Best Search Engine…Ever

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

Top Google result for best search engine

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Yahoo says Yahoo is the best search engine

Top Yahoo result for best search engine

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MSN says Search.com is the best search engine

Top Live Search result for best search engine

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Ask says Ask is the best search engine

Top Ask result for best search engine

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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.

Top Dogpile result for best search engine

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3 comments

  1. That’s too funny. It’s actually even funnier because I never thought of doing that.

    So if Google doesn’t list themselves as the best search engine, does that mean they’re the only one that isn’t playing around with the results. Or is it all just some Machiavellian plot to make it seem that way?

    Now I’m getting paranoid.

  2. Yeah, even though I originally did the search query just for fun, I didn’t think MSN would also say search.com, must have something to do with their search algorithm. I also thought it was ironic that the largest, most popular search engine wouldn’t even rank themselves in the top 10.

  3. I’m glad you find it funny Kristine. The credit goes to James for finding it. I saw his post on Webmaster Talk about Google not showing Google first and then decided to check the other engines and capture the screen shots.

    I’d guess no one ever links to Google with the anchor text ‘search engine’ as the reason. People just link to them as Google and so based on their own algorithm they’re not as relevant for the term.

    It was a nice find James. I want to say someone did this or a similar search once before, but I couldn’t remember if they had. It is a bit of irony that two of the four don’t list themselves on the first page and the other two list themselves first. It was also interesting that Dogpile was the only site listed in the top 10 on all four search engines.

    And thanks for giving me an easy idea for a post.

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