searchmysite.net blog

17 Dec 2020
Advertising and search engines: When it is okay to mix and when it is not

searchmysite's unique approach to advertising has attracted a lot of positivity, but also unfortunately some negativity, so I thought I'd write a quick post to clarify my position on advertising and search engines, hopefully in positive terms. more...

12 Dec 2020
searchmysite.net is now open source

Topics in this post are: Why aren't other search engines open source? What open source licence is it? Why is it on GitHub? What are the future plans? and How can I contribute? more...

5 Dec 2020
Relevancy tuning for searchmysite.net

This post contains details of the most recent round of relevancy tuning, completed following user feedback and the submission of many more sites. It is possible to detail how results are ranked because of the model designed to keep out and remove the financial incentive for spam. more...

29 Nov 2020
Web analytics on searchmysite.net

Keen-eyed observers may have noticed that the Analytics section on the Privacy Policy has recently been updated. I thought it would be worth a short post with further information. more...

22 Nov 2020
Improving stability and fixing issues on searchmysite.net

I had a nice burst of activity between 16 and 19 Oct, with 215 sites submitted in 4 days, which was great and led to some really useful feedback. However, the higher levels of usage did expose some issues, which I'll summarise here. more...

21 Nov 2020
searchmysite.net now has its own blog

Welcome to blog.searchmysite.net. I've split it from my personal website because searchmysite.net does seem to be starting to get a life of its own now. Watch out for further updates in coming weeks. more...

9 Oct 2020
Adding a simple search page to my personal website with searchmysite.net

This post shows how I added a simple search page to my personal website with searchmysite.net. more...

25 Sep 2020
searchmysite.net update: Seeding and scaling

It has been just over 2 months since I launched https://searchmysite.net. I've had some good feedback in that time, and made some key changes as a result, so thought it was time for an update. The main changes can be summarised as seeding and scaling. more...

18 Jul 2020
searchmysite.net: Building a simple search for non-commercial websites

I've written previously about what went wrong with the internet and how to fix it, and one of the ideas I mentioned was a new model for search. Given 'talk is cheap, show me the code', I decided to implement it. Okay, it wasn't quite that easy, but here it is: https://searchmysite.net . more...