Astute Lucire readers will notice that we’ve fixed up the search—for the last wee while it hasn’t worked properly.
For many years, we used a service called SiteLevel to provide the internal search for our website. When that ceased to work properly, we switched to Duck Duck Go, as users could be assured of their privacy. Sadly, that began to falter when we shifted Lucire to a secure-server protocol in March. Currently, when doing a site search, Duck Duck Go returns 48 total results from lucire.com—down from several thousand in March. We have no idea why. Conventional wisdom is that secure-server pages do better on search engines, but we have seen no evidence of that when we changed our sites’ settings. Quite the opposite.
We know Duck Duck Go sources some of its results from Microsoft Bing, where the situation is even worse: a site search there returns only 10 pages.
In comparison, Google says it has 5,730 pages at the time of writing.
This does mean Bing is worse than any of the 1990s search engines that had indexed our site—back then, Altavista, Excite, Infoseek and Hotbot could all claim to have had more of our pages shown.
As we have no wish to expose users to Google’s tracking intentionally, we spent a lot of time figuring out how to fix this. You can read it in more detail on my personal blog.
Mojeek has 3,533 pages from Lucire indexed, which is still very creditable. It means that for the majority of the time, you’ll be able to find what you need from our site’s search boxes. Its total index contains a sizeable 5 milliard pages, as of March 2022.
I’m surprised that we hadn’t come across Mojeek till earlier this month, as it’s exactly the sort of independent venture we like, and share numerous values with. You can read more about its history here.
We’re looking forward to Mojeek growing more, and to seeing how we can help this pioneering, user-friendly, privacy-respecting search engine.
Jack Yan is founder and publisher of Lucire.