A test search brought back results with combined results from the various search engines and directories that Dogpile pulls from, but there is another column to the right with the question "Are You Looking For..." that had much better search queries and subsequently better results.
Users will notice buttons at the top of their search results, including "Best of All Search Engines", "Google", "Yahoo Search", "MSN Search", etc.
Audio Search test searches receive results from Yahoo Search, Singing Fish, and more.
While some of the general details have changed, the major themes referenced in this article were still relevant when I reviewed it a year after publishing it.
However, when I reviewed it on January 12, 2011, there have been significant changes: In spite of the changes since publication, this article still makes for a great historical reference & helps readers understand a variety of approaches that have been used in the search space, both from a business model and a relevancy perspective.
Search engines will return dramatically different results for the same search query.
Dogpile's Image Search brought back good results, including better search query suggestions.
while spending time using slow growth long term low risk techniques on a site you eventually want to rank in Google.
I thought it would be worth compiling notes comparing how relevancy is defined by each engine (or how I perceive it based on my experiences).
There is also have the option to set search preferences, with the ability to customize default search settings.
The ability to search several big search engines and directories at the same time is not only a time-saver, but it's useful to compare results.
Click on any of those buttons and search results will now highlight items that are specifically from that search engine in a column to the right.