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Search Engine Adds Website Popularity Rank

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by ovi, Feb 20, 2005.

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    ovi Guest

    The Web’s Biggest search engine now lets users sort their search results so the most popular websites display first. Search results also include the Web’s Biggest “Popularity Rankâ€Â. This tells searchers how popular websites are based on the number of visitors they receive from all sources.

    The popularity rank comes from monitoring the web surfing habits of millions of people. The number of visits each website receives is counted and ranked compared to all others.

    Most search engines rank search results by the number of hyperlinks pointing to a website. “Website traffic is a more accurate indication of how popular a website is than hyperlinks which tend to favor academic and reference sites over truly popular ones,†says company Spokesperson Adam Radly.

    Web’s Biggest (http://www.websbiggest.com) also offers searchers the option of sorting search results by relevancy if they prefer.

    Web’s Biggest says it searches more websites than any other search engine. In a recent study done by the company, “Other search engines missed a third to more than half of the websites in the Web’s Biggest search results,†according to Radly. The company has even set up a random search page so the public can verify their claims.

    Web’s Biggest is unique in that they have licensed the entire Whois database of more than 40 million domain names. This enables them to search almost every website in the world. Other search engines rely on hyperlinks and manual submissions to find websites. As a result the company estimates that most search engines search less than 10 million websites.

    Web’s Biggest search results come from their own web crawlerâ€â€with a twist. The company uses the information gathered by their spider to summarize what each website is about. Users then search those website summaries. The result is a superior way to find the top websites on a particular topic, rather than just pages which contain the search words.

    Searchers can even change the descriptions of websites they are familiar with. Since search results are based in part on website descriptions, this lets individual searchers change everyone’s search results.

    The search engine stores all past descriptions of websites in a database so other users can undo or correct descriptions. This makes Web’s Biggest the world’s biggest “wikiâ€Â. Wiki is software that allows users to collectively author web documents.

    “Letting users rewrite search results has its dangers,†acknowledges company spokesperson Adam Radly. “But having thousands of ââ¬Ëœeditors’ is also what makes this search engine unique. You can’t have one without the other.â€Â

    Source: w3reports.com/index.php?itemid=793

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