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3:50 am on Feb 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Does anyone know where excite.ca gets its results? Is it modified version of excite.com? Do they use excite.com's spiders or do they have their own? I submitted to excite.ca back in October and I still haven't seen any sign of their spiders.

According to some Canadian reports excite.ca has a pretty significant chunk of the Canadian market.

Thanks for your help.


11:56 am on Feb 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I believe it is out of the same database with a cheat factor for the .ca domains. High ranking .com's in Excite don't rank that well in Excite.ca. However, just the opposite is true for the .ca domains. Hopefully, our Canadian experts will check in.


4:39 pm on Feb 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I can't say I'm a big Excite.ca expert but I agree with Brett's theory. I know AV runs their .ca version the same way - regular database with a weighting to .ca domains. My theory is that the .ca world is too small to warrant any special databases or anything like that so the easiest way to create a .ca search engine is simply to cheat the regular algo for the regular database.

As too why you haven't been picked up yet I can't say. Nobody seems to be spidering on a regular basis anymore. Try submitting to excite.com and see what happens.


7:24 pm on Feb 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your info.

To oilman's mention of AV.ca : Altavista.ca is run by Telus Corp. (second largest telecom company in Canada). They have a special spider that will not pick up any site that is not physically hosted in Canada or has a .ca domain. It used to be a very reliable spider but I haven't seen it around for last few months. I think it has something to do with Telus restructurintg and moving their Altavista stuff from Edmonton to Calgary. I really believe AV.ca and AV.com are completely independant of each other. Hope it helps.


9:21 pm on Feb 14, 2001 (gmt 0)

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stn24 - I stand corrected. I believe you are right about AV. I just did a search for mp3 and the canadian index returned just over 660,000 results and the world index returned over 12,000,000. Interesting.

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