There is a new search engine that is catching a lot of eyes recently. It’s called Million Short and it reaches out to smaller websites.
The theory behind Million Short is that major search engine rankings are dominated by larger, older websites and thus many smaller, yet quality websites are all but invisible. Million Short changes this by letting you the user drop out the top million or top 100k, 10k, 1k, 100 search results.
This means that long tail rules on Million Short. The little guy finally has a chance to show. In one of my last blog posts I had talked about why handling your website as if the search engines didn’t exist was a bad idea. Well, Million Short changes the playing field (somewhat) in that you don’t have to have a 10 year old, well branded, authority domain with a mega million dollar budget to rank well.
There are a couple of other aspects of Million Short that I like. First, you’re not claustrophobic with advertising surrounding you on the results pages. Second, on the right panel instead of ads is a list of the results of the major websites that were removed from the listings.
Results for websites such as About.com, Amazon.com, Cafepress.com and even Wikipedia.org are removed, though with a click of a button you can put them back in if you like.
The one downside that I observed was that sometimes when I type in an exact domain name into the search box (such as yourdomain.com) Million Short doesn’t pull up that website.
But, all in all, Million Short is one of my favs to pop up in recent history in regard to new search engines. Give it a test drive yourself and let me know what you think.