Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.226.110.143

Forum Moderators: bakedjake

Message Too Old, No Replies

duckduckgo - the next upstart

     
2:18 pm on Jul 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member wheel is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 11, 2003
posts:5071
votes: 12


duckduckgo.com, got this off my local linux users group. Yet another search engine.

Search results seem fine.

Their privacy policy is excellent - they don't collect data. The also don't send the referrer field when someone clicks through so website owners can't collect search information from their logs.

The continuous scrolling is fabulous. No more clicking page numbers - scroll to the bottom of the page and another page appears. If that took off it'd dramatically change the way we feel about the serps (as webmasters).
2:38 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

joined:Aug 12, 2004
posts:1781
votes: 0


Boy I sure like that clean look. I knew it was just a matter of time before some new search engine came along touting the exact opposite of what google is doing right now.

From their about page: [duckduckgo.com]

Privacy we do not track you. Google does.
Official sites labeled and on top.
Less spam & ads no ads above results.


That scrolling thing definitely works for me too.
2:57 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from US 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member pageoneresults is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Apr 27, 2001
posts: 12169
votes: 56


With a name like that, they were doomed for failure the day they purchased the domain. Is that a kids search engine or something?
3:09 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from GB 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member brotherhood_of_lan is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Jan 30, 2002
posts:4843
votes: 2


There results can often look remarkably like Google's

http://duckduckgo.com/faq.html

Can your search engine do this?
Simpsons characters
apple
irs 8889


Created by parsing wikipedia.

http://duckduckgo.com/faq.html

How do you get your results?

From many sources, including DuckDuckBot, crowd-sourced sites, "BOSS" & "Bing".


Good luck to them. If it delivers relevant and unique results, it's good enough to be around.

[edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 3:09 pm (utc) on Jul 27, 2010]

3:09 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jdmorgan is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 31, 2002
posts:25430
votes: 0


The future of duckduckgo is a bit cloudy. It uses Yahoo search results through a Yahoo API. Since Yahoo is now switching to Bing, it's not clear (to me, at least) how that API service might be affected.

I also like the "clean screen," and unlike others, I have found Yahoo's results to be quite acceptable (when researching, I never use just one search engine, and so "different" is better).

Jim
4:39 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jimbeetle is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Oct 26, 2002
posts:3295
votes: 6


Boy I sure like that clean look.

He, he, he. What SE were we saying that about 12 or so years ago?

Overall, not bad results for some arcane terms I tried. Have to give it a bit more of a go later on.
4:59 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

joined:June 14, 2010
posts:985
votes: 0


It's similar to another privacy search engine that I like -- IXquick -- they don't track you and also do not return referring search terms.
5:48 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Nov 1, 2002
posts:1834
votes: 0


I rather like the display of the favicon. Our main site has an animated favicon which really makes it stand out in the SERPs :)
5:50 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Nov 1, 2002
posts:1834
votes: 0


Ended up with a dup post. Ignore....
9:20 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from GB 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member dstiles is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 5+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:May 14, 2008
posts:3125
votes: 4


Coincidentally I submitted an admin query on their site a couple of days ago. I got a prompt response from the owner and have been discussing bot aspects with him (they do scan sites with DuckDuckBot).

Along with some other new engines they provide the IPs their bots come from. Very useful if your server can't do rDNS lookups to confirm bot identity.

I haven't used the bot except for testing (I use IxQuick/StartPage) but it looks clean and the results seem good.
10:39 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

joined:June 14, 2010
posts:985
votes: 0


I went to their site looking for their crawler and IP info to see if it might be blocked in my firewall so just typed in...

"duckduckgobot"

...it gave me...no results ----> try google

:\
11:00 pm on July 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member jimbeetle is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Oct 26, 2002
posts:3295
votes: 6


That's because the FAQ page that links to the bot page [duckduckgo.com] is noindex, nofollow.
1:27 am on July 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member from US 

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tangor is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Nov 29, 2005
posts:6968
votes: 389


Don't use them, but am pleased with their biz model: they honor robots.txt. I whitelist... which means I 403 any which do not honor. duckduckgo is allowed to robots.txt, and when it becomes obvious there's benefit for crawl, I'll let 'em in.