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A few years ago Danny did a survey/test to see which engines could find themselves when searchers searched for them by name. This resulted in the fastest across-the-board update this industry has seen. While trying out Yuntis, I thought I'd see how the engines were getting along today.
I searched each engine below for the two-word phrase "search engine" (no quotes). These are the positions each achieved in their own SERPs. The US version/TLD was used in all cases. NF means Not Found.
Yuntis NF in 100
MSN 1 (featured sites)
Netscape Search 1
AOL Search 102 (enhanced(?) by Google :))
Teoma 10 (Search with Auth... er, honesty)
Wisenut NF in 100 (Teoma is 19th)
Gigablast NF in 100
Yahoo 2 (from Google, nowhere in directory search)In fairness, DMOZ does not list itself in its Search Engines category, and most of the directories would likewise not equate themselves with SEs, whatever the average surfer might think.
Looksmart NF in 120 (though the results are almost exclusively SEO sites)
Excite NF in 100Proof that you should never trust others to do your work for you.
Ixquick NF in 56 results (but does list Metacrawler)
Metacrawler NF in 88 results (but does list Ixquick)
Overture NF in 120 (can't afford the $1.50)
Findwhat NF (can't afford 39 cents)
Kanoodle NF in first 20 (#1 is $0.04). (Then it threatened me with
"The term you have searched for has returned adult listings" so I ran
Espotting at 38 cents per click flush with money!
Ask Jeeves 22 (Teoma is 10 and 19)But as Bertram knew, you have to talk nice to the Butler. When I asked him "What is the best search engine on the web?" he was in no doubt - AJ
Best scorers all round were Search.com, benefitting from its name, and Danny's site (probably to dissuade him from ever doing a survey like this again. ;))