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New Search Engine Cuil Begins to Improve

July 30th, 2008

cuil-search-engine.jpgThe new search engine Cuil, first heralded as a rival to Google with serious potential and then heavily criticized for a plethora of recent difficulties including an apparent inability to handle punctuation marks, insufficient server capacity, and a general lack of results on many basic queries now seems to be making significant improvements.

After checking my referrer stats earlier tonight, I confirmed that the first search query visits have arrived at this site from Cuil’s domain. Two hits were recorded on the query “free cash-paying surveys” and they managed to pull up one of my posts on this topic from last year. This is good news because that particular post happens to be the one that is generating a fair percentage of my Clickbank sales (most of the remaining sales are coming from the bum marketing page).

Meanwhile, I went to the main Cuil page and tried out some more queries. Overall their performance was significantly better than it was yesterday. Searches on relatively popular keywords are returning more results than before, although still not as many as the other major search engines. Moderately long tail queries are starting to return a few results where there were none at all before. Interestingly, longer tail queries such as How Can I Fix My Cell Phone It Got Wet are not returning any results but are displaying the following message:

No results were found for: How Can I Fix My Cell Phone It Got Wet

If you’ve checked your spelling, you could try using fewer or different keywords to broaden your search.

Still no luck? Send us your feedback: noresults(at)cuil.com

The interesting part is that they actually have a “no results” email address and are even inviting feedback. Previously these kinds of search queries produced messages that seemed to blame the lack of results on high server load.

stupid-bush.jpgMoreover, the problem that Cuil seemed to have yesterday with processing periods seems to have been fixed — a search for “George W. Bush” now returns over 2 million results. On a related note, a search for the phrase “miserable failure” pulls up a funny little picture of Bush beside Michael Moore’s site in the top position with George W. Bush’s White House biography page positioned directly under it. Jimmy Carter’s bio also appears right beside Bush’s on the first page for this infamous and dubious query. Now those are some pretty “Cuil” results!


4 Responses to “New Search Engine Cuil Begins to Improve”

  1. comment number 1 by: Leo

    cuil engine is arrive I saw lots of news about this search engine. However, i just wonder that how to add our url on this new search engine?

  2. comment number 2 by: Georganna Hancock

    I blogged on “cuil” the other day (hate the name, unimpressed with the engine, too!), but I haven’t had a chance to see if my pages are getting any hits through it. Thanks for the reminder!

    Nice blog here!

    Georganna @ A Writer’s Edge

  3. comment number 3 by: Karlonia

    @Leo:

    When I first visited Cuil a few days ago, they said on the site that we had to send an email to crawler(at)cuil.com for URL submissions. However, I just checked again today and noticed that they have updated the site and now have a proper contact form to send in URLs and request that they crawl your site. Here is the direct link:

    http://www.cuil.com/info/contact_us/feedback.php?to=crawl%20me

    @Georganna:

    As long as Cuil has indexed some of your pages, you should receive some hits from them eventually. The speed and quantity will depend on how many of your pages are indexed, how many people are actually using the engine, and what keywords your pages are optimized for. On the other hand, if none of your pages have been indexed at all, you can request that they crawl your site (see my reply to Leo above).

  4. comment number 4 by: eBenji

    It still needs plenty of work getting into blogs. A lot of my blogs are still not indexed though they rank high on Google and Yahoo. Cuil is getting better, but it’s still a long way to go

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