Sometimes I have to search for things online for my job, sometimes for the volunteer work I do, sometimes for pleasure and sometimes for researching things I'm writing. I have rarely had the joy of having the first result in a search be the one I need or am looking for. Half the time, it's not even relevant to the entered keyword(s). I usually find what I'm looking for half way down the page or even several pages back. Even now, with the so-called algorithm change, the things I search for aren't on top.
What frustrates me more is that if I look at the site and forget to bookmark it, the next time (and this may only be minutes later) that site isn't even appearing in the search. I have to use different keywords to get it to re-appear and sometimes, it's gone forever. I just can't find it again.
I can find similar sites, so it's not a dreadful loss in my personal searching, but it's perhaps a loss for the person's site.
Mind you, I use google scholar more than I do just plain google. It's an expensive site to search because nearly everything there requires you have professional memberships, but the information, while deeply hidden and often incorrectly tagged, is peer reviewed, documented, cited, and usually well-researched.
Sometimes I use other search engines because google has this distressing habit of censoring the information for which I am searching - and google isn't as strong when it comes to searching in other languages.
I don't restrict my searches to English only. There'sa whole huge web out there and I don't play in just one corner of it.
I do use google out of laziness, but when I am dedicatedly searching for something, google is only one of many, many search tools I use.
I, personally, think the algorithm change makes it harder for me to find the weird and odd things I search for.
I would love to see dedicated search engines for specific broad topics, that wouldn't bring in irrelevant sites, like searching for gardening tips and getting porn sites, or searching for cooking tips and getting car buying sites.
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