Create a better seach engine than Google

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Slides from my BarCamp Liverpool session on better site search.

Also given at IWMW 2009 at the University of Essex

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Create a better seach engine than Google

  1. 1. Create a better search engine than  Google Michael Nolan http://www.michaelnolan.co.uk/ http://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/webservices/
  2. 2. currybet dot net
  3. 3. currybet dot net
  4. 4. Taking the ‘Ooh’ out of Google
  5. 5. I won’t cover…
  6. 6. I won’t make you rich
  7. 7. Buy more servers
  8. 8. I am not Matt Cutts
  9. 9. This is all about…
  10. 10. Leave it to Google?
  11. 11. 270,000 searches in 6 months
  12. 12. Types of search Site 122,338 Courses 141,276 News 3,925 Events 2,688
  13. 13. State of the Universities
  14. 14. 57 using Google
  15. 15. 7 using ht://Dig
  16. 16. The Short Tail • Ultraseek • Novell QuickFinder • Nutch • Egothor • Funnelback • AMI • Built into CMS • Bespoke
  17. 17. Don’t make the user think
  18. 18. Keele
  19. 19. Advanced Search – friend or foe?
  20. 20. Advanced Search – friend or foe?
  21. 21. Advanced Search – friend or foe?
  22. 22. Summaries
  23. 23. Summaries
  24. 24. Summaries
  25. 25. Summaries
  26. 26. Always return something
  27. 27. Auto suggest
  28. 28. Top searches
  29. 29. AdWords / KeyMatch
  30. 30. Avoid gimmicks
  31. 31. Look at what Martin Belam says!
  32. 32. Creative Commons http://flickr.com/photos/wolfworld/358769870/ http://flickr.com/photos/johnwardell/142082095/ http://flickr.com/photos/paulinepauline/2900355616/ http://flickr.com/photos/bloem/2251072600/ http://flickr.com/photos/topopardo/415813086/ http://flickr.com/photos/psmorrison/369012886/ http://flickr.com/photos/lockergnome/212943441/
  33. 33. Any Questions Michael Nolan http://www.michaelnolan.co.uk/ http://blogs.edgehill.ac.uk/webservices/

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