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Their front page is just as simple as Google and from what I’ve seen so far the results are more relevant for what I’m looking for. The page info is MUCH easier to navigate and has more info that Google provides. Add in that handy-dandy “convert:” feature that was posted here the other day (instead of having to type “convert nautical miles to miles” into Google and search for the right page) and it’s taken a solid foothold on the top of my search engine list.
Sure, I’m still going to keep optimizing my pages for Google to try to get to the top of the already SEO’d out SERPS. The funny thing is, without even caring about ATW optimization my purely content (not really optimized) pages have somehow made their way to the top while in Google they would be competing with spammed-out-guestbook-linked-sites and never have a chance.
But if big-time comes to Alltheweb, it will have to change or it won't be able to keep up with traffic, things will slow down enormously. Then, like Google, it will have to do with limited click-thru stats.
1) VERY GOOD: the site that is staying rock steady at #1 and #2 in Google despite the fact that it is entirely based on hidden links and hidden text attached to 1 x 1 pixel images is now nowhere to be found in ATW (if I remember right, that site was #2 there until recently). Thus, I say: Yeah! Go Fast!
2) BAD: why are some pages listed twice among the first 100 results (e.g., my site is # 4 and about # 60, with the exact same description). Does that have something to do with the way they update or is it some sort of a glitch?
Note: As a user (SEO is only a hobby for me), I now routinely use both Google and ATW. Yes, I am only one person, but I have friends who value my opinion. I think that Google should put their major priority into updating their main index very, very soon. Results based on the status of the web back in February are not what I am looking for.
This is probably more likely to happen if you have dynamic pages which change constantly - i.e., more than once an hour. If you have a page showing the time with seconds, 2:41:36, if the spider crawls www.mysite.com and later gets referred to www.mysite.com/index.php, the page will be different (a few seconds ahead) and not identified as the same page. This is also the case if your page displays the number of reads or referrers.
(removed http's, was making actual links)
I read the banter here about ATW and thought I'd check its SERPs for my keyword: First page, fourth listing! I could very easily become a ATW convert!
Just like "trying to improve" above, I was gradually working my way up the Google serps - not by any tricks - just by adding good content. (Mine is a no profit, no ad, completely altruistic offering).
Then - bam! - dropped on Google from 9th position 1st page on my key search words, down to bottom of the 2nd page.
This, despite the fact that I have at least triple the number of links coming in than many sites well above me.
Doesn't make any sense!
On ATW? - 3rd position on 1st page - a position I humbly consider a much better reflection of the hard work I've put in (many sites above me haven't been updated for years!) and the utility of my site.
Losing faith in Google big-time!