Do You Think Google Search Results Suck? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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poll2   Do You Think Google Search Results Suck? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week, we asked readers to let us know how you keep track of your passwords. It seems most MakeUseOf readers are using LastPass (or Xmarks, which will soon be integrated into LastPass).

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This week’s poll question is: Do You Think Google Search Results Suck?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the quantity of sites who use SEO to rank highly in Google search results. There’s also been plenty of debate as to whether Google should or shouldn’t try to remove them from the top slots in order to make the results better for the searchers. What’s your take?

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Knob

Good

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thenonhacker

While Google is still my choice for Technical Searches,

1. Google still has annoying spam results linking to fake websites full of Google Ads.

2. Google Maps is stale. OpenStreetMaps, Bing, and MapQuest are better. I know this, because there’s an internal Google Video of Google Maps staff getting advice from a consultant about why people prefer MapQuest than Google Maps.

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hehe

How would you know anyway?
there’s this: http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/

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Kristen Lepa

The reason I think Google results are awful is that it will come up with one real result, which is mirrored (stolen) by about 20 other sites. The first couple of pages are useless once you’ve read one link. Then results stop when I know there are about a thousand other pages that should come up. Other search engines will catch that. Also, you can’t customize it. I’d rather use something that gives me a lot of otherwise “obscure” pages, like in the old days! If I want just one source, I’ll go to Wikipedia.

BTW, I use GoodSearch, which donates a penny to my favorite registered charity every time I make a search. I donate to IMOM.org

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Tim

Google is close to being perfect for search results, I can’t believe that anyone would even consider anything else.

Angela Alcorn

Yup. I find most of the top results are SEO optimised pages with targeted Google ads. Very annoying!

Miggs

Agree with the first statement. But saying Google Maps is stale seems a bit childish. Agree, It’s not perfect, but comparing it with the competition it’s way ahead. Anyway, why do people prefer MapQuest? Do they really use it instead of GMaps?

Aibek

Looking at MUO stats I can say that about 95% of search traffic comes from Google. From my own experience, I am quite happy with Google search results but that might be also because these days I dont use Google as much as I used say 2-3 years ago.

I use niche sites more and more these days. When I need to lookup the info on something my primary choice is Wikipedia. For videos/tutorials there is Youtube. For URLs I use del.icio.us etc etc

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hehe

How would you know anyway?
there’s this: http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/12/search-still-sucks/

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Cert

I wish Google would stop providing search results for what they think I am asking. If I put quotes around a phrase, I am looking for that exact phrase, thank you.

Angela Alcorn

Too true!

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Kristen Lepa

The reason I think Google results are awful is that it will come up with one real result, which is mirrored (stolen) by about 20 other sites. The first couple of pages are useless once you’ve read one link. Then results stop when I know there are about a thousand other pages that should come up. Other search engines will catch that. Also, you can’t customize it. I’d rather use something that gives me a lot of otherwise “obscure” pages, like in the old days! If I want just one source, I’ll go to Wikipedia.

BTW, I use GoodSearch, which donates a penny to my favorite registered charity every time I make a search. I donate to IMOM.org

Angela Alcorn

I love those charity search engines!

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nursing scrubs

Before the Google Instant and Google caffeine, SERP result is a long way and it really takes time to know what happened to what you had worked for. But now, since these two are already working (overtime) , the result is so fast, that it makes me work overtime too. Somehow the big change in SERP has its own benefits and its own disadvantages(which sucks). Though, I still trust Google when it comes to its SERP, eh.

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Susendeep dutta

I use adblockplus firefox addon while browsing which removes all ads before download.This addon has changed my browsing experience and I see no ads whether of Google or any other site.So I get productive results from Google and I’m very very happy with it.I also like it’s instant feature but it works only when you are logged on into Google accounts.

Aibek

AdBlockPlus is great but needs customization. I often found it blocking navigational or other legit widgets on the websites I am visiting.

