Gigablast Better than Google or Ask.com : According to Study

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Gigablast, a personal favorite and privately owned and operated search engine, just released the findings of their search “taste test” where the majority of study participants, over 55%, found the Gigablast search results to be as good as, or better than, search results from Google.

  • The study compared Gigablast’s and Google’s search results side-by-side, without brand names or logos, with over 220 participants.
  • Forty-eight sample search queries were used, with the queries comprising an unbiased selection of the top queries of 2007, as reported by Google’s own Google Zeitgeist service.
  • The majority of study participants were from North America (approximately 73% of participants).

Compared with Ask.com’s search results in a separate study, Gigablast performed even better.

  • 44% of users preferred Gigablast to Ask.com (versus only 34% of users who preferred Ask to Gigablast).
  • Including tie votes, 66% of users voted Gigablast better than, or as good as, Ask.com.


Gigablast says that comparison studies with Microsoft Live Search and Yahoo are now in progress.

“Our users have always been passionate about Gigablast search, but the outcome of these studies represents great validation of the quality, relevance, and freshness of the Gigablast search results,” said Matt Wells, CEO and Founder of Gigablast. “When combined with our intuitive user interface, our industry-leading privacy policy, and our flexible business services, the results of these studies demonstrate that Gigablast is an exceptional search alternative.”

Granted, Gigablast did the study themselves, and this kind of PR does not usually make it to the blog, but like I said, I’ve been a longtime fan of Gigablast and have always considered their algorithm as one of the majors that I track client rankings on. I’m excited to see more coming out of Gigablast.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • http://adwordseditor.blogspot.com Dan

    I’d LOVE to see a better “compare results to” for the search results. It just takes you to the search on another engine.

    Kind of like younanimous…

    http://www.younanimous.com/search/web/dan%20london%20adwords/

  • as

    I would take it more seriously if it didnt look like balls. Relevant results however.

  • http://www.jaankanellis.com Jaan Kanellis

    I wish the “real media” would take a story like this and run with it a bit. Might scare Google into creating better results for everyone and stop relying on only back links to judge a pages value.

  • http://free-iphone-apple.blogspot.com mark

    Awful results! I like the Google ones better.

  • http://www.qarchive.org/ Nick

    Gigablast eats the spider traffic by polling of their bot but gives almost no people traffic… Does anyone consider Gigablast seriously?

  • http://www.escortace.com/usa/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/ Pittsburgh

    That’s easy to be ‘better’ when you have 18,000 for seo instead of 19,000,000 with Google…

  • http://www.reddoorhomeloans.com/how-to-pick-a-mortgage-broker.html Wade Young

    They turned up a site with no links on the very first page. That doesn’t make sense to me. The search results did not look right to me either, generally speaking. Sticking with Google for now.

  • http://sushubh.net Sushubh

    We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later.

    This is what I get when I search for something now.

  • Sean

    “an unbiased selection of the top queries”

    That’s probably not the best way to do a relevance evaluation. A random sampling of all queries is a better method. I also think that 48 queries is too small of a sample size. 220 participants is certainly adequate.

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  • http://xenbet.com Mikeal

    Gigablas has always been just as good as Google, and also the technology ie they use less servers and are more energy efficient.

    Sadly good had the two stanford grads story to sell to teh media, Gigablast hasnt had the ability to catch the medias attention.

    Its the media folks ( look at the elections, the only way obama was so prominent or hilary was over the others is because the media was on their side).

    xenbet.com

  • http://www.asieragos.es katu

    the best homepage ever is
    http://www.asieragos.es/english.html
    you can search on google, delicious, youtube, wikipedia, mp3gle….. and much more in a easy and fast way,
    if you try it, you’ll love it!!!

  • http://readmystuff.wordpress.com Michael

    Sorry Gigablast does not even come close to Google for real everyday usage. I ran some tests and mostly Gigablast does not contain important pages in its index.

    The world doesn’t need another Google, perhaps smaller more specialized search engines would be a better idea for emerging providers.

  • Dave

    hmmm not sure if I agree.

    Just did several search’s on some items and Google seemed to give me the variety of choice.

    One of the searches I am doing for example; looking for a series of obscure books “elements of mining engineering”

    All the search engines that are claiming better than google seem to come up short.

    IMO if there is something better than Google I’m sure it would be in the media…because schmucks in the media thrive/live on Google (including myself)

    Google has done it for me for the last 5 years, I haven’t seen something better.

    Just my opinion…

    8)

  • harry poting

    I like google as a search engine, but for my homepage i like http://www.azokan.com because you have everything that u used to have with google and much more sites to search in.
    fast, easy and useful.

  • sunny

    its terrible dan. were you drunk?

  • http://dreamer.me dreamer

    Of course they found that… they were doing the study!

  • http://www.lastdownload.com Alex

    Why then Gigablast isn’t used by 80% of US web users like Google? Forty-eight sample search queries are in no way representative selection to compare with. Google gets millions queries a day and people like the results.

  • David

    I decided to test them out after seeing the Gigablast search engine in the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie. After finding that Gigablst retrieved 0 results for something that Google found 491 results for I emailed Gigablast to let them know that I tried them out and what I had found.

    They emailed me back and called me a “dick”. How's that for PR?
    Won't be using them, ever!

  • David

    I decided to test them out after seeing the Gigablast search engine in the new Nightmare on Elm Street movie. After finding that Gigablst retrieved 0 results for something that Google found 491 results for I emailed Gigablast to let them know that I tried them out and what I had found.

    They emailed me back and called me a “dick”. How's that for PR?
    Won't be using them, ever!