I came across this article today by Charles S. Knight which lists The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines. These are the results based on a few qualities of the search engine, including their home page and search intellegence. I didn’t look at every “Search Engine” listed, but there are a few that stuck out to me as not really belonging there:
- AOL – Not very unique. They get all of their results from Google.
- del.icio.us – huh? a search engine?
- digg – huh? a search engine?
I’d love to see a list of the top 100 search engines based on real volume (versus fake or generated volume) and their ability to drive quality traffic. (see my post about ask.com to understand what I’m NOT looking for.)