Our search box is back in action, and continues to respect your privacy – Lucire

Clever Lucire readers will notice that we’ve fixed the search—for the last time it didn’t work correctly.

For many years we have used a service called SiteLevel to provide internal research for our website. When that stopped working properly, we switched to Duck Duck Go because users could be assured of their privacy. Unfortunately this started to falter when we changed Lucire to a secure server protocol in March. Currently, during a search on the site, Duck Duck Go returns 48 results in total on lucire.com, compared to several thousand in March. We have no idea why. Conventional wisdom holds that secure server pages perform better on search engines, but we saw no evidence of this when we changed our sites settings. Rather the opposite.

We know that Duck Duck Go pulls some of its results from Microsoft Bing, where the situation is even worse: a search on the site only returns 10 pages.

By comparison, Google says it has 5,730 pages at the time of writing.

This means that Bing is worse than any search engine in the 1990s that indexed our site – back then Altavista, Excite, Infoseek and Hotbot could all claim to have displayed more of our pages.

Since we don’t want to intentionally expose users to Google tracking, we spent a lot of time figuring out how to fix this. You can read it in more detail on my personal blog.

The solution, which we arrived at last night, was to switch to Mojeek, a British search engine with its own index. Mojeek had user privacy written into its principles before Duck Duck Go, and was originally built from the ground up by an entrepreneur, Marc Smith, running its servers from his bedroom in 2004. In 2006, its privacy policy expressly stated that he wouldn’t follow. Many people believed in him and the company grew slowly and wisely.

Mojeek has 3,533 pages of Lucire indexed, which is still very honourable. This means that most of the time you will be able to find what you need from the search boxes on our site. Its total index contains a significant 5 billion pages, as of March 2022.

I’m surprised that we didn’t meet Mojeek before the start of the month, because it’s exactly the kind of independent company that we love and share many values ​​with. You can learn more about its history here.

We look forward to seeing Mojeek grow further and see how we can help this pioneering, user-friendly and privacy-friendly search engine.

Jack Yan is founder and publisher of Lucire.

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