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Is scroogle.org being blocked?

 
Bhavesh
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on 02/21/2012

It looked like it was being blocked the last few days ("google is blocking us" type of error). In the last day or so, a couple of times I got redirected to a yahoo domain (I think). Today, I am getting "server not found" error.

With the thorny relationship they have with google (as slow as I am, it took me a while to figure out the meaning of the name "scroogle"!), I would not be surprised if they are being blocked permanently.

Is there an alternative way to find out how a url ranks for a keyword?

Thanks,

Bhavesh.


Sam
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on 02/21/2012

Noticed the same thing, same has happened before, and until now Scroogle bounced back to live. I don't worry so much about rankings, I am more worried about traffic, so no much help regarding alternatives from me, sorry ;-)


Bhavesh
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on 02/21/2012

See your point about not worrying too much about ranking, Sam, with google now up content based on the searchers' individual preferences. It would still be nice to know how google sees the content in some kind of a measurable form, just to know that I have done everything I can on my part and move on if I have to. 

Oh well...


lakeerieartists
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on 02/21/2012

Scroogle does get blocked every so often.  Not sure exactly why, but it usually comes back within a day or so.


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Digby_Adams
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on 02/21/2012

I haven't been able to use it for weeks. Every time I try its blocked.

Lissie
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on 02/21/2012

Its not just blocked its gone permanently  - I just published a wizz about it  - including alternatives :-) 


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chefkeem
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on 02/21/2012

Lissie sez: http://wizzley.com/what-happened-to-scroogle-scraper-scroogle-alternatives/


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
lakeerieartists
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on 02/21/2012

 

Lissie: 21. Feb 2012, 19:52

Its not just blocked its gone permanently  - I just published a wizz about it  - including alternatives :-) 

Bummer.  That sucks.  I will look at your article.


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Bhavesh
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on 02/21/2012

Perfect! Thanks Lissie for the explanation as to what happened and the alternatives provided on your wizzle. .


Digby_Adams
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on 02/22/2012

Very sad turn of events. Thanks for the ideas Lissie.

Bhavesh
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on 02/24/2012

UPDATE: I found the perfect alternative to scroogle.org. It's called startpage.com. Does pretty much what scroogle.org does and - I think - does it better. It's by ixquick but present search data to google and masks IP address and the rest.

A bonus: You don't have to read the google-bashing cartoons on the page. Frankly, I did not care for their "cause." For all we know, scroogle owner may have gotten paid millions by G to pull the plug and blame it on "anonymous hackers."


AJ
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on 02/25/2012

Scroogle being done down by Google just stinks. Whatever happened to healthy competition?

It smacks of what happens in a certain Eastern Country. If our Governments did something like this we would be up in arms about it screaming about Human Rights!!

Sam
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on 02/25/2012

 

AJ: 25. Feb 2012, 09:28

Scroogle being done down by Google just stinks. Whatever happened to healthy competition?

It smacks of what happens in a certain Eastern Country. If our Governments did something like this we would be up in arms about it screaming about Human Rights!!

AJ, it seems more likely that Scroogle was taken down because of hackers, not because of Google. At least this is what the guy behind Scroogle said ...

As for healthy competition, Scroogle was never an independent search engine, it used to scrap content from Google. Which means its success was build entirely on resources Google provided in the first place, and, Scroogle never paid for the data Google provided, like many other research tools do, it just scraped them aka stole the data. I am not a huge fan of Google as a company, but I must say I can understand that they were not thrilled with somebody taking advantage of them in that manner.


Nelda_Hoxie
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on 02/25/2012

I think it stinks as well. Sam it would be nice if Google would allow us to search without all of the personalization. I'm tired of seeing the same old results or inaccurate results because of my research.

Sam
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on 02/25/2012

 

Nelle_Hoxie: 25. Feb 2012, 09:48

I think it stinks as well. Sam it would be nice if Google would allow us to search without all of the personalization. I'm tired of seeing the same old results or inaccurate results because of my research.

Oh, I agree! I hate personalized search results, especially when traveling with hubby and using one laptop between the two of us. There are methods of turning personalized results off in Google, like logging out off any Google account you have and clearing all your cookies, but that works only temporarily as Google cookies are stickier then caramel and faster then the light back in your computer ;-) Using a proxy, like pagewash is also a possibility ...

But what I meant to say with my previous post was that as Google invented the whole thing and provides the data I can understand that they don't like anybody profiting from their work and not paying for the data they use!

I wish there would be a search engine out there that provides better results and isn't so intrusive on our privacy, but I doubt that will ever happen as it would be simply too expensive ...


chefkeem
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on 02/25/2012

Bhavesh mentioned startpage.com as an alternative to scroogle.


Achim "Chef Keem" Thiemermann is the co-founder of a pretty cool new platform called...um...er...oh, yeah - Wizzley.com.
AJ
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on 02/25/2012

OMG (that's Oh My Gosh) Sam! I thought you wuz a fellah Embarassed

And thank you for explaining about Scroogle scraping - no excuse for that, even if you are providing a worthwhile service Frown

Sam
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on 02/25/2012

 

AJ: 25. Feb 2012, 13:57

OMG (that's Oh My Gosh) Sam! I thought you wuz a fellah Embarassed

...

OMGosh AJ, my second language English skills are not good enough, what does 'I thought you wuz a fellah' mean in this context? *Confused Sam*


AJ
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on 02/25/2012

OK, Sam, in my best English accent: "I thought you wuz a fellah" can be translated as "I thought you were a fellah".

"fellah" meaning bloke, male, man.

Oops  Embarassed

 

Sam
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on 02/25/2012

AJ, last time I looked down my front, I was certainly female ;-) SY


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