of notes...
You may want to consider reviewing the ongoing Public Beta Launch [webmasterworld.com] discussion from last October that Ken_b posted a link to, because there are many notes about Blekko there. Here's another recent discussion where members discuss more negative aspects about Blekko [webmasterworld.com], with many webmasters, myself included, posting that they have disallowed Blekko from crawling their website.
The article is not about Blekko being better. It's about the author's frustration with Google's results, particularly with "landfill" content produced by DemandMedia and Associated Content.
Content creation is big business, and there are big players involved. For example, Associated Content, which produces 10,000 new articles per month, was purchased by Yahoo! for $100 million, in 2010. Demand Media has 8,000 writers who produce 180,000 new articles each month... This content is what ends up as the landfill in the garbage websites that you find all over the web. And these are the first links that show up in your Google search results.
The bottom line is that we’re fighting a losing battle for the web and need alternative ways of finding the information that we need. I hope that Blekko and a new breed of startups fill this void: that they do to Google what Google did to the web in the late 90’s—clean up the spam and clutter.