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vang.net spider 1.6 (Spider firstname.lastname@example.org) [webmasterworld.com]
I've been spidered a lot by this fellow lately, it's connected to the Danish site "www.soegning.dk" which is a new Danish SE.
The Soegning.dk SE is "powered by search.vang.net". At www.vang.net is a site entirely in Dutch, the only thing i can understand is a reference to the Dutch SE "Vindex", i don't know how the two sites are related.
Anybody with Dutch language skills out there?
joined:Oct 23, 2000
There's some connection between soegning.dk and vang.net.
<added>Phew, just took it for a spin and it's sloooow. Category fill by a DMOZ dump.</added>
Wiebe Weikamp was 20 years old when he and some other students started in 1996 at the student association InterLink the 'InterLink Search Engine' AKA Ilse. Ilse is still the biggest Dutch search engine (Most used search engines in the Netherlands [webmasterworld.com]) although their market share is dropping year after year. After some problems there (a newspaper published that employees of a famous Dutch company spent a lot of time searching at Ilse on adult keywords during work time) he left Ilse and started some 6 years ago with IDG a kind of Ilse-2: 'Vindex.nl'. Ilse bought his 33.3% share of Vindex in June this year (Ilse.nl aquires vindex.nl [webmasterworld.com]). At that moment it wasn't clear if he would remain working at Vindex or not. He then said "I've got 1001 ideas. For some time I will quietly think about it". On the Jobs [vang.net] page of Vang.net, they still mention search engines as one of their activities. So maybe he is now working on an 'Ilse-3'.
I've read somewhare that they had some difficulties handling the Danish characters..On another forum he confirmed that they had mixed up several charsets like UTF-8 and Windows-1252 resulting in SERPs with Chinese characters for letters as ø and æ. But that should be solved by now.
To get Danish pages indexed in this SE, you can use this addurl [sogning.dk].
The log-file spamming i suspected in the related thread was caused by their spider consistently using their URL as the referrer-string. This is a bit annoying, as it makes you think that you've got visitors from it when in fact you've only been spidered.
Apart from that, it has good SERPS for my main keywords, so i hope it will get some users. The directory is dmoz, but the ranking is different from the Google directory, imho even better.