When you want to know who’s truly the best you ask an insider. Want to know who the best ball player is? Ask a ball player. Want to know who’s acting performance was best? Ask an actor. You ask someone with experience in the industry, because industry insiders understand nuances the rest of us will miss. It stands to reason if you want to know which search engine is best you should go directly to the source and ask the search engines. So who do search engines think is the best search engine?
The idea for this rather simple test comes via this Webmaster-Talk thread. To find out which search engine the search engines think is best I just asked them and checked the results.
Google says Dogpile is the best search engine
Yahoo says Yahoo is the best search engine
MSN says Search.com is the best search engine
Ask says Ask is the best search engine
Dogpile was the only site listed in the top 10 at all four engines ranking 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 10th, at Google, Yahoo, Ask, and Live Search respectively. Oddly neither Google nor MSN lists their own search engine in the results. Are they simply being modest? Are Yahoo and Ask being vain listing themselves at the top? Yahoo was the only engine listing one of the other four giving the #2 spot to Google.
What does the above prove? Nothing of course, but it’s still fun. And since all four major search engines agree on Dogpile which engine does Dogpile think is the best search engine? Well Dogpile of course. Maybe the major search engines knew something after all.