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« Reply #75 on: October 15, 2012, 12:11:03 PM »
I thing it good,but when you use forward sluch/it give different results.Other wise it looks ok.

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« Reply #76 on: October 15, 2012, 06:27:43 PM »
Just an FYI guys, EdiSerps.com now redirects to Edister.com, the new domain name for the Engine.  It's much easier to say and remember. :)

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« Reply #77 on: October 15, 2012, 07:44:49 PM »
Just added support for the following countries:

-> USA
-> United Kingdom
-> Canada
-> Australia
-> Ireland

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« Reply #78 on: October 15, 2012, 10:33:01 PM »
I am currently looking to buy an extending fireguard, so I typed fireguard into Edister. Apart from Google ads down the side, nothing on the first page gave me any option to look at fireguards for sale. When I used the term extending fireguard, I got a lot of information on buying the correct kind of fireguard I was looking for, including Gumtree (like Craigslist) adverts in my local area (Northern Ireland). That was good

I have found it a bit slow to load. The Google ads load and stay fine but on first entering the term or if I refresh the page I quite often get the message, "This Custom Search Engine is loading. Try again in a few seconds." in a yellow box at the top.

I am looking for quite a wide fireguard, so I thought I would see if it could do anything for that. So I tried the following search buy extending fireguard minimum width 183 centimetres That brought up a lot of irrelevant items, including extending dining tables, something to do with Canadian forestry and another on erosion in mountain regions.

So then I tried extending fireguard 183 centimetres. The results were better but still included some irrelevant items. But then, that's probably because "183" centimetres is not a good search term, I really need to use the "less than / greater than" symbols but including that didn't seem to make any difference to the results.

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Re: Testing Google Custom Search - Your feedback is requested.
« Reply #79 on: October 16, 2012, 04:53:50 AM »
I am currently looking to buy an extending fireguard, so I typed fireguard into Edister. Apart from Google ads down the side, nothing on the first page gave me any option to look at fireguards for sale. When I used the term extending fireguard, I got a lot of information on buying the correct kind of fireguard I was looking for, including Gumtree (like Craigslist) adverts in my local area (Northern Ireland). That was good

That's interesting. I selected Ireland and searched for "fireguard" and 4 of the 10 were results selling fireguards (including the #1 result, which was from argos.co.uk). Maybe it has something to do with the geocoding? I'm not sure. That seems odd.

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« Reply #80 on: October 16, 2012, 05:51:38 AM »
I have found it a bit slow to load. The Google ads load and stay fine but on first entering the term or if I refresh the page I quite often get the message, "This Custom Search Engine is loading. Try again in a few seconds." in a yellow box at the top.

If you were using the Ireland search, that's no surprise. The SE's automatically initialize themselves the first time they are used, so that popping up a few times with Ireland (which is brand new) is expected. It should clear out though. Let me know if you still run into that.

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« Reply #81 on: October 16, 2012, 09:15:07 AM »
I have found it a bit slow to load. The Google ads load and stay fine but on first entering the term or if I refresh the page I quite often get the message, "This Custom Search Engine is loading. Try again in a few seconds." in a yellow box at the top.

If you were using the Ireland search, that's no surprise. The SE's automatically initialize themselves the first time they are used, so that popping up a few times with Ireland (which is brand new) is expected. It should clear out though. Let me know if you still run into that.

I didn't actually select any country and if I had, it would probably have been UK, expecting that Amazon.co would have been the most likely source of what I wanted. I'll check again later on.

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« Reply #82 on: October 16, 2012, 10:21:02 PM »
Example of how Edister.com is better (and safer!) than Google.com:

Do a search at both Edister.com and Google.com for "diet pills" (without the quotes).

Here are a few of the sites ranked in the top 10 at Google:

1. askville.amazon.com - Not actual medical advice.

2. topdietpillsthatwork.com - A site selling the pills that has a fine-print warning at the bottom that none of what they tell you is to be used as medical advice, it's for "entertainment purposes." Huh???

3. dietpilluniverse.com - Just like #2.

4. www.dietdirect.com - Just like #2.

Yup, almost HALF of the top 10 results are for sites you probably shouldn't be going to when researching anti-obesity medication.

On the other hand, Edister's results come from places like WebMD, MayoClinic and the FDA.

That's the Edister difference.

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« Reply #83 on: October 16, 2012, 10:21:12 PM »
Two new improvements to Edister's search results:

1. Related search terms are now shown, in case you want to refine your search.

2. When an "info box" appears, you often get "Related" listings. Before now only 3 listings were shown regardless of how many were available. Now, if more than 3 are available, the top 3 are listed and a "More Related" link is shown. Click that link and the rest will appear in the box.

Haven't seen the info box yet? Try searching for "To Kill A Mockingbird" (the famous novel) and check it out. :)

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« Reply #84 on: October 17, 2012, 09:47:39 PM »
I've added a powerful new feature to Edister guys.

There's a new drop-down list below the box where you enter your search terms. This drop-down box will determine which part of the web Edister searches.

The default option is "The Whole Web". Leaving that selected will give you the results you're used to seeing. No need to change anything if you don't want to.

The second option is "The Best Sites". If you select that option, only the sites that have been human-reviewed for quality will be searched for the information you request. This will help make sure that you can trust the results you get back even more.

Keep in mind that the number of sites in "The Best Sites", while very large, is much smaller than "The Whole Web". So if you're searching for something that's pretty obscure (or somebody who isn't well known, that kind of thing), chances are you'll be better off using "The Whole Web". It's also not best for local queries ("Richardson, TX Plumber"), but for informational queries ("term life insurance").

For many queries you may find "The Best Sites" returns information from the sites that you trust the most.

As always, please let me know what you think.

Re: Testing Google Custom Search - Your feedback is requested.
« Reply #85 on: November 06, 2012, 02:04:13 PM »
I really like Edister results and for the first time I want to replace Google, but unfortunately Edister is just too slow for me in the UK. I tried using the UK version, but it often says "custom search is loading" and takes over 10 seconds to get search results.

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Re: Testing Google Custom Search - Your feedback is requested.
« Reply #86 on: February 10, 2013, 08:20:20 PM »
Example of how Edister.com is better (and safer!) than Google.com:

Do a search at both Edister.com and Google.com for "diet pills" (without the quotes).

Here are a few of the sites ranked in the top 10 at Google:

1. askville.amazon.com - Not actual medical advice.

2. topdietpillsthatwork.com - A site selling the pills that has a fine-print warning at the bottom that none of what they tell you is to be used as medical advice, it's for "entertainment purposes." Huh???

3. dietpilluniverse.com - Just like #2.

4. www.dietdirect.com - Just like #2.

Yup, almost HALF of the top 10 results are for sites you probably shouldn't be going to when researching anti-obesity medication.

On the other hand, Edister's results come from places like WebMD, MayoClinic and the FDA.

That's the Edister difference.


I think that most of the sites now contain the small print that the site is not providing medical advice and you must consult a medical professional if you need advice.  If they are not then they are stupid since someone will be suing over the advice they gave without a medical exam.