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Google Not the largest search

Alexa is bigger



11:36 am on Aug 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I recently noticed while visiting Alexa's search engine (http://vista.alexa.com) that they actually have a bigger database than googles.

5,275,966,612 compared to google's 4,285,199,774

But what i found really interesting is that alexa is only running on 32 servers, whereas Google is running on thousands. How can that work?


8:21 pm on Aug 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

How can that work? Many fewer searches performed might be one factor...


8:28 am on Aug 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well just think that Alexa's search is powered by Google. So Alexa doesn't really need any servers because it just takes results from Google, not having to employ any server power of its own.

The point is one however: everybody takes results from DMOZ. Google takes from DMOZ, so Alexa takes from DMOZ too. Google's directory is based on DMOZ, such as Alexas and many other engines'.


[edited by: DaveAtIFG at 3:56 am (utc) on Aug. 14, 2004]
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7:35 pm on Aug 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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So does Alexa just add the # of pages in each feeder's index to it's total of indexed pages?


12:55 pm on Aug 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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No this is Alexa's OWN index, they are using Google's on their main homepage, but they also have this databsae.

I imagine they will scrap Google's results soon. Maybe even A9 will get results from Alexa's (amazon) database instead of from Google


6:57 pm on Aug 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow. That's quite the index! Any reasons why G hasn't surpassed it? I can't think of any...

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