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Jack Cola

I think the Google Results are great. I have used Bing a couple of times, and it didn’t find anything I was after, so Google > Bing.

The only thing I hate about Google… well website owners will know

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Mike

I am tempted to try bing once in a while but I always end up switching back to Google. In terms of search results Google is above all others ~ maybe because of the intelligence gathered via all the users, maybe it’s their system and index.

The verdict is that Google usually has my results (what I’m looking for) within the Top 10 while on bing and others I usually have to go through 3 pages.

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Jack Cola

I think the Google Results are great. I have used Bing a couple of times, and it didn’t find anything I was after, so Google > Bing.

The only thing I hate about Google… well website owners will know

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Mike

I am tempted to try bing once in a while but I always end up switching back to Google. In terms of search results Google is above all others ~ maybe because of the intelligence gathered via all the users, maybe it’s their system and index.

The verdict is that Google usually has my results (what I’m looking for) within the Top 10 while on bing and others I usually have to go through 3 pages.

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James Bruce

Sure, Bing sucks and Google is still the best… but that doesnt mean there isnt a lot of improvement they could make.

The main problem is content farms and long tailed SERP optimized pages. For instance, sites that say “we have a manual for HITACHI 45987 (insert your obscurely named washer/dryer), please pay for full access” – when they clearly dont have that manual, and are just trying to play the search results for a niche term.

Google could fix that instantly by allowing users to (1) mark specific sites to NEVER show in their search results, and (2) using those users hints to improve everyones results (once above a certain threshold, like 100 users think this site is spam).

(I think there is a Chrome plugin for (1) right?)

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James Bruce

Sure, Bing sucks and Google is still the best… but that doesnt mean there isnt a lot of improvement they could make.

The main problem is content farms and long tailed SERP optimized pages. For instance, sites that say “we have a manual for HITACHI 45987 (insert your obscurely named washer/dryer), please pay for full access” – when they clearly dont have that manual, and are just trying to play the search results for a niche term.

Google could fix that instantly by allowing users to (1) mark specific sites to NEVER show in their search results, and (2) using those users hints to improve everyones results (once above a certain threshold, like 100 users think this site is spam).

(I think there is a Chrome plugin for (1) right?)

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laboratory

You will always get quality results for popular, common phrases.

But what about less popular? Don’t think that even Google cares about that. For less popular, less common phrases I usually get 3-5 quality results and than there is garbage… Sad.

Cheers.

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laboratory

You will always get quality results for popular, common phrases.

But what about less popular? Don’t think that even Google cares about that. For less popular, less common phrases I usually get 3-5 quality results and than there is garbage… Sad.

Cheers.

Angela Alcorn

So true. But it’s those specific, obscure things you really need to find quality results for.

Aibek

As far as I am aware the results for highly popular/competitive terms are controlled manually.

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Angela Alcorn

Yup. The plugin came out just in the last few days.

It’s called Personal Blocklist:
https://chrome.google.com/webs

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Nyan Tun

All depends on how you search. If you search seriously with Google, Google will give you best response. If you search nonsense with Google, Google with give you nonsense response. Just look at the picture. I even searched a forum in my native language (Myanmar/Burma). Who gives the best results? Of course ‘Google.’
http://img38.imageshack.us/img

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Nyan Tun

All depends on how you search. If you search seriously with Google, Google will give you best response. If you search nonsense with Google, Google with give you nonsense response. Just look at the picture. I even searched a forum in my native language (Myanmar/Burma). Who gives the best results? Of course ‘Google.’
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/8855/image1dew.png

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Hi-Tech-IT

Started to suck ass, all it shows is that darn ehow shite! Step 1…

Trying out this now water diets

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Scroogled

scroogle results are biased, geared toward promoting what they say is important (which it is not) and pushing everything else into the dark. Typical herd mentality of today. The only thing that counts is the buzz, not the reality. In short they suck and social marketing is not social, it is business marketing when 80% of tweets are selling something.

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