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Euroseek Directory search

It needs some work...

     
2:17 am on Jul 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Just did a search on the Euroseek Directory for the one listing I have there, to see how well the site could be found. Excuse me for saying so, but the search results verge on the ridiculous.

I could see no evidence of an algo. Instead of an all-the-word result, it seems to be returning every listing that returns any of the words contained in my query... and in fact any of the text strings contained in my query.

So, adding "San Francisco" to the query to make the search more specific in fact made it less so, as the word "thousand," eg, was added to the returns. On a query so specific the site would be the only return on any other search anywhere, I got 500 results in apparently random order... and I gave up trying to find my own site.

I'd love to see the directory succeed, but seriously, this is amateur city.

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I definitely know what you mean. In reviewing the directory cats noticed that many CV web sites are considered relevant listings for topical hierarchy.

Good old -- Ola Persson - MSc in Chemcal Engineering -- Ola Persson - MSc in Chemical Engineering. Decription of myself and my experience in Chemical Engineering, Corrosion Engineering and Heat transfer. My Curriculum Vitae, publications and professial interests can be found on this site.

-- is considered "Science".

The "Science" cat also seems to have a PR0. NO WONDER!

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I'm getting a PR0 for all of Euroseek pages apart from the front page/webmail/weather.

I hope my toolbar is faulty because I had a good link from the directory when my cat was PR5

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Not a chance, all PR0!

ButI really don't no why? Maybe just no Back Links yet.

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I dont think links from Eurowannabe count do they? Aren't they some kind of cgi redirect?

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Good point Nick!

Never looked before, but true!

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I've noticed some numbering flaws throughout the Euroseek directory, for instance a catagory will say 21 and ill go within it and there are not any listings. oOOoo ya they do use CGI redirect stuff too for different purposes so heh the links may not count unless they make some changes or the search engines devour them ;)
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New listings don't appear immediately so numbering of listings will always appear as "what WILL be there" rather than what IS there.
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I wouldn't jump to conclusions regarding Euroseek as a source of link popularity.

It's not so long ago that Euroseek made the URL's to the categories SE friendly. This may be the reason why Google hasn't registered any back links yet. I don't se any reson why Google should give the categories PR0.

Regarding the redirect (/redirect.cgi?url=http://www...) we have seen Google crawling redirect URL's before. Especially on sites with high page rank.

Just my 2 cents

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In the long run, for us to get benefit from links to Euroseek, the directory has to attract visitors. I can't imagine very many people, except maybe for us crazy SEOs, who would return to a directory after getting results like what Euroseek is currently offering. Really, they've got to a lot of repair work to do immediately. Right now, I'm not sure it's even worth the trouble to submit more listings.
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I did get 1 click-through. I suppose that is something!
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I had a few a while back but then I'm in a web dev cat so I guess it was one of you lot ;)

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Two years ago Euroseek was quite popular in Finland and Sweeden but now I'm only getting a couple of clicks each month. Even though it's free to register a site I'm only doing bacause I hope it will give som link pop.

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The results didn't seem bad to me. They aren't the best, but I was looking at the numbers for sites in categories, and I don't think there are more than 10,000 links in the whole thing. I did a couple of different searches on things and there were times when it would return exactly what I returned on top. And then there were times when it wouldn't. The times that it didn't return good results, I looked through a couple of the pages and I didn't see any results that would have been the best result. So I think maybe sometimes there just isn't a site in there to fit what your looking for.

Example: I did a search for golf games. I didn't get any matches that had golf games in the title, description etc. I did get matches that were for golf, and matches that were for games. I then did a search for golf courses, and the top match was a site for Nevada golf courses. And then it has golf courses in the description. The results after that were also about golf courses.

Am I'm missing something?

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>>Am I'm missing something?<<

wicburn - Welcome to the board. In the example I used, I was searching for one of my own sites with a search so specific that it should have been the only site returned. Instead, as I describe above, the peculiarities of the algo gave a lot of irrelevant results, with so many sites returned that I gave up looking.

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In my categorie there is only my site, but I only get 2 hits a monyh from euroseek.

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Another enoying point about Euroseek is that when you click on a link on the serps it opens the page in a new window.
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The latest on my adventures with the directory search...

This time, when I tried to search for my test site, no results were returned.

I drilled down to look for the site, and found it, the only site listed in a category which, if in Yahoo, would have hundreds of listings. To further test the search, I copied and pasted the listed title into the search box, but searching returned the message that no matching results were found.

I'm sure I'll crack that algo eventually. ;) Euroseek, if you're still on the boards... what's going on?

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I have 2 sites listed in euroseek. When I do a searh for site title, it displays the directory serps with my listing and the category where it is listed. when I click on the category link my site is nowhere to be found...

Anyone else seeing this???

 

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