How we are reducing web spam in the Findx index

Indexing only the valuable, non-spam pages of the internet keeps us on our toes! Millions of spammy pages are created ad hoc, and their shady owners try to game the system with all sorts of techniques to make these pages rise to the top of the search results. The never-ending fight against spam We’re sure … Continue reading How we are reducing web spam in the Findx index

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The flavour of summer – Findx updates and our bot’s behaviour

We hope everyone had a fantastic summer! Even though we haven’t posted often here, we’ve been working hard in the background. We also took the opportunity to take a little time off and enjoy the delightful taste of all kinds of seasonal berries and the classic Danish “Rød grød med fløde” Findx has been updated! … Continue reading The flavour of summer – Findx updates and our bot’s behaviour

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Findxbot – a real search engine bot

We received many questions in our last AMA on reddit and from webmasters about Findx, about how we build the Findx search engine index, and how our crawler, Findxbot, works. We hope this post can answer some of those questions!

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Norwegian – Bokmål or Nynorsk

Just a short note: We currently don’t distinguish between Bokmål and Nynorsk. We inherited a code base (https://github.com/privacore/open-source-search-engine) which had set aside 6 bits (64 values) for language ids. We recently discovered that it only had one code for Norwegian. But Norwegian comes in two versions: Bokmål and Nynorsk, which a similar but do have … Continue reading Norwegian – Bokmål or Nynorsk

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A good time to look at alternatives to Google

VIDEO: © European Union, 2017   /   Source: EC – Audiovisual Service The EU has fined Google for a sum of €2.42 billion for breaching antitrust rules. Google was found to have prioritised their shopping comparison services in their search results, and demoting their competitors. In other words, Google has abused their market dominance – … Continue reading A good time to look at alternatives to Google

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Roundup from May: The AMA on reddit was the highlight

Shortly after the findx public beta was released, we held an AMA (ask me anything) on reddit. We were overwhelmed and very happy with the response from the reddit community, who asked loads of questions and gave us valuable feedback. Our AMA even hit the front page of reddit – it gave us one more … Continue reading Roundup from May: The AMA on reddit was the highlight

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What’s the difference between a metasearch engine and a search engine?

If you want to find something on the internet, you need search. Search engines make it possible for you to find the information you are looking for. There are a number of search engines, and it is hard to tell if they are independent or metasearch engines. Many private search engines are actually metasearch engines. … Continue reading What’s the difference between a metasearch engine and a search engine?

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Why are some sites missing from findx?

Because we are an independent search engine and not a metasearch engine, our spider is continuously crawling the web, adding pages to the findx index. And because we are a European search engine, European and English-language sites are a priority for findx as it is growing and improving its index. But not all websites allow every … Continue reading Why are some sites missing from findx?

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The findx private search engine public beta is live!

Findx has launched and we are delighted to announce that the public beta is live! Thank you to everyone who participated in the closed beta program – you gave us invaluable feedback which allowed us to reach this milestone, and we truly appreciate your help and continued support.

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Quality rating of search results on Findx

Search results should not be biased, they should be same for everyone – what you see is what everyone gets. But search engines need to rank pages based on their usefulness.  Most do this by using everyone’s search history and in addition, recording your personal behaviour and then make search personalised for you, or biased as … Continue reading Quality rating of search results on Findx

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