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Google’s Matt Cutts Encourages Users To Check Out Blekko and DuckDuckGo

Cutts: Competition is great. It keeps us on our toes.

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Google’s Matt Cutts used a new webmaster video to share his thoughts about alternative search engines Blekko and DuckDuckGo. Long story short, he thinks you should check them out, and see what you like and don’t like about them.

The discussion was spurred by a question submitted to him, asking what he thinks about Blekko. “In general, I love when new search engines launch,” he says. “It’s always cool to run a few queries, and see how do they score things differently than we would score things.”

“I think it’s fantastic to have a lot of competition,” he says. “I think it’s good for users, as long as people are competing on a level or fair playing ground.”

I can hear the critics of Google’s own competitive practices getting ready to chime in already.

On Blekko’s slashtag strategy, Cutts says, “It’s unclear it will catch on, because it is some amount of work to build those individual restricts or groups or collections, but they do a relatively good job of showing auto complete, and sort of suggesting tags you might want to add.”

“I love when new search engines launch. I think competition is great,” he reiterates. “It keeps us on our toes. It makes sure that we’re doing the right things. I highly encourage people to check out both Blekko and DuckDuckGo. See what you like, see what you don’t like. Certainly with power users, it will certainly have some amount of appeal, and then time will tell.”

“The wonderful thing is that everyone has different philosophies about how to improve search, and how to make search better,” he adds. “So this is another company trying out their idea – their philosophy, and we’ll just see how well it works.”

Below are a couple of interviews we did earlier this year with Blekko co-founder and CEO Rich Skrenta and DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg about their search engines. They give you an idea of their search philosophies:

Last week, Blekko announced some new privacy features, such as a new 48-hour data retention policy. Some users will like that either way.

Google’s Matt Cutts Encourages Users To Check Out Blekko and DuckDuckGo
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  • http://www.freeguninfo.com Adsense Publisher

    Of course Matt Cutts wants us to all search using their competition because Google, like Bing, is watching and collecting data from us because we all have their toolbars installed.

    • Jack

      You are absolutely correct! we will work for free, helping Google copy other search engines algo!

  • http://freeseoservicecompany.com/about-me Anirban Das

    Great encouragement by Matt Cutt..if we dont test the others ,its tough to make a fare comparison!

  • http://www.seonorthamerica.com Tom Aikins

    It seems strange to hear Matt say he likes to see new search engines start up. One of them one day may be the replacement for Google.

    • Jack

      Maybe he knows when to kiss some @ss.. he might even be looking for a job soon,. the way Google is doing search these days!!

      • http://www.website-articles.net Allen Graves

        That…or Google just plans on buying them when they get a little bigger.

  • http://www.kokoarena.com KokoArena

    the problem is that google has monopolized “search” another name for search is now google…

  • http://seocanadaservices.ca/ Seo Canada

    I think one day Matt will regret these comments….

  • India

    This guy talks too much. I’m surprised if he is not fired after those statements. Shareholders will not be happy. This guy is out of touch. Look at the mess he created with Panda.

    • http://www.freeguninfo.com Adsense Publisher

      I agree, look at the mess Google created with Panda.

      I didn’t mind the little changes we’d see here and there, and felt overall I was happy with Google’s results. Now, most of the time I’m disgusted by what they throw up on the page and call it “organic results”. I have to sift through more junk than before just to get to what I’m looking for. I didn’t care that some article site was showing up on the top or not and shouldn’t have been there. If anything all Google should have done was release a search result blocking tool. I thought that was the smartest thing they could have done, and Panda was the dumbest thing they could have done. If only a few percent of searches were affected by Panda, Why is it that I can’t seem to find anybody saying good things about Panda and most will say their traffic has declined significantly? It’s still a lie if you don’t tell the whole truth, and Google is very good at leaving out some of the truth and calling it “proprietary secrets”.

  • http://www.vietnam-travel-and-food.com Vietnam Travel Guide

    well to me i think Blekko is very good, they let you a lot of search engine optimization insights about your websites…they are quite open about that and that look cool to me..

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