mcneely - 4:00 am on May 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
Most of these guys are using Thumbshots ..
Anyhow .. I've seen a bit of movement from some of the other guys too over the past months.
Mostly Meta Searches tho .. Mamma, Dogpile and such. I don't have Yandex, Google, or Yahoo blocked tho so it makes sense that I get some traffic .. Small, but still noticeable nonetheless, since I haven't seen anything from these guys in years.
Back in the day, my logs were full of referrals from the likes of Overture, Alltheweb, Alta Vista, Excite, HotBot, Infoseek .. Yahoo and Alta Vista were the real heavy hitters for me tho' .. Lycos was about 4th on the list for traffic.
I think that starting to see traffic from some of these other guys might be a signal .. of sorts ..
I'm not a big G basher by any stretch, but I can't help but feeling that G's results have been "off" for so long now that people might be checking out other search venues in order to really find what they want.
We can look at ads all day long, or, we can search .. and this is why we might be seeing some referrals from the other guys ..
I've been sort of going over to Ixquick lately it seems .. and I can see others doing the same with some of the others.
as an aside: .. I just went to Lycos, and they are using Thumbshots for the screenshots by the listings .. I don't know what the Thumbshots UA is now, but a few years ago they were just using the Internet Explorer UA
... and if it matters at all, I see that Mamma (the mother of all search engines) is doing a revamp too .. who knows .. maybe 2013 is the year for alternative search.