Search Engines — does Google suck?

At the Internet Librarian conference I heard several people mention that Google’s search results are getting worse. I agree.

Some of you may know that I run a fairly popular skateboarding website — http://www.bobstricktips.com . The site has been around since 1999, and it gets quite a lot of traffic. It is always ranked in the Yahoo! skateboarding pages as one of the most popular skate sites, and it is really the only site of it’s kind on the web. Literally hundreds of thousands of people have used the site.

So what happens when you search Google for “Bob’s Trick Tips”? Well, you don’t get my site, at least not near the top. You’ll find sites that link to me, but not my site itself.  Likewise, searching for “skateboard tricks” doesn’t get me up there either. 

Similar searches of Yahoo! produce slightly better results. It does find “Bob’s Trick Tips”, but I don’t come up well for the “skateboard tricks” search.

Now, I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but my site really should show up in these searches. With all proper humility, if I were a kid searching for “how to ollie”, I would want the proper page on BTT to show up in my search.

I did the same searches in Ask.com . My site popped right up. Perfect. And all the other results were highly relevant too. A very good search, on all my search strings. Ask.com is doing something very, very right.

I’m not sure what has happened to really ruin Google’s search results, but they suck. And everyone who knows anything about web-search knows they suck. Come on, Google — get with it. Google is doing some really great things, but their basic search engine is falling apart.  

So I suggest to everyone that you might want to use Ask.com — then Yahoo! — then as a last resort Google for internet searches.

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