Looking for Unfiltered, Unbiased Search Engine Results? Google May Not Be Your Best Choice

Reblogger Eric Kodner
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

I've begun using http://www.duckduckgo.com for web searches and have found it to be a reliable source of search results without the filtering that one encounters with Google search.  Until Google makes it possible to more easily turn off their tracking and filtering of search results, I'm expecting to continue experimenting with semantic search online.  I'd be interested in hearing others' results from trying semantic search!

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Looking for Unfiltered, Unbiased Search Engine Results?  Google May Not Be Your Best Choice

 

The moment you use some search engines, they're gathering information about what you like, what you search for and what they think you want to see.  Search engines show completely different results to different users, based upon their past search and browsing habits.

Simply put, when you use Google search to track how your own websites are doing, that search is biased, based upon your past search habits.  Google shows you results that are influenced by your own past searches.  They're telling you what you want to hear.

It's not easy to turn off this feature in Google search.  Some tech experts say it's becoming impossible.  There's too much money in Google's search "bubble" approach for them to make it easy.

Given all the filtering that's going on at Google when you run a search to determine the popularity of your own website(s), you just can't rely on the results you get.

If you truly want to see where your sites are showing up in searches by the public, Google may not be your best choice for a search engine.

Your best alternative may be a "semantic" search engine which doesn't track your prior search habits and doesn't filter the results you see.

Check out duckduckgo.com for example.  This site boasts better privacy than Google, coupled with search results that are unbiased and unfiltered.

 


 

Eric Kodner, CRS, GRI

Real Estate Broker in Wisconsin & Minnesota

Madeline Island Realty LLC

Phone or Text 612.670.2539

MadelineIsland@Gmail.com

 

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Rainmaker
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Do you have any insights on how to get unbiased searched from Google. It sounds difficult, but since Google is still the Big Dog in town, I think it is important to know where you stand on Google. duckduckgo.com, however, is a nice find! Thanks for providing the information. 

Oct 18, 2011 07:02 PM #1
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Gary Coles
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Eric,  I missed this before and I'm glad that you reblogged it.  It sounds like some great information.

Oct 18, 2011 10:57 PM #2
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Gary Coles
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Eric,  I see that you reblogged your own post from another state -- that really seems creative and an efficient use of your time while marketing in two different locations.

Oct 18, 2011 11:00 PM #3
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Utah Real Estate Professionals - I remember reading a post by TLW on ActiveRain about how to (presumably) disable Google's ability to adjust their search results when you search.  But I also heard a couple of folks tried it and didn't get any different results, so I'm not at all certain that it works.  Good luck!

 

Dec 06, 2011 11:27 PM #4
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes - Minnetonka, MN
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island

Gary - Not only do I like the unbiased nature of searches on DuckDuckGo, but I also particularly like their policy towards search privacy.

Dec 06, 2011 11:28 PM #5
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